Guarin's screamer sinks brave Hoops dreams in Milan
RONNY DEILA couldn’t hold back his anger after he watched 10-man Celtic lose 1-0 to Inter Milan to crash out of the Europa League.
After a 3-3 draw in the first leg at Parkhead Celtic started confidently in the San Siro but the sending off of Virgil van Dijk shortly before half-time swung the game Inter’s way with Freddi Guarin scoring the decisive goal in the 87th minute.
“He had a bad day at work,” the Celtic boss said about referee Ivan Kruzliak of Slovakia. “If I had as bad a day we would have lost five or six zero.
“It’s a very disappointed gang of players that are in my dressing room, I feel very sorry for them but also very proud.
“We played very well for 90 minutes, when it was 11 against 11 we were in control and had one big chance. We have to use that in our domestic matches and hopefully get back to the Champions League.”
Celtic started brightly and were presented with a great opportunity in the sixth minute but after a great first touch to take him through on Juan Pablo Carrizo Gary Mackay-Steven shot weakly at the Inter keeper.
Shortly afterwards the Hoops had a strong appeal for a penalty waved away as Davide Santon barged into the back of Stuart Armstrong as Deila’s side made the sort of start that the 5,000 travelling supporters had hoped for.
Celtic were looking the most likely side to open the scoring but their prospects were dealt a serious blow in the 37th minute when van Dijk was ordered off after two yellow cards offences.
Efe Ambrose replaced Mackay-Steven with the Hoops adopting a more defensive approach to reach half-time without losing a goal.
After the break Celtic resumed on the front foot but were unable to carve out any clear cut chances while at the other end Gordon was forced into a great block on the hour mark after Juan Icardi was sent through on goal.
With their one-man advantage Inter chased the goal that would put the tie beyond Celtic but the Hoops defence stood firm with James Forrest and Kris Commons introduced as Celtic chased an unlikely goal.
Three minutes from the end Celtic’s fate was sealed when a stunning 25-metre shot from Guarin flew across Gordon into the top corner of the net.