Bayer Leverkusen used the first match ball and went straight to the Europa League second round as a group winner.
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At the final whistle after two late goals, Robert Andrich fell into the neck of his teammate Jonathan Tah. Then the Bayer Leverkusen fans celebrated the double scorer with chants. With his two goals (16./82.), The 27-year-old made a significant contribution to the 3-2 (1-1) victory over Celtic Glasgow, which took Werkself straight to the second round. of the Europa League.
Only Moussa Diaby made the group perfect with his 87th minute goal. The team of coach Gerardo Seoane avoids the “relegated” of the Champions League in the second round and can turn in the last group match at Ferencvaros Budapest.
Josip Juranovic (40th, penalty after video evidence) had meanwhile equalized for the 51 times Scottish champions, Jota (56th) even brought the guests back in the lead. Glasgow has to be content with the newly formed and unloved Conference League as third.
Leverkusen tore the game apart from the start, without becoming dangerous at first despite a clear superiority. In the first two approaches, Andrich failed once with a deflected shot and then with a header in the next corner (10th). The lead was in the air against a very defensive guest from Scotland.
After a corner from the young national Florian Wirtz, Andrich pushed the ball into the skylight to give him a well-deserved lead. Bayer also performed superior in front of 19,830 spectators in the BayArena without creating any further chances at the start.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons that the many Celtic fans who traveled with them preferred to get in the Christmas mood with the evergreen “Last Christmas” away from the game. fell into ecstasy only when Greek referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos decided on a penalty after Bayer goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky fouled Kyogo Furuhashi after studying the video. Hopefully Juranovic turned that around.
Shortly before the break, Leverkusen should have regained the advantage: first Diaby touched the crossbar, and Wirtz put the margin against the outside post with his outside instep (44 ‘).
After the break, Amine Adli hesitated in front of the empty goal, so that the former English goalkeeper Joe Hart was able to take the ball away from him (53.). It hit back when the self-sufficient Jota pushed the guests’ second shot on goal into the far corner. Adli and Paulinho (74th) gave themselves good opportunities to equalize. Then Andrich and Diaby met.
Leverkusen – Celtic: The compositions
Leverkusen: Hradecky – Frimpong, Kossounou, Tah, Hincapie (75th Sinkgraven) – Palacios, Andrich – Diaby, Wirtz (89th Tapsoba), Paulinho (75th Amiri) – Adli. – Coach: Seoane
Celtic glasgow: Hart – Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Gallois, Juranovic – Bitton (76th McCarthy) – McGregor, Turnbull – Forrest (72nd Abada), Furuhashi (76th Ajeti), Jota (72nd Johnston). – Trainer: Postecoglou
Europa League: The table of group G
# TeamSp.SUNToreDiff.Pkt.1Bayer Leverkusen541014: 410132Betis Sevilla531110: 91103Celtic Glasgow520310: 13-364Ferencvarosi TC50054: 12-80