Champions League Qualifying - 2nd Leg
CelticCeltic0Legia WarsawLegia Warsaw2

Celtic 0-2 Legia Warsaw (agg 1-6)

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland's senior football reporter at Murrayfield
Mikel Lustig retrieves the ball as Celtic fall behind to Legia Warsaw

Celtic's ambitions of a third successive Champions League campaign foundered as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat by Legia Warsaw at Murrayfield.

They never looked like turning around the 4-1 first-leg deficit.

The Celtic defence seemed to part as Michal Zyro and Michal Kucharczyk sealed their fate.

It is a crushing blow for Ronny Deila, whose predecessor Neil Lennon guided the club into the last 16 two years ago and into the group stage last season.

Those two campaigns earned Celtic in the region of £33m in prize money alone.

While they still have a chance of a Europa League run, the absence of Champions League football is a massive financial blow, to say nothing of the prestige that comes with playing in Europe's premier competition.

Supporters, who had yet to see their squad strengthened over the summer, must now wait to see if a lack of Champions League football might now hasten the departure of Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk.

And though the Premiership title should still be won comfortably, the prospect of a campaign without the Champions League already feels like something of an anti-climax.

Most frustratingly for Celtic, their departure comes at the hands of a team lacking their recent European pedigree, yet who seemed far more comfortable on this stage over the two legs.

Michal Kucharczyk (right) beats Fraser Forster (centre) to put Legia Warsaw 2-0 ahead
Michal Kucharczyk (right) beats Fraser Forster to put Legia Warsaw 2-0 ahead

Deila was critical of his players after the first leg but they seemed bereft of imagination as they tried to right the wrongs from Warsaw.

Instead, Legia hammered a further nail in their Champions League coffin before the break as they converted one of the few chances created in Edinburgh, where Celtic again played their home tie following their ground's involvement in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Kucharczyk slid a pass through the heart of the Celtic defence and Zyro held off a despairing challenge to slip the ball past Forster.

A second-half onslaught failed to materialise and Legia seemed to be allowed to pass their way to goal at will before Kucharczyk rounded the keeper to score a second.

Anthony Stokes and James Forrest did at least force Dusan Kuciak into good second-half saves but those efforts paled into insignificance in the grand scheme of things.

By way of a crumb of consolation for Deila, both Lennon and Gordon Strachan failed to qualify for the Champions League in their first campaigns before going on to enjoy success.

But the manner of this exit gives further ammunition to the sceptics who questioned the appointment of a man with no experience at this level.

Charlie Mulgrew and Virgil van Dijk leave the field following Celtic's 2-0 defeat by Legia Warsaw
Celtic now face a Europa League play-off after missing out on the Champions League group stage
Legia Warsaw players celebrating
Legia Warsaw have won both of their qualifying rounds 6-1 on aggregate



  • 1Forster
  • 5van DijkBooked at 53mins
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 2Matthews
  • 23LustigSubstituted forGriffithsat 57'minutes
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forPukkiat 71'minutes
  • 6Biton
  • 42McGregor
  • 25JohansenBooked at 65mins
  • 10StokesSubstituted forForrestat 70'minutes


  • Berget
  • 20Pukki
  • 24Zaluska
  • 28Griffiths
  • 33Kayal
  • 49Forrest
  • 53Henderson

Legia Warsaw

  • 12Kuciak
  • 3Jodlowiec
  • 25Rzezniczak
  • 28Broz
  • 15Astiz
  • 17Brzyski
  • 33ZyroSubstituted forBereszynskiat 88'minutes
  • 21Vrdoljak
  • 32RadovicBooked at 55mins
  • 8DudaSubstituted forPintoat 87'minutes
  • 18KucharczykSubstituted forKoseckiat 75'minutes


  • 2Júnior Dossa Momade
  • 9Saganowski
  • 19Bereszynski
  • 20Kosecki
  • 23Pinto
  • 70
  • 91Jalocha
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 0, Legia Warsaw 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Legia Warsaw 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Bartosz Bereszynski replaces Michal Zyro.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Helio Pinto replaces Ondrej Duda.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Jakub Kosecki replaces Michal Kucharczyk.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Kris Commons.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Anthony Stokes.

  8. Booking

    Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Celtic 0, Legia Warsaw 2. Michal Kucharczyk (Legia Warsaw).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Mikael Lustig.

  11. Booking

    Miroslav Radovic (Legia Warsaw) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Second Half

    Second Half begins Celtic 0, Legia Warsaw 1.

  14. Half Time

    First Half ends, Celtic 0, Legia Warsaw 1.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Celtic 0, Legia Warsaw 1. Michal Zyro (Legia Warsaw).

  16. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  17. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 6th August 2014

  • CelticCeltic0Legia WarsawLegia Warsaw2
  • Zenit St PetersburgZenit St Petersburg3AEL LimassolAEL Limassol0
  • Apoel NicosiaApoel Nicosia2HJK HelsinkiHJK Helsinki0
  • Malmö FFMalmö FF2Sparta PragueSparta Prague0
    Malmö FF win on away goals
  • Sheriff TiraspolSheriff Tiraspol0Slovan BratislavaSlovan Bratislava0
  • BesiktasBesiktas3FeyenoordFeyenoord1
  • FCSBFCSB2AktobeAktobe1
  • FC CopenhagenFC Copenhagen2DnipropetrovskDnipropetrovsk0
  • RB SalzburgFC Red Bull Salzburg2FK QarabagFK Qarabag0
  • Dinamo ZagrebDinamo Zagreb0Aalborg BKAalborg BK2
  • Partizan BelgradePartizan Belgrade2LudogoretsLudogorets Razgrad2
    Ludogorets Razgrad win on away goals

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