Celtic crash out of Champions League at hands of AEK Athens

15 August, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Felix Jensen
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After drawing the first leg 1-1 in Glasgow, it was all to play for in the Greek capital tonight, but they did not step up to the plate.

They've spent £2million on disco lights at Celtic Park for Champions League nights.

Within six minutes his side were trailing to a Rodrigo Galo strike and it looked a forlorn task for the visitors when Croatian striker Marko Livaja headed in a second five minutes after the break.

Scott Sinclair pulled one back for Celtic, but they couldn't find the second goal, and the Bhoys have now crashed out of the Champions League in a shock early exit for Brendan Rodgers' side. "We gave AEK a lot of problems but you have to defend properly and we didn't do that".

The Belgian defender claimed to be injured when he posted on Instagram: "Unfortunately, I could not play because I'm not yet 100% operational".

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"I still felt this was a game in which we had more than enough to win but you have to defend better than we did".

It is the first time that former Liverpool manager Rodgers has lost back-to-back games since taking charge of Celtic in 2016, after their shock 1-0 Scottish Premiership defeat at Hearts last Saturday.

Celtic drop into the Europa League play-off round, where they will face Latvia's Spartaks Jurmala or Suduva Marijampole of Lithuania.

Sutton said Ladbrokes Premiership champions Celtic had splashed out on expensive "disco lights" but failed to make the right kind of signings to bolster the squad bossed by Brendan Rodgers.

Elsewhere, two-time European champions Benfica sealed a 2-1 aggregate victory over Fenerbahce.

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