RB Leipzig 3-1 Celtic: Scottish champions’ hopes dashed in Germany

Andre Silva’s second-half brace dealt Celtic a blow to defeat

Celtic’s hopes of progressing in the Champions League were dashed after RB Leipzig claimed victory in a frenetic and entertaining contest.

Jota grabbed a second-half equalizer to level the Scottish champions as Christopher Nkunku put Leipzig ahead in a tightly contested first half.

But their good work was undone when goalkeeper Joe Hart put the ball straight to Dominik Szoboszlai, and Andre Silva scored the first of his two goals.

The Portuguese forward rounded off a fine move for Leipzig to leapfrog Germany’s Celtic in Group F as Ange Postecoglou’s side look for their first win ahead of next week’s return to Glasgow as they now sit bottom of their division.

Leipzig looked under threat throughout the final third, with Nkunku having a goal denied by video review early in the game for offside, as the Frenchman, who moved to Chelsea in January, attacked. the counter

After leveling the scores, the impressive Szoboszlai hit the post after a wonderful play from Nkunku, then had his sharp effort deflected into the far corner after the referee reviewed footage of Silva blocking Hart’s view from offside.

But Celtic – who created plenty of chances themselves but were not helped by the loss of Callum McGregor to injury before half-time – lived to regret not taking advantage of that break as Hart promptly passed the ball straight to Szoboszlai, who was made to pay by Silva. .

The Leipzig striker produced another fine move, and Nkunku played a superb pass to Mohamed Simakani to provide the assist.

It was a sad end for Celtic, who played well until Hart’s mistake. Jota’s equalizer was a well-worked goal as Reo Hatate collected a drunken pass before feeding Kyogo Furuhashi, who headed home his Portuguese team-mate’s cross.

And before that point, Kyogo himself had a header headed wide, as well as another shot deflected wide of the post, Hatate and Moritz Jenze also had good chances.

But ultimately it was a similar story to the Real Madrid defeat and draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, where Celtic were not clinical enough in front of goal, while mistakes at key moments were punished.

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Celtic’s undoing in the big moments – analysis

Celtic may return to Glasgow with their heads held high, but also with many regrets. Despite losing their first-choice centre-backs and missing their captain and most influential midfielder McGregor, they pressed Leipzig and received loose passes.

Jota’s equalizer was beautifully worked, and came from good midfield pressure, and Leipzig were stretched far enough.

However, it’s hard to escape the feeling that the team’s lack of experience at this level is costing them. Only two of the nine starters have played serious minutes in the Champions League before this season, and it shows in the big moments.

They are often wasted in front of the door, and punished for mistakes. That being said, two of the mistakes that led to goals were made by two players with elite experience.

Leipzig’s first came from McGregor’s heavy touch on the edge of his own box, while Hart’s pass to Szoboszlai was ruled out at a crucial moment in the game.

The quality of the opposition cannot be overlooked either. Nkunku was sharp, Szoboszlai was a growing influence, and Simakan was a constant threat on the right.

The Germans will come to Glasgow next week full of confidence after a poor start to the campaign and will be looking for ways to knock Celtic out of the tie for second place in the group.

What’s next?

Celtic travel to St Johnston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday (12.30pm BST), before Leipzig come to Celtic Park on Tuesday (8pm).

The eleven

RB Leipzig

training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Goulashreplaced byBlaswichin 13′minutes
  • 2Collecting
  • 4Stain
  • 32Guardiol
  • 22the spacereplaced byHalstenbergin 81′minutes
  • 44KamplBooked in 54 minutesreplaced byto haidain 71′minutes
  • 24One
  • 17Szoboszlareplaced byin Poulsenin 82′minutes
  • 18Nkunku
  • 11Wernerreplaced byForsbergin 71′minutes
  • 19Andre Silva


  • 8to haida
  • 9in Poulsen
  • 10Forsberg
  • 21Blaswich
  • 23Halstenberg
  • 37dial it
  • 38the new
  • 39Henrichs


training 4-3-3

  • 1Get it
  • 88Juranović
  • 57to Welsh
  • 6ate
  • 3taylor
  • 33O’RileyBooked in 59 minutesreplaced byHaksabanovicin 75′minutes
  • 42McGregorreplaced byAbildgaardin 38′minutes
  • 41the hatereplaced byMcCarthyin 82′minutes
  • 38Maedareplaced byForestin 75′minutes
  • 8Furuhashireplaced byGiakoumakisin 82′minutes
  • 17Neves Filipe


  • 7Giakoumakis
  • 9Haksabanovic
  • 16McCarthy
  • 25to Barnabas
  • 28Abildgaard
  • 29But
  • 31winner
  • 35Robertson
  • 49Forest
  • 56Ralston

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