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

Live updates from Celtic Park as the Scottish champions go in search of their first Group H victory against bottom of the table Sparta Prague.

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

Stick with us in the build up to the game as we bring team news before getting into the heart of the action with regular updates from the match. We’ll then bring post-match analysis and talking points before finishing things off shortly before midnight. Press F5 to refresh the page and scroll down to see the latest updates.

Celtic: Get the latest team news, match previews and reports

Celtic: Get the latest team news, match previews and reports

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

Last updated: Thursday, 05 November, 2020, 21:15

  • 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

Frimpong nearly has Celtic back in it.

The right-back receives the ball in plenty of space down the right after being found by Rogic. He decides to cut inside and go for goal. His effort whistles not far beyond the far post.

A terrific tackle from Duffy halts Karlsson as he streaks into the box running onto a pass down the right. The visitors were almost in again.

Stephen Craigan on Celtic

“Neil Lennon said before the game he expected his players to have positive body language and a spring in their step. I have to say, If I were Lennon I’d be concerned about the body language of his players."

Elyounoussi helps on to Edouard running through on the right. The Frenchman doesn’t have any help and, after trying to square up the defender, decides instead to try and fire across goal as the ball spins harmlessly away.

It’s a chance for Sparta already as Bain gives the ball right to Krejci. He works it to Julis who stays cool to step away from his man. His finish, on the other hand, was not “cool” as he scoops it oddly and well wide of goal.

It’s been 30 years since Celtic last lost three games in a row at Celtic Park. They’ve lost to Rangers, Milan and now…

Celtic get the second half underway.

“I have to say, for a must-win game, the Celtic players should be ashamed of their performance in the first half.”

"I think there's a confidence thing with Celtic at the moment. Almost a mentality that they're hoping things are going to happen instead of making things happen."

Celtic fans are not happy (part three)

Celtic fans are not happy (part two)

Celtic fans are not happy

The visitors go right up the other end and make it 2-0. Karlsson rips down the right and puts a cross into the centre. Brown is able to clear but only as far as Julis. The striker keeps his cool to step inside and curl it around the goalkeeper.

Celtic 0, Sparta Prague 2.

Half-time.

Frimpong turns on the jets and sprints past his man. He gets to the byline and cuts back for Rogic. It’s just half-a-yard behind the Australian who has to dig out the finish. He can’t get enough on it to defeat the goalkeeper.

Off the bar!

It’s terrific inswinging cross from Christie who finds Elyounoussi streaking in behind the defence. Unfortunately for the on-loan Southampton star, he sees his cushioned finish bounce away for a goal kick after striking the woodwork.

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