Europa League - Group A
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Europa League: Molde 3-1 Celtic

Molde striker Ole Kamara celebrates
Ole Kamara opened the scoring for Molde

Celtic's chances of a place in the knockout phase of the Europa League were reduced as Molde consolidated their lead at the top of Group A.

In atrocious conditions, Dedryck Boyata's slack pass paved the way for Ola Kamara to secure an early lead.

That was followed by a second from Vegard Forren on 18 minutes, which put the Norwegian champions in command.

Kris Commons reduced the deficit after the break, but Mohamed Elyounoussi soon restored the two-goal advantage.

It means Celtic trail Molde by five points before their return match at Celtic Park in two weeks' time.

They and Ajax sit on two points, two behind Fenerbahce following the Turks' 1-0 victory over the Dutch in Istanbul.

Defensive frailties

Celtic's Kris Commons shows his disappointment at being substituted
Celtic midfielder Kris Commons shows his anger at being substituted

Celtic have been undone by slack defensive play and questionable goalkeeping on more than one occasion this season and both were in evidence again.

Boyata gifted possession to Elyounoussi for the first goal and Craig Gordon looked cumbersome as he tried to keep out Kamara's near-post shot.

Molde centre-half Joona Toivio was allowed to cross for his defensive partner Forren to volley unchallenged past Gordon for the second.

And it was too easy for Molde to open up the visitors' defence for a third when Celtic should have been revitalised having just got back into the game.

Molde could have added more in the second half as Kamara - Deila's former protege at Stromsgodset - twice passed up excellent opportunities and Gordon saved well from Etzaz Hussain.

Nir Bitton almost made the scoreline more respectable with a late shot off the bar, but that would have been an unfair reflection of Molde's dominance.

An unhappy homecoming

Molde head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shelters from the rain
Molde head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was all but singing in the rain against Celtic

Ronny Deila had played down the significance of his own return to Norway, stressing merely his constant desire to win football matches.

Yet it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was able to celebrate a winning return to Norwegian football.

The reappointed Molde head coach - a local hero already in these parts - may not have been back in charge long enough to take great credit for any tactical masterstrokes, but his side outfought and out-thought Celtic.

After a tentative start, they bossed the game and have given themselves an excellent chance of progressing in the competition.

There was tension in the visiting ranks as Commons was taken off despite being one of the few Celtic players to offer a threat.

The forward directed his anger at the Celtic bench as the supporters sang his name.

It is one of a number of issues that need to be addressed if Celtic are to turn this European campaign around.

Stats you need to know

  • The Bhoys have kept one clean sheet in their last 18 Europa League games, conceding 32 goals in a run stretching back to December 2009.
  • Celtic have now let in two or more goals in each of their last five European games (including qualifiers).
  • There were 47 seconds between Commons' goal for Celtic and Elyounoussi's for Molde.

Line-ups

Molde

  • 1Horvath
  • 14Linnes
  • 5Toivio
  • 25Forren
  • 23RindaroySubstituted forFloat 52'minutes
  • 16Hussain
  • 6Hestad
  • 7Singh
  • 9Moström
  • 11KamaraSubstituted forHestadat 74'minutes
  • 24ElyounoussiSubstituted forBakengaat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Semb Berge
  • 15Flo
  • 19Hestad
  • 20Hoiland
  • 27Bakenga
  • 32Svendsen
  • 34da Silva

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 20Boyata
  • 4AmbroseBooked at 82mins
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 8Brown
  • 6Bitton
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forCiftciat 76'minutes
  • 25Johansen
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 74'minutes
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 2Blackett
  • 7Ciftci
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 18Rogic
  • 26Bailly
  • 42McGregor
  • 63Tierney
Referee:
Vladislav Bezborodov
Attendance:
9,166

Match Stats

Home TeamMoldeAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Molde 3, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Molde 3, Celtic 1.

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Eirik Hestad (Molde).

Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gary Mackay-Steven.

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mushaga Bakenga (Molde).

Attempt saved. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mikael Lustig with a cross.

Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mushaga Bakenga (Molde).

Nir Bitton (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Per Egil Flo (Molde) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eirik Hestad with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Molde. Mushaga Bakenga replaces Mohammed Elyounoussi.

Corner, Molde. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

Attempt saved. Etzaz Hussain (Molde) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohammed Elyounoussi.

Attempt missed. Vegard Forren (Molde) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joona Toivio with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

Martin Linnes (Molde) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Eirik Hestad (Molde) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mohammed Elyounoussi.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nadir Ciftci replaces Kris Commons.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Molde. Eirik Hestad replaces Ola Kamara.

Attempt missed. Ola Kamara (Molde) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harmeet Singh.

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Hestad (Molde).

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Mohammed Elyounoussi (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Brown.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Joona Toivio.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Vegard Forren.

Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikael Lustig.

Attempt missed. Ola Kamara (Molde) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Martin Linnes with a cross.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Etzaz Hussain (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Celtic. Stuart Armstrong tries a through ball, but Leigh Griffiths is caught offside.

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Etzaz Hussain (Molde).

Goal!

Goal! Molde 3, Celtic 1. Mohammed Elyounoussi (Molde) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mattias Moström with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 22nd October 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde32107347
2Fenerbahçe311145-14
3Ajax302134-12
4Celtic302157-22

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Sion32104227
2Liverpool30303303
3Bordeaux302112-12
4Rubin Kazan302123-12

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund32106337
2FK Krasnodar31113304
3PAOK Salonika30301103
4FK Qabala301225-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli3300111109
2FC Midtjylland32015506
3Club Brugge301229-71
4Legia Warsaw301214-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna33006339
2Villarreal32016246
3Viktoria Plzen31024403
4Dinamo Minsk300307-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga33005239
2Slovan Liberec31112204
3Marseille31025413
4FC Groningen301215-41

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio32107437
2Dnipropetrovsk31112204
3Saint-Étienne31115504
4Rosenborg301236-31

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow32106247
2Besiktas31203215
3Sporting31117524
4Skenderbeu300318-70

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel32015326
2Belenenses311125-34
3Lech Poznan311123-14
4Fiorentina31026423

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco31203215
2Anderlecht31113304
3Tottenham31115414
4FK Qarabag310224-23

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke32109277
2Sparta Prague31205325
3Apoel Nicosia310226-43
4Asteras Tripolis301227-51

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao32016336
2Partizan Belgrade32016516
3AZ Alkmaar310245-13
4Augsburg310236-33
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