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Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Celtic: Late collapse seals Scots’ Europa League exit

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Josip Juranovic's Panenka penalty hauled Celtic level shortly before half-time
Josip Juranovic’s Panenka penalty hauled Celtic level shortly before half-time

Celtic’s hopes of Europa League progression were extinguished after a late collapse condemned them to a defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.

The Scottish club were on course for a first win in Germany after fighting back with an audacious Josip Juranovic penalty – awarded after a VAR check – and a second-half Jota strike.

But Robert Andrich, whose header had given the hosts an early lead, equalised in the 82nd minute and Moussa Diaby thumped in the winner to secure top spot for Leverkusen.

It leaves Celtic four points behind second-place Real Betis, who beat Ferencvaros 2-0, with the Spaniards visiting Glasgow next month in their final group fixture.

Celtic were already assured of third place and a Europa Conference play-off spot, where they will face a runner-up from that tournament, but the nature of this defeat will sting.

More to follow.


B Leverkusen

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1HrádeckyBooked at 39mins
  • 30Frimpong
  • 6Kossounou
  • 4Tah
  • 33HincapiéSubstituted forSinkgravenat 75′minutes
  • 19Diaby
  • 8Andrich
  • 25PalaciosBooked at 33mins
  • 7Sampaio FilhoSubstituted forAmiriat 75′minutes
  • 31Adli
  • 27WirtzSubstituted forTapsobaat 89′minutes


  • 3Retsos
  • 11Amiri
  • 12Tapsoba
  • 22Sinkgraven
  • 36Lomb
  • 37Gedikli
  • 40Lunev


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 15Hart
  • 56Ralston
  • 20Carter-VickersBooked at 69mins
  • 57Welsh
  • 88Juranovic
  • 6BittonSubstituted forMcCarthyat 76′minutes
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forAbadaat 72′minutes
  • 14Turnbull
  • 42McGregor
  • 17Neves FilipeSubstituted forJohnstonat 72′minutes
  • 8FuruhashiSubstituted forAjetiat 76′minutes


  • 5Scales
  • 10Ajeti
  • 11Abada
  • 12Soro
  • 16McCarthy
  • 19Johnston
  • 26Urhoghide
  • 29Bain
  • 30Shaw
  • 47Murray
  • 54Montgomery
  • 71Oluwayemi

Anastasios Sidiropoulos

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