Europa League - Round of 32 - 2nd Leg
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Europa League: Inter Milan 1-0 Celtic (agg 4-3)

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at the San Siro
Virgil van Dijk is sent off by Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak
Virgil van Dijk is sent off by Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak
  • Inter proceed to last 16 of Europa League
  • Celtic's Virgil van Dijk sent off in 36th minute
  • Craig Gordon makes series of saves to deny Inter
  • Fredy Guarin blasts winner two minutes from the end

Celtic battled stoically in the San Siro before succumbing to a stunning late strike from Inter's Fredy Guarin.

Any chance the Scottish champions had of progressing looked to have been extinguished when Virgil van Dijk was shown a first-half red card.

But Celtic did not crumble and remained in the tie until Guarin's fine finish.

Despite the disappointment of their exit, Ronny Deila can take comfort from his side's ability to compete with the Milanese over two legs.

Celtic's Jason Denayer and Nir Bitton were defensively outstanding as Celtic spent most of the second half camped around their own box.

But neither they nor keeper Craig Gordon could resist Guarin's blistering drive from 22 yards.

Celtic's most famous victory on foreign soil was against Inter Milan in the 1967 European Cup final and hopes of a first win on Italian soil were high before Van Dijk's sending off.

However, there was a first-minute scare when the Dutchman allowed Mauro Icardi in behind him, only for the striker to scuff his shot at Gordon.

In an open, end-to-end first half Gary Mackay-Steven had Celtic's best opportunity but struck his shot straight at Inter keeper Juan Pablo Carrizo.

Two Celtic penalty claims went unheeded by Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak, who took a harder line as Van Dijk caught Rodrigo Palacio from behind and shortly afterwards picked up a second booking for a foul on Icardi.

That changed the balance of the match, with Celtic forced largely onto the defensive as centre-half Denayer blocked Xherdan Shaqiri's goalbound shot and Gordon kept out Danilo D'Ambrosio on the rebound.

The Celtic goalkeeper also made an absolutely stunning one-handed save to claw away Mauro Icardi's header from a free-kick moments after Van Dijk's dismissal.

Celtic's organisation and stout defending meant the goalkeeper was largely unworked after the break until having to pick Guarin's shot out of the net, the moment the tie was sealed.

The Celtic team
Celtic's starting 11 pose for a team photo ahead of kick-off in the San Siro
Celtic fans set off flares
Celtic were fined by Uefa earlier in the week for their fans setting off flares, but some did so again in the San Siro
Celtic keeper Craig Gordon prevents Xherdan Shaquiri from opening the scoring
Celtic keeper Craig Gordon prevents Xherdan Shaquiri from opening the scoring

Line-ups

Inter Milan

  • 30Carrizo
  • 21Santon
  • 23Ranocchia
  • 5Nunes Jesus
  • 33D'AmbrosioBooked at 43minsSubstituted forCampagnaroat 81'minutes
  • 13GuarínBooked at 78mins
  • 18Medel
  • 88de Carvalho Andrade LimaSubstituted forKovacicat 80'minutes
  • 91Shaqiri
  • 8PalacioSubstituted forPuscasat 89'minutes
  • 9Icardi

Substitutes

  • 1Handanovic
  • 10Kovacic
  • 14Campagnaro
  • 15Vidic
  • 17Kuzmanovic
  • 20Obi
  • 28Puscas

Celtic

  • 26GordonBooked at 71mins
  • 2MatthewsBooked at 86mins
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van DijkBooked at 36mins
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 53mins
  • 8Brown
  • 6BittonBooked at 85mins
  • 16Mackay-StevenSubstituted forAmbroseat 40'minutes
  • 25Johansen
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forCommonsat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9GuidettiSubstituted forForrestat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ambrose
  • 10Stokes
  • 15Commons
  • 24Zaluska
  • 32Wakaso
  • 49Forrest
  • 53Henderson
Referee:
Ivan Kruzliak

Match Stats

Home TeamInter MilanAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inter Milan 1, Celtic 0.

  2. Booking

    Kris Commons (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inter Milan 1, Celtic 0.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hugo Campagnaro with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

  6. Post update

    Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. George Puscas replaces Rodrigo Palacio.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Inter Milan 1, Celtic 0. Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Davide Santon.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Medel (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

  12. Booking

    Adam Matthews (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

  15. Post update

    Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

  17. Booking

    Nir Bitton (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Gary Medel (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan).

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Thursday 26th February 2015

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