Lengthy earlier than the ultimate shrill blast of the referee’s whistle pierced the evening air, a way of acceptance had enveloped Celtic Park.
The latter phases of the Champions League stay strictly off-limits for Ange Postecoglou’s in the meanwhile, at the very least.
For all of the Australian’s males couldn’t be faulted for effort over the course of their opening 4 video games, an absence of expertise at this most unforgiving stage has carried out for them.
Too many missed possibilities. Too many errors. Not sufficient ice of their veins. They’ll must chalk this one as much as expertise and attempt to go once more subsequent yr.
Ange Postecoglou’s facet crashed out the Champions League following a 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig
Celtic (4-2-3-1): Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor, O’Riley, Hatate (Turnbull 66), Abada (Forrest 42), Haksabanovic (Mooy 66), Maeda (Bernabei 80), Furuhashi (Giakoumakis 66)
Subs not used: McCarthy, Abildgaard, Bain, Siegrist, Robertson, Ralston, Welsh
Booked: Hatate, Juranovic
Supervisor: Ange Postecoglou
RB Leipzig (4-2-3-1): Blaswich, Raum, Gvardiol, Orban, Simakan (Henrichs 76), Schlager, Haidara (Diallo 83), Werner, Nkunku (Novoa 88), Szoboszlai (Forsberg 76), Silva (Poulsen 76)
Subs not used: Ba, Nickisch, Kampl
Objectives: Werner 75, Forsberg 84
Supervisor: Marco Rose
Referee: Umut Meler (Turkey)
But once more, there was a lot to admire about the way in which Celtic acquitted themselves at this stage however it was not extended sufficient to actually fear the Champions League group stage regulars who they confronted right here.
Stretching again to a win over Ajax 9 years in the past, the seek for a house win on this competitors goes on and also you wouldn’t guess on it ending any time quickly.
As in Germany final week, Postecoglou’s males had been left to ponder how ruthless this stage is in contrast with what they face most weeks.
One level from 4 video games appears scant reward for his or her efforts however it’s no laborious luck story both. This competitors simply chews you up and spits you out.
They don’t seem to be but out of the operating to drop into the Europa League however even that now seems like a long-shot.
A win towards Shakhtar Donetsk in Glasgow subsequent day trip is now non-negotiable. They may even require one thing from the ultimate sport in Madrid. Stranger issues have occurred. However not many.
Postecoglou had felt that dwelling benefit may play a giant half in guaranteeing his facet retained a optimistic mindset regardless of what got here their manner.
They might not have wished for extra. The stadium was a repository of sound and lightweight beforehand, the cacophonous noise which swirled round it a life power of its personal.
They wanted all the assistance they might muster. Having been disadvantaged of Cameron Carter-Vickers in Leipzig, Celtic needed to make do with out skipper Callum McGregor because of a knee harm sustained there and star winger Jota on account of a muscular criticism.
RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner scored the opening purpose with a long-range header within the seventy fifth minute
It was one other extraordinary evening of press and counter-press. The type of sport that was draining to observe not to mention take part in.
The dangers each side took wouldn’t have been misplaced in a excessive rollers room in Las Vagas. It was fascinating stuff.
With Celtic bounding ahead from the beginning, Daizen Maeda flashed Liel Abada’s cross inches vast.
Leipzig’s defenders typically seemed boxed in throughout these early skirmishes. They reverted to lengthy diagonals, a tactic executed with pin-point precision.
Within the blink of an eye fixed, David Rahm had burst ahead and crossed for Dominik Szoboszlai. By some means the Hungarian succeeded in firing the ball past the far publish when it felt like the online was certain to bulge.
Emil Forsberg’s strike six minutes from time condemned Celtic to the Europa League at finest
Leipzig had been slicker and smarter than Celtic as the sport settled however solely marginally so.
A heavy contact by Sead Haksabanovic led to a weak sort out by Matt O’Riley. To Postecoglou’s reduction, because the guests darted ahead, Amadou Haldara’s shot was deflected into the air and ultimately into Joe Hart’s arms.
Carter-Vickers had a uncommon lapse in judgement when he jumped in on Andre Silva 40 yards out to let Leipzig in. Moritz Jenz rode to the rescue by blocking Timo Werner’s drive.
There was malice and menace within the air each time the Germans superior in numbers. Celtic needed to labored like dervishes to scamper again and nullify them. The significance of the restoration tempo Jenz possesses was underscored.
By the halfway level of the primary half, Postecoglou’s males had discovered their toes. Greg Taylor despatched Haksabanovic away with the midfielder’s early shot fumbled around the publish by Janis Blaswich.
O’Riley struck the upright from 20 yards with a smoking low strike with Taylor instantly hitting the bar with a header.
Celtics gamers and followers had been left dejected after their slim hopes of progressing vanished
Tremendous work by Haksabanovic then delivered a peach of a cross for Kyogo Furuhashi. The Japanese couldn’t discover the goal together with his glancing header.
The injured Abada made manner for James Forrest earlier than the break. Hart ensured parity at that time by brilliantly kicking Christopher Nkunku’s strike over the bar.
The Celtic keeper was alert once more as Leipzig re-started with better zest. This time Willi Orban’s try to squeeze the ball beneath the keeper got here unstuck by means of an unorthodox cease.
Whereas Maeda’s bone-rattling challenges on the enormous Mohamed Simakan drew roars of approval, Furuhashi’s wastefulness solely drew groans.
You sensed the primary purpose would decide the winner. Szoboszlai ought to have discovered it after an premature slip by Hatate however he too misplaced his footing.
Forrest’s deep cross virtually dropped into the online at one finish earlier than Jenz stooped by block Werner’s strike on the different. It remained goalless however breathless.
Daizen Maeda, left, and Willi Orban battled it out as Celtic Park welcomed Germans RB Leipzig
Maeda spurned a giant probability to arrange Giorgos Giakoumakis to attain a minute after getting into the sphere with a wretched cross.
The winger’s hopes of rapid redemption evaporated when he guided Aaron Mooy’s cross a yard vast.
Because the closing phases approached, the sport was nonetheless on a knife edge. There was anxiousness among the many dwelling followers when VAR checked out Hart’s advance on Nkunku however the keeper’s contact ensured Celtic had been off the hook. However not for lengthy.
Celtic must have rolled a double-six to have been smart to each one in every of Leipzig’s crafty plans. They seemed slightly weary when Andre Silva popped up in behind with quarter-hour remaining. His reduce left Werner with a lot to do however the former Chelsea man’s header from six yards was lethal.
To Celtic’s credit score, they saved going. O’Riley had a shot saved. Giakoumakis couldn’t bundle one other probability in on the far publish. It was to not be. Such skinny margins have been the story of this marketing campaign.
Any lingering doubt concerning the end result was banished six minutes from time when Werner turned supplier for substitute Emil Forsberg to attain with a strong first-time prod excessive into the online.