Europa League - Group D
RB Salzburg2Celtic2

Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Celtic

Scott Brown scores for Celtic against Red Bull Salzburg
Brown's goal was later cancelled out as Celtic drew with their Austrian hosts
  • Salzburg twice come from behind to draw
  • Wakaso marks Celtic debut with goal
  • Captain Brown nets for first time this season
  • Gordon's saves help secure point for Celtic

Celtic opened their Europa League Group D campaign by drawing with Salzburg at the Red Bull Arena.

On-loan Rubin Kazan winger Wakaso Mubarak drilled home the opener in his first Celtic appearance.

Brazilian Alan levelled with the aid of a deflection as the visitors were caught short in defence.

Ramalho Silva diverted Scott Brown's volley in for Celtic's second but a superbly struck Jonathan Soriano free-kick levelled matters once again.

And, with Dinamo Zagreb beating Astra Giurgiu, Celtic and Salzburg trail the Croatian side by two points after the first round of matches.

Wakaso had waited several weeks to make an impact with the Scottish Premiership side after manager Ronny Deila was frustrated in his attempts to have the player signed before their Champions League play-off defeat by NK Maribor.

The Ghana international provided a taste of what was to come when he struck low past Peter Gulacsi's goal.

And with his next effort the 24-year-old arrowed the ball across the goalkeeper and into the corner from Kris Commons' pass.

Such an early set-back was the last thing Salzburg needed after three successive domestic defeats and there was little to encourage the home fans until Ramalho got on the end of a teasing Soriano free-kick.

The Brazilian peeled off to the back post and rose unchallenged to send his header goalwards, Gordon getting a vital touch to knock the ball wide.

Celtic's early season defensive struggles - no clean sheets in their previous six games - were apparent as Jason Denayer slipped at the vital moment for Salzburg's leveller.

Alan was allowed to run on to Kevin Kampl's pass and though Efe Ambrose got across from the right the defender succeeded only in redirecting the eventual shot past Gordon.

Salzburg's confidence grew and Marcel Sabitzer fired wide before Gordon was given more work to do in the second half.

Alan's strike was blocked and the Scotland international produced a double save to keep out Sabitzer's shot and Alan's rebound header.

However, the hosts had their own defensive vulnerabilities and Stefan Scepovic had tried to take advantage with an ambitious dipping shot from wide on the right that landed just past the near post.

And Salzburg were slow to close down Brown when he hit the 25-yard shot that Ramalho's outstretched boot would carry into the right-hand corner of the net.

Again Celtic's lead did not last, however. Emilio Izaguirre fouled Sabitzer around 30 yards out and Soriano curved the ball expertly over the wall and into the top corner.

Near-misses at either end permeated the closing stages but neither side looked convincing in attack as the clock ran down.

Mubarak Wakaso celebrates after scoring for Celtic against Red Bull Salzburg
Ghana international Wakaso netted 14 minutes into his Celtic debut
Craig Gordon makes a save for Celtic against Red Bull Salzburg
Keeper Craig Gordon made several fine saves to keep Celtic in the match
Alan scores for Red Bull Salzburg against Celtic
But the Celtic man was wrong-footed by the deflection on Alan's shot for Salzburg's first equaliser
Celtic players celebrating
Scott Brown (centre) played his first full match since returning from a hamstring injury
Jonathan Soriano scores for Red Bull Salzburg against Celtic
The Celtic wall was powerless to stop Soriano's free-kick

Line-ups

RB Salzburg

  • 31Gulacsi
  • 6Schwegler
  • 5Ramalho
  • 36HintereggerBooked at 90mins
  • 17UlmerBooked at 10minsSubstituted forAnkersenat 82'minutes
  • 44Kampl
  • 24Leitgeb
  • 13Ilsanker
  • 7Sabitzer
  • 27Borges de Carvalho
  • 26Soriano

Substitutes

  • 2Schmitz
  • 4Ankersen
  • 8Keita
  • 33Walke
  • 37Lazaro
  • 42Quaschner
  • 77Bruno

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 4AmbroseBooked at 20mins
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 42McGregor
  • 8BrownBooked at 39mins
  • 25JohansenSubstituted forKayalat 90+2'minutes
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forTonevat 75'minutes
  • 12ScepovicSubstituted forStokesat 68'minutes
  • 32Wakaso

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 10Stokes
  • 16Berget
  • 24Zaluska
  • 27Tonev
  • 33Kayal
  • 34O'Connell
Referee:
Artur Dias Soares

Match Stats

Home TeamRB SalzburgAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home22
Away9
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, FC Red Bull Salzburg 2, Celtic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Red Bull Salzburg 2, Celtic 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Beram Kayal replaces Stefan Johansen.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Celtic) because of an injury.

Booking

Martin Hinteregger (FC Red Bull Salzburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

André Ramalho (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

Foul by Martin Hinteregger (FC Red Bull Salzburg).

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan (FC Red Bull Salzburg).

Jason Denayer (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Martin Hinteregger (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

Foul by Christian Schwegler (FC Red Bull Salzburg).

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Red Bull Salzburg. Peter Ankersen replaces Andreas Ulmer.

Attempt missed. Stefan Ilsanker (FC Red Bull Salzburg) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin Kampl.

Attempt missed. Christian Schwegler (FC Red Bull Salzburg) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! FC Red Bull Salzburg 2, Celtic 2. Jonatan Soriano (FC Red Bull Salzburg) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Marcel Sabitzer (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mubarak Wakaso.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Aleksandar Tonev replaces Kris Commons.

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kris Commons.

Attempt saved. Jonatan Soriano (FC Red Bull Salzburg) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Marcel Sabitzer (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Christian Schwegler (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic).

Stefan Ilsanker (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Alan (FC Red Bull Salzburg) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jonatan Soriano.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Marcel Sabitzer (FC Red Bull Salzburg) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Kampl.

Attempt blocked. Alan (FC Red Bull Salzburg) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Ulmer.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Anthony Stokes replaces Stefan Scepovic.

Martin Hinteregger (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 18th September 2014

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apollon Limassol11003213
2Villarreal10101101
3B Mgladbach10101101
4FC Zürich100123-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Copenhagen11002023
2Club Brugge10100001
3Torino10100001
4HJK Helsinki100102-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Asteras Tripolis10101101
2Besiktas10101101
3Partizan Belgrade10100001
4Tottenham10100001

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb11005143
2Celtic10102201
3RB Salzburg10102201
4Astra Giurgiu100115-40

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow11002113
2PSV Eindhoven11001013
3Panathinaikos100112-10
4Estoril Praia100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan11001013
2FK Qarabag10100001
3Saint-Étienne10100001
4Dnipropetrovsk100101-10

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla11002023
2Standard Liege11002023
3Feyenoord100102-20
4HNK Rijeka100102-20

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton11004133
2FK Krasnodar10101101
3Lille10101101
4Wolfsburg100114-30

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1BSC Young Boys11005053
2Napoli11003123
3Sparta Prague100113-20
4Slovan Bratislava100105-50

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Steaua Bucharest11006063
2Dynamo Kiev11003033
3Rio Ave100103-30
4Aalborg BK100106-60

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PAOK Salonika11006153
2Fiorentina11003033
3Guingamp100103-30
4Dinamo Minsk100116-50

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Trabzonspor11002113
2Legia Warsaw11001013
3Metalist Kharkiv100112-10
4KSC Lokeren100101-10
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