Bayern Munich end Celtic's Champions League hopes at Parkhead
Celtic 1 - 2 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich end Celtic's Champions League hopes at Parkhead

01/11/2017

Celtic exited the Champions League after a 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in a pulsating encounter at Parkhead.

A costly moment of slack play in the 22nd minute allowed French star Kingsley Coman to open the scoring and blight an encouraging first-half performance by Brendan Rodgers' side.

However, Celtic roared back after the break and Callum McGregor deservedly levelled in the 74th only for midfielder Javi Martinez to restore the German giants' lead three minutes later meaning that with two Group B fixtures remaining, the Scottish champions have only three points from 12 and cannot get into the knockout stages.

Bayern beat the Scottish champions 3-0 with ease in the Allianz Arena earlier in the month but the Hoops can take encouragement from this performance as they still remain on course for a place in the Europa League.

Bayern's selection problems had dominated the build-up to the game after Poland striker Robert Lewandowski had joined Juan Bernat, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

The solution coach Jupp Heynckes spoke of among six changes was to play James Rodriguez as a withdrawn main striker.

Celtic's injury problems were again in central defence and with Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko still out, midfielder Nir Bitton partnered Dedryck Boyata.

French striker Moussa Dembele started for the first time in the Champions League this season, supported by McGregor, as Rodgers returned seven of his big-hitters to the starting lineup.

Hoops midfielder Stuart Armstrong missed a sitter in the fifth minute, mis-kicking six yards out after James Forrest had set him up with a perfect cross.

The Bundesliga leaders were struggling to get into any sort of rhythm and in the 15th minute Dembele outpaced Rafinha in the left channel but dragged his left-footed drive wide of the far post.

Celtic's good early work was undone, however, when Boyata hesitated and let a long punt from Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich go over his head.

Coman was on to the ball in a flash and rounded keeper Craig Gordon before slipping the ball past the backtracking Boyata, Bitton and Mikael Lustig.

On the half-hour mark Bayern midfielder David Alaba whipped the ball away from Dembele as he looked to tap in Armstrong's pass across goal.

The former Dundee United midfielder came close three minutes after the restart with a drive which was brilliantly tipped over by Ulreich for a corner.

Amid great encouragement from the home fans, Rodgers' side kept up their efforts and their goal arrived when Forrest threaded a ball through to McGregor, who drilled his shot low past Ulreich.

Celtic Park was still rocking when Coman took an Alaba pass and crossed for Martinez to rise above Bitton and head past Gordon.

It was a stunning blow to the home side but again they came back, fighting and scrapping for another leveller, only to run out of time before they were given a heartfelt round of applause from their supporters at the end.

Related news

Muller, Lewandowski braces as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas

Muller, Lewandowski braces as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas

Bayern Munich look assured of a Champions League quarterfinal spot for a seventh straight season after thrashing 10-man Besiktas 5-0 in Germany.

Lionel Messi's goal gives Barcelona draw at Chelsea

Lionel Messi's goal gives Barcelona draw at Chelsea

Lionel Messi broke his goal duck against Chelsea to deny Antonio Conte's side a crucial lead over Barcelona in their Champions League showdown.

Sadio Mane nets hat trick in Liverpool's runaway win against Porto

Sadio Mane nets hat trick in Liverpool's runaway win against Porto

Sadio Mane scored a hat trick and Mohamed Salah continued his phenomenal run with a 30th goal of the season as Liverpool won 5-0 at Porto to virtually assure themselves a Champions League quarterfinal place.

Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid come back against PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid come back against PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Marcelo got another as Real Madrid came from a goal down to take a 3-1 lead over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League clash at the Bernabeu.

Gundogan scores two as Man City thrash Basel in round of 16

Gundogan scores two as Man City thrash Basel in round of 16

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with an emphatic 4-0 win over Basel.

Tottenham rally with two away goals in first-leg draw at Juventus

Tottenham rally with two away goals in first-leg draw at Juventus

Christian Eriksen completed a remarkable Tottenham comeback as they rallied from two down to draw with Juventus in the Champions League last 16.

Cristiano Ronaldo free kick helps Real Madrid win Club World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo free kick helps Real Madrid win Club World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a free kick to help Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 and claim the Club World Cup in Saturday's final in Abu Dhabi.

Ronaldo, Bale score as Real Madrid advance to Club World Cup final

Ronaldo, Bale score as Real Madrid advance to Club World Cup final

Gareth Bale was the surprise hero as Real Madrid survived a shock against outsiders Al Jazira to win 2-1 in Wednesday's extra dramatic Club World Cup semifinal in Abu Dhabi.

Real Madrid play PSG in Champions League, Chelsea get Barcelona

Real Madrid play PSG in Champions League, Chelsea get Barcelona

Reigning champions Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, while Chelsea take on Barcelona.

RELATED NEWS

Muller, Lewandowski braces as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas
Bayern Munich 5 - 0 Besiktas

Muller, Lewandowski braces as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas

Bayern Munich look assured of a Champions League quarterfinal spot for a seventh straight season after thrashing 10-man Besiktas 5-0 in Germany.

Lionel Messi's goal gives Barcelona draw at Chelsea
Chelsea 1 - 1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi's goal gives Barcelona draw at Chelsea

Lionel Messi broke his goal duck against Chelsea to deny Antonio Conte's side a crucial lead over Barcelona in their Champions League showdown.

Sadio Mane nets hat trick in Liverpool's runaway win against Porto
Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool

Sadio Mane nets hat trick in Liverpool's runaway win against Porto

Sadio Mane scored a hat trick and Mohamed Salah continued his phenomenal run with a 30th goal of the season as Liverpool won 5-0 at Porto to virtually assure themselves a Champions League quarterfinal place.

Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid come back against PSG
Real Madrid 3 - 1 PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid come back against PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Marcelo got another as Real Madrid came from a goal down to take a 3-1 lead over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League clash at the Bernabeu.

Gundogan scores two as Man City thrash Basel in round of 16
Basel 0 - 4 Man City

Gundogan scores two as Man City thrash Basel in round of 16

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with an emphatic 4-0 win over Basel.

Tottenham rally with two away goals in first-leg draw at Juventus
Juventus 2 - 2 Tottenham

Tottenham rally with two away goals in first-leg draw at Juventus

Christian Eriksen completed a remarkable Tottenham comeback as they rallied from two down to draw with Juventus in the Champions League last 16.

Cristiano Ronaldo free kick helps Real Madrid win Club World Cup
Real Madrid 1 - 0 Gremio

Cristiano Ronaldo free kick helps Real Madrid win Club World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a free kick to help Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 and claim the Club World Cup in Saturday's final in Abu Dhabi.

Ronaldo, Bale score as Real Madrid advance to Club World Cup final
Al Jazira 1 - 2 Real Madrid

Ronaldo, Bale score as Real Madrid advance to Club World Cup final

Gareth Bale was the surprise hero as Real Madrid survived a shock against outsiders Al Jazira to win 2-1 in Wednesday's extra dramatic Club World Cup semifinal in Abu Dhabi.

Real Madrid play PSG in Champions League, Chelsea get Barcelona
Champions League round of 16 draw

Real Madrid play PSG in Champions League, Chelsea get Barcelona

Reigning champions Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, while Chelsea take on Barcelona.

21/02/2018
08:00 | 2018 Winter Olympics
12:30 | Elena Vesnina v Jelena Ostapenko - WTA Dubai
12:30 | Sara Errani v Angelique Kerber - WTA Dubai
13:00 | ATP 250 - Marseille
14:00 | WTA - Dubai
14:00 | Elina Svitolina v Qiang Wang - WTA Dubai
16:00 | Johanna Konta v Daria Kasatkina - WTA Dubai
17:30 | Catherine Bellis v Garbine Muguruza - WTA Dubai
18:00 | CSKA Moskva - Crvena Zvezda
18:00 | ATP 500 - Rio Open
20:45 | Leganes - Real Madrid
20:45 | Sevilla - Manchester United
20:45 | Shakhtar Donetsk - Roma
22:00 | Marin Cilic v Gael Monfils - ATP 500 - Rio Open
22/02/2018
08:00 | 2018 Winter Olympics
13:00 | ATP 250 - Marseille
14:00 | WTA - Dubai
17:00 | Lokomotiv Moskva - Nice
18:00 | ATP 500 - Rio Open
19:00 | Sporting - Astana
19:00 | Atletico Madrid - Copenhagen
19:00 | Dynamo Kyiv - AEK Athens
19:00 | Zenit - Celtic
19:00 | RB Leipzig - Napoli
19:00 | Villarreal - Olympique Lyon
19:00 | Viktoria Plzen - Partizan
19:00 | Lazio - FCSB
21:05 | Atalanta - Borussia Dortmund
21:05 | Athletic Bilbao - Spartak Moskva
21:05 | Salzburg - Real Sociedad
21:05 | Milan - Ludogorets
21:05 | Arsenal - Ostersunds FK
21:05 | Sporting Braga - Olympique Marseille
23/02/2018
08:00 | 2018 Winter Olympics
13:00 | ATP 250 - Marseille
14:00 | WTA - Dubai
18:00 | ATP 500 - Rio Open
24/02/2018
08:00 | 2018 Winter Olympics
13:00 | ATP 250 - Marseille
13:30 | Leicester City - Stoke City
14:00 | WTA - Dubai
15:30 | Bayern Munich - Hertha BSC
16:00 | Liverpool - West Ham United
16:15 | Real Madrid - Alaves
17:00 | Toulouse - Monaco
18:00 | ATP 500 - Rio Open
18:30 | Watford - Everton
20:45 | Inter Milan - Benevento
20:45 | Barcelona - Girona
DERBY OF THE WEEK
Manchester United - Chelsea
Derby of the week
15:05
25/02/2018
Derby of the week
W 2.00    
   W 3.80
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
02-15-2018 07:00 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores