Champions League - Qualifying Second Round - 2nd Leg
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Nomme Kalju 0-2 Celtic (0-7): Scots ease through in Champions League

Aleksandr Kulinits turned Mikey Johnston's cross into his own net
Aleksandr Kulinits turned Mikey Johnston's cross into his own net

Celtic will play Romanian side Cluj in the Champions League third qualifying round after completing a comprehensive 7-0 aggregate win over Nomme Kalju.

After a 5-0 win in Glasgow last week, a Scottish side containing several fringe players dominated in Estonia. Aleksandr Kulinits turned Mikey Johnston's 10th-minute cross into his own net and debutant Marian Shved rifled in a stunning second in stoppage-time.

Celtic will travel to Romania for the first leg against Cluj, who squeezed past Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-2 on aggregate.

However, even if they overcome Dan Petrescu's side, the Scottish champions will still have another round to negotiate if they are to reach the group stage.

Slick Celtic ease through

This was as comfortable an evening as Celtic have enjoyed in Europe in a long time, basking in the afterglow of last week's emphatic 5-0 home win.

They were confident and relaxed as they dominated possession from the off. It looked for all the world as though they could replicate the first-leg result, particularly when they made the breakthrough so early in the game.

With Celtic playing slick, swift passing football, one such move brought about that opening goal. Olivier Ntcham, highly impressive in an advanced midfield position in the first half, found Johnston and the winger fired a tempting ball across goal. Griffiths was ready to pounce for his second in two games, but Kulinits intervened to nick the ball off the toe of the striker only to knock it into the net.

At that point, further goals seemed inevitable, such was Celtic's stranglehold on possession, yet Pavel Londak had very little to do in the Kalju goal.

And if that perturbed Neil Lennon, the manner in which the home side began to threaten the Celtic defence as the second half progressed may also have given him pause for thought. The returning Craig Gordon twice saved well from Kaspar Paur to deny the plucky Estonians the consolation of an equaliser on the night.

Celtic began to turn the screw again in the closing stages, with both debutants passing up good opportunities - Christopher Jullien heading over from six yards out and then Shved, seconds after coming off the bench, seeing a side-footed effort turned round a post by Londak.

Lewis Morgan and Scott Sinclair were also denied late on by excellent goalkeeping but he could do nothing to keep out Shved's powerful injury-time strike from the edge of the penalty area.

So Celtic ease into the third qualifying round where they will face a far stiffer task against the Romanians of Cluj.

'Jullien showed qualities' - analysis

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Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner on Sportsound

What caught my eye was the performance of Christopher Jullien. I know Kalju got a few chances and Celtic got a little sloppy around the middle of the pitch but he showed all the qualities I would look for in a defender.

He was talking, he was pushing the line up and he was taking control. He covered for Jozo Simunovic and stepped in to midfield with the ball. And a real threat in the box from set pieces.

Former Celtic defender John Hughes on Sportsound

It was job done. For Craig Gordon, that clean sheet matters. Trust me. It matters for the defenders, too. They will pride themselves on clean sheets. So they'll be absolutely delighted.

Line-ups

Nomme Kalju

  • 96Londak
  • 11Costa MoraisSubstituted forMataat 38'minutes
  • 2Kulinits
  • 4Avilov
  • 6Tjapkin
  • 5Uggè
  • 43PaurSubstituted forIvanjusinat 83'minutes
  • 21Klein
  • 15SubbotinSubstituted forMashichevat 79'minutes
  • 26MarkovychBooked at 20mins
  • 27Puri

Substitutes

  • 1Teles
  • 3Reintam
  • 9Mashichev
  • 17Kirss
  • 19Ivanjusin
  • 99Mata

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 8Brown
  • 9Griffiths
  • 5Simunovic
  • 2Jullien
  • 19JohnstonSubstituted forSinclairat 61'minutes
  • 6BittonBooked at 53minsSubstituted forShvedat 70'minutes
  • 16Morgan
  • 56Ralston
  • 21NtchamSubstituted forChristieat 84'minutes
  • 23Bolingoli-Mbombo

Substitutes

  • 11Sinclair
  • 15Hayes
  • 17Christie
  • 20Shved
  • 22Edouard
  • 29Bain
  • 35Ajer
Referee:
Benoît Millot
Attendance:
4,014

Live Text

Match ends, Nomme Kalju 0, Celtic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nomme Kalju 0, Celtic 2.

Goal!

Goal! Nomme Kalju 0, Celtic 2. Marian Shved (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Ryan Christie replaces Olivier Ntcham.

Substitution

Substitution, Nomme Kalju. Aleksandr Ivanjusin replaces Kaspar Paur.

Substitution

Substitution, Nomme Kalju. Nikolay Mashichev replaces Igor Subbotin.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Marian Shved replaces Nir Bitton.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Sinclair replaces Michael Johnston.

Booking

Nir Bitton (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second Half

Second Half begins Nomme Kalju 0, Celtic 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Nomme Kalju 0, Celtic 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Nomme Kalju. Max Mata replaces Liliu.

Booking

Andriy Markovych (Nomme Kalju) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Own Goal by Aleksandr Kulinits, Nomme Kalju. Nomme Kalju 0, Celtic 1.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 30th July 2019

  • Nomme KaljuNomme Kalju0CelticCeltic2
  • Apoel NicosiaApoel Nicosia3Sutjeska NiksicSutjeska Niksic0
  • Maccabi Tel-AvivMaccabi Tel-Aviv2CFR ClujCFR Cluj2
  • FC BaselFC Basel2PSV EindhovenPSV Eindhoven1
    FC Basel win on away goals
  • Dinamo ZagrebDinamo Zagreb3SaburtaloSaburtalo0
  • Valletta FCValletta FC1Ferencvárosi TCFerencvárosi TC1
  • OlympiakosOlympiakos4Viktoria PlzenViktoria Plzen0

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411102813
2Atl Madrid641196313
3Club Brugge61326516
4Monaco6015214-121

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona6420145914
2Tottenham6222910-18
3Inter Milan622267-18
4PSV Eindhoven6024613-72

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6321179811
2Liverpool63039729
3Napoli62317529
4Red Star Belgrade6114517-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto6510156916
2Schalke632164211
3Galatasaray611458-34
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105412-83

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich64201551014
2Ajax6330115612
3Benfica6213611-57
4AEK Athens6006213-110

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City64111661013
2Lyon6150121118
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132816-86
4Hoffenheim60331114-33

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid6402125712
2Roma630311839
3Viktoria Plzen6213716-97
4CSKA Moscow621389-17

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus640294512
2Man Utd631274310
3Valencia62226608
4Young Boys6114412-84
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