Werner On Target As Leipzig Ends Celtic UEFA Champions League Hope

Celtic’s chances of moving on in the Champions League are dashed after their carelessness resulted in a discouraging home loss to RB Leipzig.

In rapid succession, Matt O’Riley and Greg Taylor hit the woodwork, and Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi also missed clear opportunities for the first goal.

Timo Werner and replacement Emil Forsberg’s late goals for Leipzig demonstrated the ruthlessness Celtic lacked.

With one point from four games, the Scottish champions are now in last place.

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A top-two finish is now out of the question for Celtic, but their chances of securing a Europa League spot were increased by Real Madrid’s late equalizer away at Shakhtar Donetsk, who are now four points ahead in third and will travel to Glasgow in two weeks.

Midway through the first half, a disorienting sequence perfectly illustrated Celtic’s group stage shortcomings.

O’Riley’s 20-yard effort rattled the base of a post, and Taylor pounced on the loose ball with the goal at his mercy only to scuff it on to the bar.

A few seconds later, Kyogo’s gilt-edged header from Sead Haksabanovic’s pass scraped the wall.

Maeda had already created a frustrating atmosphere by scooping an awkward header just inches over in the first few seconds.

Wasteful finishing is ultimately what has consigned Celtic to the elimination round with two games remaining.

They were ultimately defeated by a classy Leipzig team that had discovered Joe Hart in commanding form.

The Celtic goalie stuck after giving up a goal in the team’s loss in Germany last week.

They were ultimately defeated by a classy Leipzig team that had discovered Joe Hart in commanding form.

The Celtic goalkeeper, who gave up a goal in the team’s loss in Germany last week, stretched out to brilliantly deflect Christopher Nkunku’s hard shot past the goalpost.

He then repositioned himself to deny Willi Orban.

The only surprise in the second half was how long it took for a goal to be scored as Celtic grew more and more ragged.

At one end, Leipzig fullback Mohamed Simakan blasted over, and at the other, Maeda volleyed a cross from Aaron Mooy wide.

Werner, however, capitalized on Leipzig’s increasing threat by directing a header from Andre Silva’s pinpoint cross into the bottom corner.

However, despite having opportunities, Giorgos Giakoumakis, a substitute, was unable to convert from close range.

But Leipzig eliminated any possibility of a tie when Werner passed to Forsberg, who took a touch and then delivered an accurate finish into the top corner.

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