Celtic FC take on CFR Cluj in Champions League eliminator

Celtic FC take on CFR Cluj in Champions League eliminator

Aberdeen goalkeeper and captain Joe Lewis is convinced his side have the character to overcome their 2-0 first-leg defeat when they meet Croatian outfit Rijeka in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier on Thursday at Pittodrie.

But despite leading twice, the Scottish Champions conceded twice in the final 15 minutes to exit 5-4 on aggregate.

And they will now face Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova or Sweden's AIK in the play-off round for the competition.

But a Cirpian Deac header meant the Hoops went in at half-time behind on aggregate. James Forrest rescued a draw when he scored an invaluable away goal for Celtic FC during last week's match.

Omrani then snatched a second away goal with a confident penalty, but Christie was on hand to side-foot home nearly immediately after the ball broke for Edouard.

Well, these Arsenal fans could not help but show some glee after Celtic lost to Cluj in the Champions League qualifying rounds, meaning they now drop into the Europa League qualifiers.

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Lennon defended his decision to deploy Callum McGregor as a make-shift left back in Tuesday's crucial encounter, but admitted his team conceded "crazy" goals as they crashed out.

"The first half we were so passive, no tempo, I don't know where that came from".

"The first goal you are thinking "right, wake-up call", the second goal was an individual mistake, the third goal we had plenty of defenders back but we just let the guy run off us and get the shot away and should have done better with the rebound".

"But we needed that two-goal cushion".

The player away the penalty for Cluj's second goal with a handball that wasn't befetting of an experienced player and captain.

"If you don't do the basics defensively well enough then at this level you get punished".

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