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Nwadike scores as Midtjylland sacks Celtic from C/league

Raphael Nwadike


Nigerian midfeilder Raphael Nwadike scored 94th minute winner as  Midtjylland dumped Scottish league veterans Celtic out of the Champions league qualifiers.

Nwadike who joined Midtjylland August last year on a five year contract grabbed the all important goal after teammate Awer Mabil had equalised following Celtic’s opener in the 48th minute. The 2-1 win saw Midtjylland progress on 3-1 aggregate Wednesday.

Ange Postecoglou saw his side give up a lead again as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat after extra-time in Denmark to lose 3-2 on aggregate and miss out on the group stages for a fourth consecutive year.

Callum McGregor gave Celtic the lead with a stunning strike in the 48th minute but Awer Mabil levelled on the hour mark just after James Forrest had missed a sitter.

Celtic had the better of the majority of the 90 minutes but ran out of steam and offered little response to Raphael Nwadike’s strike early in extra-time.

While Midtjylland march on to face PSV Eindhoven, Celtic will travel to the Czech Republic to take on Jablonec in the Europa League third qualifying round next Thursday.

Postecoglou, who was appointed on June 10, three and a half months after Neil Lennon left, expressed frustration over the club’s “hesitation” in the transfer market ahead of the first leg and admitted his side would never be as badly prepared for a big match again.

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Although Celtic have made five summer signings, two of them are still in quarantine and only 19-year-old Israeli winger Liel Abada featured in Denmark with former Sheffield Wednesday pair Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide left on the bench.



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