Rodgers: Celtic al­most down and out

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CELTIC man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers ad­mits it will be very dif­fi­cult for his side to progress fur­ther in Europe fol­low­ing their dis­ap­point­ing 2-0 home Cham­pi­ons League de­feat by Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach.

The Ger­mans ar­rived in Glas­gow with a hor­ren­dous in­jury list and strug­gling for form fol­low­ing de­feats by Manch­ester City and Barcelona in their open­ing Group C fix­tures.

How­ever, the Bun­desliga side dom­i­nated the match and sec­ond-half goals from cap­tain Lars Stindl and An­dre Hahn helped them in­flict only Celtic’s fourth home de­feat in 26 Cham­pi­ons League games.

The re­sult leaves the Hoops bot­tom of Group C with just one point from three games ahead of their re­turn match with the Ger­mans next month.

“It is very dif­fi­cult for us now,” Rodgers said. “The game in Ger­many was al­ways ear­marked as a game that was go­ing to be tough for us away from home and the home games were go­ing to be im­por­tant for us.

“It wasn’t to be tonight and we just didn’t cope with them. Our next game is over there which I ex­pect will be very tough again and we will try to do the very best that we can.”

Bet­ter had been ex­pected from the Hoops after an in­tense per­for­mance on match day two against Manch­ester City had helped them claim a 3-3 draw with the English Pre­mier League giants.

How­ever, the Monchenglad­bach play­ers seemed to have the mea­sure of them from the start as they con­trolled pro­ceed­ings.

Monchenglad­bach had taken the lead in bizarre cir­cum­stances. Kolo Toure was caught try­ing to usher the ball out in­side the six-yard box but Hahn’s per­se­ver­ance al­lowed him to dig the ball back into ball for the ad­vanc­ing Stindl who lashed the ball through the legs of Craig Gordon.

An­other costly mis­take from Toure al­lowed the vis­i­tors to in­crease their ad­van­tage.

The ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender was caught dither­ing on the ball by Hahn who robbed him of pos­ses­sion near the half­way line and raced away to blast a strike into the top right-hand cor­ner of Gordon’s net. – AFP

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Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Ar­jen Robben (left) and PSV’s Jetro Willems vie for the ball dur­ing their UEFA Cham­pi­ons League group D match yes­ter­day. –

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