Celtic Park - Glasgow 28/08/2013 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Play-offs, Second leg

Celtic - Shakhter
3-0
Aggregate: 3-2
 

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Celtic fightback flattens Shakhter

Published: Wednesday 28 August 2013, 23.30CET
Celtic FC 3-0 FC Shakhter Karagandy (agg: 3-2)
James Forrest's late strike completed a memorable comeback by the Scottish champions after goals by Kris Commons and Giorgos Samaras.
Celtic fightback flattens Shakhter
James Forrest celebrates scoring Celtic's winner ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

Celtic
Shakhter

3

Goals scored

0

62

Possession (%)

38

18

Total attempts

7

12

on target

4

6

off target

3

4

blocked

3

1

against woodwork

1

11

Corners

3

2

Offsides

3

2

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

7

Fouls committed

19

19

Fouls suffered

7

614

Passes

380

464

completed

213

Lineups

celtic

Celtic

shakhter

Shakhter

1Forster (GK)35Mokin (GK)
2Matthews3Vičius
Yellow Card40
4Ambrose4Vasiljević
8Brown (C)
Yellow Card90+3
14Finonchenko (C)
Substitution83
9Samaras
Goal48
17Poryvaev
10Stokes20Džidić
15Commons
Goal45+1
Substitution79
25Maliy
16Ledley
Yellow Card67
28Ghazaryan
21Mulgrew87Simčević
Yellow Card18
23Lustig88Cañas
Yellow Card36
49Forrest
Goal90+2
Substitution90+4
91Khizhnichenko

Substitutes

24Załuska (GK)1Pokatilov (GK)
3Izaguirre7Bayzhanov
5van Dijk
Substitution90+4
19Tarasov
11Boerrigter
Substitution79
22Gabyshev
17Baldé24Darabayev
32Watt45Murtazayev
46McGeouch78Zenkovich
Substitution83
Yellow Card85

Coaches

Neil Lennon (NIR) Viktor Kumykov (RUS)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 28 August 2013, 23.30CET

Celtic fightback flattens Shakhter

Celtic FC 3-0 FC Shakhter Karagandy (agg: 3-2)
James Forrest's late strike completed a memorable comeback by the Scottish champions after goals by Kris Commons and Giorgos Samaras.

Celtic FC produced a famous comeback as they overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the eighth time thanks to a 3-0 home victory against FC Shakhter Karagandy.

Neil Lennon's side levelled the aggregate scores with goals either side of half-time from Kris Commons and Giorgos Samaras before, in a dramatic finish, James Forrest hit the decisive third two minutes into added time.

Celtic had triumphed in these circumstances before – three of the four times they had returned home previously with a 2-0 first-leg deficit in Europe – and this proved another such night, even if Viktor Kumykov's men survived the Scottish champions' initial onslaught which began in the fifth minute with a Mikael Lustig header that Aleksandr Mokin flicked onto the roof of the net.

Anthony Stokes then rounded Mokin but his cutback from the byline was met by an orange shirt. However, Celtic kept coming, with Mokin called into action again to stop a Forrest shot and turn away a Stokes header.

Having weathered the storm, Shakhter had a glimmer of an opening themselves as Sergei Khizhnichenko found space in the box only to see Lustig block his shot. Just as it seemed the team from Kazakhstan would get to the interval goalless Commons struck in spectacular fashion, taking the ball off Samaras's toes and arrowing a left-foot shot into the top corner from 30 metres. Samaras himself made it two in the third minute of the second half when Lustig's misdirected effort landed at his feet and he drove a shot high into the roof of the net.

Stokes then volleyed against the crossbar from close range but Shakhter gave Celtic some anxious moments also. Nikola Vasiljević had a header cleared off the line by Adam Matthews before Khizhnichenko flicked a long throw on to the crossbar with Fraser Forster beaten once more. It was Celtic's night, though, and in added time Stokes waltzed past three defenders and crossed low to Forrest who buried his shot high into the net.

Last updated: 05/09/13 11.52CET

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