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The Hoops now take a vital away goal and a draw back to Celtic Park for next week's return leg.

90+4'
It is all over. Celtic leave Slovenia with a 1-1 draw. A fine draw for the Scottish champions.
90+3'
 
Lustig has picked up a booking. Celtic almost over the line here.
90+1'
Celtic earn a corner after a swift break. A Johansen shot is blocked. and Celtic have a corner. No rush to take this surely.
89'
Sallalich penalised for a foul on Lustig. We are heading for three minutes of time added on.
88'
J. Handanovič out of his goal to clear as Celtic looked to break. Maribor almost cut wide open there.
87'
Sallalich is pushed to the deck by Griffiths. Maribor have another free-kick here that will be taken by Viler.
Celtic Substitution
86'
McGregor penalised for a handball as Celtic tried to break. Another chance for Maribor to pump this into the box.
85'
Change coming for Celtic then as Kayal departs to be replaced by Nir Biton.
84'
Van Dijk knocks the header behind after McGregor lost the ball out wide. Sallalich sees a shot blocked.
83'
Celtic preparing to bring on Biton for the closing five minutes. J. Handanovič wallops the ball up the park for the home side.
82'
Celtic with plenty of bodies behind the ball before Mertelj unloads a shot from distance. Fine, fine save by Gordon to nudge wide.
81'
McGregor takes a tumble in the box, but seemed to be looking for a penalty that time. And on we go here then.
NK Maribor Substitution
80'
Griffiths just failing to latch onto a ball over the top from Lustig. That will be a goalkick to the home side.
Celtic Substitution
79'
 
Leigh Griffiths arrives to take over from Stokes, who has put a real shift in for Celtic this evening.
NK Maribor Substitution
78'
Stojanovič penalised for a foul on Izaguirre. Celtic can take a breather.
77'
 
Bohar departs the scene for Maribor with Sallalich thrown on for the home side.
76'
Really superb cross by izaguirre, but Stoke couldn't get across in time to convert.

74mins: Back to the game and van Dijk rattles a shot at goal which is tipped over. The corner from Stokes is cleared.

74'
Maribor getting set to bring on another substitute here as we head for the final 15 minutes of this match.
73'
 
McGregor then booked for a tug on Ibraimi. Celtic denied a clear-cut penalty by the looks of things there when Kayal was fouled.
Celtic Substitution
72'
 
Ambrose replaces Berget for the visiting side.
NK Maribor Substitution
71'
 
Mendy takes over from Vršič for Maribor.
70'
Glorious chance for Johansen to give Celtic the lead, but he takes a clumsy touch when he looked set to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Handanovic punches clear at his feet.
69'
Maribor clear the danger. Looks like Efe Ambrose is going to come on here as Kayal wallops a shot well wide of the goal from distance.
68'
Stokes with the delivery, but nodded behind by Derviševič for a corner to Celtic.
67'
Berget earns a free-kick after being tugged back by Suler. Celtic can throw this into the danger area for the visitors.
66'
Stokes with another chance, but he is inches away after showing some superb control to outwit Suler. Fine effort, but we remain at 1-1.
65'
Izaguirre with the ball over the top. Picks out Stokes on the run, but his first time effort is driven well wide of the target.
64'
Was never a penalty. Never a penalty. Celtic don't need to be in a hurry to get the ball forward. A goalkick is awarded to Maribor seconds later.
63'
Celtic appeal for a penalty with Stokes seeing a header coming off Rajčevič. Lovely cross from McGregor.
62'
 
Stokes is offside from the Mulgrew ball over the top. Stokes not having much rub of the green. So to speak.
61'
Tavares with a late challenge on McGregor out wide. Can't have any complaints about that. Maribor look to build from the back seconds later.
60'
Izaguirre giving the ball away for no apparent reason. Almost contributed to Celtic falling 2-1 behind.
59'
Ibraimi with the header at goal. Fine stop by Gordon before Tavares is flagged for offside. Would have counted for the home side.
58'
Stokes penalised for a foul on Stojanovič. Denayer with a clearing header for Celtic.

Maribor will take chances in the 2nd half and have good spells of possession Celtic need to stay compact and play on the break..1-1 will do.

56'
Johansen with an early cross, but just failing to pick out Stokes after a charging run by Berget, who ran with his head down.
55'
Berget on the deck and in need of some treatment. Ibraimi Izaguirre penalised for a foul on Filipović.
54'
Stokes up front playing against three or four men. Bohar drives the ball well over the bar. Celtic just getting pinned back.
53'
Bohar drives the cross in. Lustig failed to block, but Gordon plucks the loose ball out of the air.
52'
 
Filipovic is booked for a late, late tackle on Denayer. Can have few complaints about that.
51'
Maribor with seven shots at goal now to Celtic's three, but the Glasgow side have had the better chances.
50'
Bohar tackled by Denayer for Celtic, who look to break here. But Berget's ball is straight into the arms of Handanovic.
49'
Tavares drives the ball inches wide before Bahar mishits a shot well wide of goal. Real chance for Maribor to lead 2-1, but not taken.
48'
 
Stokes has the ball in the net, but he is offside by about 10 yards after lifting the ball over the home goalkeeper.

Callum McGregor opened the scoring for Celtic on 5 minutes but the away side were pegged back on 13mins by Bohar.

46'
Maribor get the second period off and running.
45'
There goes the whistle for the break. 1-1 at half-time. A decent first half from Celtic.
44'
Almost half-time. Not sure much time will be added to this first period.
43'
Van Dijk wins the ball from Tavares. Maribor have tried that ball all night long. Space between Van Dijk and Izaguirre.
42'
Stokes continues to run and run without too much joy. Nobody supporting him. Maribor looking to find a second goal themselves before half-time.

40mins: A good save from Craig Gordon sees the ball drop kindly for Vrsic but he blazes the chance over the bar.

40'
Denayer penalised for a late challenge on Tavares, who is a slippery character in those forward areas.
39'
Ibraimi fires a powerful shot at the Celtic goal. Gordon with the block, but Vrsic slams the rebound high over the top of the bar. Chance for Maribor.
38'
Celtic trying to keep the tempo up as much as possible with Stokes and McGregor doing a lot of running without too much joy.
37'
Celtic being given loads and loads of time on the ball at the back. Maribor refusing to close down high up the park. Certainly a ploy from the Slovenian champions.
35'
Kayal winning the ball well before getting it out to Denayer before he rolls it to Van Dijk. Celtic again keep possession.
34'
Stojanovič concedes a free-kick for a foul on Johansen. Celtic pick up possession in their own half. Again. The Maribor fans making themselves heard.
33'
Ronny Deila looked relaxed enough prior to this match.
32'
Gordon flapping at the high ball. Gets there the second time after Van Dijk had missed a clearing volley. And on we go at 1-1.
31'
Maribor not looking too clever in defence as Viler sees a cross drop straight out of play.
30'
 
Meanwhile, Celtic earn another corner here. Stokes throws in the corner, but Van Dijk's header comes off Johansen on the line, who was offside. Free header. Celtic should really be 2-1 clear.

As it stands we're 11/5 for a Maribor win, 15/8 for the Draw & 6/4 to Celtic. What are your predictions? http://t.co/dPJWx91nw3

28'
 
Muglrew getting plenty of time to pick out passes. Stokes is caught offside. Not much he could do there. Pass never came early enough from Johansen.
27'
Bit of space for Lustig. Decent cross, but no takers on hand to attack the ball. Berget should have been trying to get himself across the home defender there.
26'
Ante Šimundža is out of his technical area trying to rouse this home side while Ronny Deila is deep in conversation with his assistant John Collins in the technical area.
25'
Stojanovič races onto a pass from Tavares. Drives the ball at goal, but a good solid stop from Gordon.
24'
Vršič drives the ball into the Celtic box, but Izaguirre is on hand to nod behind for a corner to Maribor.
23'
Johansen with another corner for Celtic. Ball breaks to Lustig, but he nods over the bar. That was another chance for Celtic, who look very dangerous from set-pieces.
22'
Johansen picks out the run of Lustig, but his cross is blocked for another Celtic corner.
21'
Celtic have another corner with Ž. Filipović getting that previous one of the line. Difficult to say if it was over the line. But on we go with the score at 1-1.
20'
Mulgrew with a header that is knocked off the line from the Johansen corner. Celtic almost 2-1 ahead there.
19'
Ball breaks to McGregor, but his shot is cleared by that Maribor defence. Celtic awarded a second corner seconds later. Decent spell by Celtic.
18'
Šuler knocks the ball behind for a corner from a delightful cross by Izaguirre. Corner to Celtic.
17'
Kayal doing well to press the ball. Another fine cross from Izaguirre before Stokes picks up. Celtic content to go backwards to retain possession.
16'
Maribor contine these tactics of dropping off Celtic to let Ronny Deila's side have possession. Berget doing well to earn Celtic a throw-in out wide.

13mins: a quick break down the Celtic left sees a through ball into the box and Damjan Bohar slot the ball past Craig Gordon.

14'
Awful defending really from Celtic as Amir Derviševič was allowed to thread that pass through. Celtic need to settle themselves down here.
NK Maribor Goal

Bottom Left

13'
 
GOAL! Maribor level as Bohar slides the ball beyond Gordon. The middle of that Celtic defence cut wide open. Just like in Warsaw.

12mins: Maribor are sitting very deep, allowing Celtic the ball but look dangerous on the break.

11'
Tavares almost caught offside from an Ibraimi pass only seconds after Lustig should have cracked a shot in rather than cut the ball across the face of the home goal. Celtic finding space in this home defence.
10'
Celtic again keeping the ball. Some nice possession football. Don't need to be in a rush to go anywhere holding this 1-0 advantage.
9'
It was Stefan Johansen who prompted that opening goal with a delighfful ball over the top to pick out Berget. McGregor on hand to net from the rebound.
8'
Ibraimi can't control a ball over the top. That was a half-chance with Izaguirre failing to go with the runner. The visiting fans in full voice so far.
7'
A lovely move from Celtic. No more than their play deserved really. Have looked the sharper side. And they have that vital away goal. What have Maribor got in response?
6'
 
GOAL! McGregor slams the ball into the empty net after Handanovic had made the stop from Berget. Celtic lead 1-0.
Celtic Goal

Bottom Center

5'
Maribor content to let Celtic have the ball until the halfway line. Looks like they are going to play on the counter attack on their surface.
4'
Denayer had to recover quickly to win the ball from Tavares after a pass came over the top. Fine piece of defending by the Celtic defender.
3'
Nice ball in from Izaguirre on the overlap, but the home side do enough to wallop clear the danger. Decent enough start by Celtic then. But the same thing happened in Warsaw.
2'
A Champions League debut for the on-loan Manchester City defender Jason Denayer at the heart of that Celtic defence. Celtic knocking the ball around with some relish at the moment
1'
Celtic get the match off and running then in Slovenia.
19:42
Teams on the way out. Celtic in their green and white hoops, Maribor in purple strips. The Champions League music blares out. Almost ready to go in this one.
19:40
Here is Desmond Kane's blog on why Celtic have every right to be playing in this match rather than Legia Warsaw.
Celtic not to blame for Legia Warsaw’s incompetence on and off the pitch

Legia Warsaw have nobody to blame but themselves after being thrown out of the Champions League with Celtic offered an unlikely reprieve, writes Desmond Kane. Continue reading →

19:35
Here is the latest transfer window video for you to have a look over.
The Transfer Window: PSG 'set to repeat Luiz mistake'

Watch the video The Transfer Window: PSG 'set to repeat Luiz mistake' on Yahoo Eurosport UK. Many believe Paris Saint-Germain were practically mugged by Chelsea in the David Luiz deal. Are they about to be shafted once again?

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A quick snap of the official UEFA team sheets verifies the Celtic changes revealed earlier #UCL (MD) http://t.co/I32It271Jd

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This is what it's all about tonight as the stadium starts to fill before kick off #UCL http://t.co/cNQ7m6oDkm

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RT @celticfc: Despite the inclement weather, the pitch looks in cracking condition for the #UCL contest. (MH) http://t.co/MS1zG04YfD

19:30
The Stadion Ljudski vrt is the host for this match tonight. Maribor have lost at this stage over the past two year. FC Viktoria Plzeň enjoyed two 1-0 wins home and away last year while Dinamo Zagreb were 3-1 aggregate winner the year before. We are expecting a sell-out this evening with 11,422 seats set to be occupied. Celtic have around 300-400 fans with them this evening.
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The rest of the squad are out on the pitch for the warm up before tonight's massive #UCL match (MD) http://t.co/nkl4FNAS3C

I wish my old club well then I block about 50 dopey nuts!! Lots of hatred towards Celtic out there.. Terrible thing this jealousy.

Good luck Celtic FC tonight hope the lads take full advantage of this 2nd opportunity they have.. Stay in the tie can't go through tonight!

19:25
Celtic manager Ronny Delia on Ambrose confusion: "He didn't travel today, he is coming tomorrow morning. In the beginning there were some communication problems, if he was ready or not. We didn't think he was ready because he got two matches but in the end it was one match. So he is coming now and I am very happy because we need defenders."
19:20
Maribor boss Ante Simundza: "I've spoken with Sasa (Gajser, assistant coach) who has watched Celtic closely for their past two games. He's just confirmed what we already know: Celtic are a massive club with big traditions and are strong favourites against us. Sasa was very impressed when he watched them on Saturday. They were a constant danger going forward and were quick and strong. His job was to find a weakness in Celtic, but obviously we won't be revealing his answers to that question. But I would say that we are confident of finding that weakness [tomorrow]. Work starts now to find a way to beat this team."
19:15
Full Celtic side this evening: Gordon; Lustig, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; McGregor, Mulgrew, Kayal, Johansen, Berget; Stokes..subs: Zaluska, Ambrose, Bitton, Commons, Pukki, Griffiths, Henderson Beram Kayal takes over from Kris Commons in midfield with Charlie Mulgrew also in the centre of midfield as Celtic look to earn a reasonable result to take back to Glasgow with them for next Tuesday evening.
19:10
Boss Ronny Delia has not signed Ghana winger Mubarak Wakaso in time for the Maribor game. The Ruban Kazan player will move to Parkhead subject to a medical. Captain Scott Brown, James Forrest and Adam Matthews will miss the match through injury.
19:10
Maribor have announced that Celtic target Agim Ibraimi has penned a new three-year deal with the Slovenians. Efe Ambrose has flied out to meet his Celtic team-mates on Wednesday morning after the Parkhead club discovered he was not banned. The Nigeria defender was sent off in the 4-1 defeat by Legia Warsaw in Poland and sat out the second leg of the third qualifying round tie at Murrayfield..
19:05
Celtic are competing in the Champions League play-offs after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Legia Warsaw's bid to be provisionally reinstated. Legia took their case to the Swiss-based court after their punishment for fielding an ineligible player was rejected by UEFA's appeal body, despite beating the Scottish champions 6-1 on aggregate. However, CAS confirmed it had denied Legia's initial request and that Ronnie Deila's Celtic will play Maribor in Slovenia on Wednesday night.
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Lukasz Zaluska is put through his paces by Stevie Woods as the keepers ready themselves for the match. #UCL (MH) http://t.co/bkt0JbWn7u

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The Celtic faithful have started to arrive in the ground, travelling from far and wide to back the Buoys. #UCL (MH) http://t.co/YCf2s0LBEY

18:50
TEAMS – Maribor: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Arghus, Viler, Dervisevic, Filipovic, Mezga, Mertelj, Damjan Bohar, Mendy /// Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, McGregor, Mulgrew, Kayal, Johansen, Berget, Stokes.
18:45
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Champions League play-off first leg between Maribor and Celtic. We kick-off in an hour.

Starting Line-ups

NK Maribor
Celtic
    • 33
      Handanovic
    • 28
      Viler
    • 4
      Suler
    • 26
      Rajcevic
    • 30
      Stojanovic
    • 39
      Bohar
    • 21
      Dervisevic
    • 5
      Filipovic
    • 22
      Vrsic
    • 9
      C
      Marcos Tavares
    • 10
      Ibraimi
Team Manager:  Ante Simundza
    • 10
      Stokes
    • Kayal
    • 42
      McGregor
    • 25
      Johansen
    • 21
      C
      Charlie Mulgrew
    • Berget
    • 23
      Mikael Lustig
    • 26
      Denayer
    • 5
      van Dijk
    • 3
      Izaguirre
    • 26
      Gordon
Team Manager:  Ronny Deila
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Handanovic 0 2 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. Suler 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
A. Rajcevic 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
M. Viler 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
P. Stojanovic 0 0 1 6 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Z. Filipovic 0 1 0 70 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
A. Dervisevic 0 0 0 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 81
D. Bohar 1 0 3 23 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 79
D. Vrsic 0 0 1 35 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 72
S. Sallalich 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 11
A. Mertelj 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Ibraimi 0 0 3 18 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 90
Marcos Tavares 0 0 0 22 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 90
J. Mendy 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
C. Gordon 0 5 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
E. Izaguirre 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
Mikael Lustig 0 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
V. van Dijk 0 0 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
J. Denayer 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 90
Efe Ambrose 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Charlie Mulgrew 0 0 1 74 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
C. McGregor 1 0 2 31 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 90
S. Johansen 0 0 0 42 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 90
J. Berget 0 0 1 22 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 73
N. Bitton 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
B. Kayal 0 0 1 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 87
A. Stokes 0 0 2 16 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 80
L. Griffiths 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 10
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