Champions League - Qualifying Third Round - 2nd Leg
Rosenborg0Celtic1

Champions League: Celtic progress thanks to stunning James Forrest strike

Celtic attacker James Forrest
Celtic attacker James Forrest started as a striker but scored the critical goal after moving back to the wing

James Forrest's outstanding strike from a tight angle saw off a dogged Rosenborg side to secure Celtic's place in the Champions League play-off round.

The visitors created the better opportunities in a goalless first half but had to survive a spell of Rosenborg pressure after the interval.

Celtic's patience was rewarded when Forrest lashed the ball in from the right of the area after 69 minutes.

Rosenborg pushed forward in the final stages but could not break Celtic down.

The Scottish champions will face Astana, Qarabag, Rijeka, Hapoel Beer Sheva or Slavia Prague in the play-off round, with Kazakh side Astana and Israel's Hapoel having lost to Celtic in last year's competition.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers had opted for an element of caution, leaving the fit-again Leigh Griffiths on the bench and starting winger Forrest as a makeshift central striker.

Erik Sviatchenko returned to the starting line-up, but lasted only 24 minutes before injury forced him off. Celtic endured the setback, though, and eventually prevailed, with Forrest spurning a one-on-one with the goalkeeper late on to increase the lead.

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko
Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko had to be replaced after injuring his knee in a collision with Anders Konradsen

The Scottish champions created few chances in the home leg, but Rodgers was confident his side would benefit from an extra week's training as they try to rediscover the devastating attacking fluency of so much of last season's play.

Kieran Tierney was certainly prominent early on as a threat down the left, surging forward from his full-back role, and one drilled cross presented an opportunity to Forrest, whose effort was tipped over by Rosenborg goalkeeper Andre Hansen.

Celtic's best other effort came from a set piece, with Jonny Hayes slinging over a cross that Sviatchenko headed on target only for his Danish compatriot Nicklas Bendtner to block the ball on its way to the goal-line.

Rosenborg tried to prompt and probe in the final third when they could make ground forward, but all that Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon had to cope with was a weak long-range effort by Milan Jevtovic.

The home side were more assertive after the interval, though, noticeably closing the Celtic players down more urgently. The change in approach was effective, since they enjoyed a spell of pressure.

Celtic mostly stood firm, but Bendtner was a threat and showing a deft touch with his chest, he steered a high ball cleverly into the path of Yann-Erik de Lanlay, who pulled his shot beyond the far post.

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila
Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila took in the game in Trondheim

Needing to alter the dynamic of the game, Rodgers replaced Hayes with Griffiths, hoping that the centre forward and proven scorer would provide a cutting edge to his side.

Bendtner continued to show more willingness to be involved, and another intervention led to Mike Jensen's shot just brushing the outside of the post.

Rosenborg's menace would have been a concern for Celtic, but the visitors played with maturity and continued to rely on their self-belief; it was eventually rewarded.

Sinclair burst through the middle to the edge of the area then moved the ball out to Forrest on the right, who skipped past his marker then lashed the ball high past Hansen from a tight angle, the ball crashing in off the underside of the bar.

It was the breakthrough that Celtic craved, and enough to secure a deserved place in Friday's play-off round draw.

Line-ups

Rosenborg

  • 1Hansen
  • 2Hedenstad
  • 14Bjørdal
  • 16Skjelvik
  • 3Meling
  • 7Jensen
  • 8Konradsen
  • 21Midtsjø
  • 26JevtovicBooked at 38minsSubstituted forHellandat 73'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 9Bendtner
  • 11de LanlaySubstituted forVilhjálmssonat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Rasmussen
  • 10Vilhjálmsson
  • 15Rashani
  • 20Gersbach
  • 23Helland
  • 24Østbø
  • 25Lundemo

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 5Simunovic
  • 28SviatchenkoSubstituted forBittonat 25'minutes
  • 63Tierney
  • 15HayesSubstituted forGriffithsat 58'minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 8Brown
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forRogicat 71'minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 49Forrest

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 9Griffiths
  • 12Gamboa
  • 18Rogic
  • 21Ntcham
  • 24de Vries
  • 88Kouassi
Referee:
Jonathan Lardot
Attendance:
20,974

Live Text

Match ends, Rosenborg 0, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rosenborg 0, Celtic 1.

Booking

Pål Helland (Rosenborg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Rosenborg. Matthías Vilhjálmsson replaces Yann-Erik de Lanlay.

Substitution

Substitution, Rosenborg. Pål Helland replaces Milan Jevtovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Goal!

Goal! Rosenborg 0, Celtic 1. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Jonny Hayes.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rosenborg 0, Celtic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Rosenborg 0, Celtic 0.

Booking

Milan Jevtovic (Rosenborg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Erik Sviatchenko because of an injury.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

  • Rosenborg0Celtic1
    (Agg 0-1)FT
  • Apoel Nic4Viitorul Constanta0
    (Agg 4-1)AET
  • CSKA1AEK Athens0
    (Agg 3-0)FT
  • Istanbul Basaksehir2Club Brugge0
    (Agg 5-3)FT
  • BATE Bor2Slavia Prague1
    (Agg 2-2)FTSlavia Prague win on away goals
  • FC Copenhagen4Vardar1
    (Agg 4-2)FT
  • Viktoria Plzen1Steaua Buc4
    (Agg 3-6)FT
  • Young Boys2Dynamo Kiev0
    (Agg 3-3)FTYoung Boys win on away goals
  • Ludo Razgd3Hapoel Be'er Sheva1
    (Agg 3-3)FTHapoel Be'er Sheva win on away goals
  • Ajax2Nice2
    (Agg 3-3)FTNice win on away goals
  • HNK Rijeka0FC RB Salzb0
    (Agg 1-1)FTHNK Rijeka win on away goals
  • Legia War1FC Astana0
    (Agg 2-3)FT
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