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  1. FT: Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Celtic (de Amorim) (Johansen)
  2. Celtic well placed to reach last 32
  3. Scots are second behind Salzburg in Group D

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Well, the table suggests Celtic will be in the last 32 of the competition, though there is still work to be done. Thanks very much for your time and contributions here on the BBC sport website. I hope you can join us for our live text commentary of Motherwell's Scottish Premiership against Dundee United on Friday evening. A very good night to you all.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

"We are in a better position now than we were before the game." [Celtic are five points ahead of third-placed Dinamo Zagreb and two behind Group D leaders FC Salzburg.]

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

"We had chances to kill the game but it was not enough today. I think we have something to work on when we get 1-0 up. We should go for more. We didn't have too many chances against us. The performance was OK but the result should be better."

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

"The first half was excellent. We scored a nice goal. In the second half we controlled it quite well but they scored with a fantastic shot. In the end it was a point. I am not happy with that but it is better than nothing. The player [Leigh Griffiths] said he didn't do anything [at disallowed goal]. We should have had 2-1. Sometimes that happens."

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Ross, Haddington: "Why Celtic not good away in Europe? Simple, they are used to playing games where if they are ahead in the first half, it is just easy to get a 2nd goal easily in the 2nd half. BUT in Europe the teams are consistently better."

We should hear from the Celtic manager Ronny Deila soon, though it's likely to be in the form of a media conference rather than a one-to-one interview.

Craig Gordon looks on as the ball rests in the back of his net

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon looks on as the ball rests in the back of his net following William De Amorim's superb strike from the left-hand side of the box.

BBC Scotland football pundit Pat Bonner

"I was disappointed in the second-half performance. They got sloppy, passing balls across the midfield, trying things they shouldn't be doing. All they had to do was keep the ball and keep it going. These goals come out of nothing and they put you under pressure at the end of the game. Ronny would have loved to have gone through [tonight] and to top the group. They weren't able to kill the game off. You could see the confidence ebbing away."

BBC Scotland's Tom English

"He [Vincent Laban] went in there to hurt Charlie Mulgrew. It was an awful, awful tackle."

BBC Scotland's Tom English

"Celtic lost their edge. The tempo went. They allowed Astra to get back into it. I'm sure they'll still qualify. They could have done it tonight. This is the fifth time they have lost a lead away in Europe this season. That shows a weakness in the team. Celtic are 127 years old today. They could have had a party if they had won through to the last 32 but it fell flat."


Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Celtic

It's a point for Celtic in Romania but they will feel it could have been more. A win would have put them through, given the 5-1 victory for FC Salzburg at Dinamo Zagreb.

Virgil van Dijk, Celtic's Dutch defender, is booked for pushing Laban on the back of the head, "encouraging" him to take an early bath. It really was a shocking, lunging tackle by the Astra player - thankfully the studs were down but he had both feet off the ground as he thumped Mulgrew.


Astra's Vincent Laban is sent off for an outrageous tackle on Charlie Mulgrew.


Three minutes of injury time.

Craig Gordon saves but fails to hold a George Florescu drive but he can thank his Celtic defence for being in close proximity to mop up his spillage.

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BBC Scotland football pundit Pat Bonner

"Celtic just want the match to finish. They would take the 1-1 draw at this stage."

Well, this could go either way now. Four minutes plus injury time remaining.


Leigh Griffiths is through on the keeper but somehow fails to find the net from close range, with Lung making a fine save. Seconds later he does have the ball over the line but the "goal" is ruled out for a soft-looking infringement by Griffiths on the defender who leapt to clear the ball lobbed into the box. That's a shade unlucky for Celtic, I'd say.


Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Celtic

Astra combine the passes in the Celtic box and when the ball moves away from goal the Scots could be forgiven for thinking the danger was easing. However, they had not reckoned on the sub William de Amorim curling a superb strike beyond Craig Gordon. What a goal!

At the other end of the pitch, Charlie Mulgrew, in a central position, heaves a shot at the Astra goal where Silviu Lung dives to keep the score at 1-0.

Astra full-back Vasileios Pliatsikas, Cafu-like, sweeps down the right flank, hops past a few challenges and makes the most of the dipping ball by volleying a powerful shot with the outside of his boot at the Celtic goal. Craig Gordon is well placed and strong enough to parry it to safety.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila makes a change: Leigh Griffiths is on for the disappointing Stefan Scepovic, with 17 minutes to go.

In Romania, Celtic still have the lead. Yahaya's challenge on Scott Brown in the Celtic box is too strong for the Ukrainian referee Serhiy Boiko and the Scottish champions can ease the pressure on their defence.

The latest score in Croatia is Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 FC Salzburg. That's three goals in five minutes.

Angelo Henríquez Iturra has pulled one back for Dinamo Zagreb. They now trail the Austrians 2-1 with less than half an hour to play in their Group D match.

FC Salzburg lead Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 now in Croatia, which means Celtic and the Austrians would go through to the last 32 if the scores stay as they are.

Astra have made their second change of the match, with George Florescu replacing Constantin Budescu.

The Celtic players in their familiar huddle

The Celtic players gather in their familiar huddle, though it could be a cluster of evergreen trees with orange flowers at the base of their trunks.

Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner

"It is the coldest night ever in Romania and some Celtic fans have got their tops off. I don't know where they're getting their heat from."

Vincent Laban's free-kick to the back post is cleared by Celtic. They win a throw-in and try to get their passing going once more.

Some lovely play by Celtic's Honduran full-back Emilio Izaguirre as he weaves his way past Vincent Laban down the left. You get the feeling Celtic have another goal in them but Astra cannot be written off yet.

Celtic goalie Craig Gordon uses his long limbs to step out from his goal-line and punch clear a threatening cross from the right.

The Celtic fans make themselves heard at the Stadionul Marin Anastasovici.

The Celtic fans make themselves heard at the Stadionul Marin Anastasovici.

Astra come close to a leveller as Gabriel Enache finds space on the right to cross for Constantin Budescu who blasts over the bar.

BBC Scotland football pundit Pat Bonner

"You'd expect a player of his value [£2m] to be hitting the target."

Stefan Scepovic blows the chance to double Celtic's advantage as he blazes high over the bar in the first move of the second half.


And we're off...

Astra make a substitution just before the second half gets under way - William Amorim on for Joãozinho.

The players are back out on the pitch in Giurgiu. Kick-off approaches.