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Celtic hold out to eliminate Elfsborg

Published: Wednesday 7 August 2013, 22.30CET
IF Elfsborg 0-0 Celtic FC (agg: 0-1)
The hosts could not find a breakthrough in a tight contest in Boras, meaning Neil Lennon's side advanced with a narrow aggregate success.
by Robert Johansson
from Borås Arena
Celtic hold out to eliminate Elfsborg
Elfsborg loanee Mohamed Bangura (left) could not find a goal against his parent club ©JPIXFOTO/Jörgen Jarnberger

Match statistics

ElfsborgCeltic

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts16
 
7
on target1
 
1
off target9
 
5
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides1
 
5
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
10
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

Matches

6 August 2013

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Sheriff / Sutjeska - GNK Dinamo / Fola Esch
ZenitZenit - NordsjællandNordsjælland
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7 August 2013

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Published: Wednesday 7 August 2013, 22.30CET

Celtic hold out to eliminate Elfsborg

IF Elfsborg 0-0 Celtic FC (agg: 0-1)
The hosts could not find a breakthrough in a tight contest in Boras, meaning Neil Lennon's side advanced with a narrow aggregate success.

Celtic FC held out for a scoreless draw in Boras which took them past Swedish title holders IF Elfsborg and a step closer to a return to the UEFA Champions League group stage. 

Bringing with them a 1-0 advantage from last week's first leg, Neil Lennon's men withstood prolonged periods of pressure from Elfsborg but did not buckle, leaving their hosts to ponder what might have been. Elfsborg have not competed in a UEFA competition group stage since 2007/08 yet Jörgen Lennartsson's side may well feel they should have gone through after pushing Celtic all the way.

Indeed they might have had a goal after just six minutes through their Celtic loanee Mohamed Bangura, who sent an overhead volley a fraction wide of Fraser Forster's post. In the yellow of the hosts, Bangura was playing as if he had something to prove, muscling his way into a series of promising positions. He drove over after a powerful run and headed off target after escaping his marker.

That said, Celtic had chances of their own with Giorgos Samaras heading over from an excellent position, and Joe Ledley forcing Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard into a brilliant save after Kris Commons' deflected free-kick fell into the midfielder's path five metres from goal.

After the break Celtic sat deeper as they defended their aggregate advantage and made it increasingly difficult for the hosts to create clear opportunities, with Efe Ambrose and Kelvin Wilson repelling a series of crosses into the area.

That said there were still some anxious moments. Just before the hour Jon Jönsson had a shot blocked and on the follow-up substitute Tom Söderberg missed the target. Then, in the final minutes, James Keene had a great chance to take the game into extra time but scooped his shot over the bar after controlling a long ball smartly.

Last updated: 05/09/13 0.03CET

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Lineups

elfsborg

Elfsborg

celtic

Celtic

1
Stuhr-EllegaardKevin Stuhr-Ellegaard (GK)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
6
JönssonJon Jönsson
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
7
LarssonJohan Larsson
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson (C)
6
WilsonKelvin Wilson
11
MobaeckDaniel Mobaeck
Substitution34
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
Yellow Card90+5
14
KeeneJames Keene
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Substitution70
15
KlarströmAndreas Klarström
Substitution84
15
CommonsKris Commons
18
BanguraMohamed Bangura
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
21
HaugerHenning Hauger
Substitution75
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
Substitution75
24
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
23
LustigMikael Lustig
25
RohdénMarcus Rohdén
49
ForrestJames Forrest

Substitutes

30
HassanAbbas Hassan (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
3
S. LarssonStefan Larsson
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Substitution75
4
JørgensenJoackim Jørgensen
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
Substitution70
Yellow Card89
10
ElmDavid Elm
Substitution84
17
BaldéAmido Baldé
16
ClaessonViktor Claesson
22
MouyokoloSteven Mouyokolo
19
HedlundSimon Hedlund
Substitution75
Yellow Card90+4
32
WattTony Watt
27
SōderbergTom Sōderberg
Substitution34
33
KayalBeram Kayal

Coach

Jörgen Lennartsson (SWE) Neil Lennon (NIR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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