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Tavares goal takes Maribor past Celtic

Published: Tuesday 26 August 2014, 22.38CET
Celtic FC 0-1 NK Maribor (agg: 1-2)
A second-half goal from Tavares was enough for Maribor to reach the group stage for the first time in 15 years.
by Alex O'Henley
from Celtic Park
Tavares goal takes Maribor past Celtic
Tavares (right) celebrates his winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CelticMaribor

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts15
 
10
on target2
 
5
off target7
 
2
blocked6
 
3
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
12

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 26 August 2014, 22.38CET

Tavares goal takes Maribor past Celtic

Celtic FC 0-1 NK Maribor (agg: 1-2)
A second-half goal from Tavares was enough for Maribor to reach the group stage for the first time in 15 years.

Tavares strikes at Celtic FC to take NK Maribor through to group stage
Goalless draw would have been enough for Celtic after they drew in Slovenia
Maribor held off early onslaught and clung on in closing minutes
Slovenian champions are in group stage for first time in 15 years
Celtic go into UEFA Europa League group stage draw on Friday

A second-half goal by captain Tavares gave Maribor a 1-0 play-off second leg victory and 2-1 aggregate success over Celtic to book their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage for only the second time. The home side had looked the likelier to go through on away goals until Tavares pounced on a loose ball to give the Slovenian title holders a priceless away win.

Maribor were fortunate not to concede as early as the fifth minute when Marko Šuler stuck out a boot to divert Jo Inge Berget's cross just past his own post. However, having survived the predicted early onslaught, the visitors started to create chances at the other end, aided by some wasteful possession in the Celtic midfield. Agim Ibraimi tried his luck from distance before the Macedonian played in Tavares only for his effort to be blocked by Efe Ambrose.

Encouraged by the growing anxiety among the home crowd, Mitja Viler stepped inside Ambrose to force a smart stop from Craig Gordon. The Celtic keeper was quickly on his feet to smother the loose ball, denying Jean-Philippe Mendy a simple tap-in.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila replaced Beram Kayal with Kris Commons at half-time and the change certainly upped the tempo from the Scottish champions. Clever footwork from Anthony Stokes inside the box allowed the forward to cut the ball back for the onrushing Callum McGregor whose attempt crashed back off the crossbar.

Maribor were still dangerous on the counterattack and Gordon had to be at his best again on 66 minutes, repelling Dare Vršič's powerful strike. However, the keeper was left helpless 15 minutes from time when his defenders could not clear their lines, allowing Tavares to lift the ball in and, though Virgil van Dijk had a golden chance to force extra time, that proved enough to send Ante Šimundža's team into Thursday's draw.

Last updated: 30/05/15 7.04CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

maribor

Maribor

26
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
33
HandanovićJasmin Handanović (GK)
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
4
ŠulerMarko Šuler
Yellow Card52
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
5
FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
5
Van DijkVirgil Van Dijk
Yellow Card88
9
TavaresTavares (C)
Goal75
Yellow Card85
Substitution90+2
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
10
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
16
BergetJo Inge Berget
Substitution66
14
MendyJean-Philippe Mendy
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew (C)
22
VršičDare Vršič
Substitution83
23
LustigMikael Lustig
Substitution72
26
RajčevićAleksander Rajčević
Yellow Card54
25
JohansenStefan Johansen
28
VilerMitja Viler
33
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution46
30
StojanovičPetar Stojanovič
Yellow Card79
42
McGregorCallum McGregor
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj

Substitutes

24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
1
CotmanAljaž Cotman (GK)
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Substitution66
7
MejačAleš Mejač
6
BitonNir Biton
8
SallalichSintayehu Sallalich
11
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
Substitution72
Yellow Card89
11
ZahovičLuka Zahovič
15
CommonsKris Commons
Substitution46
Yellow Card48
21
DerviševićAmir Dervišević
Substitution90+2
22
DenayerJason Denayer
39
BoharDamjan Bohar
Substitution83
28
GriffithsLeigh Griffiths
44
ArghusArghus

Coach

Ronny Deila (NOR) Ante Šimundža (SVN)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Fourth official

Robert Kispal (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Tamás Bognar (HUN), Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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