I didnt get to the game tonight and there wasnt any available streams carrying the game live so had to make do with the bbc Scotland website and phone updates for info on the game ,ive posted the text commentary from the internet below and it looks like it was a very tight match with Qarabag slightly edging it even though Celtic got the late goal,this game was never going to be easy and next Wednesdays tie is going to be massive in the quest to reach the group stages….
Our record away from home in Europe has improved and we can take heart from some good away performances in the past ,its refreshing to know that we have goals in other areas of the team and boyata took his goal well ,Gary McKay Stevens continues to impress and given more game time I think he will be a very influential player for the club this season,it’s always good to have goals from other areas of the team and Celtic have guys from back to front capable of being match winners,the game in baku is on tv with Bt sports covering the 2nd leg game ,so lets hope for a positive outcome next Wednesday ………………………………………….Hh
Full TimeMatch ends, Celtic 1, FK Qarabag 0.
Full TimeSecond Half ends, Celtic 1, FK Qarabag 0.
90:00+3:10Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).
90:00+3:10Cosqun Diniyev (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick on the right wing.
90:00+1:49James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
90:00+1:49Foul by Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag).
BookingJames Forrest (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
90:00+1:07Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).
90:00+1:07Reynaldo Silva (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
SubstitutionSubstitution, FK Qarabag. Rydell Poepon replaces Alharbi El Jadeyaoui.
86:25Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
85:41Attempt missed. Elvin Mammadov (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
85:00Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).
85:00Elvin Mammadov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
82:42Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).
82:42Elvin Mammadov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal!Goal! Celtic 1, FK Qarabag 0. Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kris Commons following a corner.
SubstitutionSubstitution, FK Qarabag. Cosqun Diniyev replaces Dani Quintana.
81:01Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Badavi Huseynov.
SubstitutionSubstitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Nadir Ciftci.
SubstitutionSubstitution, FK Qarabag. Elvin Mammadov replaces Cavid Tagiyev.
69:53Attempt missed. Reynaldo Silva (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
SubstitutionSubstitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Nir Bitton.
68:29Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
67:27Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.
66:48Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
66:48Foul by Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag).
64:52Foul by Gara Garayev (FK Qarabag).
64:52Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
SubstitutionSubstitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Stuart Armstrong.
BookingAnsi Agolli (FK Qarabag) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
61:13Foul by Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag).
61:13Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
59:42Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
58:50Foul by Badavi Huseynov (FK Qarabag).
58:50Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
53:53Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Stuart Armstrong.
53:24Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.
51:45Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
51:11Foul by Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag).
51:11Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
50:04Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.
49:19Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
47:35Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
47:35Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic).
Second Half begins Celtic 0, FK Qarabag 0.
Half TimeFirst Half ends, Celtic 0, FK Qarabag 0.
BookingVirgil van Dijk (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
44:13Cavid Tagiyev (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
44:13Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).
42:40Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
42:40Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).
41:36Foul by Ilqar Qurbanov (FK Qarabag).
41:36Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
40:09Reynaldo Silva (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
40:09Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).
38:00Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
38:00Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).
BookingEmilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
35:30Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
35:30Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
33:29Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
33:29Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).
32:27Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ilqar Qurbanov.
29:33Attempt missed. Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
26:16Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
26:16Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).
23:20Attempt saved. Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
18:23Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
18:23Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).
14:41Foul by Cavid Tagiyev (FK Qarabag).
14:41Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
11:33Foul by Ilqar Qurbanov (FK Qarabag).
11:33Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
5:29Attempt missed. Cavid Tagiyev (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
5:09Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.
4:19Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).
4:19Richard Almeida (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
2:46Foul by Ansi Agolli (FK Qarabag).
2:46Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
First Half begins.
- 01 Gordon
- 23 Lustig
- 20 Boyata
- 05 van Dijk Booked
- 03 Izaguirre Booked
- 06 Bitton (Griffiths – 69′ )
- 08 Brown
- 14 Armstrong (Forrest – 62′ Booked )
- 25 Johansen
- 16 Mackay-Steven
- 07 Ciftci (Commons – 80′ )
- 04 Ambrose Emuobo
- 09 Griffiths
- 15 Commons
- 18 Rogic
- 22 Janko
- 26 Bailly
- 49 Forrest
- 13 Sehic
- 18 Qurbanov
- 55 Huseynov
- 14 Sadiqov
- 25 Agolli Booked
- 67 El Jadeyaoui (Poepon – 87′ )
- 20 Almeida de Oliveira
- 02 Garayev
- 10 Quintana Sosa (Diniyev – 82′ )
- 77 Tagiyev (Mammadov – 73′ )
- 09 dos Santos Silva
- 01 Valiyev
- 06 Mustafayev
- 11 Mammadov
- 19 Salahli
- 29 Poepon
- 32 Yunuszada
- 91 Diniyev
Official Match Report
UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first-leg
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
DEDRYCK Boyata’s late header gave Celtic a priceless 1-0 lead in their UEFA Champions League third round qualifier against a stubborn FK Qarabag.The Belgian headed home with only eight minutes remaining on the clock from Kris Commons’ corner to send Paradise into delirium.Up to then it had been a frustrating night for the Scottish champions, with Nadir Cifti and Virgil van Dijk coming closest to making the breakthrough.
But the defender’s goal means the Bhoys make head to Azerbaijan next week in pole position to progress in the tie, though they know a stiff task awaits them in Baku on the evidence of Qarabag’s disciplined display in Glasgow.Emilio Izaguirre was restored to the starting XI at the expense of Charlie Mulgrew at left-back after the latter picked up an injury in Saturday’s friendly success against Rennes.
And the full-back was immediately involved in a typical forward sortie down the flank as Celtic sprang from the traps, urged on by a fired-up home support.That early surge fizzled out, however, and this was typical of the opening exchanges for the home side. While their endeavour and work-rate couldn’t be faulted, the Hoops couldn’t plot a route through the well-drilled visitors.Piercing runs inside from the wide-men Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong looked the most likely method of carving open Qarabag.
A brilliant first-time pass from Armstrong found Mackay-Steven lurking on the edge of the area in the 13th minute but he was crowded out before he could cause any damage. The same fate befell Armstrong four minutes later after he attempted to seize upon a lofted ball through the middle.The away side, for the most part, were content to defend in depth and break swiftly through their pace of their forwards. And they did give notice of their threat with a free-kick from Reynaldo from 30 yards which was deflected wide, before Boyata and Nir Bitton had to make timely challenges to thwart dangerous attacks.
Pressing relentlessly, Celtic eventually began to make more inroads into their opponents around the midway point of the half. A slick passage of play down the right saw Mackay-Steven collect a first-time return pass from Stefan Johansen and then test Ibrahim Sehic with a low drive from 20 yards.The visitors replied with their best chance of the match as Javid Taghiyev teed-up Richard Almeida inside the box but he couldn’t direct his effort on target, the ball spinning past Craig Gordon’s near post.
With Nadir Cifti manfully working hard in the lone striking role, Celtic continued to search for a way to goal but only several set-pieces were the reward for their efforts.Instead, as half-time approached, it was the Azerbaijan champions who caused a few flutters on the counter. A more precise cross from winger Alharbi El Jadeyaoui, with several of his team-mates well placed in the middle, could have proved costly to the hosts.
On the stroke of half-time, Virgil van Dijk was booked after a tussle with El Jadeyaoui near the byline. Almeida took aim directly from the free-kick but Gordon was right behind it to punch it clear.Setting out with renewed impetus after the break, Ronny Deila’s men looked determined to regain the ascendency. Nir Bitton quickly shot over from distance and then Ciftci was first to a fizzing cross from Izaguirre, his header drifting wide.
This served to encourage the home support, who were offering their traditional tremendous backing. Bitton, becoming more of an influence on proceedings, sent Ciftci scampering clear after some silky footwork but the offside flag halted the Turkish striker’s advances.On the hour-mark the new Bhoy was presented with a golden chance to break the deadlock as Armstrong’s intended pass for Izaguirre fell for him in the box but his first-time effort was straight at Sehic.
Straight up the other end, Taghiyev nearly got a clear run on goal but his control let him down. Searching for greater width, James Forrest was introduced, with Mackay-Steven moving to the left.Within minutes of the switch Mackay-Steven brilliantly won a free-kick on the byline. Johansen’s cross picked out van Dijk and his header looked destined for the net until Sehic pulled off a superb, one-handed save.
The Dutchman came close again moments later as his thunderous drive from distance whizzed inches over the bar.Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons came on to add further firepower in the closing stages, but it was a Qarabag player who almost gave Celtic the advantage as Gara Garayev sliced a clearance onto the roof of his own net.
The goal arrived from the resultant corner as Commons’ inviting cross was met powerfully by Boyata at the near post, with Sehic grasping left grasping thin air. Celtic Park erupted and the celebrations in the stands and on the pitch underlined just how crucial a moment it could be in the quest for the Champions League.Commons put an opportunist effort wide as the clock ticked down but, importantly, the Hoops held firm to ensure the visitors didn’t leave with an away goal ahead of next week’s trip to Baku.
CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton (Griffiths 69); Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong (Forrest 62); Ciftci (Commons 80)
Not Used: Bailly, Ambrose, Rogic, Janko
FK QARABAG (4-2-3-1) Sehic; Qurbanov, Huseynov, Sadigov, Agol; Garayev, Almeida; El Jadeyaoui (Poepon 87), Quintana (Diniyev 82), Taghiyev (Memmedov 73); Reynaldo
Not Used: Veliyev, Mustafayev, Salahli, Yunuszade,