Celtic book play-off place

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Celtic took a step closer to the Cham­pi­ons League group stages by grind­ing out a 1-0 win over Rosen­borg in the sec­ond leg of their qual­i­fy­ing third-round tie in Nor­way on Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter be­ing held to a frus­trat­ing 0-0 first-leg draw in Glas­gow last week, Celtic had to wait 69 min­utes to fi­nally take the lead, when James For­rest crashed home from the edge of the box to send them into the play-off round.

Like in the first match at Park­head, Celtic had most of the ball in the open­ing pe­riod but strug­gled to cre­ate clear-cut chances.

Vis­it­ing goal­keeper Craig Gor­don was first called into ac­tion af­ter quar­ter of an hour, as he made a com­fort­able save from Milan Jev­tovic.

The hosts’ first good op­por­tu­nity came just af­ter the restart, as Yann-Erik de Lan­lay raced onto Bendt­ner’s pass be­fore fir­ing nar­rowly wide.

But Brendan Rodgers’ men broke the dead­lock af­ter 159 min­utes of the tie, as For­rest ham­mered in a strike off the un­der­side of the cross­bar af­ter be­ing picked out by Scott Sin­clair, to leave Rosen­borg need­ing to score twice be­cause of the away goals rule. AFP

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