Celtic blow the chance to seal knockout place


CELTIC’S chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League are out of their hands after they blew the chance to progress in Lisbon last night.

A score draw would have been enough for the Hoops but Benfica were dominant from the start and took the lead after seven minutes through Ola John’s angled strike.

Georgios Samaras levelled for Celtic against the run of play, rising unmarked from a corner and heading in on 32 minutes.

The hosts piled on the pressure after the break, and forced Adam Mathews to clear off Celtic’s line, before Ezequiel Garay volleyed in the winner after 71 minutes.

As a result the two sides are level on seven points in Group G.

The Portuguese drew 0-0 in Glasgow, meaning they have a better head-to-head record. Therefore Celtic must better Benfica’s result on the final match day to progress.

Barcelona host Benfica as Celtic entertain Spartak Moscow, who lost 3-0 at home to Barca last night.