Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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FK Sarajevo 1-3 Celtic: Neil Lennon's side pass first European test

Sarajevo v Celtic
Mikey Johnston's stunning strike settled Celtic in Bosnia

Celtic took a significant step towards the second round of Champions League qualifying after an impressive 3-1 win over FK Sarajevo in Bosnia.

Despite conceding just before the half hour, Celtic wrestled control through a fine strike from Mikey Johnston and a composed finish from Odsonne Edouard.

Scott Sinclair backheeled in a third to give Neil Lennon's side a cushion before next Wednesday's second leg and, should they emerge from that, Celtic seem set to face Macedonian champions Shkendija.

They beat Estonian counterparts Nomme Kalju 1-0 in the away leg of their tie, with the winners of that contest now looking likely to travel to Glasgow on 23-24 July.

Reaction speaks volumes for Lennon's side

Navigating these Champions League qualifying fixtures is always a fraught journey and, given the potential first-round ties on offer, this was one Celtic might have wanted to avoid. That idea was firmly reinforced in the early stages in sodden Sarajevo in front of an intimidating, noisy, home crowd.

The Bosnian champions looked to counter at pace and, after one let off, memories of past away Champions League calamities began to resurface for Celtic.

An unforced error from Jozo Simunovic conceded a cheap corner. It came in from the left and fell just six yards out for Mirko Oremus to slam home to the delight of the raucous crowd. Concessions from set pieces of that kind tend not to result in wins in Europe.

All of a sudden Celtic had answers to find and a heap of Champions League pressure to contend with. The reaction they found speaks volumes given the circumstances. Lennon's men remained calm and firmly asserted their superiority to all but end the tie.

The diminutive figure of Johnston delivered the perfect, timely antidote in spectacular style. He gathered way out in a central area, turned and smashed a magnificent right-footed effort past Vladan Kovacevic. It was the away goal they needed, at a vital moment and it entirely changed this tie.

For all the talk of recruitment over the summer, it is Johnston who has surely done his cause the world of good heading into this new season. On this evidence he could prove a significant figure, assuming the knock that forced him off is not too serious. Similarly, Celtic will be hopeful that the injury that ended new signing Boli Bolingoli's game early will also be minor.

Another plus for Celtic was Odsonne Edouard getting the second goal. His finish was cultured as, rather than snatching at the chance, he waited for the goalkeeper to commit before drinking it past him. The young Frenchman's confidence will grow and, with confidence, he is the potent threat Celtic will rely on.

Three away goals leave Celtic in complete command after what might have been a painful evening. The reaction to adversity might stand them in good stead going forward.

Mikey Johnston graphic

'Celtic bossed the game' - analysis

Former Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston on Sportsound

This was supposed to be a really tough tie but, apart from the first 15 minutes, I thought Celtic bossed the game. They had players that were willing to take the ball and pass it.

Scott Brown was outstanding in the middle of the park, it was a fantastic strike from Mikey Johnston, and the second half was a composed, disciplined performance. To win 3-1 away from home will make Neil Lennon a happy man.

Line-ups

FK Sarajevo

  • 13Kovacevic
  • 2HodzicBooked at 59minsSubstituted forDokanovicat 87'minutes
  • 9AhmetovicBooked at 65mins
  • 7Hebibovic
  • 4SabanovicSubstituted forTatarat 66'minutes
  • 45Oremus
  • 6LazicBooked at 9mins
  • 11VelkoskiBooked at 32mins
  • 10RahmanovicSubstituted forSisicat 78'minutes
  • 21Milanovic
  • 25Serbecic

Substitutes

  • 17Sisic
  • 23Mustafic
  • 24Dokanovic
  • 26Guzina
  • 27Kurdic
  • 32Tatar
  • 35Dizdarevic

Celtic

  • 29Bain
  • 6Bitton
  • 5Simunovic
  • 17Christie
  • 19JohnstonSubstituted forMorganat 65'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 22Edouard
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forSinclairat 78'minutes
  • 23Bolingoli-MbomboSubstituted forHayesat 57'minutes
  • 35AjerBooked at 82mins
  • 42McGregor

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 2Jullien
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Sinclair
  • 15Hayes
  • 16Morgan
  • 56Ralston
Referee:
Glenn Nyberg
Attendance:
24,723

Live Text

Match ends, FK Sarajevo 1, Celtic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FK Sarajevo 1, Celtic 3.

Substitution

Substitution, FK Sarajevo. Andrej Dokanovic replaces Dusan Hodzic.

Goal!

Goal! FK Sarajevo 1, Celtic 3. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Booking

Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, FK Sarajevo. Aladin Sisic replaces Amar Rahmanovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Sinclair replaces James Forrest.

Substitution

Substitution, FK Sarajevo. Benjamin Tatar replaces Halid Sabanovic.

Booking

Mersudin Ahmetovic (FK Sarajevo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Lewis Morgan replaces Michael Johnston.

Booking

Dusan Hodzic (FK Sarajevo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Jonny Hayes replaces Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.

Goal!

Goal! FK Sarajevo 1, Celtic 2. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins FK Sarajevo 1, Celtic 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, FK Sarajevo 1, Celtic 1.

Goal!

Goal! FK Sarajevo 1, Celtic 1. Michael Johnston (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Booking

Krste Velkoski (FK Sarajevo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! FK Sarajevo 1, Celtic 0. Mirko Oremus (FK Sarajevo) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Booking

Darko Lazic (FK Sarajevo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 9th July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411102813
2Atl Madrid641196313
3Club Brugge61326516
4Monaco6015214-121

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona6420145914
2Tottenham6222910-18
3Inter Milan622267-18
4PSV Eindhoven6024613-72

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6321179811
2Liverpool63039729
3Napoli62317529
4Red Star Belgrade6114517-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto6510156916
2Schalke632164211
3Galatasaray611458-34
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105412-83

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich64201551014
2Ajax6330115612
3Benfica6213611-57
4AEK Athens6006213-110

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City64111661013
2Lyon6150121118
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132816-86
4Hoffenheim60331114-33

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid6402125712
2Roma630311839
3Viktoria Plzen6213716-97
4CSKA Moscow621389-17

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus640294512
2Man Utd631274310
3Valencia62226608
4Young Boys6114412-84
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