Sunday 21 October 2018

Celtic through as Cork prepare for Rosenborg

Rosenborg 0 Celtic 0

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Getty Images
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Getty Images

Celtic negotiated their way into the third qualifying round of the Champions League with a gritty goalless draw at the Lerkendal Stadium.

This was a result that Cork City fans were also looking out for, and it means that the Leesiders will take on Rosenborg in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Rosenborg's Marius Lundemo (left) and Vegar Eggen Hedenstad vie for the ball with Celtic's Scott Sinclair. Photo: Getty Images
Rosenborg's Marius Lundemo (left) and Vegar Eggen Hedenstad vie for the ball with Celtic's Scott Sinclair. Photo: Getty Images

The Scottish champions were tentative in a first half which saw an added-time save from keeper Craig Gordon prevent Marius Lundemo from opening the scoring for the home side.

Celtic now take on AEK Athens in the next round with the first match at Parkhead next week and with a possible play-off to follow.

Only a saving tackle by Cristian Gamboa in the seventh minute prevented Pal Andre Helland going clear in on goal. The hosts grew in confidence, and Lundemo's close-range header was goalbound before Gordon stretched to tip the ball over the bar.

Within a minute of the restart a powerful run from Odsonne Edouard, aided by Callum McGregor, ended with his right-footed drive from 14 yards escaping the far post.

Celtic's Olivier Ntcham and Rosenborg's Anders Trondsen challenge each other for possession. Photo: Getty Images
Celtic's Olivier Ntcham and Rosenborg's Anders Trondsen challenge each other for possession. Photo: Getty Images

The home side saw the tie slowly drift away. Rosenborg had the ball in the net in the 87th minute but Swiss referee Sandro Scharer ruled it out for a challenge by Nicklas Bendtner on Gordon and, with that, all Norwegian hope was gone.

Celtic's Scott Sinclair rises with Rosenborg's Vegar Eggen Hedenstad. Photo: Getty Images
Celtic's Scott Sinclair rises with Rosenborg's Vegar Eggen Hedenstad. Photo: Getty Images
Celtic's Odsonne Edouard and Rosenborg's Marius Lundemo. Photo: Getty Images
Celtic's Odsonne Edouard and Rosenborg's Marius Lundemo. Photo: Getty Images

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