Malmo 2-0 Celtic: Hoops miss out on Champions League group stage for second successive season

first_imgCeltic crashed out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage for the second successive season after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Swedish side Malmo.Markus Rosenberg put Malmo ahead on away goals after their vital injury-time goal at Celtic Park last week.Felipe Carvalho doubled the lead on the night in what was a deserved victory against a nervous-looking Celtic.The game began at a blistering pace with both teams looking like they would get an early goal as the first leg scorers Leigh Griffiths and Jo Inge Berget went close for Celtic and Malmo respectively.Then the hosts struck after 22 minutes as captain Rosenberg ghosted into the box to head in from a corner to put Malmo in the lead on the away goals for the first time in the tie.Frustration seemed to boil over as Griffiths could have been seen red for appearing to knee Anton Tinnerholm in the groin region after accusing the Malmo man of wasting time.Celtic’s route back into the game – and the Champions League – was controversially denied on 41 minutes when Nir Bitton was judged to have pushed a Malmo defender as he won his header to pull a goal back.Replays showed that Bitton made little contact and that the Malmo defender actually handled the ball prior to it hitting the back of the net.Craig Gordon pulled off two wonder saves to keep out Malmo after half-time, but from the resulting corner the hosts scored again with what was an exact copy of the first goal as Carvalho headed in.Ronny Deila’s men continued to look for that elusive goal but were unable to create anything clear-cut and will again have to settle for a spot in this season’s Europa League. 1 Markus Rosenberg last_img read more