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Celtic win at HJK to clinch play-off place

Published: Wednesday 8 August 2012, 22.08CET
HJK Helsinki 0-2 Celtic FC (agg: 1-4)
Second-half strikes from Joe Ledley and Giorgos Samaras helped a ten-man Celtic side clinch a UEFA Champions League play-off spot.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Finnair Stadium
Celtic win at HJK to clinch play-off place
Giorgos Samaras (left) scored Celtic's second four minutes from time at HJK ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

HJKCeltic

Goals scored0
2
on target1
 
3
off target3
 
3
Corners5
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed9
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
6
Red Cards0
1
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 8 August 2012, 22.08CET

Celtic win at HJK to clinch play-off place

HJK Helsinki 0-2 Celtic FC (agg: 1-4)
Second-half strikes from Joe Ledley and Giorgos Samaras helped a ten-man Celtic side clinch a UEFA Champions League play-off spot.

Second-half goals from Joe Ledley and Giorgos Samaras secured a ten-man Celtic FC victory at HJK Helsinki, booking them a place in the UEFA Champions League play-offs via a 4-1 aggregate win.

Neil Lennon's side were defending a slender advantage after last week's 2-1 win at Celtic Park, with HJK's away goal meaning the Scottish champions could not rest on their laurels. As the match wore on goalless, the visitors' nerves were tested, but eventually Ledley found the breakthrough and although Victor Wanyama was sent off soon after, Samaras completed the scoring four minutes from time.

Trying to kill off the tie early, Celtic had the best of a tight first half with Gary Hooper in particular proving a real handful for the HJK defense. The Bhoys could have taken the lead after 13 minutes as Scott Brown latched onto Charlie Mulgrew's clipped pass, but the Celtic captain steered his effort past the post when one-on-one with goalkeeper Ville Wallén. HJK ended the half brightly, as Mika Väyrynen tested Celtic keeper Fraser Forster and Demba Savage went close, before Hooper was denied by Wallén at a tight angle.

HJK spurned a couple of good opportunities after the restart, as Forster first deflected Sebastian Sorsa's shot narrowly past the post, before blocking Mathias Lindström's header. On the 67th minute, however, Celtic took the lead, when Mulgrew's cross picked out Ledley for a simple finish at the far post.

Home hopes were rekindled four minutes later as Wanyama was sent off after picking up a second yellow card. The hosts pressed forward but were unable to find a way through, and on 86 minutes Samaras ended any doubt, finding the corner of the net from Ledley's assist to seal a play-off place for Lennon's men. The UEFA Europa League play-offs now await HJK.

Last updated: 09/08/12 0.45CET

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Lineups

hjk

HJK

celtic

Celtic

1
WallénVille Wallén (GK) (C)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
6
LahtiTimi Lahti
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
7
MannströmSebastian Mannström
Substitution67
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
11
LindströmMathias Lindström
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
Yellow Card87
16
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Goal86
Substitution88
20
PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
Substitution78
15
CommonsKris Commons
Yellow Card27
Substitution75
21
SumusaloMikko Sumusalo
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
Goal67
22
PerovuoJoel Perovuo
Substitution70
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
Yellow Card53
26
SavageDemba Savage
Yellow Card89
25
RogneThomas Rogne
27
SorsaSebastian Sorsa
67
WanyamaVictor Wanyama
Yellow Card54
Red Card71
28
SchüllerRasmus Schüller
88
HooperGary Hooper
Substitution75

Substitutes

35
SahlgrenSaku-Pekka Sahlgren (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
2
KansikasTuomas Kansikas
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
4
OkkonenAntti Okkonen
20
McCourtPaddy McCourt
5
HakanpääRami Hakanpää
23
LustigMikael Lustig
8
ZeneliErfan Zeneli
Substitution67
27
MurphyDaryl Murphy
Substitution88
9
SadikBerat Sadik
Substitution70
33
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution75
Yellow Card85
15
PelvasAkseli Pelvas
Substitution78
49
ForrestJames Forrest
Substitution75

Coach

Antti Muurinen (FIN) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Roland Riedel (AUT)

Fourth official

Alexander Harkam (AUT)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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