LiveCeltic 1-3 Milan RECAP: Defeat for Neil Lennon's men in Europa League as Hoops can't overcome dismal first half

Updates, analysis and reaction from Celtic Park as Neil Lennon’s men host Milan.

Brahim Diaz makes it 2-0 to AC Milan during the first half. Picture: SNS

The Hoops manager is looking for a big reaction from his players following the disappointing performance and result in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers.

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The home side will be without the services of Odsonne Edouard, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Nir Bitton due to the trio’s positive Covid-19 tests during the recent international break, while Christopher Jullien and James Forrest will miss out due to injury. However, Ryan Christie has returned to the squad after completing his 14-day self-isolation after coming into close contact with former Parkhead team-mate Stuart Armstrong, who turned up a positive test, while with Scotland.

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Celtic v Milan LIVE: Updates from Celtic Park

Last updated: Thursday, 22 October, 2020, 21:51

  • First match of Celtic’s Europa League group stage campaign
  • Italian giants come to town as current leaders of Serie A
  • Neil Lennon’s men looking to bounce back after Glasgow Derby defeat

It’s all over at Celtic Park.

Celtic can be happy with their second half performance but left themselves too big a mountain to climb with a lacklustre showing in the opening period. The move away from the 3-5-2 to the 4-1-4-1, and the substitution of Scott Brown, will dominate the talking points as the home side looked a lot better after both moves were made.

It’s over at Celtic Park as the visitors net their third in the 92nd minute.

Duffy’s lack of pace is badly exposed as a simple pass into Jens Petter Hauge springs the substitute to slot past Barkas.

Rafael Leao knocks a cross towards goal but Barkas is in the right position to hold the shot.

At the other end Ntcham has a pop from 25 yards. Though he drives it well and with plenty power, it’s well wide of goal.

Three minutes of stoppage time.

A terrific run from Frimpong down the right but the full-back sees his front-post cross blocked for a corner.

The cross from Christie is poor and easily headed away.

Celtic have been easily the better team since Rogic replaced Brown and have created another opportunity.

After the Australian pulled off another piece of skill, Elyounoussi ran on to a lay off on the edge of the area. The goalscorer couldn’t quite attack it in stride and could only dig out a shot over the crossbar.

Ajeti touches Laxalt’s cross into the path of Rogic. The substitute strikes for goal but his effort is deflected away for a corner.

From the resulting set-piece, Christie floats the ball in and Elyounossi attacks it, sending it past the goalkeeper.

It’s Celtic 1-2 Milan.

Patryk Klimala and Greg Taylor are on for Ajeti and Laxalt. There are 13 minutes to play!

Celtic have their best chance of the second half as Rogic knocks a pass into the path of Elyounoussi charging into the box. The on loan Southampton midfielder scooped his effort well over the bar.

Elyounoussi’s cross from the right encourages Duffy to try and attack it. The defender has to come back to the ball and can’t wrap his head around it enough to test the goalkeeper.

Tom Rogic is on for captain Scott Brown.

Celtic are more of an attacking threat than they were to end the first half. Christie tries his luck from distance with a shot that clears the crossbar by a couple of yards.

A little interchange between Elyounoussi and Laxalt ends with the latter flashing over the crossbar from just inside the penalty box.

Celtic get the second half underway.

Two changes at the break

Leigh Griffiths and Stephen Welsh have been withdrawn at the half. They’re placed by Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie.

Neil Lennon has changed the shape to a 4-1-4-1 with Christie going to right midfield.

Celtic have barely been in the game since the first goal and are 2-0 down despite Milan barely leaving first gear.

A bad week for Hoops fans looks like it’s going to get worse.

Hernandez takes a ball down the left from Ibrahimovic. He cuts it back for Brahim Diaz arriving in the box. The attacker opts against going for an early strike, instead keeping his cool to move across Duffy and Callum McGregor and arrowing the ball through the latter’s legs and into the far corner.

Celtic have a mountain to climb.

Ajer does well to halt another Milan attack down the Celtic right as he comes over from his position at left centre-back to deny Hernandez a crossing opportunity that would’ve had the hosts in all sorts of trouble if he’d been able to make it.

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