Cetlic recovered from the loss of an away goal to take a first-leg lead against HJK Helsinki in Champions League qualifying round three.

Gary Hooper, James Forrest and Joe Ledley all had chances as the hosts started brightly.

But it was HJK's Rasmus Schuller who broke the deadlock with a close range volley just after half-time.

Hooper equalised with a tap-in before Charlie Mulgrew headed Celtic ahead in the tie.

Neil Lennon's men take on the Finns in next Wednesday's second leg at the Sonera Stadium.

The home crowd were buoyed by Celtic fan Michael Jamieson's Olympic silver medal success at London 2012, with the swimmer's 200m breaststroke final shown on large screens in the run-up to kick-off.

Rasmus Schuller celebrates after scoring for HJK Helsinki against Celtic

Schuller's goal stunned the home crowd

The Scottish Premier League champions threatened from the off with Georgios Samaras heading a long ball onto Hooper only for the angle to get the better of the striker.

Samaras was prominent again with a cross towards James Forrest, who headed wide before indicating his displeasure at Mikko Sumusalo's aerial challenge in the six-yard box.

Hooper and Kris Commons failed to connect properly with Forrest's cutback and Ledley flashed a shot wide from the loose ball before testing goalkeeper Ville Wallen with a controlled volley moments later.

HJK weathered the storm and Joel Perovuo forced Celtic keeper Fraser Forster into a save with a low 25-yard drive.

And the Finns dealt a blow to Celtic's hopes when a neat passing move put Schuller through on goal shortly after the break.

The midfielder's first effort was blocked by Forster but ricocheted back to Schuller off Victor Wanyama and the resulting left-foot volley found the net.

Celtic responded with Commons' powerful drive striking the post and rebounding out for a corner off the head of Wallen.

But the leveller did come when Samaras' low centre set up Hooper to finish.

The hosts were galvanised and Mulgrew's downward header from Commons' corner edged them ahead.

The two players involved in that second goal came close with shots as HJK came under continued pressure and Forrest collided with team-mate Hooper as he tried to get into a scoring position off substitute Anthony Stokes' pass.

Scott Brown was then denied by Wallen and Lennon introduced skilful winger Paddy McCourt in an attempt to force a third.

But HJK held firm against the late rally and the Finnish champions know a 1-0 next week in Helsinki will take them through to the play-off round.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 02 Matthews
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 08 Brown
  • 15 Commons (Stokes - 65' )
  • 16 Ledley
  • 49 Forrest
  • 67 Wanyama
  • 09 Samaras Booked (Lustig - 87' )
  • 88 Hooper (McCourt - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska
  • 23 Lustig
  • 25 Rogne
  • 20 McCourt
  • 33 Kayal
  • 56 Twardzik
  • 10 Stokes

HJK Helsinki

  • 01 Wallen
  • 06 Lahti
  • 11 Lindstrom
  • 07 Mannstrom
  • 16 Vayrynen Booked (Okkonen - 74' )
  • 21 Sumusalo
  • 22 Perovuo
  • 26 Savage
  • 27 Sorsa
  • 28 Schuller (Pohjanpalo - 84' )
  • 18 Makela (Sadik - 60' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 35 Sahlgren
  • 02 Kansikas
  • 04 Okkonen
  • 05 Hakanpaa
  • 09 Sadik
  • 15 Pelvas
  • 20 Pohjanpalo

Match Stats

Shots

19 3

On target

8 3

Corners

12 3

Fouls

6 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:15

Inswinging corner taken by Patrick McCourt, save by Ville Wallen.

90:00 +3:11

The ball is sent over by Patrick McCourt, Mathias Lindstrom makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:22

The official flags Patrick McCourt offside. Ville Wallen restarts play with the free kick.

88:19

James Forrest takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Joel Pohjanpalo manages to make a clearance.

87:59

Inswinging corner taken by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line played to the near post.

87:18

The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre.

86:53

Corner taken short by James Forrest.

86:21 Substitution

Substitution Georgios Samaras goes off and Mikael Lustig comes on.

86:21 Substitution

Substitution Gary Hooper goes off and Patrick McCourt comes on.

85:57

Shot from 25 yards by Scott Brown. Save by Ville Wallen.

84:28

Antti Okkonen concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ledley. Direct free kick taken by Joe Ledley.

83:56

Victor Wanyama takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution (HJK Helsinki) makes a substitution, with Joel Pohjanpalo coming on for Rasmus Schuller.

82:22

The ball is delivered by James Forrest, Ville Wallen makes a save.

80:42

Corner taken right-footed by James Forrest to the near post, clearance made by Antti Okkonen.

80:33

Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball, Sebastian Mannstrom gets a block in.

79:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Timi Lahti. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

78:59

Berat Sadik is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

78:18

Effort from outside the penalty area by Charlie Mulgrew goes wide left of the goal.

76:57

Inswinging corner taken by James Forrest from the left by-line, Mathias Lindstrom manages to make a clearance.

75:11

Scott Brown has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

73:05

Ville Wallen takes the free kick.

73:05 Substitution

Substitution Antti Okkonen is brought on as a substitute for Mika Vayrynen.

73:05

Adam Matthews sends in a cross, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mathias Lindstrom by Anthony Stokes.

72:55

Adam Matthews produces a cross, clearance made by Timi Lahti.

69:14

Rasmus Schuller delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

69:14 Booking

Booking Georgios Samaras receives a caution for dissent.

69:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rasmus Schuller by Georgios Samaras.

66:20

The referee blows for offside. Scott Brown takes the free kick.

66:04

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ville Wallen.

65:37

The ball is delivered by Georgios Samaras, clearance made by Timi Lahti.

64:17

Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.

64:17 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Stokes on for Kris Commons.

64:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joel Perovuo on Gary Hooper.

63:29

The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Kris Commons has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

63:08

Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Joel Perovuo results in a free kick. Kris Commons takes the direct free kick.

62:25

Kris Commons has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

60:48 Booking

Booking Berat Sadik goes into the book.

60:06

Assist by Kris Commons.

60:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Mulgrew - Celtic 2 - 1 H Helsinki Charlie Mulgrew finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Celtic 2-1 HJK Helsinki.

59:56

Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line,

59:32 Substitution

Substitution Juho Makela goes off and Berat Sadik comes on.

59:18

Effort from 20 yards by James Forrest. Mika Vayrynen gets a block in.

58:49

The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by Mikko Sumusalo.

56:06

Foul by Georgios Samaras on Sebastian Sorsa, free kick awarded. Ville Wallen takes the free kick.

55:08

Corner taken by Kris Commons, Rasmus Schuller manages to make a clearance.

53:45

Assist on the goal came from Georgios Samaras.

53:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Hooper - Celtic 1 - 1 H Helsinki Goal scored by Gary Hooper from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-1 HJK Helsinki.

53:41

The ball is swung over by Georgios Samaras,

53:00

The ball is crossed by Timi Lahti, Fraser Forster makes a save.

52:50

Rasmus Schuller produces a cross.

52:17

Rasmus Schuller takes the inswinging corner, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.

51:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Wanyama on Demba Savage. Direct free kick taken by Mathias Lindstrom.

51:04 Booking

Booking Mika Vayrynen receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

50:49

Centre by James Forrest, save by Ville Wallen.

48:09

Effort from just outside the penalty area by Kris Commons strikes the post.

46:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Rasmus Schuller - Celtic 0 - 1 H Helsinki Rasmus Schuller fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 0-1 HJK Helsinki.

46:40

Rasmus Schuller takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.

45:49

Sebastian Mannstrom is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:37

James Forrest has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Mika Vayrynen gets a block in.

40:49

Corner taken right-footed by James Forrest, clearance by Mathias Lindstrom.

40:38

Joe Ledley takes a shot. Blocked by Timi Lahti.

39:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikko Sumusalo on Kris Commons. Adam Matthews takes the free kick.

34:55

Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Mannstrom from the left by-line, Mathias Lindstrom challenges Charlie Mulgrew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

34:44

Shot from 25 yards from Joel Perovuo. Save by Fraser Forster.

33:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Demba Savage. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.

32:43

Centre by Mikko Sumusalo, save by Fraser Forster.

32:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mathias Lindstrom by Georgios Samaras. Mika Vayrynen restarts play with the free kick.

29:09

The official flags Georgios Samaras offside. Ville Wallen restarts play with the free kick.

28:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Timi Lahti on Kris Commons. Kris Commons crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

26:24

Joel Perovuo concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Hooper. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.

23:26

Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Mannstrom from the left by-line, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.

21:47

Kris Commons has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

21:38

Corner taken short by Kris Commons.

21:22

Joe Ledley takes a shot. Save by Ville Wallen.

20:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Timi Lahti on Scott Brown. Free kick crossed by Kris Commons, Mika Vayrynen makes a clearance.

19:45

A cross is delivered by Sebastian Mannstrom, Fraser Forster makes a save.

17:32

Joe Ledley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Mannstrom. Timi Lahti takes the direct free kick.

17:21

A cross is delivered by Scott Brown.

16:56

Kris Commons takes a outswinging corner.

16:25

Georgios Samaras produces a cross, Ville Wallen makes a save.

15:25

Foul by Juho Makela on Victor Wanyama, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.

14:57

Joe Ledley produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

13:09

The ball is swung over by Georgios Samaras, Close range header by James Forrest misses to the right of the target.

10:03

Kris Commons takes the inswinging corner, Joel Perovuo manages to make a clearance.

6:33

Timi Lahti challenges Kris Commons unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kris Commons takes the free kick.

3:35

Emilio Izaguirre fouled by Mika Vayrynen, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Brown takes the free kick.

1:21

Corner taken by Kris Commons, Victor Wanyama has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

1:17

James Forrest produces a cross, Timi Lahti manages to make a clearance.

0:08

Gary Hooper has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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