Wednesday July 31, 2013 Qualifying Round 3 Finished Celtic Park

Celtic 1 - 0 IF Elfsborg

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  1. Champions League - Commons heads Celtic to late win over Elfsborg

    Champions League - Commons heads Celtic to late win over Elfsborg

    Kris Commons headed Celtic to a slender 1-0 win over Elfsborg in the first leg of their Champions League third round qualifier. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Celtic
    • IF Elfsborg
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle! A 1-0 win for Celtic. A slender lead. That is a decent result for Celtic on the night. Second leg in Sweden next week. Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 90+1' Stokes clips the shot straight into the arms of Stuhr-Ellegaard. Celtic with one more minute to find a second goal.
    • 90+1' We are heading for two minutes of time added on.
    • 89' Poor delivery from Mulgrew out wide and Elfsborg will have the goalkick. Commons none too happy that he wasn't given the chance to attack that cross.
    • 88' Forster off his line to collect the ball after Wilson missed a long ball over the top. Should be better than that from Wilson.
    • 87' Ambrose gives the ball away. Lustig forced to make a sliding tackle. Elfsborg in the Celtic half. Celtic giving the ball away for no reason.
    • 86' Samaras carrying a slight knock. Fine performance from him as he is replaced by Mulgrew.
    • 85' Celtic continue to pile up the corners here as Jørgensen replaces Ishizaki.
    • 84' Ledley's header finds Samaras, but Elfsborg have a throw-in deep in their own half. Celtic would take 1-0 from this evening. Even if they would dearly love a second goal.
    • 83' Celtic trying to find a second goal to take to Sweden with them. Elfsborg going to make another change by bringing on another defender.
    • 82' Nilsson takes over from Bangura with Hult replacing Keene for the visiting side.
    • 81' Looks like Elfsborg are going to make a few changes here. Under the cosh now in this second half.
    • 80' Celtic with another corner now as Stokes sees the ball deflect wide before Stuhr-Ellegaard nudges it wide. All Celtic now.
    • 79' Svensson late on Samaras and he is going to be booked for that. Samaras needing some treatment.
    • 78' GOAL! Commons heads into the net and Celtic lead 1-0. The goal they craved. Finally the pressure pays off. Lovely cross from Izaguirre.
    • 77' Brown picks out Forrest. Celtic earn another corner here after showing off some good pace.
    • 76' Elfsborg with five players in front of their box. All defending very stoutly at the moment. Celtic must stay patient.
    • 75' Bangura knocks the ball out of play from deep in his own half. Celtic continue looking for the opening goal. Ambrose on the ball.
    • 74' Stokes sees a shot deflect off a visiting shirt and the home side will have another corner here. Commons sees his ball deflect wide for another corner.
    • 73' Commons makes a run before Ledley goes back to Lustig. Samaras then takes the ball for a walk.
    • 72' Bangura takes a dive. Not exactly endearing himself to the home fans with his conduct this evening.
    • 71' Larsson seemed to control the ball with his arm before Wilson catches Bangura with a late challenge.
    • 70' A poor pass from deep by Ambrose. Disappointing end to that pass. Neil Lennon looking far from happy about that one.
    • 69' On comes Ledley for Celtic to replace Kayal. Elfsborg clear the corner from Commons.
    • 68' Hauger and Samaras both booked for a bit of afters there. Celtic with the corner here.
    • 67' Samaras can't force the ball home after Commons had smashed the ball at goal. Samaras appearing for a handball in the box, but referee says no.
    • 66' Samaras again taken out of the action late by Keene. And the home side are on the move here.
    • 65' Joe Ledley is stripped and ready to enter the action for the Scottish champions as they look to freshen matters up out there.
    • 64' Celtic would dearly love one goal here to take to Sweden with them. Elfsborg haven't lost at home since September 2011. Not sure what that means.
    • 63' Poor touch by Forrest from Stokes. Another Celtic moves comes up short before Bangura is crowded out by Wilson and Brown.
    • 62' Commons heads over the bar after a sustained period of pressure. The Swedish champions survive that moment.
    • 61' Celtic get plenty of practice in passing the ball out there. Larssson wallops the ball away for the visiting side. Celtic keeping possession patiently.
    • 60' Wilson picks up for Celtic. He feeds Brown. Elfsborg with every man behind the ball as Celtic move it from side to side.
    • 59' Looks like Elfsborg are pondering a change here as Forster tries to pick out Commons with a longish ball.
    • 58' Brown slices the ball out of play after some bright play by Forrest. Frustration for the home fans.
    • 57' Wilson takes no chances as he thumps the ball out of play. Heading for the hour-mark. No goals so far. Which is not a disaster for Celtic.
    • 56' Izaguirre is going to be booked for a late one on Bangura. The left-back is going to be booked for that effort.
    • 55' Commons with the free-kick. Stuhr-Ellegaard comes to punch clear from his line.
    • 54' Should have been a red card there. Samaras being given the treatment here. Celtic are starting to come good here.
    • 53' Samaras brought down with a crunching tackle by Larsson, who is next into the book. A horrid tackle, but only a booking.
    • 52' Wilson slipped as Bangura skipped in on goal, but he is deemed to have fouled the Celtic defender. Relief for the home side.
    • 51' Decent delivery by Commons from the corner, but Brown can't get enough on the header as Elfsborg survive.
    • 50' Larsson gets the ball away from Stokes after Forrest had thrown over the cross. Celtic pushing for this opening goal.
    • 49' Ishizaki is going to be booked after taking down Samaras, who is coming more and more into this match. Samaras continues to be hauled to the deck.
    • 48' Commons appears to have been harshly booked for diving on the edge of the Swedish box. Not sure about that one.
    • 47' Chance for Samaras to give Celtic a dream start to the second half, but he slams the ball straight at Stuhr-Ellegaard in the visiting goal.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half of this one.
    • 45+2' Keene penalised for the foul on Stokes, but the Elfsborg keeper Stuhr-Ellegaard nudges Stokes's effort over the bar. Some pushing in the box and that is the half-time whistle.
    • 45+1' Celtic have a free-kick on the edge of the visiting box after Commons is felled. Stokes and Commons over it.
    • 44' Final ball eluding Celtic at the moment in the key moments. Inching towards the break here.
    • 43' Izaguirre manages to run the ball away from Bangura deep in his own box before Celtic carry it forward to the other end.
    • 42' Lustig with a pass looking for Forrest, but the ball drops out of play in the visiting half.
    • 41' Johnsson needing a spot of treatment after colliding with Samaras. Looks like he may have an issue with an knee.
    • 40' Forster quickly off his line to collect the loose ball ahead of Bangura. Forster sees the ball again seconds later.
    • 39' Celtic with another corner, but disappointing as Commons can't find a team-mate. Bangura looks to break before he is tackled by Lustig.
    • 38' Commons with a free-kick for Celtic, but hits the wall and is out for another Celtic corner.
    • 37' Samaras on the move for Celtic, but his cross drops straight out of play for a goalkick to Elfsborg.
    • 36' Wilson giving the ball away for no apparent reason. Celtic shedding the ball cheaply. And they can't afford to do that at this level.
    • 35' Ambrose nods over the bar from Commons's corner. About a foot over the bar. Corners so important to Celtic this evening.
    • 34' Samaras knocks the ball off Mobaeck and that will be a corner to the home side.
    • 33' Svensson heads over the bar from the Ishizaki corner. Bangura can't find the opening goal. We remain at 0-0. Celtic fortunate to survive that moment.
    • 32' Stokes does well to nip the ball away ahead of Jonsson. Really good defending. Elfsborg enjoying a period of sustained pressure.
    • 31' Bangura showing some real menace before Forster nudges the ball onto the bar from Svensson's hit from 22 yards. Stunning stop by the Celtic goalkeeper.
    • 30' Celtic continue their push for this goal as Keene does well to break up a Celtic move.
    • 29' Commons picks out Stokes. He nets for the home side, but is just offside. Fine finish, but no goal.
    • 28' Izaguirre is bundled to the ground, and Celtic will have the ball around the halfway line. Celtic will have to be patient here. Elfsborg well organised.
    • 27' Neil Lennon out on the edge of his technical area demanding a bit more from his side going forward.
    • 26' Izaguiire on the run for Celtic. Elfsborg with plenty of bodies back. Brown then picks out Lustig just inside the visiting half.
    • 25' Game raging from end to end. Elfsborg seeking this away goal. Forrest then collects the ball with some ease. Both teams shedding possession.
    • 24' But Bangura breaks from the corner after Izaguirre had throw it in from Commons's short past to Izaguirre.
    • 23' Commons coming forward down their left hand side. And Celtic have a corner here.
    • 22' Svensson takes out Brown with a late challenge. Brown forced to clear frantically with Ambrose and Wilson colliding at the back.
    • 21' Forrest sees the ball come back off the bar from the free-kick into the middle! Brilliant effort, but no goal for Celtic. We remain at 0-0. So unfortunate.
    • 20' Samaras taken out of the action late by Keene. And he is going to be spoken to by the referee.
    • 19' Elfsborg making matters difficult for Celtic as Kayal lifts the ball straight out of play looking for Forrest.
    • 18' Chance for Kayal as Forrest drives the ball into the box, but Jonsson does just enough to clear the danger. Better moments for Celtic coming forwrd.
    • 17' Celtic trying to remain patient on the ball as Jonsson blocks off the run of Stokes, who tries to go beyond Larsson. Elfsborg with a throw-in deep in their own half.
    • 16' Samaras on the run for Celtic again, but Ishizaki does well to do some covering work with Svensson also helping out.
    • 15' Lustig penalised for a late challenge on Bangura just inside the Celtic half of the field.
    • 14' Commons drags an effort over the bar after some fine rampaging play by Samaras on the run. Some nice stuff by the big Greek striker.
    • 13' Celtic earning a couple of corners but can't take advantage as Izaguirre's cross is plucked out of the air by Stuhr-Ellegaard in the visiting goal.
    • 12' Commons with the free-kick. Takes it with his left foot, but bundles the ball into the two-man wall. Poor outcome for the Glasgow side there.
    • 11' Celtic earn a free-kick here as Forrest is bundled to the ground. Celtic have a free-kick 22 yards from the visiting goal.
    • 10' Bangura on the ball, but he then goes to ground under pressure from Izaguirre. Nothing doing as the referee waves play on.
    • 9' Johnsson lets the ball make its way through to his goalkeeper Stuhr-Ellegaard. Drizzle continues to tumble down.
    • 8' Lustig looking for Forrest moving forward, but Commons can't keep the ball in play. Slightly better from Celtic.
    • 7' Bangura looking a different figure from the man who struggled so badly at Celtic during his spell there. This Swedish side looking slick and sharp so far.
    • 6' Decent touch and turn by Bangura, but his low shot is well held by Forster in the Celtic goal.
    • 5' Wilson bounds up the park for Celtic before Kayal is forced to deprive Bangura of the ball deep in the Celtic half. Celtic getting caught out pressing forward.
    • 4' Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Elfsborg: "They are the Swedish champions with international players, full-time obviously and 17 games into their season so they are match-sharp. They are a good, very well-organised side who pass the ball very well."
    • 3' Ishizaki smahes a shot well over the bar from distance. Slack play by Samaras and Ambrose there almost punished.
    • 2' Samaras flicks the ball on for Stokes, but he drives the ball across the face of goal. Celtic almost on the board in the opening seconds. No takers on hand to finish.
    • 1' Celtic get this action off and running in the drizzle in Glasgow.
    • 19:42 No place in the Celtic squad for new winger Derk Boerrigter from Ajax, who has signed a four-year with the Glasgow club.
    • 19:40 Celtic forward Mo Bangura - on loan with Elfsborg - starts against his parent club in this competition. Elfsborg: Stuhr-Ellegaard, Johan Larsson, Jonsson, Klarstrom, Mobaeck, Hauger, Ishizaki, Keene, Svensson, Rohden, Bangura
    • 19:35 Neil Lennon goes with the same side that defeated Cliftonville in the previous round of Champions League qualifiers. Georgios Samaras partners Anthony Stokes up front. Celtic set to go with a 4-4-2 formation. Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Kayal, Commons; Samaras, Stokes..subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Ledley, Balde, Mulgrew, Mouyokolo, Watt
    • 19:30 Celtic team to face Elfsborg: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Kayal, Commons; Samaras, Stokes
    • 19:25 That's a crazy mini-story in this match, and Elfsborg's boss is happy to stir it up: "We'll do what's best for us, and this year Mohammed is our player," Elfsborg coach Jorgen Lennartsson said. "He's not a taxi driver or a carpenter, he's a professional football player."
    • 19:20 Elfsborg striker Mohammed Bangura, who is on loan from Celtic, is set to play against the Scottish champions.
    • 19:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League qualifier between Celtic and Elfsborg.
  • Summary

    • 79' Svensson late on Samaras and he is going to be booked for that. Samaras needing some treatment.
    • 78' GOAL! Commons heads into the net and Celtic lead 1-0. The goal they craved. Finally the pressure pays off. Lovely cross from Izaguirre.
    • 68' Hauger and Samaras both booked for a bit of afters there. Celtic with the corner here.
    • 56' Izaguirre is going to be booked for a late one on Bangura. The left-back is going to be booked for that effort.
    • 53' Samaras brought down with a crunching tackle by Larsson, who is next into the book. A horrid tackle, but only a booking.
    • 49' Ishizaki is going to be booked after taking down Samaras, who is coming more and more into this match. Samaras continues to be hauled to the deck.
    • 48' Commons appears to have been harshly booked for diving on the edge of the Swedish box. Not sure about that one.
    • 47' Chance for Samaras to give Celtic a dream start to the second half, but he slams the ball straight at Stuhr-Ellegaard in the visiting goal.
    • 31' Bangura showing some real menace before Forster nudges the ball onto the bar from Svensson's hit from 22 yards. Stunning stop by the Celtic goalkeeper.
    • 21' Forrest sees the ball come back off the bar from the free-kick into the middle! Brilliant effort, but no goal for Celtic. We remain at 0-0. So unfortunate.
    • 18' Chance for Kayal as Forrest drives the ball into the box, but Jonsson does just enough to clear the danger. Better moments for Celtic coming forwrd.
    • 2' Samaras flicks the ball on for Stokes, but he drives the ball across the face of goal. Celtic almost on the board in the opening seconds. No takers on hand to finish.
    • 19:30 Celtic team to face Elfsborg: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Kayal, Commons; Samaras, Stokes

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Celtic

    Manager: Neil Lennon

  • IF Elfsborg

    Manager: Jörgen Lennartsson

  • Line-up

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  1. celtic champions this season

    From Footy Express, on Thu 1 Aug 17:00
  2. number 50 miraflores you need to check your facts­ before commenting rangers won the spl in 1998/99 with­ only 77 points 2 less than celtic won it with last year­ no axe to grind here as just a poor hears supporter

    From Robert G, on Wed 31 Jul 22:41
  3. Celtic no chance against mighty swedes, .....every­ swede player better and rated higher than every celtic­ player. RESULT.........CELTIC 1 V MIGHTY swedes ­ 0........surely a mistake,,,,,just like barca last­ season.

    From bosun, on Wed 31 Jul 22:21
  4. At least it is a win but the away leg is still to come­ will one goal be enough?

    From Raymond, on Wed 31 Jul 21:51
  5. I missed most of this as I had to say a reqiem mass for­ John Daly's career that someone paid for in­ advance. Not a bad result against the Swedish champions­ tonight. Come on the Celtic.

    From Mr Pastry, on Wed 31 Jul 21:44
  6. pub football starts in July

    From MICHAEL, on Wed 31 Jul 21:41
  7. IN LENNON WE TRUST, YA

    From John, on Wed 31 Jul 21:39
  8. @64 you shouldn't let priests do that to you. Sit­ somewhere else next time. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

    From Mr Pastry, on Wed 31 Jul 21:39
  9. Why you not there feniangod your giro not come today?

    From ?Your Lights Are On TATTIE DOMER But Your Not Home, on Wed 31 Jul 21:38
  10. Up the Celts !! Huns pay your bills !! 10 in a row­ here we go !!! no cheating needed !!

    From FENIANGOD, on Wed 31 Jul 21:36
  11. Good night for the child abusing priests in the main­ stand

    From Raaljaca, on Wed 31 Jul 21:31
  12. What IF?

    From Robert, on Wed 31 Jul 21:28
  13. @barry, the only thing more useless is you ya pr(i)ck.

    From BRAVEHEART, on Wed 31 Jul 21:28
  14. I now see why some sites moderate comments! It's­ funny how all the neds and mumpties of the world still­ find a place to congregate! It will be my first and­ last visit to a Yahoo matchcast.

    From MetsMonkey, on Wed 31 Jul 21:27
  15. Looks like a late show from the Scottish Champions can­ Celtic finish the tie now and get another before the­ second leg.

    From Lee, on Wed 31 Jul 21:25
  16. goallllllllllllllllllllllll celtic 1-0 elfsborg (tax­ dodgers)

    From john, on Wed 31 Jul 21:22
  17. #$%$ bag traiter scored commons does walkin away­ #$%$bag

    From Samuelmclenaghan, on Wed 31 Jul 21:22
  18. Good old Commons

    From Mr Pastry, on Wed 31 Jul 21:21
  19. so commons scores lol now they will go on and win the­ chumpions league i gess lol

    From David Kemp, on Wed 31 Jul 21:21
  20. Keep the faith for all the hoops out there

    From GARY, on Wed 31 Jul 21:17
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