Champions League - Celtic dumped out by Legia Warsaw

Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg, Murrayfield – Celtic 0 Legia Warsaw 2 (Zyro 36', Kucharczyk'). Legia Warsaw win 6-1 on aggregate.

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila, right, could not mastermind a comeback

Legia Warsaw beat Celtic 2-0 at Murrayfield to complete a 6-1 aggregate rout in their third round qualifying tie to dump the Bhoys out of the Champions League.

Celtic had it all to do after a horror showing in Poland last week and began in the ascendancy but crucially without creating clear-cut chances.

Their best chance came on 34 minutes but, after a slaloming run, Adam Matthews failed to pick out either Anthony Stokes or Kris Commons after making it to the byline. His side were a goal down two minutes later.

Michal Zyro latched on to a ball over the top before holding off Emilio Izaguirre and slotting past Fraser Forster to effectively end the tie as a contest on 36 minutes.

The second period began in similar fashion to the first with Celtic the better side but Legia hit them on the counter to put added gloss on an already polished performance as Michal Kucharczyk slotted past Forster on 61 minutes.

Celtic huffed and puffed but were restricted to shots from distance as Legia easily saw the game out - a result that means Celtic drop into the Europa League play-off

KEY MOMENTS

18’ - MULGREW EFFORT: Izaguirre now fires the ball across the box but there is no one there. McGregor picks it up and finds Mulgrew but his shot from the edge is tame, and is easily saved.

34' – CHANCE: McGregor drops a shoulder to beat a man, he finds Matthews who scuttles away from his man and into the box. However both Stokes and Commons go near post as the full back pulls the ball back behind them. That was a big chance.

36’ - GOAL: And that is probably the tie over. Zyro latches on to a long ball over the top and holds off the challenge of Izaguirre before slotting past Forster.

42’ - VAN DIJK CHANCE: Legia gives away another fee-kick some 35 yards out and right of centre. Commons whips it in but Van Dijk can only head over.

61’ – GOAL: Well, this could get embarrassing. Kucharczyk latches on to a wonderful Radovic through-ball and he rounds Forster to double his side’s advantage.

84’ - POOR FROM GRIFFITHS: Griffiths now has a shot from distance but, very much like Celtic’s performance, it is wayward.

KEY STATS

Celtic failed to join Dinamo Zagreb (2011-2012) as the only teams to survive three rounds of #UCL qualifying in two successive seasons.

TALKING POINT

Where from here for Celtic and Ronny Deila? Well, nothing other than a treble would be a disaster. With Hibernian, Hearts and Rangers not in the Scottish Premiership there is no excuse for not winning that. The two domestic cups are also a must but they will struggle to make an impact on the Europa League on the basis of this performance. If they do not start the league campaign well Deila could get the sack.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY

MAN OF THE MATCH

Michal Kucharczyk (Legia Warsaw): Ran tirelessly and was rewarded with a goal – offered the threat in behind that was so sorely lacking for the home side.

PLAYER RATINGS

Celtic: Forster 5, Matthews 6, Lustig 5, van Dijk 6, Izaguirre 5, McGregor 5, Bitton 4, Mulgrew 5, Johansen 4, Commons 4, Stokes 4. Subs: Griffiths 4, Forrest 6, Pukki 5.

Legia Warsaw: Kuciak 5, Brzysk 5, Astiz 5, Jodlowiec 6, Broz 6, Rzezniczak 6, Radovic 7, Kucharczyk 8, Duda 6, Vrdoljak 6, Zyro 5. Subs: Pinto 5, Kosecki 5, Bereszynski 5.

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