Celtic Park - Glasgow 31/07/2013 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Third qualifying round, First leg

Celtic - Elfsborg
1-0

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Commons nonplussed after 1-0 win for Celtic

Published: Thursday 1 August 2013, 9.20CET
"It was a frustrating night for us," said Kris Commons despite scoring Celtic FC's goal in a 1-0 win against IF Elfsborg which left the visitors' Johan Larsson feeling "pretty satisfied".
by Alex O'Henley
from Celtic Park

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Match statistics

Celtic
Elfsborg

1

Goals scored

0

0

Possession (%)

0

11

Total attempts

2

3

on target

0

4

off target

2

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

1

14

Corners

2

1

Offsides

0

3

Yellow cards

5

0

Red Cards

0

6

Fouls committed

10

10

Fouls suffered

5

Lineups

celtic

Celtic

elfsborg

Elfsborg

1Forster (GK)1Stuhr-Ellegaard (GK)
3Izaguirre
Yellow Card55
6Jönsson
4Ambrose7J. Larsson
Yellow Card53
6Wilson8Svensson (C)
Yellow Card78
8Brown (C)11Mobaeck
9Samaras
Yellow Card66
Substitution86
14Keene
Yellow Card66
Substitution81
10Stokes15Klarström
Yellow Card11
15Commons
Yellow Card47
Goal76
18Bangura
Substitution81
23Lustig21Hauger
33Kayal
Substitution66
24Ishizaki
Yellow Card50
Substitution86
49Forrest25Rohdén

Substitutes

24Załuska (GK)30Hassan (GK)
2Matthews3S. Larsson
16Ledley
Substitution66
4Jørgensen
Substitution86
17Baldé9Nilsson
Substitution81
21Mulgrew
Substitution86
16Claesson
22Mouyokolo23Hult
Substitution81
32Watt27Sōderberg

Coaches

Neil Lennon (NIR) Jörgen Lennartsson (SWE)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Press kits

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Thursday 1 August 2013, 9.20CET

Commons nonplussed after 1-0 win for Celtic

"It was a frustrating night for us," said Kris Commons despite scoring Celtic FC's goal in a 1-0 win against IF Elfsborg which left the visitors' Johan Larsson feeling "pretty satisfied".

Celtic FC's 1-0 victory over IF Elfsborg in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie was a "frustrating night" for goalscorer Kris Commons. However, with regular first-teamers returning to fitness, the forward sounded confident the Hoops can finish the job next week in Sweden and progress to the play-offs. Meanwhile, Elfsborg defender Johan Larsson was disappointed not to be leaving Glasgow with a goalless draw, although the slender margin of Celtic's success means the Swedish champions can look forward "with confidence" to next Wednesday's return in Boras.

Kris Commons, Celtic midfielder
Apart from them hitting the bar it was a frustrating night for us. Fraser [Forster] didn't have much to do. Their game plan was to keep nine men behind the ball which made it frustrating for us. I think the second leg will be more open, so hopefully that will leave more gaps for us to score. The vital thing is that we have a lot of players coming back into the squad. Hopefully, Virgil [van Dijk] is not too far away, Joe [Ledley] and Adam [Matthews] are fit again, Scott Brown is back up to full fitness, so it's important that we are entering the most important games of the qualifying campaign with some of our best players back in the squad. We are confident enough in our ability that we can go over there and score.

Johan Larsson, Elfsborg defender
We are a little bit disappointed not to come away with a draw. We defended well for most of the game but lost our concentration for the goal. There's nothing we can do about it now and we go home to Sweden with a pretty good result. We knew that crosses were one of Celtic's biggest strengths. We focused on that in training so it was disappointing to concede a goal from a cross. We came here to get a draw or a win. We didn't come to lose, but even though we lost we can still take a lot from the way we performed. We are pretty satisfied and we go home to Boras with confidence.

Last updated: 03/12/13 17.52CET

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