Celtic book play-off place
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