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Celtic beaten by Anderlecht but qualify for Europa League

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic

Celtic qualified for the Europa League knockout stages despite falling to a narrow defeat against Anderlecht.

Defender Jozo Simunovic scored a second-half own goal to deliver the victory for the Belgian side.

It wasn't enough to stop Celtic finishing third in Group B, since Anderlecht needed to win by three goals or more.

Celtic were outplayed for periods, but James Forrest saw an effort pushed wide.

Anderlecht's win saw them finish Group B on three points, level with Celtic, but crucially the Scottish champions are above them in third place.

The home side started the game from a position of strength, having won 3-0 in Belgium earlier in the group and with head-to-head results determining finishing places when points are tied.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 5Simunovic
  • 20Boyata
  • 63Tierney
  • 42McGregor
  • 8Brown
  • 49Forrest
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forNtchamat 45'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 11SinclairSubstituted forRogicat 45'minutes
  • 10DembeleSubstituted forEdouardat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 9Griffiths
  • 18Rogic
  • 21Ntcham
  • 22Edouard
  • 24de Vries
  • 35Ajer

Anderlecht

  • 23Boeckx
  • 12AppiahSubstituted forBrunoat 89'minutes
  • 4Kara MbodjiSubstituted forGonçalves Leal Sáat 75'minutes
  • 5Spajic
  • 37Obradovic
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 20Kums
  • 25Trebel
  • 8GerkensSubstituted forTeodorczykat 78'minutes
  • 94Hanni
  • 9Onyekuru

Substitutes

  • 1Sels
  • 2Gonçalves Leal Sá
  • 3Deschacht
  • 17Bruno
  • 36Beric
  • 91Teodorczyk
  • 99Harbaoui
Referee:
Matej Jug

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamAnderlecht
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 0, RSC Anderlecht 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 0, RSC Anderlecht 1.

Corner, RSC Anderlecht. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Substitution

Substitution, RSC Anderlecht. Massimo Bruno replaces Dennis Appiah.

Booking

Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lukasz Teodorczyk (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Olivier Ntcham (Celtic).

Attempt saved. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Adrien Trebel (RSC Anderlecht).

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Adrien Trebel.

Foul by Lukasz Teodorczyk (RSC Anderlecht).

Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Uros Spajic (RSC Anderlecht).

Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, RSC Anderlecht. Lukasz Teodorczyk replaces Pieter Gerkens.

Attempt missed. Adrien Trebel (RSC Anderlecht) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dennis Appiah.

Attempt saved. Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adrien Trebel.

Attempt saved. Mikael Lustig (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Ntcham.

Foul by Adrien Trebel (RSC Anderlecht).

Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, RSC Anderlecht. Josué replaces Kara.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Odsonne Edouard replaces Moussa Dembele.

Foul by Henry Onyekuru (RSC Anderlecht).

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Tierney.

Hand ball by Ivan Obradovic (RSC Anderlecht).

Attempt blocked. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

Attempt missed. Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dedryck Boyata with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Dennis Appiah (RSC Anderlecht).

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, RSC Anderlecht. Kara tries a through ball, but Pieter Gerkens is caught offside.

Goal!

Own Goal by Jozo Simunovic, Celtic. Celtic 0, RSC Anderlecht 1.

Attempt missed. Pieter Gerkens (RSC Anderlecht) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dennis Appiah with a cross.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dennis Appiah.

Attempt saved. Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Ntcham with a cross.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Frank Boeckx.

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Tierney.

Offside, RSC Anderlecht. Kara tries a through ball, but Pieter Gerkens is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Olivier Ntcham.

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