Europa League - Group B
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Salzburg 3-1 Celtic: Second-half collapse sinks 10-man Celtic

Salzburg's Munas Dabbur (centre) celebrates his goal to make it 1-1
Celtic conceded three second-half goals in Salzburg

James Forrest was sent off as Celtic let a first-half lead slip on the way to a bruising defeat in Salzburg.

It was a dream start for the Scottish Champions in Austria in this Europa League tie when Odsonne Edouard fired them ahead after two minutes.

But Munas Dabbur and Takumi Minamino scored after the break, before Forrest was red-carded after conceding a penalty, which Dabbur converted.

Zlatko Junuzovic also hit a post as Celtic had no response.

After an assured defensive performance in their opening 45 minutes, the Austrians picked holes in Celtic with poor defending at all three goals.

Their opening win over Rosenborg leaves them level on points with Germans Leipzig, who beat the Norwegians 3-1 in the other group fixture, and three behind Salzburg.

A case for the defence

Celtic's defence has so often been maligned, and in the shadow of the Austrian Alps it was at times their biggest asset and at others their worst enemy.

Brendan Rodgers set his side up with a familiar three at the back, knowing Kieran Tierney and Forrest could make it a flat five.

But few could have predicted the start.

Against a side who have not lost at home in almost two years, Celtic were ahead in just over a minute as Edouard outmuscled Andre Romalho, swivelled and guided the ball low past Alexander Walke on the angle.

Celtic's record signing found the net again just before the break only to see the assistant referee's raised flag deny him number two, but in the 44 minutes in between, it was all about the defence.

The half ended with the home side pouring forward and the second period started exactly the same with Craig Gordon forced into an early save from Dabbur. The Celtic backdoor continued to bend and creak but still it stood.

Dabbur did break through when Hannes Wolf cut back inside the box and the Israeli swept home low past Gordon. All of a sudden Celtic looked tired, vulnerable and a little unorganised.

When Minamino slotted past Gordon with the Celtic defenders falling over themselves, it looked to be unravelling spectacularly.

And as the wheels came off, they went flying.

Forrest had no real complaints at his red card after bringing down Andreas Ulmer inside the box and Dabbur looked the coolest customer in Austria as he stepped up to slot home number three from the spot.

Celtic swagger has gone - analysis

Celtic went into this match making all the right noises, but behind the scenes there was concern.

Salzburg were in red-hot form at home and they knew their visitors' stuttering start to their own domestic season could be seized upon and exploited.

And when the home side turned the screw, Celtic had no answers. That will be of huge concern to Rodgers, who has continually talked about progression in his first two years in Glasgow.

Crashing out of Champions League qualifying in Athens was the first sign that progression was stalling. In Salzburg there was a realisation that they have a long way to go to get anywhere near where the former Liverpool manager wants them to be.

The swagger that led this group of players to a double treble looked gone. The zip, drive and belief was missing and defensive deficiencies were, at times, badly exposed by a very decent side.

Two years ago this group would have relished a tough test - more often than not, they rose to the challenge. But the pre-match concern was justified and Celtic need to find their mojo if they're to compete with the best.

Line-ups

RB Salzburg

  • 33Walke
  • 22Lainer
  • 15Ramalho
  • 34Pongracic
  • 17Ulmer
  • 8Samassekou
  • 4Haidara
  • 42Schlager
  • 13WolfSubstituted forGulbrandsenat 79'minutes
  • 9DabburBooked at 51minsSubstituted forYaboat 85'minutes
  • 18MinaminoSubstituted forJunuzovicat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stankovic
  • 3van der Werff
  • 7Yabo
  • 11Prevljak
  • 16Junuzovic
  • 21Gulbrandsen
  • 55Todorovic

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 49ForrestBooked at 72mins
  • 23Lustig
  • 20Boyata
  • 4HendryBooked at 43mins
  • 63Tierney
  • 21Ntcham
  • 27MulumbuBooked at 57minsSubstituted forChristieat 78'minutes
  • 42McGregorBooked at 39mins
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forSinclairat 60'minutes
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forMorganat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 5Simunovic
  • 11Sinclair
  • 12Gamboa
  • 16Morgan
  • 17Christie
  • 29Bain
Referee:
Sergey Boyko
Attendance:
24,085

Match Stats

Home TeamRB SalzburgAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home25
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, FC Red Bull Salzburg 3, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Red Bull Salzburg 3, Celtic 1.

Foul by Fredrik Gulbrandsen (FC Red Bull Salzburg).

Jack Hendry (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Reinhold Yabo (FC Red Bull Salzburg) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Andreas Ulmer with a cross.

Foul by Fredrik Gulbrandsen (FC Red Bull Salzburg).

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reinhold Yabo (FC Red Bull Salzburg).

Jack Hendry (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Amadou Haidara (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Celtic).

Attempt blocked. Fredrik Gulbrandsen (FC Red Bull Salzburg) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Zlatko Junuzovic (FC Red Bull Salzburg) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diadie Samassekou.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Red Bull Salzburg. Reinhold Yabo replaces Munas Dabbur.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Lewis Morgan replaces Odsonne Edouard.

Attempt missed. Zlatko Junuzovic (FC Red Bull Salzburg) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Xaver Schlager.

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

Substitution

Substitution, FC Red Bull Salzburg. Fredrik Gulbrandsen replaces Hannes Wolf because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Hannes Wolf (FC Red Bull Salzburg) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Ryan Christie replaces Youssouf Mulumbu.

Attempt blocked. Hannes Wolf (FC Red Bull Salzburg) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amadou Haidara.

Goal!

Goal! FC Red Bull Salzburg 3, Celtic 1. Munas Dabbur (FC Red Bull Salzburg) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

James Forrest (Celtic) is shown the red card.

Penalty FC Red Bull Salzburg. Andreas Ulmer draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by James Forrest (Celtic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Red Bull Salzburg. Zlatko Junuzovic replaces Takumi Minamino.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stefan Lainer.

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Hendry.

Stefan Lainer (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Marin Pongracic.

Hannes Wolf (FC Red Bull Salzburg) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (Celtic).

Goal!

Goal! FC Red Bull Salzburg 2, Celtic 1. Takumi Minamino (FC Red Bull Salzburg) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andreas Ulmer with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Sinclair replaces Leigh Griffiths.

Attempt missed. Andreas Ulmer (FC Red Bull Salzburg) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Youssouf Mulumbu (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (Celtic).

goal

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D

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F

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G

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H

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I

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J

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K

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L

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