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Shakhter stun Celtic for famous play-off victory

Published: Tuesday 20 August 2013, 18.57CET
FC Shakhter Karagandy 2-0 Celtic FC
Shakhter are on the brink of becoming the first Kazakh club to reach the group stage after goals from Andrei Finonchenko and Sergei Khizhnichenko.

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Match statistics

ShakhterCeltic

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)34
 
66
Total attempts14
 
17
on target7
 
7
off target7
 
10
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
6
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
13
Passes350
 
690
completed198
 
552

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 20 August 2013, 18.57CET

Shakhter stun Celtic for famous play-off victory

FC Shakhter Karagandy 2-0 Celtic FC
Shakhter are on the brink of becoming the first Kazakh club to reach the group stage after goals from Andrei Finonchenko and Sergei Khizhnichenko.

Andrei Finonchenko and Sergei Khizhnichenko scored as FC Shakhter Karagandy defeated Celtic FC and moved to within 90 minutes of becoming the first Kazakh club to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Shakhter captain Finonchenko punished the visitors' failure to deal with a long throw 12 minutes into this play-off first leg. Celtic, who famously beat FC Barcelona en route to reaching the round of 16 last term, hit the woodwork before the break and created openings in the second half, but Khizhnichenko's 77th-minute header leaves them with it all to do in Glasgow next Wednesday.

Shakhter had actually started nervously, looking particularly vulnerable as Celtic forced a flurry of early corners. Virgil van Dijk almost profited from the first after challenging goalkeeper Aleksandr Mokin to the ball.

It was some surprise, then, when the Scottish side conceded their first goal in this season's competition, Shakhter striking from a set piece of their own. Gediminas Vičius hurled a throw into the heart of the Celtic penalty area which centre-back Nikola Vasiljević flicked on. Finonchenko, stealing in front of marker Joe Ledley, forced the ball past Fraser Forster.

Neil Lennon's team immediately went in search of an equaliser, which they were close to registering eight minutes later when Kris Commons rattled the underside of the crossbar with a long-range shot. Giorgos Samaras then flicked an angled free-kick from Charlie Mulgrew narrowly wide.

If that latter attempt was a decent opportunity for the Hoops, then the adventurous Emilio Izaguirre fashioned an even better one for himself seven minutes after the restart. Having beaten Aleksandar Simčević to Commons' diagonal pass, the left-back cut inside on to his weaker right foot but then sliced a shot over the crossbar when well placed.

With Vičius's long throws in their arsenal, Shakhter always posed a threat and, after Celtic had survived two of the midfielder's monstrous deliveries, Khizhnichenko forced Forster into a low save from one of Viktor Kumykov's side's best moves of the second half. 

Back came Celtic, however, and a sprawling Mokin block, from James Forrest's header, preserved Shakhter's advantage. It proved to be a pivotal moment for Khizhnichenko doubled Shakhter's lead four minutes later, heading in Vičius's driven effort after his initial shot had been blocked by Steven Mouyokolo to give his side a two-goal cushion to take to Celtic Park.  

Last updated: 05/09/13 12.23CET

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Lineups

shakhter

Shakhter

celtic

Celtic

35
MokinAleksandr Mokin (GK)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
3
VičiusGediminas Vičius
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
Substitution82
4
VasiljevićNikola Vasiljević
5
van DijkVirgil van Dijk
14
FinonchenkoAndrei Finonchenko (C)
Goal12
Substitution82
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
17
PoryvaevAndrei Poryvaev
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
20
DžidićAldin Džidić
15
CommonsKris Commons
25
MaliySergei Maliy
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
28
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
87
SimčevićAleksandar Simčević
22
MouyokoloSteven Mouyokolo
Yellow Card45
88
CañasRoger Cañas
23
LustigMikael Lustig
Substitution67
91
KhizhnichenkoSergei Khizhnichenko
Goal77
49
ForrestJames Forrest

Substitutes

1
PokatilovStas Pokatilov (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
7
BayzhanovMaksat Bayzhanov
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Substitution67
19
TarasovYevgeni Tarasov
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
22
GabyshevMikhail Gabyshev
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
24
DarabayevAslan Darabayev
17
BaldéAmido Baldé
Substitution82
45
MurtazayevRoman Murtazayev
18
RogicTom Rogic
78
ZenkovichIgor Zenkovich
Substitution82
33
KayalBeram Kayal

Coach

Viktor Kumykov (RUS) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Martin Wilczek (CZE), Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Fourth official

Patrik Filipek (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Příhoda (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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