Europa League - Group A
Celtic1Molde2

Celtic 1-2 Molde

40-year-old Hestad became the oldest scorer in the history of the Europa League
40-year-old Hestad became the oldest scorer in the history of the Europa League

Celtic's defensive frailties were exposed again as their chances of Europa League progress were severely dented by a home defeat by Molde.

First-half goals by Mohamed Elyounoussi and captain Daniel Hestad did the damage as Molde reached the last 32.

Kris Commons had briefly drawn Celtic level but Ronny Deila's side could not muster a second goal and had midfielder Nir Bitton sent off on 75 minutes.

Celtic are bottom of Group A, but two wins will see them through.

They face Ajax at home on 26 November before travelling to Turkey to face Fenerbahce on 10 December.

Case for the defence

The departure of the injured Jozo Simunovic after only nine minutes did nothing to aid Celtic's hopes of keeping the Norwegians out and his replacement, Tyler Blackett, was involved in the concession of the opening goal.

His headed half-clearance was chested down by Elyounoussi and with no pressure applied to the winger, he was able to let it bounce before thumping it past a static Craig Gordon.

Molde's second was even poorer from Celtic's perspective.

Elyounoussi outmuscled Tom Rogic almost on the byeline, and when his cross arrived at the back post, Hestad showed greater desire than Blackett to stab the ball over the line, becoming the oldest player to score in a Europa League tie, at the age of 40.

Mohamed Elyounoussi opened the scoring with a wonderful volley
Mohamed Elyounoussi opened the scoring with a wonderful volley

Blackett's ignominy was complete when he was taken off to be replaced by Nadir Ciftci, and though Bitton slipped into central defence to replace him, he was soon off as well, having hauled down Ola Kamara as he burst through on goal.

Pressure back on Deila

Celtic's response to their 3-1 defeat in Norway two weeks ago had been impressive, as they steamrollered Dundee United, Hearts and Aberdeen.

That had alleviated much of the criticism that had come Deila's way, but despite his recent impassioned defence of the job he is doing, it is sure to mount again.

The Celtic manager stresses he has the backing of both chief executive Peter Lawwell and major shareholder Dermot Desmond.

Commons diverted Bitton's shot into the net for the leveller
Commons diverted Bitton's shot into the net for the leveller

Both men have set the parameters by which Deila will be judged and imposed a stricter budget with which to impose his vision, yet neither could have lowered their expectations to accommodate such under-achievement in Europe.

Unlucky Celtic?

The result might have been very different had either of Celtic's early strikes counted, but marginal offside decisions meant Bitton and Leigh Griffiths were both left disappointed.

They did haul themselves back into the match when Commons redirected Bitton's half-hit volley to wrong-foot Ethan Horvath.

And the keeper denied them a second equaliser with two outstanding saves from headers by Mikael Lustig and Bitton, while the usually deadly Griffiths volleyed millimetres wide.

Nonetheless, Molde watched a Joona Toivio free-kick whistle by the post and an outstanding Kamara effort from outside the box rattled the bar, so the Norwegians' victory was scarcely a fluke.

This was simply another lacklustre European performance by a Celtic team capable of so much better.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigBooked at 30mins
  • 20Boyata
  • 5SimunovicSubstituted forBlackettat 9'minutesSubstituted forCiftciat 69'minutes
  • 63Tierney
  • 6BittonBooked at 76mins
  • 25JohansenBooked at 66mins
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forForrestat 45'minutes
  • 18Rogic
  • 14Armstrong
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 2Blackett
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 4Ambrose
  • 7Ciftci
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 26Bailly
  • 49Forrest

Molde

  • 1Horvath
  • 14LinnesBooked at 38mins
  • 5Toivio
  • 25Forren
  • 23Rindaroy
  • 16HussainSubstituted forGabrielsenat 90+5'minutes
  • 6Hestad
  • 7Singh
  • 9MoströmSubstituted forHestadat 62'minutes
  • 20HoilandSubstituted forKamaraat 45'minutes
  • 24Elyounoussi

Substitutes

  • 2Semb Berge
  • 4Gabrielsen
  • 11Kamara
  • 15Flo
  • 19Hestad
  • 21Pinto Moraes Junior
  • 34da Silva
Referee:
Slavko Vincic
Attendance:
37,071

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamMolde
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 1, Molde 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Molde 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Molde. Ruben Gabrielsen replaces Etzaz Hussain.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Ethan Horvath (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

Eirik Hestad (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ola Kamara (Molde).

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Ola Kamara (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Ola Kamara (Molde).

Ola Kamara (Molde) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Knut Olav Rindaroy.

Offside, Celtic. Craig Gordon tries a through ball, but Leigh Griffiths is caught offside.

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joona Toivio (Molde).

Joona Toivio (Molde) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Dismissal

Nir Bitton (Celtic) is shown the red card.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

Ola Kamara (Molde) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Attempt missed. Mohammed Elyounoussi (Molde) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ethan Horvath.

Offside, Celtic. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Nir Bitton is caught offside.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Martin Linnes.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nadir Ciftci replaces Tyler Blackett.

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).

Eirik Hestad (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daniel Hestad (Molde) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Etzaz Hussain with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Molde. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Booking

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Mohammed Elyounoussi (Molde) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).

Harmeet Singh (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nir Bitton (Celtic) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leigh Griffiths with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Molde. Eirik Hestad replaces Mattias Moström because of an injury.

Delay in match Mattias Moström (Molde) because of an injury.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ethan Horvath.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 5th November 2015

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde431094510
2Fenerbahçe412145-15
3Ajax403134-13
4Celtic402269-32

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Sion42205328
2Liverpool41304316
3Bordeaux403123-13
4Rubin Kazan402224-22

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund4310103710
2FK Krasnodar42115417
3PAOK Salonika403123-13
4FK Qabala401329-71

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli44001611512
2FC Midtjylland4202510-56
3Club Brugge411239-64
4Legia Warsaw401315-41

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna440084412
2Villarreal43018359
3Viktoria Plzen410356-13
4Dinamo Minsk400419-80

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga43015329
2Slovan Liberec42113217
3Marseille42026426
4FC Groningen401316-51

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio431094510
2Saint-Étienne42118537
3Dnipropetrovsk411225-34
4Rosenborg401338-51

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow42207348
2Besiktas41304316
3Sporting411278-14
4Skenderbeu410348-43

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel43017349
2Fiorentina42028446
3Lech Poznan411225-34
4Belenenses411227-54

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham42117527
2Monaco41304316
3FK Qarabag411235-24
4Anderlecht411245-14

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke422010378
2Sparta Prague41306426
3Asteras Tripolis411247-34
4Apoel Nicosia410328-63

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao430111479
2Partizan Belgrade4202710-36
3Augsburg42027706
4AZ Alkmaar410359-43
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