Neil Lennon hails Lazio win as second-biggest, only behind Barcelona

Ross Houston
November 8, 2019

Scott Brown went agonisingly close as Celtic pressed hard for a second, though Lazio would have moved back ahead if not for Forster's superb stop from a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic header.

Nearly exactly seven years on from a Lennon-led Celtic stunning Barcelona in the Champions League, the Hoops boss was at it again, this time in Rome as he oversaw a momentous 2-1 win that guaranteed Celtic's place in the last 32.

The 23-year-old substitute latched onto his compatriot Odsonne Edouard's pass in the fifth minute of added time and dinked a cool finish over onrushing Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

Police said two traveling fans had been stabbed by Lazio supporters before the game, following a brawl outside a pub, and that five Lazio fans were stopped for possession of risky materials such as baseball bats and knives.

Former Barcelona winger Munir El Haddadi starred with a hat-trick as Sevilla thrashed Dudelange 5-2 to also reach the knockout rounds.

United had struggled to score in the Europa League with just two goals from its first three games, but eased into the next round with its win over a hapless Partizan Belgrade side.

"Not just winning the game but the way they played the game, the character, the bravery and above all else, real quality". The Hoops came from behind to win 2-1 in the Stadio Olimpico, thanks to goals form James Forrest and Olivier Ntcham.

Celtic are through to the Europa League knockout stages after Olivier Ntcham's stoppage time victor in Rome.

APOEL Nicosia defeated Qarabag 2-1 in the other Group A game.

Ludogorets had Rafael Forster sent off in the 12th minute and Jacek Góralski followed in the 35th, giving Espanyol a clear path to qualify from Group H.

There were wins too for Basel, Krasnodar, Sporting Lisbon and Austrian side LASK Linz.

Maxime Lestienne scored in injury time for Belgian side Standard Lüttich to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1.

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