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Celtic march on as Cliftonville bow out

Published: Tuesday 23 July 2013, 23.05CET
Celtic FC 2-0 Cliftonville FC (agg: 5-0 )
Neil Lennon's clinical side go forward to face IF Elfsborg after Efe Ambrose and Giorgos Samaras goals completed a professional job in Glasgow.
by Mark Walker
from Celtic Park
Celtic march on as Cliftonville bow out
Efe Ambrose celebrates a goal against Cliftonville ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CelticCliftonville

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts28
 
4
on target7
 
0
off target17
 
2
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners10
 
4
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed4
 
5
Fouls suffered5
 
4
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 23 July 2013, 23.05CET

Celtic march on as Cliftonville bow out

Celtic FC 2-0 Cliftonville FC (agg: 5-0 )
Neil Lennon's clinical side go forward to face IF Elfsborg after Efe Ambrose and Giorgos Samaras goals completed a professional job in Glasgow.

Celtic FC completed the job in Glasgow as they snuffed out Cliftonville FC's hopes of an upset with a professional second-leg performance.

Any chance of a shock result was already slim following last Wednesday's 3-0 Bhoys win in Northern Ireland but goals from Efe Ambrose and Giorgos Samaras ensured there was no fairy tale for Tommy Breslin's men. Neil Lennon's side go forward to face Swedish champions IF Elfsborg in the third qualifying round as they bid to repeat last season’s run to the round of 16.

It was one-way traffic in the first period as the hosts looked to put the tie to bed once and for all, and 12 minutes in Samaras forced visiting keeper Conor Devlin into an expert stop with a close-range header. The Greece forward was lurking with intent minutes later as Mikael Lustig fired in a lethal cross which Devlin did superbly to turn behind.

The resistance was breached on 16 minutes as central defender Ambrose thumped an Anthony Stokes centre into the net before Kris Commons almost doubled the lead shortly after, sending a rising missile just over.

Mark Smyth had a rare sight of goal for the visitors as a corner fell invitingly for him, but Celtic bodies threw themselves in the shot's path. After the break Samaras blasted over when well placed before Stokes contrived to miss the target after Scott Brown had set him up perfectly.

The second goal eventually came on 70 minutes as Samaras turned in Emilio Izaguirre left-wing delivery with his head at the back post. There was still time for home substitute Gary Hooper to rattle the post with a spectacular overhead volley as Cliftonville bowed out of the competition after making it to the second qualifying round for the first time.

Last updated: 24/07/13 1.35CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

cliftonville

Cliftonville

1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
12
DevlinConor Devlin (GK)
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
2
McGovernJamie McGovern
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
Goal16
4
JohnstonBarry Johnston
6
WilsonKelvin Wilson
7
CaldwellCiaran Caldwell
Substitution58
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
8
McMullanGeorge McMullan (C)
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Goal70
10
GarrettStephen Garrett
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
Substitution65
15
SeydakEamonn Seydak
15
CommonsKris Commons
16
SmythMarc Smyth
23
LustigMikael Lustig
17
CatneyRyan Catney
33
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution65
23
CosgroveTomas Cosgrove
Substitution77
49
ForrestJames Forrest
Substitution76
27
BoyceLiam Boyce
Substitution85

Substitutes

24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
1
BrownRyan Brown (GK)
17
BaldéAmido Baldé
Substitution76
3
ScannellRonan Scannell
18
RogicTom Rogic
Substitution65
11
DonnellyMartin Donnelly
22
MouyokoloSteven Mouyokolo
13
McNeillJoseph McNeill
32
WattTony Watt
14
O'CarrollDiarmuid O'Carroll
Substitution77
42
C. McGregorCallum McGregor
19
GormleyJoe Gormley
Substitution85
88
HooperGary Hooper
Substitution65
20
CurranChris Curran
Substitution58

Coach

Neil Lennon (NIR) Tommy Breslin (NIR)

Referee

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Häcker (GER), Sascha Thielert (GER)

Fourth official

Bastian Dankert (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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