Celtic v Cliftonville
Ambrose 16′ Samaras 70′
- FT 90 +4
- HT 1-0
- (agg 5 - 0)
Celtic set up a Champions League third qualifying round tie against Elfsborg by easing aside Cliftonville.
Already 3-0 up from the away tie in Belfast, the Glasgow side extended their lead through Efe Ambrose's powerful 16th-minute header.
But it took until the 70th minute for their pressure to bring a second, a close-range Georgios Samaras header.
While Cliftonville's hard work avoided the feared rout, it is Celtic who will host Swedes Elfsborg next Wednesday.
Elfsborg, who have on-loan Celtic striker Mo Bangura and former Portsmouth forward James Keene in their squad, had earlier completed their own demolition of Daugava.
Already 7-1 up from the home leg, they showed they will be a tough hurdle to overcome for Neil Lennon's side, hopeful of matching the £23.5m earned from last season's march to the last 16, winning 4-0 in Latvia.
Despite striker Gary Hooper's recovery from a groin strain, Northern Irishman Lennon named an unchanged side from the one that won in his homeland.
Last season's top scorer was on the bench even though he has been the subject of a transfer bids from Norwich City and, most recently, QPR.
Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin had voiced his determination not to leave Scotland with a humiliating scoreline and not surprisingly named a more defensive formation, with former Werder Bremen striker Liam Boyce on his own up front.
The expected onslaught began with a Samaras shot being beaten away by goalkeeper Conor Devlin.
It was clever play by Sweden full-back Mikael Lustig that finally prised open the visiting defence, setting up Anthony Stokes to deliver a cross that was dispatched past Devlin by Nigeria defender Ambrose.
Part-timers Cliftonville battled away gallantly and threatened momentarily when Marc Smyth had a close-range effort blocked after a rare corner for the Northern Irish champions, while Ciaran Caldwell fired wide.
That was a brief respite as Kris Commons and James Forrest threatened a second goal from range, with the latter's effort clipping the top of the crossbar.
Celtic's intensity dipped after the break, but Stokes forced a fine fingertip save from Devlin with a clever drive the Irishman steered towards the far corner.
Stokes was not so smart when presented with an easier chance after being set up by Scott Brown, the striker curling his shot wide of Devlin and the post.
Just as Cliftonville appeared to be tiring, a desperate clearance from Kelvin Wilson prevented a cross presenting Boyce the chance of a surprise tap-in equaliser.
Minutes after Hooper came off the bench, Celtic extended their lead when a fine Commons cross found the head of Samaras eight yards from goal.
Hooper fired an effort against the base of the post and summer signing Amido Balde headed just wide on his debut from the bench, but Cliftonville managed to restrict Celtic to a two-goal victory.
- 01 Forster
- 03 Izaguirre
- 04 Ambrose
- 06 Wilson
- 23 Lustig
- 08 Brown
- 15 Commons
- 33 Kayal (Rogic - 65' )
- 49 Forrest (Balde - 76' )
- 09 Samaras
- 10 Stokes (Hooper - 65' )
- 24 Zaluska
- 22 Mouyokolo
- 18 Rogic
- 42 McGregor
- 17 Balde
- 32 Watt
- 88 Hooper
- 12 Devlin
- 02 McGovern
- 07 Caldwell (Curran - 58' )
- 15 Seydak
- 16 Smyth
- 23 Cosgrove (O'Carroll - 76' )
- 04 Johnston
- 08 McMullan
- 17 Catney
- 10 Garrett
- 27 Boyce (Gormley - 85' )
- 01 Brown
- 03 Scannell
- 11 Donnelly
- 13 McNeill
- 14 O'Carroll
- 20 Curran
- 19 Gormley
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +1:01
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Joe Gormley,89:31
The ball is swung over by Mikael Lustig.87:38
George McMullan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.86:29
Tom Rogic has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.86:10
Tom Rogic takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie McGovern.84:34
Free kick taken by Conor Devlin.84:34 Substitution
Substitution Joe Gormley is brought on as a substitute for Liam Boyce.84:34
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper.83:46
The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Barry Johnston manages to make a clearance.81:04
Foul by Liam Boyce on Emilio Izaguirre, free kick awarded. Tom Rogic restarts play with the free kick.78:44
Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, Header by Amido Balde from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.77:11
Tom Rogic has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.75:44 Substitution
Substitution Diarmuid O'Carroll comes on in place of Tomas Cosgrove.75:44 Substitution
Substitution James Forrest goes off and Amido Balde comes on.74:30
Kris Commons takes a shot. Conor Devlin makes a save.73:46
James Forrest delivers the ball, Gary Hooper produces a overhead kick right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area and hits the post.72:37
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kris Commons, clearance made by Barry Johnston.71:06
Short corner taken by Georgios Samaras. Georgios Samaras delivers the ball, Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by Conor Devlin.69:44
Assist by Kris Commons.
Goal! - Georgios Samaras - Celtic 2 - 0 Cliftonvle Georgios Samaras grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Celtic 2 (5)-(0) 0 Cliftonville.69:44
A cross is delivered by Kris Commons,69:16
Tom Rogic takes a shot. Marc Smyth gets a block in. Kris Commons decides to take the corner short.67:45
Shot from long range by Georgios Samaras goes wide of the left-hand upright.66:04
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, Headed effort from inside the area by Efe Ambrose misses to the right of the goal.65:34
Mikael Lustig produces a cross, Eamonn Seydak makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Kris Commons.63:51 Substitution
Substitution Gary Hooper replaces Anthony Stokes.63:51 Substitution
Substitution Tom Rogic is brought on as a substitute for Beram Kayal.63:51
Corner taken by Eamonn Seydak played to the near post, clearance by Scott Brown.63:37
The ball is swung over by Stephen Garrett, clearance by Kelvin Wilson.61:51
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Wilson on Chris Curran. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Eamonn Seydak, Efe Ambrose makes a clearance.61:01
Effort from 35 yards by Scott Brown missed to the right of the target.59:48
Shot by Anthony Stokes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.58:48
Shot by James Forrest went wide right of the net.57:46 Substitution
Substitution Chris Curran joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ciaran Caldwell.57:16
Scott Brown takes a shot. Blocked by George McMullan. Georgios Samaras produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.56:30
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save made by Conor Devlin. Short corner taken by Kris Commons.56:16
Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, Marc Smyth manages to make a clearance.55:30
The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, Jamie McGovern makes a clearance.55:02
James Forrest takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie McGovern.53:02
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Eamonn Seydak gets a block in. Kris Commons produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.51:16
Kris Commons fouled by Stephen Garrett, the ref awards a free kick. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.47:41
A cross is delivered by Eamonn Seydak, Georgios Samaras makes a clearance.47:16
Corner taken short by George McMullan.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:00 +1:01 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.44:41
Georgios Samaras produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.42:30
The ball is swung over by Mikael Lustig.40:54
Eamonn Seydak takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Georgios Samaras.39:46
Mikael Lustig fouled by Stephen Garrett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kris Commons.37:50
Effort on goal by James Forrest from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.36:23
The ball is swung over by James Forrest.35:28
Kris Commons delivers the ball. Georgios Samaras is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Conor Devlin.33:14
Kris Commons produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.31:36
Kris Commons takes a shot. Marc Smyth gets a block in.29:52
The offside flag is raised against Ciaran Caldwell. Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.27:54
Effort on goal by Ciaran Caldwell from inside the box misses to the right of the target.27:01
Ciaran Caldwell produces a cross, blocked by Kelvin Wilson. Corner taken by Eamonn Seydak, Marc Smyth takes a shot. Clearance made by Kelvin Wilson.25:40
Kris Commons takes a shot. Conor Devlin makes a save.23:51
The ball is sent over by James Forrest, save by Conor Devlin.22:29
Unfair challenge on Barry Johnston by Anthony Stokes results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Smyth.21:20
The ball is swung over by Mikael Lustig.20:43
Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross, clearance made by Jamie McGovern.18:23
Centre by James Forrest, Jamie McGovern manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Kris Commons.16:30
The ball is crossed by Ciaran Caldwell. A cross is delivered by Stephen Garrett, Close range headed effort by Ciaran Caldwell misses to the right of the target.15:17
Assist on the goal came from Anthony Stokes.15:17 Goal scored
Goal! - Efe Ambrose - Celtic 1 - 0 Cliftonvle Efe Ambrose scores a headed goal from close range. Celtic 1 (4)-(0) 0 Cliftonville.15:11
Anthony Stokes produces a cross,14:32
Centre by Mikael Lustig, save by Conor Devlin. Short corner taken by Kris Commons.13:33
The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre, Marc Smyth manages to make a clearance.9:31
James Forrest fouled by Eamonn Seydak, the ref awards a free kick. Mikael Lustig takes the free kick.8:00
Kris Commons takes the outswinging corner, Marc Smyth manages to make a clearance. Mikael Lustig delivers the ball, Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Conor Devlin.6:15
James Forrest fouled by Stephen Garrett, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Kris Commons, Scott Brown has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.5:15
Unfair challenge on Tomas Cosgrove by Efe Ambrose results in a free kick. Conor Devlin takes the free kick.3:30
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Barry Johnston gets a block in. Corner taken by Kris Commons, Conor Devlin makes a save. Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Conor Devlin.2:31
Liam Boyce fouled by Efe Ambrose, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Catney.1:56
A cross is delivered by Mikael Lustig. The referee blows for offside against Georgios Samaras. Conor Devlin takes the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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