Thursday August 18, 2011 Play-off round Finished Celtic Park

Celtic 3 - 0 FC Sion

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  1. Celtic held by Sion

    Celtic held by Sion

    Celtic face an uphill battle to reach the Europa League group stages after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Sion at Celtic Park. More

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    • Celtic
    • FC Sion
    • 90+4' Mulgrew throws over a free-kick, but it comes to nothing. There goes the final whistle, and there are the boos. A pretty forgettable night for Celtic. 0-0 before they head for Switzerland next week.
    • 89' Four minutes to be added to the match.
    • 88' Buhler concedes a free-kick for a poor challenge on Du-Ri Cha, but another move comes to nothing.
    • 87' Mutsch goes for goal from distance, but well over the bar with that effort. Poor attempt really.
    • 86' Ki whacks an effort at the visiting goal, but a fine stop by Vanins to save the day. Brilliant stop.
    • 84' Forrest again goes for goal, but Die is there this time to make the block on the Celtic winger's attempt.
    • 83' James Forrest whacks an effort wide of the goal from the edge of the area. Not a bad effort, but never on target.
    • 81' Paddy McCourt is thrown on for Samaras, who has endured a forgettable evening.
    • 79' Scott Brown penalised for fouling Feindouno. Vanins knocks the free-kick up the park. All a bit frustrating for Celtic.
    • 77' Cross from Ch Du Ri is met by Adailton, who knocks the ball up the park. No sign of a goal for Celtic.
    • 75' Samaras fouls Goncalves. Dingsdag throws the free-kick into the area, but Majstorovic wallops the ball out of the danger area.
    • 72' Majstorovic guilty of a foul on Feindouno. Giovanni Sio thumps in the free-kick, but a comfortable enough save for Forster.
    • 70' Feinduono slips the ball into the net only to be flagged for offside. A sense of panic around Celtic Park there, but it remains 0-0.
    • 68' Maloney thumps a free-kick at goal, but his effort is saved at full stretch by Vanins before Samaras sees the rebound blocked by the keeper.
    • 66' Stokes is coming off at Celtic Park with Shaun Maloney thrown on for Celtic. The Celtic fans calling for Samaras to be hooked....
    • 64' Majstorovic heads down into the area from Ki's corner, but nobody on hands to turn the ball.
    • 61' Sion's Adailton is booked for a late chop on Ki Sung-Yueng. A frustrating night continues for Celtic in front of goal.
    • 59' Celtic really toiling to cut through the Swiss rearguard. Nothing in the way of chances for the home side, who would take a 1-0 win the way things are going.
    • 56' Celtic really struggling to do anything with the ball. No surprise to see James Forrest thrown on to take over from Commons for Celtic.
    • 54' Change coming here for the visiting team as Afonso departs to be replaced by Mutsch.
    • 52' Chance for Samaras in the box, but he lifts the shot over the bar. Golden chance goes abegging.
    • 50' Decent cross from Mulgrew into the Sion box, but Buhler is on hand to wallop that ball out. A 0-0 draw would suit Sion this evening.
    • 49' Samaras felled by Vanczak, but Ki misses with the free-kick.
    • 48' Commons goes for goal from just inside the box, but he lifts the shot just over the bar. Brighter start by Celtic to his half.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period. Celtic pushing for the opening goal.
    • 45' Whistle goes for the break. Celtic with work to do in this second period. Has been a real struggle for them in the first period.
    • 44' Wilson goes into the book for a late challenge on Afonso. So far, not so good for Celtic this evening.
    • 43' This has been a frustrating half for Celtic. The Samaras/Stokes partnership already looks dead in the water. May be time for changes at the break.
    • 41' Chance for Stokes as he races into Swiss side's box. He goes beyond Vanins before going to ground. The referee has booked the striker for diving after rubbishing his penalty claims.
    • 38' Dingsdag is guilty of taking out Commons. Dingstang receives a yellow card. Mulgrew with the free-kick. He chips it over the wall, but Andris Vanins nudges that over the bar. Decent save.
    • 35' Kris Commons is next to try his luck from 30 yards out, but he is well off target with that one. A frustrating night so far for Celtic, who have yet to find that key opener.
    • 32' Sion keeper Andris Vanins spills the ball, but Samaras lets another chance drift away as he nudges the ball wide of the goal. Much too casual. Samaras having a bit of a nightmare so far.
    • 30' Ki Sung-Yeung shows his class as he clatters in a free-kick from 25 yards out, but it swerves round a wall and past a post.
    • 25' Golden chance! Great cross by Cha Du-Ri for Samaras, but he is off target with the header. Should have hit the net there!
    • 23' Samaras doing a lot of diving around and not much else. The referee Marijo Strahonja is unimpressed with the Greece striker's antics.
    • 20' A round of applause goes around the ground as Fraser Forster gets a few touches of the ball. He has not had much to do so far.
    • 19' Celtic already with three shots at the Sion goal as Samaras is flagged for offside.
    • 17' Scott Brown concedes a free-kick in a dangerous area of the park following a challenge on Afonso, but Dingsdag misses the target with his free-kick.
    • 16' Cha Du Ri is caught late by Serey Die before Commons drives a shot wide of the goal.
    • 12' Wilson is penalised for a late challenge on Afonso before Ledley gives away another free-kick after a late challenge on Obradovic.
    • 2' Early opportunity for Samaras, but he screws that shot wide of goal. Celtic looking for an early opener.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one.
    • 20.00 "You'll never walk alone" is playing over the tannoy at Celtic Park as the teams emerge from the tunnel.
    • 19.55 Celtic have suffered some embarrassing results against Swiss sides in Europe, losing 5-1 to Neuchatel Xamas in the 1991 UEFA Cup, while Berne dumped them out of the Champions League in 2002.
    • 19.50 Fraser Forster makes his debut for a second time at Celtic Park having been on loan last season. Georgios Samaras will partner Anthony Stokes up front for the home team.
    • 19.45 Teams: Celtic: Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, Mark Wilson, Commons, Brown, Ki, Ledley, Samaras, Stokes..Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Maloney, McCourt, Slane, Forrest, Wanyama.////FC Sion: Vanins, Dingsdag, Adailton, Goncalves, Vanczak, Obradovic, Die, Buhler, Feindouno, Afonso, Sio..Subs: Fickentscher, Gabri, Mutsch, Rodrigo, Prijovic, Zambrella, Ketkeophomphone Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)
    • 19.40 Celtic manager Neil Lennon has issued a 'hands off' warning over Ki Sung-Yueng amid interest from Premier League clubs. "I think Ki will make the club a lot of money one day. He is unquestionably a £10m player like Aiden (McGeady). He is certainly coming into that bracket now," said Lennon. "He has turned heads already. There is nothing substantial that I'm aware of, although I know there is interest in him. But we want to keep our best players."
    • 19.35 CELTIC TEAM NEWS: Goalkeeper Fraser Forster is set to make his second debut for Celtic after they agreed deal a to sign him from Newcastle for another season's loan spell. Manager Neil Lennon will be without Glenn Loovens, Emilio Izaguirre, Beram Kayal and Gary Hooper through injury. Stopper Thomas Rogne has recovered from a calf injury, but is unlikely to make the squad.
    • 19.30 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Celtic against Sion in the first leg of their play-off match in the Europa League
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    Manager: Neil Lennon

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    Manager: Laurent Roussey

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