Europa League - Group D
Astra Giurgiu1Celtic1

Europa League: Astra Giurgiu v Celtic

Celtic skipper Scott Brown challenges for the ball
  • Stefan Johansen opens scoring for Celtic
  • William de Amorim levels with curling effort
  • Celtic on eight points in Group D

Celtic missed the chance to seal a spot in the last 32 of the Europa League with two games to spare as Astra Giurgiu fought back to earn a draw.

Stefan Johansen fired the Scottish champions into the lead at a fog-bound Marin Anastasovici Stadium.

But the Romanian hosts squared it through William de Amorim's effort, before Vincent Laban was red-carded for a challenge on Charlie Mulgrew.

Celtic are on eight points in Group D and remain well-placed to progress.

The match went ahead despite heavy fog making for very poor visibility.

Celtic created the first chance, when Emilio Izaguirre knocked the ball through a defender's legs and delivered into the area where Johansen fired it goalwards, only for keeper Silviu Lung to palm it wide.

Stefan Johansen scores for Celtic
Stefan Johansen sends Celtic into the lead with a shot from the edge of the box that took a deflection

The hosts first threatened midway through the half when Seidu Yahaya cut in from the left and crashed in a shot from outside the box that looked destined for the top corner until Craig Gordon superbly tipped it away at full stretch.

And that save was made all the more crucial minutes later when the visitors edged ahead.

Johansen was hauled down just outside the box and when Mulgrew's free-kick hit the wall and an attempted clearance popped up perfectly for the Norwegian, he fired home from 20 yards with the help of a deflection off Vasileios Pliatsikas.

Mubarak Wukaso and Mulgrew both had shots from distance saved by Lung late in the half, and the hosts had claims for a penalty turned down when Sadat Bukari tumbled under the challenge of Jason Denayer.

Stefan Scepovic passed up a golden chance to make it 2-0 at the start of the second half, firing well over after Johansen played him in with a delightful flick.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon was left stranded when William de Amorim curled a shot beyond him to square it
Celtic keeper Craig Gordon was left stranded when William de Amorim curled a shot beyond him to square it

Astra then missed a fine chance of their own, with Constantin Budescu blasting high over the bar from Gabriel Enache's centre.

Celtic substitute Leigh Griffiths had an effort blocked when he looked certain to score before Mulgrew's long range shot was tipped on to the post by Lung.

Astra then squared it through sub de Amorim, who curled a delightful shot beyond Gordon and into the top corner from the angle of the area.

Griffiths was denied by a great stop from Lung and the striker then had a goal ruled out for a foul in the box.

The Romanians were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Laban was shown a straight red card for a wild lunge on Mulgrew.

Salzburg's 5-1 win away to Dinamo Zagreb meant a win would have been enough for Ronny Deila's Celtic to reach the knockout phase.

Line-ups

Astra Giurgiu

  • 1Lung Jr.
  • 22Pliatsikas
  • 5S Ben YoussefBooked at 36mins
  • 15Oros
  • 13Morais Júnior
  • 14LabanBooked at 90mins
  • 6YahayaBooked at 66minsSubstituted forSetoat 81'minutes
  • 9Enache
  • 10BudescuSubstituted forFlorescuat 62'minutes
  • 23Reis GraçaSubstituted forde Amorimat 45'minutes
  • 19BukariBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Florescu
  • 8Seto
  • 20Chitu
  • 25Gaman
  • 26Rus
  • 33Coman
  • 91de Amorim

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van DijkBooked at 90mins
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 8BrownBooked at 66mins
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 42McGregor
  • 25Johansen
  • 32WakasoSubstituted forMatthewsat 81'minutes
  • 12ScepovicSubstituted forGriffithsat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Matthews
  • 4Ambrose
  • 6Bitton
  • 24Zaluska
  • 27Tonev
  • 28Griffiths
  • 33Kayal
Referee:
Sergey Boyko

Match Stats

Home TeamAstra GiurgiuAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Astra Giurgiu 1, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Astra Giurgiu 1, Celtic 1.

Hand ball by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Booking

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

Dismissal

Vincent Laban (Astra Giurgiu) is shown the red card.

Adam Matthews (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vincent Laban (Astra Giurgiu).

Booking

Sadat Bukari (Astra Giurgiu) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Vincent Laban (Astra Giurgiu) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

Silviu Lung Jr. (Astra Giurgiu) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Júnior Morais (Astra Giurgiu).

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sadat Bukari (Astra Giurgiu).

Attempt saved. George Florescu (Astra Giurgiu) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sadat Bukari.

Foul by Jason Denayer (Celtic).

Sadat Bukari (Astra Giurgiu) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

Takayuki Seto (Astra Giurgiu) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Cristian Oros (Astra Giurgiu) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Silviu Lung Jr..

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Offside, Astra Giurgiu. Syam Ben Youssef tries a through ball, but Sadat Bukari is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Astra Giurgiu. Takayuki Seto replaces Seydou Yahaya.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Adam Matthews replaces Mubarak Wakaso.

Goal!

Goal! Astra Giurgiu 1, Celtic 1. William de Amorim (Astra Giurgiu) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

George Florescu (Astra Giurgiu) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Silviu Lung Jr..

Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Júnior Morais (Astra Giurgiu).

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

George Florescu (Astra Giurgiu) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Attempt saved. Vasileios Pliatsikas (Astra Giurgiu) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Seydou Yahaya.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Mgladbach42209278
2Villarreal421111567
3FC Zürich4112710-34
4Apollon Limassol4103313-103

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Club Brugge42208178
2Torino42114227
3FC Copenhagen411236-34
4HJK Helsinki410328-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas42208358
2Tottenham42208358
3Asteras Tripolis411258-34
4Partizan Belgrade401318-71

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg4310136710
2Celtic42206428
3Dinamo Zagreb4103811-33
4Astra Giurgiu4013410-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow440062412
2PSV Eindhoven42115417
3Estoril Praia410334-13
4Panathinaikos401348-41

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan42204138
2Dnipropetrovsk411223-14
3FK Qarabag411224-24
4Saint-Étienne40401104

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla42207348
2Feyenoord420256-16
3Standard Liege411245-14
4HNK Rijeka411257-24

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton42208268
2Wolfsburg421111837
3Lille403125-33
4FK Krasnodar4022511-62

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli43018359
2Sparta Prague430111479
3BSC Young Boys42028626
4Slovan Bratislava4004014-140

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev43018449
2Steaua Bucharest421111657
3Aalborg BK420248-46
4Rio Ave401338-51

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina431081710
2Guingamp42114317
3PAOK Salonika41127524
4Dinamo Minsk4013111-101

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Legia Warsaw440051412
2Trabzonspor42115327
3KSC Lokeren411224-24
4Metalist Kharkiv400426-40
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