LiveSarajevo 0-1 RECAP: Odsonne Edouard scores the only goal as Celtic reach Europa League group stages

All the updates from Bosnia as Celtic take on Sarajevo looking for a place in the Europa League group stages

Odsonne Edouard celebrates scoring the game's only goal with his team-mates. Picture: SNS
Odsonne Edouard celebrates scoring the game's only goal with his team-mates. Picture: SNS

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

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Sarajevo v Celtic LIVE: Match updates from Europa League clash

Last updated: Thursday, 01 October, 2020, 20:53

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And that’s it! Celtic are into the group stages of the Europa League for the third consecutive campaign.

It wasn’t easy in Sarajevo but they were undoubtedly the better team on the night. Their supporters would have wanted a more dominant display, though the result is the most important thing that matters.

Hanzdic gets the ball into feet in a crowded penalty box. He’s able to turn and have a shot but he gets little on the effort and it’s an easy save for Barkas.

Doesn’t seem likely at all that Celtic are going to let this slip. Sarajevo have put a few balls into the box but they’ve been comfortably dealt with.

A nice run from Frimpong cutting inside ends with the full-back having a go with his weaker left foot. It has the keeper scrambling but is always swerving wide.

Celtic make their final change with Olivier Ntcham replacing Christie, while Sarajevo have made their final throw of the dice with two attackers coming on for the last four minutes plus injury time.

A dangerous cross from Frimpong nearly finds Klimala running in. It just doesn’t quite bounce for the Polish substitute as Sarajevo live to fight on.

Another Celtic counter led by Edouard. This time it’s Christie he feeds on the left. The Scottish midfielder beats the keeper but doesn’t have the accuracy to turn it goalward.

Klimala replaces Edouard as Celtic make their second sub.

Edouard leads a counter-attack following a Sarajevo set-piece. He clips it above the defence for Elyounoussi running in on the left of the area. Again, he can only hit it right at the keeper.

A minute later Christie forces Kovacevic into another save.

Before the goal Sarajevo made a change with captain Mersudin Ahmetovic making way for Haris Handžić, which is a like for like swap in attack. This comes as little surprise as the Sarajevo attack has been pretty anonymous the last ten minutes.

It’s a disastrous goal to lose for the hosts but Celtic won’t care. Christie’s shot from outside the area has a bit of power on it, though Kovacevic should have done better than to just palm it right into the path of Edouard who was following up to score from close range.

It’s another Celtic opportunity and it’s from another corner. This time it finds Elhamed alone about 12 yards from goal. The Israeli hits it first-time on the volley and is unlucky to see his effort fizz narrowly wide.

Celtic are beginning to properly dominate again as Sarajevo are beginning to look quite tired in attack. It’s not been able to stick whatsoever the last five or so times they’ve tried to go forward.

Taylor is found in acres of space down the left and tries to drill in a low cross for Edouard but the Frenchman is crowded out once more.

A short time later Christie tries his luck from distance and isn’t too far away, shooting about a foot over the bar.

A corner from the right finds Hrvoje Milicevic climbing highest. He doesn’t get enough solid contact on the ball with his head and ends up glancing it wide. It’s certainly been the best chance of the game so far for Sarajevo.

Elyounoyussi tries his luck from 20 yards after shimmying away from a couple of defenders but, again, it’s too near the goalkeeper.

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