Celtic take slim advantage to Russia with victory over Zenit St Petersburg
Celtic 1 - 0 Zenit St Petersburg

Celtic take slim advantage to Russia with victory over Zenit St Petersburg

15/02/2018

Celtic defeated Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 at Hampden Park in the first leg of their Europa League.

Brendan Rodger's men will be pleased to keep a clean sheet and avoid their Russian opponents taking an away goal back for the second leg.

The match had seemed to be heading to a 0-0 conclusion, by no means a bad result for Celtic, considered the underdogs for the tie.

However, a late goal from Callum McGregor means that Celtic now may consider themselves slight favourites going into the second leg in a fortnight's time.

After the match, Rodgers praised his side:

“It was a very good victory for us.

“I thought the performance was outstanding. We played with great maturity and capped it off with a fantastic goal. That was no more than we deserved.

“Right the way through the team, they were outstanding and with a lot of young players. It will be a tough game over there but we have given ourselves a great opportunity after tonight.”

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