Match Report – Celtic 2 – 0 Cluj

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Targets from Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi noticed Celtic ease to a 2-Zero Europa League Group E house win over Romanian aspect CFR Cluj.

Neil Lennon’s aspect took a deserved 20th-minute lead on Thursday evening when Callum McGregor launched Boli Bolingoli, whose cross was met by the top of Edouard.

Because the rain lashed down within the second interval, James Forrest discovered Elyounoussi who fired into the underside nook through a deflection to double the benefit.

With Lazio coming from behind at house to beat Rennes 2-1, Celtic’s win sees them transfer high of the group with 4 factors forward of a mouthwatering double-header with the Italian aspect.

How Celtic gained Romanian revenge

Seven weeks in the past, Celtic had been shocked in Glasgow by the exact same Cluj aspect as a 4-Three Champions League defeat noticed them lose 5-Four on combination and miss out on Europe’s elite membership competitors for a second season operating.

Forward of their Europa League assembly, Lennon declared his aspect “were in a better place” this day out and urged his aspect to begin the sport on the entrance foot to solid apart any lingering fears of historical past repeating itself.

After a succession of corners that noticed Christopher Jullien trigger havoc within the Cluj field, Edouard deservedly broke the impasse to ship the house followers into raptures.

Cluj had been all the time a risk on the counter within the opening interval however Fraser Forster was not often troubled after the break.

Celtic fully managed the second half and in addition to Elyounoussi’s purpose, they need to have been additional out of sight as Forrest, Christie and Edouard had additional alternatives.

Ultimately, the revenge was candy, however extra importantly, the three factors even sweeter as Celtic completed the evening in pole place on the high of the group.

‘We should always have received by extra’

Celtic boss Neil Lennon mentioned: “We had been excellent, the one disappointment was that we did not win the sport by extra.

“We regarded actually sturdy and completely deserved the win. From one to 11, I thought we had been excellent in opposition to an excellent aspect.

“We have to be really satisfied by the performance and topping the group. I think there is more to come.”

Man of the match: Ryan Christie

Celtic striker Edouard could get the plaudits for scoring Celtic’s opening purpose and producing a cultured efficiency however Ryan Christie excelled within the quantity 10 function.

The tireless Christie lined nearly each blade of grass within the attacking third of the pitch and linked up beautifully with Edouard and the full of life Forrest, significantly within the second half.

Moreover, Christie was additionally readily available to make defensive contributions too when Romanian membership Cluj ventured ahead.

Evaluation: Reporters view

Sky Sports activities’ Luke Shanley…

It has been 51 days since their Champions League exit on the qualifying stage by the Romanian outfit, which gave this sport an fascinating sub-plot.

Cluj themselves dropped into the Europa League and by a quirk of destiny had been reunited with Celtic.

From the off the house crew had been out to show a degree and though the principle focus and motivation was on three factors, you would inform the gamers needed to placed on a present.

Celtic dominated nearly from begin to end, the participant had been up for it and so had been the group. It’s laborious to imagine Celtic misplaced 4-Three to Dan Petrescu’s males on August 13th.

In reality it might have been extra for Neil Lennon’s crew, who now high the group and Lennon was rightfully delighted post-match after watching a dominate show by his crew.

He needed to take criticism after his crew choice within the earlier assembly however that is the kind of event he relishes and with a double header in opposition to Lazio to return, he might be pleased with how his crew have began their Europa League marketing campaign.

Celtic may nonetheless have some remorse in regards to the one which acquired away in opposition to Cluj in the summertime however they proved a degree and gained three.

Opta stats

  • Since shedding 3-Four to Cluj at Celtic Park in a Champions League qualifying match in August, Celtic have remained unbeaten of their following 11 video games in all competitions (W9 D2).
  • Celtic’s 2-Zero win over Cluj was their greatest European group stage win at Celtic Park since beating Rennes 3-1 within the Europa League in November 2011.
  • Celtic have 4 factors after their first two Europa League group stage matches; their joint-best begin to a marketing campaign within the competitors since 2014-15 (additionally 4 factors).
  • Cluj have misplaced away to a British aspect for the primary time since December 2008 (2-1 loss in opposition to Chelsea), this after profitable in every of their earlier two journeys.
  • Celtic ahead Odsonne Edouard has scored in 5 of his final six appearances at Celtic Park in all competitions, netting six objectives.

What’s subsequent?

Celtic journey to Livingston on Sunday (kick-off 12pm) for a Scottish Premiership sport dwell on Sky Sports activities Soccer.

Their subsequent Europa League match sees them host Italian aspect Lazio on Thursday, October 24 (kick-off 8pm).


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