Sunday 20 October 2019

Defensive lapses prove expensive for Celtic

RB Leipzig 2 Celtic 0

Oh Bhoys: A dejected Brendan Rodgers is all alone with his thoughts as he leaves the pitch at the Red Bull Arena after Celtic’s defeat by Leipzig. Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters
Oh Bhoys: A dejected Brendan Rodgers is all alone with his thoughts as he leaves the pitch at the Red Bull Arena after Celtic’s defeat by Leipzig. Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Jamie Holland

Celtic's Europa League hopes took another bruising as they were well beaten by RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena.

A makeshift Hoops side shorn of several first-choice players made an encouraging start to the Group B match but were punished for defensive lapses, first on the half-hour mark by striker Matheus Cunha and again minutes later by attacker Bruma, before the home side cruised their way through the second half.

Brendan Rodgers' men lost 3-1 to Salzburg in their previous European fixture and the Austrian side top the section with full points after their win over bottom side Rosenborg.

Yet Rodgers insisted afterwards that Celtic are "still in with a great chance" of reaching the knockout stage.

Celtic host the German side next month, with a trip to Rosenborg to come before Salzburg visit Parkhead.

"We have seen enough tonight to know that we can beat them at home," said Rodgers.

Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen falls beside Celtic's Mikael Lustig. Photo: Jens Meyer/AP Photo
Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen falls beside Celtic's Mikael Lustig. Photo: Jens Meyer/AP Photo

"It will be a great night with our supporters. Their support was amazing throughout tonight.

"Having 60,000 at home will be a great opportunity. If we are going to have any aspiration of getting through the group, it's a game first and foremost we have to win.

"We've obviously lost two matches against two very good sides away from home, but we've got three points on the board.

"We always knew our home games would be vital for us and try to pick up something away.

Leipzig's Matheus Cunha scores the opening goal against Celtic's goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Photo: Jens Meyer/AP Photo
Leipzig's Matheus Cunha scores the opening goal against Celtic's goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Photo: Jens Meyer/AP Photo

"We have to look at the next game at home and look to win that. If we don't it becomes really difficult."

Leipzig's Matheus Cunha, right, and Celtic's Mikael Lustig. Photo: Jens Meyer/AP Photo
Leipzig's Matheus Cunha, right, and Celtic's Mikael Lustig. Photo: Jens Meyer/AP Photo

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