Celtic scores injury-time victor at Lazio to reach last 32

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2019

Celtic, European champions over a half century ago, advanced from Group E as they fought back to clinch their first victory in Italy, with Frenchman Ntcham chipping oncoming goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha deep in stoppage time for the victor.

Well, well, well... After a week of apparent confidence from the Italian media ahead of the Lazio-Celtic clash in the Europa League, things have gone rather quiet on Friday.

Lazio midfielder Marco Parolo has lamented his side's inability to take their chances against Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday night, after they suffered a last-gasp 2-1 defeat.

Ghent's 3-1 upset win at VfL Wolfsburg saw the Belgian side go top in Group I, while Espanyol's 6-0 home drubbing of nine-man Ludogorets has them on the cusp of qualifying from Group H. The penultimate round of group games will be played on November 28.

The 31-year-old said: "It is fantastic". We managed the game better in the second-half. Absolutely wonderful, fantastic result.

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"We had more scoring opportunities and deserved to win".

No Celtic team had won in Italy before so it is an unbelievable achievement and fantastic to qualify out the group already.

Forster now wants Celtic to make sure they finish top of Group E in their final two matches, at home to Rennes and way to Cluj.

That is obviously what we are going to aim for now.

We are not looking too far ahead, taking it game by game and we will see where it takes us.

For the first time in my second spell, it felt like real Celtic, that love and pride and rawness from the crowd, the connection with the players in a European tie. It was a hard angle but I was really proud of my finish.

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