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RB Leipzig 2-0 Celtic: Brendan Rodgers side lose in Europa League

Matheus Cunha celebrates opening the scoring for Leipzig
Matheus Cunha opened the scoring for Leipzig

Celtic's Europa League hopes were dented after the concession of two sloppy goals in four first-half minutes against RB Leipzig in Germany.

Both sides were well short of full strength, but the Bundesliga club's superior depth of squad told.

Celtic looked to have survived early Leipzig pressure until Matheus Cunha fired the opener on the half-hour mark.

A deflected Bruma shot doubled the lead and a fine Craig Gordon save denied Jean-Kevin Augustin a third.

Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick had said before kick-off that the two sides were effectively vying for second place behind Group B leaders RB Salzburg.

And the Germans' victory, combined with the Austrians retaining their 100% record with a 2-0 win over Rosenborg, puts them three points ahead of Celtic.

Same old story for Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers had said after Sunday's thrilling 4-2 win over Hibernian that his side were beginning to rediscover their form.

However, shorn of captain Scott Brown, Tom Rogic and James Forrest through injury and suspension, a first win in 12 matches in Germany always looked a tall order.

Celtic's defensive record away from home from Europe also made it seem unlikely and so it proved, with the Scottish champions now having kept just five clean sheets in 19 away games under Rodgers.

In that time, they have conceded an average of two goals per game and they maintained that record as Leipzig extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

Eboue Kouassi started impressively in a rare start in midfield, but when he and Dedryck Boyata failed to cut out Marcel Sabitzer's cross, Cunha fired past Gordon.

Cristian Gamboa had also been drafted in and, when the right-back dived into a challenge on Marcelo Saracchi, the Argentine was free to deliver a cross that fell kindly for Bruma to finish powerfully past Gordon, just as he did in Portugal's friendly win over Scotland earlier this month.

Rangnick had retained just three of the side that drew with Augsburg in the Bundesliga, but they still had too much for Celtic. Konrad Laimer flashed a drive wide after the break and Augustin had a shot flicked on to a post by Gordon.

Celtic's opportunities were limited. Lewis Morgan, the winger handed a first start, set up Odsonne Edouard for an early shot across the face of goal, but thereafter Celtic offered little threat until the wasteful Olivier Ntcham fired straight at goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo late on.

Evidence of Celtic standing still? - analysis

Leipzig's Bruma celebrates his goal
Bruma beat Celtic's Craig Gordon for the second time this month

BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland at the Red Bull Arena

There were positives for Celtic, mainly in the first half-hour when the fringe players started in confident fashion and the formation more or less contained the Germans. But all of that now counts for very little.

After the weekend win over Hibernian, Rodgers suggested Celtic had "stood still" in the summer. This felt like an example of that. A Celtic team shorn of key players was not fully equipped with the required strength in depth to make an impact in a match that mattered.

Given the potential for the head-to-head record to be decisive in the group, Celtic now really have to beat Leipzig by at least 2-0 in the return game at Celtic Park if they want to progress. On this evidence, that will be a very stiff test indeed come 8 November.

Match stats

  • Celtic have won just one of their last 19 group stage games away from home in Europe (W1 D6 L12);
  • Excluding qualifiers, Celtic have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last 27 away European games;
  • The goals were Leipzig's first two shots on target;
  • Celtic didn't muster a shot on target until Olivier Ntcham's 85th-minute attempt;
  • Cunha has scored four goals in his five starts at the Red Bull Arena this season
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Line-ups

RB Leipzig

  • 28Mvogo
  • 16Klostermann
  • 4Orban
  • 5Upamecano
  • 3Saracchi
  • 7SabitzerSubstituted forIlsankerat 61'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 27LaimerBooked at 89mins
  • 44KamplSubstituted forMajetschakat 84'minutes
  • 29AugustinSubstituted forPoulsenat 90+1'minutes
  • 20Santos Carneiro Da Cunha
  • 17Tué Na Bangna

Substitutes

  • 9Poulsen
  • 11Werner
  • 13Ilsanker
  • 21Müller
  • 22Mukiele
  • 23Halstenberg
  • 40Majetschak

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 12GamboaSubstituted forLustigat 45'minutes
  • 5SimunovicSubstituted forHendryat 75'minutes
  • 20BoyataBooked at 86mins
  • 63Tierney
  • 42McGregor
  • 88Kouassi
  • 21Ntcham
  • 17Christie
  • 22Edouard
  • 16MorganSubstituted forSinclairat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 4Hendry
  • 11Sinclair
  • 15Hayes
  • 23Lustig
  • 29Bain
  • 32Benkovic
Referee:
Pavel Královec
Attendance:
38,126

Match Stats

Home TeamRB LeipzigAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, RB Leipzig 2, Celtic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, RB Leipzig 2, Celtic 0.

Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

Foul by Erik Majetschak (RB Leipzig).

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

Foul by Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig).

Eboue Kouassi (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matheus Cunha (RB Leipzig) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bruma following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Yussuf Poulsen replaces Jean-Kévin Augustin.

Matheus Cunha (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Booking

Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig).

Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Hendry (Celtic).

Booking

Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jean-Kévin Augustin (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

Attempt saved. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Tierney.

Dangerous play by Matheus Cunha (RB Leipzig).

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

Substitution

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Erik Majetschak replaces Kevin Kampl.

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kieran Tierney.

Attempt missed. Willi Orban (RB Leipzig) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Kampl with a cross following a corner.

Corner, RB Leipzig. Conceded by Scott Sinclair.

Bruma (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eboue Kouassi (Celtic).

Offside, RB Leipzig. Yvon Mvogo tries a through ball, but Matheus Cunha is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Jack Hendry replaces Jozo Simunovic because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jean-Kévin Augustin (RB Leipzig) because of an injury.

Delay in match Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Sinclair replaces Lewis Morgan.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Marcelo Saracchi.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Olivier Ntcham with a cross.

Foul by Stefan Ilsanker (RB Leipzig).

Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcelo Saracchi with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 25th October 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zürich33005239
2B Leverkusen32019726
3Ludogorets301235-21
4AEK Larnaca301236-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg33009369
2RB Leipzig32017436
3Celtic310225-33
4Rosenborg300317-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg32104227
2Slavia Prague32012116
3FC Copenhagen31113304
4Bordeaux300325-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb33008269
2Fenerbahçe311156-14
3Spartak Trnava310224-23
4Anderlecht301225-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal33008269
2Sporting32014226
3Vorskla Poltava310246-23
4FK Qarabag300306-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis32105147
2AC Milan32015326
3Olympiakos31113304
4F91 Dudelange300306-60

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers31205325
2Villarreal312010555
3Rapid Vienna310238-53
4Spartak Moscow302135-22

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt33008269
2Lazio32016606
3Marseille301247-31
4Apollon Limassol301236-31

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk32017526
2Malmö FF31113304
3Sarpsborg 0831115504
4Besiktas310257-23

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla320112396
2FK Krasnodar32014316
3Standard Liege320157-26
4Akhisarspor300319-80

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Astana31205325
2Dynamo Kiev31206515
3Rennes310235-23
4FK Jablonec302145-12

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea33005149
2PAOK Salonika31024403
3MOL Vidi310223-13
4BATE Borisov310247-33
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