Monday 26 September 2016

Deila hails 'attitude' after Hoops pegged back

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Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30

Celtic’s Nir Bitton scores past Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald during the Europe League Group A clash
Celtic’s Nir Bitton scores past Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald during the Europe League Group A clash

A late goal from substitute Lasse Schone gave Ajax a draw against Celtic at the Amsterdam ArenA, where Hoops left-back Emilio Izaguirre was sent off.

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In an absorbing encounter, right-back Mikael Lustig headed the Parkhead men into an interval lead in the 42nd minute after Danish midfielder Viktor Fischer had cancelled out midfielder Nir Bitton's eighth-minute opener.

Celtic looked assured after the break but when Izaguirre was dismissed in the 74th minute for picking up his second yellow of the night, the home side came storming back.

Schone drew the hosts level when he fired in a free-kick in the 84th minuted from wide on the left which beat everyone including Craig Gordon and left Ronny Deila's side hanging on for a point.

"We showed very good work and attitude, we were very organised and I think we were unlucky to get the red card," said Deila.

"It was tough in the beginning (with 10 men), they got more crosses in, but when we got five behind we were very secure and didn't concede many chances."

Deila was satisfied with a point, though, and added: "I'm very proud, we have had a tough period, we have many games left but this is a good start."

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