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  1. FT: Celtic 5-2 Hapoel Beer Sheva
  2. Rogic fires home after Sinclair is denied
  3. Griffiths header & free-kick extends advantage
  4. Lucio Maranhao & Melikson reply for Hapoel
  5. Dembele header & Brown strike make it 5-2
  6. FT: Dundalk 0-2 Legia Warsaw (Nikolic, pen, Prijovic)

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By Bryn Palmer

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Thank you and goodnight

We'll wrap things up there.  Many thanks for your company tonight.  

5-2 looks like a handsome win, but it was a bit hairy there at times.   We'll find out next Tuesday if Celtic can finish the job and reach the promised land of the Champions League group stages - and a £20m jackpot.

Until the next time...

'The mentality is it's still 0-0'

FT: Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

More from Brendan Rodgers: "We are not getting carried away. There is still a massive job to do out there.  But we showed tonight that when the space is there we can go and score goals.  And they will have to come out and attack us out there. But for us the mentality is the game is 0-0 and we just have to get the job done." 

Reaction - Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

FT: Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

"From 3-2, to go on and win 5-2 shows the mental strength as well as the quality in the team. They are nowhere near the finished article yet but they look a very exciting team and full of character."

"It is a great lead to take out there"

FT: Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths, speaking on BT Sport, says manager Brendan Rodgers showed he has - in the modern parlance - 'cojones' in the changes he made after Hapoel brought it back to 3-2.

"He takes off Callum McGregor and puts on Nir [Bitton] and takes off Tom [Rogic] and puts on another striker [Moussa Dembele].  It shows how good we are going forward.  We have to tighten up at the back but going forward we always look like scoring.

"It is a great lead to take out there.  We would have snapped your hand off to take a three-goal lead out there."

Post-match reaction

FT: Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

Are you happy with that Celtic fans?  

Yes still flaws with Celtic at the back but it is way more encouraging than last year & Rogers is willing to make big changes #bbcsportscot

This tie 'is not all over'

FT: Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

Pat Bonner

BBC Scotland pundit at Celtic Park

"Celtic were rocking in that second half.  They shouldn't have lost that first goal, they should have been better positioned defensively, and Craig Gordon was beaten at his near post. Once that happened, Celtic's confidence suffered a bit.

"They didn't keep the first-half tempo up at the start of the second half and allowed Hapoel to grow in confidence. 

"Even at the end they were looking for a third goal and they will be a handful in the second leg.  This should be enough for Celtic, and I believe they will score out there.  But it is still going to be a tough game - this is not all over."


Dundalk 0-2 Legia Warsaw

And there goes the final whistle. Legia's second goal was the last kick of the game and may end Dundalk's hopes of reaching the Champions League groups stages.

They have it all to do in the second leg on Tuesday, 23 August.

GOAL - Dundalk 0-2 Legia Warsaw

Aleksandar Prijovic (90+2 mins)

Heartbreak for the League of Ireland champions.

Substitute Aleksandar Prijovic, with number 99 on the back of his shirt, comes off the bench to link with Tomasz Jodlowiec and clip a beautiful finish over the onrushing Gary Rogers and into the net.

It's had absolutely everything this game

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald on BBC Radio Scotland

FULL-TIME Celtic 5-2 Hapoel Beer Sheva

So Celtic will take a three-goal lead to southern Israel for the second leg next Tuesday, 23 August.  They'd have settled for that beforehand.    

One last chance?

Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

Moussa Dembele is racing through, and is chopped down.  It's a free-kick in a good position, but the referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the game. 


Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

There'll be four extra minutes of this frenetic, fluctuating, fascinating Champions League play-off first leg.  


Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

It could easily have been six.  Scott Sinclair, who has already shown his value since arriving in Glasgow, races away down the left and cuts inside the last defender. He curls his effort right-footed towards the far corner, but Hapoel keeper David Goresh just gets a touch to divert it away.  


Celtic 5-2 Hapoel

Kolo Toure is booked for kicking he ball away.  He's not happy about it.  

GOAL Celtic 5-2 Hapoel (Brown)

We were just wondering whether Celtic might be able to see out the final five minutes without conceding further, and they go and score again.  Scott Brown gets a bit lucky after his initially left-footed effort strikes a defender. But it deflects up and into space, where the Celtic captain adjusts his position superbly to volley home right-footed.  Sweet strike. 

Penalty claim for Hapoel

Celtic 4-2 Hapoel

Has Scott Brown got away with one there?  The Celtic captain raised his arm and appeared to make definite contact, but Slovenian referee Damir Skomina didn't appear to have the best view.  Let-off for the hosts.

Penalty claim for Celtic

Celtic 4-2 Hapoel

James Forrest goes over in the box under slight contact from Loai Taha, but the referee waves away the appeals.  That looked like the right call. 


Celtic 4-2 Hapoel

Celtic still look very vulnerable at the back. A Hapoel break-out gives Maharan Radi the chance to score a third for the visitors, but Craig Gordon beats his header away.  

GOAL Celtic 4-2 Hapoel (Dembele)

There's your answer! He didn't know much about it, but within two minutes of coming on, Moussa Dembele has got his head to Leigh Griffiths's in-swinging corner, and Celtic have a fourth goal.  Inspired substitution by Rodgers?

Dembele on for Celtic

Celtic 3-2 Hapoel

Moussa Dembele, who scored his first Celtic goal with a late winning penalty in the last round against Astana, is on for Tom Rogic.   That means two up front, and a more traditional 4-4-2 formation - or possibly 4-2-4 - for the final 20 minutes.   

Do Celtic press on and try to get a fourth goal, or hold onto what they have?   

Second substitution for Celtic

Celtic 3-2 Hapoel

Saidy Janko is on at right-back for Mikael Lustig.  Not sure if that was tactical, or whether the Swede was carrying a slight knock.

Game changers

Celtic 3-2 Hapoel

Leigh Griffiths scores
It was plain sailing for Celtic when Leigh Griffiths struck home a free-kick on the stroke of half-time to put them 3-0 up
Lucio Maranhao
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But goals by Lucio Maranhao (pictured) and Maor Melikson have changed the complexion of the game

GOAL - Dundalk 0-1 Legia Warsaw

Nemanja Nikolic (55 mins)

Is the dream dying? This is a BIG away goal for Legia Warsaw, but an extremely harsh one for the League of Ireland champions.

Defender Andy Doyle bravely slides across to block Steeven Langil's goalbound shot, but it hit him on the left arm which was down by his side. The referee points to the spot.

Nemanja Nikolic steps up to take the penalty and sends goalkeeper Gary Rogers the wrong way.

It really is a shot in the foot. The tempo has really dropped

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald on BBC Radio Scotland

Substitution for Celtic

Celtic 3-2 Hapoel

Brendan Rodgers takes immediate action, sending on Nir Bitton for Callum McGregor, who failed to track back and pick up Melikson for the second Hapoel goal. 

GOAL Celtic 3-2 Hapoel (Melikson)

Well, that's put the cat among the pigeons.  It was a great finish from Lucio for the first Hapoel goal, but Celtic keeper Craig Gordon will be disappointed to be beaten at his near post.

Less than two minutes later, Tony Nwakaeme drove hard into the Celtic box before pulling the ball back, where Maor Melikson was able to side-foot home unmarked from the edge of the box.  

GOAL Celtic 3-1 Hapoel (Lucio Maranhao)

Celtic on the counter

Celtic 3-0 Hapoel

Hapoel have seen more of the ball in the opening minutes of the second half, but that is allowing Celtic to break at pace on the counter attack.  James Forrest directs a shot wide as Celtic press for a fourth goal. 


Celtic 3-0 Hapoel

Ofir Davidadze sends in a dangerous free-kick for Hapoel and John Ogu gets in front of Kolo Toure, but directs his header wide.  Even one away goal would put a slightly different complexion on the second leg in Israel next Tuesday.

Second half under way

Celtic 3-0 Hapoel

No changes for Celtic as they get us back under way. 

Last orders for Drinks 11

Thanks for all your suggestions for our 'Drinks 11' - in honour of Hapoel Beer Sheva. Celtic's opponents will certainly be feeling punch drunk after that first half. Here's how the 'Drinks 11' might line up.  

Graphic of users' 'Drinks 11'

'Clinical stuff from Celtic'

HT: Celtic 3-0 Hapoel Beer Sheva

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

"Clinical stuff from Celtic. Confident and ruthless. They look a very hungry, well-coached, driven side. One foot in the Champions League group stage. This Celtic team looks a different prospect."

HALF-TIME Celtic 3-0 Hapoel

Well, this is proving a little more comfortable than anticipated.  That third goal, with almost the last kick of the first half, has left Hapoel's hopes in tatters.   

Liam McLeod

BBC Sport Scotland commentator

This is dreamland for Celtic. What a shot in the arm at the end of the first half

GOAL Celtic 3-0 Hapoel (Griffiths)

Well that's how to punish a foul. Free-kick right of centre, a few yards outside the area. Leigh Griffiths, the 40-goal man last season, steps up and curls it beautifully with his left foot, right into the top-right corner.  That's his fourth goal of this campaign already. 


Third yellow card of the night goes to Shir Tzedek, for impeding Leigh Griffiths near the edge of the area.  

Cagey affair in Dublin

Dundalk 0-0 Legia Warsaw

A game of little chances. Dundalk have lost their last two league games coming into this fixture, while Legia have just one win from five matches in their domestic league.

Neither side wants to lose this game and it's making for a cagey encounter. Both goalkeepers have had a comfortable night so far.

Celtic's strong first-half showing has met with some celebrity approval...

Sublime, that's the one word for that. Kolo Toure, he looked like Yaya Toure there the way he strode forward.

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald on BBC Radio Scotland

GOAL Celtic 2-0 Hapoel (Griffiths)

Superb second goal for the Scottish champions.  Kolo Toure strides forward before releasing Sinclair, who finds James Forrest on the right.  His cross is clipped into the area where Leigh Griffiths meets it with a thumping downward header into the bottom left corner. Great finish.