Celtic were left heartbroken as Bayer Leverkusen scored two late goals to secure one of the comeback football scores in the Europa League. The results meant that Celtic was knocked out of the competition with a game to spare. Robert Andrich opened the scoring for the hosts in the 16th minute before goals from Josip Juranovic and Jota put the visitors ahead. The hosts looked the better team in the second half with Andrich equalizing the game with ten minutes left of regulation time. Moussa Diaby knocked them out of the competition in the 87th minute with a brilliantly struck 20-yard volley.

Managers Reaction 

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou: “It is a tough one to take. We kind of hung in there and gave ourselves a chance to pull off a great result but, ultimately, they’re a good team and we didn’t finish the game off in the way we could have.” he added. “We weren’t able to control the game the way we wanted because they have quality in their side and they’re always a threat on the counter-attack, so we had to be a bit wary. We hung in there and Joe (Hart) made some good saves.”

“Credit to the players because Leverkusen are a fantastic team, and we came to their back yard and gave them a game.” he continued. “The back four worked really hard to keep us in the game and then we got our goals. We just couldn’t hang on in the end which was disappointing for the players because they put in a massive effort but there’s still a gap between us and them, and that’s what we need to bridge.”

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