Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Celtic FC vs Legia Warsaw Champions League 06-08-2014

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Celtic FC vs Legia Warsaw - Champions League 2014-15
BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:45

Celtic saw their Champions League hopes take a devastating blow in the first-leg, as they were outplayed all over the pitch in a 4:1 defeat. A red card to Efe Ambrose on the stroke of halftime meant Celtic needed to do some damage control in the second half. But unfortunately for new manager Ronny Deila, his boys were simply off the pace in the Polish capital. The lone bright spot for the Scottish club was the fact that they didn’t lose by even more, as Ivica Vrdoljak missed two penalty kicks with the latter one being saved by coveted goalkeeper Fraser Forster. This result will give fans even more reason to call for activity in the transfer market, and perhaps after their performance against Legia, those calls are completely warranted and necessary. But the hosts do still have a glimmer of hope behind a critical away goal and a return to the friendlier confines of Scotland. Celtic went unconquered at home last season in the Scottish Premiership, winning 16 of their 19 games, and while improbable, it wouldn’t be a farfetched proposition of them turning around this deficit in Edinburgh.
Legia Warsaw team stated their intent with a commanding performance in the first-leg, treating their home fans to a 4:1 thrashing of the Scottish champions. Veteran attacker Miroslav Radovic equalized the match just two minutes after going down in the early going and then fired his side in front ten minutes from halftime. The Serbian led the Polish champions in goals last season, netting 13 times in league play (4th place in the rankings), but he also demonstrated his more generous side when setting up the third goal for his teammate Micha Zyro, and the rout was on. If a negative can be taken from the match, it was the two missed penalty kicks from Ivica Vrdoljak, but all is forgiven when your teammates bail you out with a masterful performance. But the visitors must stay grounded here, as Celtic are very good at home in front of their rabid fan base. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Norwegian manager Henning Berg opt for a more cautious approach with such a large lead, bunkering back in defence and hoping to grab a decisive goal on the counter attack.

Probable lineups Celtic: Forster – Lustig, van Dijk, Mulgrew, Izaguirre – Johansen, Kayal – McGregor, Commons, Berget – Pukki.
Probable lineups Legia Warsaw: Kuciak – Broz, Astiz, Rzezniczak, Brzyski – Vrdoljak, Jodlowiec – Zyro, Duda, Kucharczyk – Radovic.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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