Celtic Park - Glasgow 28/08/2013 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Play-offs, Second leg

Celtic - Shakhter
3-0
Aggregate: 3-2
 

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Shakhter coach Kumykov full of hope

Published: Monday 26 August 2013, 9.49CET
FC Shakhter Karagandy coach Viktor Kumykov admits it would be a "fantastic achievement" should his side see off Celtic FC to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

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Suspensions and injuries

Tournament statistics

Celtic
Shakhter

6

Goals scored

9

13

Possession (%)

7

85

Total attempts

64

30

on target

28

46

off target

29

0

blocked

0

6

against woodwork

0

36

Corners

12

12

Offsides

8

7

Yellow cards

13

0

Red Cards

0

37

Fouls committed

63

46

Fouls suffered

39

690

Passes

350

552

completed

198

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Monday 26 August 2013, 9.49CET

Shakhter coach Kumykov full of hope

FC Shakhter Karagandy coach Viktor Kumykov admits it would be a "fantastic achievement" should his side see off Celtic FC to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Leading 2-0 at the halfway stage of their UEFA Champions League play-off against Celtic FC, FC Shakhter Karagandy are on the verge of becoming the first side from Kazakhstan to reach the group stage of the competition.

This kind of success is a relatively new experience for the Miners, who had never finished higher than third domestically before winning their maiden Kazakh Premier League title in 2011 – a feat they repeated one year later. Get through, and Kazakhstan would become the 32nd nation represented in the UEFA Champions League, five years after Belarus and Cyprus became the 30th and 31st.

Speaking ahead of the crucial return leg at Celtic Park, Shakhter coach Viktor Kumykov acknowledged that the club have made huge strides in recent years and paid tribute to the hard work of the players and staff in that time.

"We’ve been working for three years in order to achieve this success," he told UEFA.com. "This achievement is down to the good understanding between the players, as well as training and tactical discipline."

Kumykov also admitted that qualifying for the group stage would be a major coup – not just for the club but for the game in Kazakhstan. "It would be a fantastic achievement and would show that Kazakh football is developing in the right way. It would be a great success for the country to have a representative among the best clubs in Europe. This would stimulate progress in our game," he added.

Last updated: 05/09/13 14.22CET

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