Celtic Dumped Out of Champions League

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Celtic have been knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round after a 4-3 home defeat to Cluj saw them lose 5-4 on aggregate.

The Romanian champions put Celtic’s backline under intense pressure early on, and Ciprian Deac’s glancing header gave Dan Petrescu’s team a deserved lead.

After being sloppy in the first half, Celtic were scintillating after the break as they turned the tie on its head inside 15 minutes. James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard both produced classy finishes to put Celtic in front.

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Scott Brown’s bizarre handball then gifted Cluj a penalty which was converted by Billel Omrani, but Ryan Christie restored Celtic’s lead with 13 minutes left.

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However, Omrani equalised again with a tremendous finish, after Scott Bain’s parry fell kindly to him in the box, before George Tucudean clipped home the winner on the night in the sixth minute of stoppage time, prompting boos from the home support.

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