LiveCeltic 1-4 Sparta Prague RECAP: Julis first opposing player to score Parkhead hat-trick in nearly 40 years

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Lukas Julis scores his second goal of the game just before half-time. Picture: SNS
Lukas Julis scores his second goal of the game just before half-time. Picture: SNS

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Celtic v Sparta Prague LIVE: Updates from Celtic Park for Europa League clash

Last updated: Thursday, 05 November, 2020, 23:25

  • Celtic looking to get first win of group stage
  • Visitors sit bottom of the group with no points from two games
  • Neil Lennon’s side looking for consecutive wins

A whole lot of 5s and even a few 4s.

Click here for player ratings from tonight’s catastrophe.

Neil Lennon’s reaction

"I don’t know where that performance came from and I can only apologise to the supporters. The players know that is totally unacceptable. The hungrier team won tonight and that’s on the players."

Read the full article here.

Well…

Nothing really else to add.

Celtic 1, Sparta 4.

It’s FOUR!

The defence is all over the place as a hooked cross to the back post finds the sub Krejci all alone and he’s able to bury any hope whatsoever Celtic have of getting back into this one.

Julis is the first opposition player to score a hat-trick at Celtic Park since Eric Black for Aberdeen in 1983.

A double and desperate roll of the dice for Celtic with Ajeti and Ntcham coming on for Edouard and Laxalt. Celtic keep their shape with Christie going to left wing-back.

Krejci is on for Polidar for the visitors.

It’s a hat-trick for Julis as Sparta cut Celtic open on the break.

Elhamed gives the ball away deep in Sparta territory, the visitors break quickly with Karlsson running at Duffy. It’s dreadfully poor from the defender as the attacker easily beats him before crossing for Julis to roof the ball into the net from close range.

A reminder from the former Celtic defender that Sparta haven’t played competitive football in a month due to the Czech lockdown. The visitors are already starting to look a bit leggy and that’s only going to get worse.

Sparta make a couple of changes as they hope to stem the flow here. Karabec and Hancko withdraw for Lischka and Travnik.

Frimpong wins a free-kick just outside the penalty box near the corner flag. Griffiths goes for goal and forces the keeper into punching it away.

Celtic smell blood.

The goal has definitely risen the tempo of the hosts as Christie has a pop from distance, though it’s comfortably held by the keeper.

What a huge turning point this could be! Not just in this tie, but also in Celtic’s European campaign and Neil Lennon’s tenure.

Griffiths plays it into Rogic inside the area. The Australian does brilliantly well to dance into space for a shot. The finish isn’t there but the rebound comes right back to Griffiths who knocks it into an empty net.

Game on!

Celtic 1, Sparta 2

They’ve hit the post again!

For the third time today Sparta are inches away from scoring, only to be denied by the woodwork. This time it’s Sacek running through the middle. With Karlsson ahead of him he decides to go for goal and is agonisingly close to finishing this one off.

Laxalt looks to have taken one in the stones. Celtic fans know how he feels.

It’s two subs and a change of shape for Celtic.

Griffiths and Elhamed are on for Brown and Elyounoussi as Lennon switches back to the back three.

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