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Celtic beaten but through to Europa knock-outs

Celtic limped into the last 32 of the Europa League last night, despite losing 3-1 at home to Salzburg last night.

Ronny Deila's side were taught a first-half lesson by the Austrians but are assured of second place after Astra won 1-0 at home to Dinamo Zagreb to move into third place, four points behind Celtic with one game left to play.

There was a mix of surprise and shock among the home support when the Celtic team was announced, with Kris Commons and James Forrest dropped to the bench.

Those feelings turned to despair in the opening minutes as Brazilian striker Alan scored twice in the first twelve minutes to put to bed any notion that Salzburg would be intimidated by the passion generated by the fans.

It could have been worse for Celtic as Salzburg went looking for a third goal, but on the half hour mark Stefan Johansen pulled a goal back with a half volley from 15 yards out.

Astra took the lead over Dinamo Zagreb in the 50th minute with a goal from Sadat Bukari and while Celtic lost a third goal in additional time to Naby Keita, their defeat was academic thanks to events in Romania.

Stambouli earns Spurs

TOTTENHAM made it through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League at White Hart Lane last night.

Benjamin Stambouli struck his first goal for the club in the 49th minute to seal a 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in a match disrupted by fans who made their way onto the pitch.


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