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Mason Greenwood’s goal gives Manchester United win over Astana

Mason Greenwood came to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s rescue just as the Manchester United manager’s faith in his promoted young players was beginning to look misplaced.On his first European start the 17-year-old earned United the points with a coolly struck w…

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Eintracht Frankfurt v Arsenal, Rennes v Celtic: Europa League – live!

Europa League clockwatch updates from the opening gamesLive scoreboard: all the latest from tonight’s gamesAnd you can email Simon here or tweet him here 5.17pm BST Here are the starting line-ups from the Philips Stadion: PSV: Zoet, Dumfries, Baumgartl…

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Astana sense ‘great chance’ of upset after their long road to Old Trafford

Kazakh side from the furthest outpost in top-level European football includes a United fan who flew to games in ManchesterBy the time FC Astana touched down in Manchester on Monday, they had been in the air for more than seven hours. A quick stop in Ri…

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Celtic reach Champions League group stage despite Astana defeat

Celtic progressed into the Champions League as expected but the 4-3 second-leg defeat in Astana was their first of the season although they ran out 8-4 winners on aggregate.

The Hoops’ progress was never in serious doubt following their 5-0 thrashing of the Kazakhstan champions at Parkhead last week however, there were some nervy moments for the Scottish champions in a pulsating encounter at the Astana Arena.

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Astana v Celtic: Champions League play-off second leg – live!

4.00pm BST

No sweeping changes to the Celtic XI by Brendan Rodgers. Just the two swaps: Callum McGregor replaces treble-sealing Tom Rogic in midfield, while Kristoffer Ajer steps in for Burnley target Jozo Šimunović.

The hosts make just a couple of changes too. Goalkeeper Aleksandr Mokin makes way for Nenad Eric, while the suspended central defender Yuri Logivenko is replaced by Marin Anicic.

3.39pm BST

Astana: Eric, Shitov, Postnikov, Anicic, Shomko, Twumasi, Maevskiy, Kleinheisler, Tomasov, Kabananga, Muzhikov.
Subs: Mokin, Grahovac, Beisebekov, Tagybergen, Shaikhov, Maliy, Murtazayev.

Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Bitton, Ajer, Tierney, Forrest, Ntcham, Brown, McGregor, Sinclair, Griffiths.
Subs: De Vries, Gamboa, Armstrong, Hayes, Rogic, Ralston, Miller.

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Scott Sinclair double inspires classy Celtic to march towards group stages

Celtic will only have complacency to guard against when they make the long trip to Kazakhstan for Tuesday’s second Champions League play-off leg. Their cause in the east end of Glasgow was assisted by two Astana own goals but with five in total to protect them in the return game, their place in the group draw is all but assured.

Related: Celtic 5-0 Astana: Champions League play-off first leg – as it happened

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Celtic v Astana: Champions League play-off first leg – live!

6.49pm BST

Celtic (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Griffiths.
Substitutes: Armstrong, de Vries, Benyu, Ajer, McGregor, Ralston, Miller.

Astana team to follow

12.36am BST

Good evening. With the possible exception of u, nothing compares to European nights in Scotland. The atmospheres are like something from the 1980s, cacophonous and entitlement-free. It’ll certainly be an ear-splitter at Celtic Park tonight, as Celtic try to take out the Kazakhstan champions Astana for the second year running.

Celtic needed an injury-time penalty to win the third qualifying round match between the sides a year ago, and that was with home advantage in the second leg. Astana, in the best traditions of crack eastern European teams (sic), are formidable at home and a bit useless away, so Celtic will want a decent win tonight: 4-2, 3-1, 2-0 and 1-0 would all be acceptable.

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Celtic v Astana: Champions League play-off first leg – live!

6.49pm BST

Celtic (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Griffiths.
Substitutes: Armstrong, de Vries, Benyu, Ajer, McGregor, Ralston, Miller.

Astana team to follow

12.36am BST

Good evening. With the possible exception of u, nothing compares to European nights in Scotland. The atmospheres are like something from the 1980s, cacophonous and entitlement-free. It’ll certainly be an ear-splitter at Celtic Park tonight, as Celtic try to take out the Kazakhstan champions Astana for the second year running.

Celtic needed an injury-time penalty to win the third qualifying round match between the sides a year ago, and that was with home advantage in the second leg. Astana, in the best traditions of crack eastern European teams (sic), are formidable at home and a bit useless away, so Celtic will want a decent win tonight: 4-2, 3-1, 2-0 and 1-0 would all be acceptable.

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FC Astana accuse Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths of punching defender Igor Shitov

• Club post provocative tweet following Champions League tie
• Griffiths describes incident with Shitov as ‘bit of handbags’

FC Astana have taken to their official Twitter account to post a clip of Leigh Griffiths’ clash with Igor Shitov which earned the Celtic striker a yellow card in Wednesday 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan.

The Tweet translates to “Griffiths punches Shitov in the match” and the footage shows the forward appearing to push the Belarus international defender to the ground inside the penalty box during the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie at the Astana Arena.

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