Champions League - Qualifying - Third Round - 2nd Leg
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FK Qarabag 0-0 Celtic (agg 0-1)

Rydell Popoen and Virgil van Dijk
Celtic were one up from the first leg and protected their lead

Celtic progressed to the Champions League play-off round as a goalless draw in Baku allowed them to complete a 1-0 aggregate win over Qarabag.

An excellent save by Craig Gordon denied Qarabag's Richard Almeida midway through the first half.

Stuart Armstrong and Stefan Johansen fired shots wide for the visitors after the break as openings remained scarce.

Ronny Deila's side are now two legs away from the group stage and will discover their opponents on Friday.

Teams Celtic could face in play-off
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
Malmo (Sweden)
Skenderbeu Korce (Albania)
Astana (Kazakhstan)

Dedryck Boyata's headed goal from the first leg sealed Celtic's seeded place in the draw, while Qarabag dropped into the Europa League play-off round.

There had been concerns about the pitch at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium following reports the surface had been badly damaged by the heat.

However, Deila had dismissed suggestions that either the pitch or the heat in the Azerbaijan capital would hamper his side's chances.

Celtic, fielding an unchanged starting line-up from last Wednesday, absorbed pressure from the hosts in the opening half-hour but had few direct efforts at goal to deal with.

Gary Nackay-Steven in action for Celtic against Qarabag
The second leg proved to be a tense affair with few chances

Gordon flapped at a cross and Rydell Poepon could not take advantage but the goalkeeper was much more convincing when he beat away Richard's effort.

The Brazilian lined up his left-foot shot from 22 yards and curled the ball towards the inside of Gordon's right-hand post only to be left frustrated by the Scotland international's stretching save.

In attack, the visitors were restricted to breakaways and rarely got into dangerous areas.

Nir Bitton attempted to catch Ibrahim Sehic out with an audacious shot from near the centre circle, the keeper clutching after a momentary panic.

Alharbi El Jadeyaoui tried a chip of his own early in the second half but Gordon comfortably caught the 20-yard shot.

Though Qarabag's attacking continued to stutter, Celtic became less and less able to mount meaningful advances and their passing often let them down.

However, Armstrong sought to break the malaise with a shot from the left that had power but lacked accuracy.

As the game entered its closing stages, Johansen had only Sehic to beat as he latched on to an Armstrong pass but could not hit the target.

James Forrest injected fresh pace as a replacement for Armstrong and his forceful, driving run took him clear of the Qarabag defence, but he elected to pass instead of shoot and the hosts scrambled clear.

After five minutes of stoppage time, the Celtic players were celebrating and will now contemplate the challenge of overcoming their final hurdle to the Champions League group stage.

Line-ups

FK Qarabag

  • 13Sehic
  • 18Qurbanov
  • 55Huseynov
  • 14Sadiqov
  • 25Agolli
  • 10Quintana SosaSubstituted forTagiyevat 84'minutes
  • 2Garayev
  • 20Almeida de Oliveira
  • 67El JadeyaouiSubstituted forMammadovat 74'minutes
  • 29PoeponSubstituted forIsmayilovat 64'minutes
  • 9dos Santos Silva

Substitutes

  • 1Valiyev
  • 6Mustafayev
  • 11Mammadov
  • 22Ismayilov
  • 32Yunuszada
  • 77Tagiyev
  • 91Diniyev

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 20Boyata
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 88mins
  • 8Brown
  • 6Bitton
  • 16Mackay-StevenSubstituted forCommonsat 79'minutes
  • 25JohansenBooked at 63mins
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forForrestat 84'minutes
  • 7CiftciSubstituted forGriffithsat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ambrose
  • 9Griffiths
  • 15Commons
  • 18Rogic
  • 22Janko
  • 26Bailly
  • 49Forrest
Referee:
Martin Strömbergsson

Match Stats

Home TeamFK QarabagAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, FK Qarabag 0, Celtic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FK Qarabag 0, Celtic 0.

Attempt blocked. Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elvin Mammadov.

Foul by Cavid Tagiyev (FK Qarabag).

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

Booking

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Afran Ismayilov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Cavid Tagiyev replaces Dani Quintana.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Badavi Huseynov (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rasad F. Sadiqov following a corner.

Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

Attempt missed. Afran Ismayilov (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ansi Agolli with a cross.

Elvin Mammadov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (FK Qarabag).

Foul by Elvin Mammadov (FK Qarabag).

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

Offside, FK Qarabag. Gara Garayev tries a through ball, but Afran Ismayilov is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Elvin Mammadov replaces Alharbi El Jadeyaoui.

Foul by Gara Garayev (FK Qarabag).

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Nadir Ciftci.

Attempt blocked. Alharbi El Jadeyaoui (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Afran Ismayilov with a cross.

Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Afran Ismayilov replaces Rydell Poepon.

Booking

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rydell Poepon (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Mackay-Steven.

Attempt saved. Alharbi El Jadeyaoui (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ilqar Qurbanov.

Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Wednesday 5th August 2015

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