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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Celtic dig deep to earn Elfsborg advantage

Published: Wednesday 31 July 2013, 23.04CET
Celtic FC 1-0 IF Elfsborg
Kris Commons's second-half header earned Neil Lennon's team a 1-0 victory over the Swedish title holders in Glasgow.
by Alex O’Henley
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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: Wednesday 31 July 2013, 23.04CET

Celtic dig deep to earn Elfsborg advantage

Celtic FC 1-0 IF Elfsborg
Kris Commons's second-half header earned Neil Lennon's team a 1-0 victory over the Swedish title holders in Glasgow.

Celtic FC earned a narrow win against IF Elfsborg in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie in Glasgow.

The Swedish champions looked as though they had done enough to claim a scoreless away draw only for Kris Commons to head home from close range on 76 minutes.

The Scottish title holders had shown their intent from the first whistle with Anthony Stokes latching onto a Giorgos Samaras flick before flashing a left-footed shot narrowly wide. Elfsborg responded with long-range efforts from Henning Hauger and Mohamed Bangura, who was playing against his parent club following a loan move earlier this year.

James Forrest came close to breaking the deadlock for the Hoops in the 20th minute, the winger ghosting in at the back post to cushion a shot that hit the crossbar with goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard beaten. Not to be outdone, Elfsborg captain Anders Svensson rattled the woodwork at the other end with a drive from distance as Jörgen Lennartsson's visitors grew into the game before the interval.

Just as they had done in the first half, Celtic came out after the restart and created a goalscoring opportunity. This time Stokes returned the favour to Samaras, playing in the Greek international who fired straight at the advancing Stuhr-Ellegaard. It would prove one of the few chances the home team would have in the second period against an Elfsborg side who were increasingly content to defend deep and leave Bangura on his own up front.

However, with 14 minutes remaining, Celtic made the breakthrough when Commons stooped inside the six-metre box to nod in Emilio Izaguirre's cross from the left. That goal gives Neil Lennon's charges a slender lead to take to the Borås Arena next Wednesday.

Last updated: 03/12/13 17.52CET

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