Former European champions Celtic will leave out out at the Champions League staff level for the 3rd successive season after a dispiriting 2-1 house defeat by Hungary’s Ferencvaros in the second one qualifying spherical on Wednesday.
Tokmac Nguen latched directly to a hopeful lengthy punt ahead to attain Ferencvaros’s winner within the 75th minute, rounding off a depressing evening for Neil Lennon’s Scottish champions.
Ferencvaros, controlled by former Ukraine striker Serhiy Rebrov, cross ahead to the two-legged ultimate qualifying spherical the place they are going to bid to achieve the crowd level for the primary time since 1995-96. Celtic drop into the Europa League qualifiers along side the continent’s also-rans.
Dutch membership AZ Alkmaar wanted an equaliser within the 5th minute of stoppage time to stick alive in opposition to Czech facet Plzen earlier than profitable 3-1 after additional time.
Plzen led thru David Limbersky’s 78th-minute objective however Teun Koopmeiners levelled from the penalty spot on the dying.
Albert Gudmundsson put the hosts in entrance 8 mins into additional time earlier than Koopmeiners sealed victory.
The evening’s maximum dramatic tie used to be in Cluj the place the Romanians misplaced 6-Five on consequences to Dinamo Zagreb after the groups have been locked at 2-2 after additional time. Gabriel Debeljuh’s stoppage-time objective for Cluj had taken it into the extra length.
Cluj additionally ignored a penalty whilst Zagreb performed for greater than an hour with 10 males after Kevin Theophile-Catherine used to be despatched off for conceding the spot-kick.
Maccabi Tel Aviv booked their position within the ultimate qualifying spherical with a 3-Zero win at Lithuania’s Suduva, Avi Rikan, Nick Blackman and Ofir Davidzada scoring the objectives.
Norwegian champions Molde got here from a objective down to overcome Slovenia’s Celje 2-1, whilst Ercan Kara’s strike earned Rapid Vienna a 1-Zero win over Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Young Boys of Switzerland eased thru 3-1 in opposition to Faroe Island champions Ki.
Celtic have mopped up 9 successive Scottish titles however in terms of Europe they’re regularly discovered in need of. Wednesday’s flop used to be a brand new low, even though, as they didn’t even achieve the overall qualifying spherical for the primary time since 2005.
They made a dreadful get started at an empty Celtic Park as David Siger’s long-range shot gave Ferencvaros a seventh-minute lead.
Celtic had 25 objective makes an attempt however with French striker Odsonne Edouard lacking because of harm they have been wasteful.
Ryan Christie’s 53rd-minute deflected shot dragged them degree and it gave the impression that slice of good fortune would flip the tie of their favour. But Nguen had different concepts.
“It’s massively disappointing,” Lennon stated. “It’s anger and frustration. It’s not fine going out at this stage of the competition, because we’re better than that.
“We need to get our mentality right. The game was actually a lot easier than what I thought it was going to be, but we didn’t take our chances.”
French membership Dinamo Brest beat Sarajevo 2-1, Cypriots Omonia beat Legia Warsaw 2-Zero away and Denmark’s Midtjylland have been 1-Zero winners at Bulgaria’s Ludogorets.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, enhancing by Ed Osmond)