Champions League - Qualifying Second Round
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Champions League: Celtic knocked out by Ferencvaros

By Clive LindsayBBC Sport Scotland
Tokmac Nguen scores for Ferencvaros
Tokmac Nguen scored the winner for Ferencvaros

Celtic suffered their earliest Champions League exit in 15 years after falling to a shock defeat at the hands of Ferencvaros in Glasgow.

It seemed Neil Lennon's side had recovered from David Siger's early goal for the Hungarian champions when Ryan Christie's deflected strike levelled the one-legged tie.

However, Tokmac Nguen's breakaway goal snatched victory for Ferencvaros and ensured Celtic's worst performance in the competition since Artmedia Bratislava knocked them out in 2005.

The Scottish champions now drop into the Europa League third qualifying round, the draw for which takes place on Tuesday.

Questions will likely be asked of Celtic and Lennon, just as they were before kick-off when it emerged leading striker Odsonne Edouard was injured and Christie would be deployed in his place.

The manager insisted that fellow forwards Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala were only fit enough for the bench.

Nevertheless, the hosts looked to have plenty of attacking threat as James Forrest forced an early parry from goalkeeper Denes Dibusz.

Ferencvaros head coach Sergei Rebrov had sacrificed striker Franck Boli from their 2-0 win over Djurgardens in the previous round, but his side were not intent on sitting back and replacement Siger made an instant impact.

Hatem Abd Elhamed was posted missing as Nguen, who scored a double against the Swedes, broke quickly and fed midfielder Somalia to win a corner. When it reached Siger, the midfielder was allowed too much to time to pick out the far corner from 18 yards.

Ferencvaros' lack of match fitness began to tell as they defended ever deeper and Celtic peppered their goal with shots but they were efforts that failed to seriously trouble the visiting keeper.

Half-time allowed the Hungarians some respite, but the flow of possession continued after the break and a lovely spell of passing around the edge of the visitors' box ended with Christie's side-footed effort clipping a defender's head and soaring over goalkeeper Dibusz.

Dibusz turned a Ntcham volley off the underside of the crossbar and then a low Christie drive wide as Celtic turned the screw.

But then came the goal that proved their downfall. Nguen outstripped Elhamed to a long ball out of defence, outmuscled the full-back, and slipped a finish past goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas from a narrow angle.

What did we learn?

On this evidence, Celtic rely too heavily on Edouard and paid for the French striker's absence.

Lennon's experiment of using Christie up front instead of Klimala or Ajeti failed to pay dividends against a side who were only playing their third fixture of the season. Christie did his bit by scoring, but too many other chances were squandered.

Ferencvaros have shown in recent European fixtures they are hard to beat away from home - they are now eight unbeaten - but Celtic have lost at home to a side who probably lack the quality to progress much further in the Champions League.

Man of the match - Tokmac Nguen

Ferencvaros' Tokmac Nguen (left) celebrates his goal
Tokmac Nguen (left) has scored three goals in two Champions League qualifiers

What did they say?

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "It was easier than I thought it was going to be. We didn't take our chances and we had plenty of them. The second goal is really poor, really poor decision making, and it's individual mistakes that have cost us again. It's not fine going out at this stage of the competition, because we're better than that."

Ferencvaros head coach Sergei Rebrov: "We have beat one of the best teams we have faced in qualification last year and this year. They have quality players, but I think we deserved this. Most of the time we defended, but football is about scoring goals, not about the possession of the ball."

What's next?

Celtic are left to reflect on another bruising failure to reach the lucrative Champions League group stage and will look to pick themselves up for Sunday's game at home to Motherwell as they continue their quest to win a 10th consecutive domestic league title.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Barkas
  • 44ElhamedBooked at 27minsSubstituted forFrimpongat 78'minutes
  • 2Jullien
  • 35Ajer
  • 3Taylor
  • 8BrownBooked at 62mins
  • 42McGregor
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forAjetiat 78'minutes
  • 21Ntcham
  • 27Elyounoussi
  • 17Christie


  • 6Bitton
  • 10Ajeti
  • 11Klimala
  • 12Soro
  • 29Bain
  • 30Frimpong
  • 53Harper

Ferencvárosi TC

Formation 4-3-3

  • 90Dibusz
  • 21Botka
  • 25BlazicBooked at 66mins
  • 15Kovacevic
  • 17Civic
  • 18Sigér
  • 14KharatinBooked at 40mins
  • 7do Rosário Calmon
  • 77UzuniSubstituted forDvaliat 86'minutes
  • 88da Silva BarbosaSubstituted forBoliat 71'minutes
  • 10Chol NguenSubstituted forSkvarkaat 80'minutes


  • 1Bogdan
  • 26Heister
  • 33Dvali
  • 70Boli
  • 92Skvarka
  • 93Laidouni
  • 97Varga
Allard Lindhout

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamFerencvárosi TC
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 1, Ferencvárosi TC 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Ferencvárosi TC 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Albian Ajeti (Celtic).

  4. Post update

    Michal Skvarka (Ferencvárosi TC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dávid Miklós Sigér (Ferencvárosi TC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Franck Boli (Ferencvárosi TC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

  8. Post update

    Dávid Miklós Sigér (Ferencvárosi TC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Taylor.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Somália (Ferencvárosi TC).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Albian Ajeti (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Ntcham with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ferencvárosi TC. Lasha Dvali replaces Myrto Uzuni.

  14. Post update

    Greg Taylor (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Franck Boli (Ferencvárosi TC).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christopher Jullien (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Christie with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dénes Dibusz.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

  20. Post update

    Franck Boli (Ferencvárosi TC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 26th August 2020

  • CelticCeltic1Ferencvárosi TCFerencvárosi TC2
  • AZ AlkmaarAZ Alkmaar3Viktoria PlzenViktoria Plzen1
  • CeljeCelje1MoldeMolde2
  • FK QarabagFK Qarabag2Sheriff TiraspolSheriff Tiraspol1
  • SuduvaSuduva0Maccabi Tel-AvivMaccabi Tel-Aviv3
  • Lokomotiva ZagrebLokomotiva Zagreb0Rapid ViennaRapid Vienna1
  • LudogoretsLudogorets Razgrad0FC MidtjyllandFC Midtjylland1
  • CFR ClujCFR Cluj2Dinamo ZagrebDinamo Zagreb2
    Dinamo Zagreb win 6-5 on penalties
  • Dinamo BrestDinamo Brest2FK SarajevoFK Sarajevo1
  • Legia WarsawLegia Warsaw0Omonia NicosiaOmonia Nicosia2
  • Young BoysYoung Boys3KI KlaksvíkKI Klaksvík1

As It Stood


2Real Madrid6321148611
3Club Bruges6033412-83


1Bayern Munich66002451918
4Red Star Belgrade6105320-173


1Man City64201641214
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132813-56
4Dinamo Zagreb61231013-35


2Atl Madrid631285310
3B Leverkusen620459-46
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105411-73


3RB Salzburg6213161337
4KRC Genk6015520-151


2B Dortmund631288010
3Inter Milan621310917
4Slavia Prague6024410-62


1RB Leipzig6321108211
4Zenit St Petersburg621379-27


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