Champions League - Qualifying Play-off - 2nd Leg
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Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-0 Celtic (agg 4-5)

Celtic celebrate
Celtic qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years

Celtic survived a second-leg onslaught to reach the Champions League group stage with a narrow aggregate play-off win over Hapoel Beer Sheva.

Beaten 2-0 in Israel, Brendan Rodgers' side progressed on the strength of their 5-2 win in Glasgow last week.

Celtic keeper Craig Gordon saved Maharan Radi's penalty shortly before he was beaten by Ben Sahar's header.

Ovidiu Hoban capitalised on a mix-up between Gordon and Saidy Janko for Hapoel's second goal.

Celtic, who are likely to be in the fourth pot of seeds for the Champions League group stage, will discover their opponents when the draw is made on Thursday evening.

Cash reward but defensive frailties persist

Celtic return to the group stage of the competition for the first time in three years and will bank almost £30m as a result.

The guaranteed income will give Rodgers - in his first season as Celtic boss - further opportunities to expand his squad before the transfer window closes next week.

It is in defence where Celtic's most pressing needs lie, with the side having kept only two clean sheets in 10 competitive matches this term - and none away from home.

Erik Sviatchenko was fit enough to make the bench, while fellow centre-back Jozo Simunovic is still some way off a return, leaving regular right-back Mikael Lustig to partner Kolo Toure at the heart of Celtic's back-line.

Celtic's Champions League income
£2.6m for winning the play-off£10.3m for group stage participation
£10m television money£7m from gate receipts
£1.3m for group stage win£0.43m for group stage draw

Night to forget for Janko

The Scottish Premiership winners knew a forceful opening from the hosts was likely, with the Israeli champions going for the 3-0 win that would have taken them through on away goals.

Janko, who struggled to deal with Hoban throughout, was penalised for the spot-kick and booked for a trip on Ofir Davidadze, although television replays suggested the challenge was just outside the area.

It mattered little, though, as Radi went too central with his effort, allowing Gordon to charge down.

Radi's corner was met by Sahar's downward header past Gordon and Kieran Tierney on the line, the striker netting moments after replacing the injured Lucio Maranhao.

In the early moments of the second half, Janko knocked the ball out of Gordon's hands as he came to collect a cross, leaving Hoban with a tap-in.

Barak Bakhar's side were now within touching distance of their target but Sahar and Hoban could not convert as Celtic were continually exposed.

Ben Sahar scores
Sahar (top left) scored Hapoel Beer Sheva's third goal of the two-legged play-off

Griffiths isolated in attack

Top scorer Leigh Griffiths had a frustrating evening up front for Celtic, who struggled to get out of their own half.

Just before the hour he was replaced by former Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, who fashioned Celtic's first real chance when curling wide from the left edge of the era after driving at the Hapoel defence.

Scott Sinclair then tested keeper David Goresh from near the penalty spot.

But that respite was short-lived as Hapoel reasserted their dominance in possession, making the final 25 minutes a nervous wait for the travelling fans.

The final whistle prompted celebrations for those supporters and the Celtic players and management as Hapoel were left to contemplate their consolation prize of a place in the Europa League group stage.

Line-ups

Hapoel Be'er Sheva

  • 1Goresh
  • 2Bitton
  • 4Leonardo VítorSubstituted forShabtayat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Tzedek
  • 13Davidzada
  • 7Radi
  • 30Ogu
  • 12Hoban
  • 24MeliksonSubstituted forBar Buzagloat 34'minutes
  • 22Palhano SoaresSubstituted forSaharat 19'minutes
  • 9Nwakaeme

Substitutes

  • 11Bar Buzaglo
  • 14Sahar
  • 15Broun
  • 17Ohayon
  • 20Taha
  • 21Shabtay
  • 55Haimov

Celtic

  • 1GordonBooked at 90mins
  • 22JankoBooked at 14mins
  • 23LustigBooked at 66mins
  • 2K Touré
  • 63Tierney
  • 6Bitton
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forRogicat 45'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 42McGregorBooked at 56minsSubstituted forSviatchenkoat 65'minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forDembeleat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 10Dembele
  • 14Armstrong
  • 18Rogic
  • 24de Vries
  • 27Roberts
  • 28Sviatchenko
Referee:
Bas Nijhuis
Attendance:
15,383

Match Stats

Home TeamHapoel Be'er ShevaAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2, Celtic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2, Celtic 0.

Booking

Yuval Shabtay (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yuval Shabtay (Hapoel Be'er Sheva).

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Craig Gordon (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Maor Bar Buzaglo (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kolo Touré (Celtic).

Offside, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Maharan Radi tries a through ball, but Ben Sahar is caught offside.

John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Tony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) because of an injury.

Offside, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. John Ogu tries a through ball, but Maharan Radi is caught offside.

Maharan Radi (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Yuval Shabtay replaces Miguel Vítor.

Maor Bar Buzaglo (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Attempt saved. Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Conceded by Erik Sviatchenko.

Attempt blocked. Tony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maor Bar Buzaglo.

Attempt missed. Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Booking

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Erik Sviatchenko replaces Callum McGregor.

Foul by Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Be'er Sheva).

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Celtic. Tomas Rogic tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

Foul by Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Be'er Sheva).

Saidy Janko (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Be'er Sheva).

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Maharan Radi (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Ogu.

Attempt missed. Ben Bitton (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Conceded by Saidy Janko.

Ofir Davidzada (Hapoel Be'er Sheva) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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