Diaby’s winner against Celtic fires Bayer Leverkusen into last 16

Moussa Diaby hit the late winner as Bayer Leverkusen punched their Europa League last 16 ticket with a dramatic 3-2 win at residence to Celtic on Thursday.

Goals by centre-back Robert Andrich, his second of the evening time, and winger Diaby in a five-minute burst late throughout the recreation swung the top consequence for hosts Leverkusen.

While the Germans are assured a last 16 place, the away defeat means Celtic will finish in third spot after second-placed Real Betis acquired 2-0 at Ferencvaros Budapest.

Andrich’s early header for Leverkusen was cancelled out when Josip Juranovic equalised with a first-half penalty sooner than Jota was left unmarked throughout the house to hearth Celtic ahead for the first time merely after the break.

Leverkusen centre-back Andrich equalised for the hosts eight minutes from time sooner than Diaby’s winner.

The finish consequence preserves Leverkusen’s doc of getting under no circumstances misplaced at residence throughout the Europa League group phases, whereas Celtic ought to look forward to a main win on German soil in European rivals.

Leverkusen struck early when Andrich outleapt his marker Stephen Welsh at a nook and powered his header earlier Celtic’s former England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Celtic started making use of stress.

An superior chance went begging when Japan striker Kyogo Furuhashi acquired in behind the defence and his speculative shot to the far submit flew merely in depth of Jota.

The Scottish giants drew stage 5 minutes from the break when Juranovic chipped in from the penalty spot after residence goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky fouled Furuhashi went he went to punch clear a cross.

Leverkusen made a robust finish to the first-half as Florian Wirtz and Moussa Diaby every hit the woodwork, nonetheless it stayed 1-1 on the break.

Hart obtained right here to Celtic’s rescue early throughout the second-half when he scrambled once more to deny (*16*) Frimpong moments after blocking a Diaby shot.

At the other end, Jota, who’s on mortgage from (*16*), fired Celtic in entrance when Furuhashi observed the Portuguese unmarked on the perimeter of the world to blast his shot earlier Hradecky.

Leverkusen roared once more as Andrich beat Hart for the second time 5 minutes sooner than Diaby smashed throughout the winner after being picked out unmarked by a Florian Wirtz cross.


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