Celtic crash out of Champions League, Carabao Cup draw: clockwatch Ė as it happened

Simon Burnton on 13 August 2019

Carabao Cup draw

North section

Crewe v Aston Villa 
Lincoln v Everton 
Leeds v Stoke 
Sheff Utd v Blackburn 
Rotherham v Sheff Wed/Bury 
Newcastle v Leicester 
Burton v Morecambe 
Burnley v Sunderland 
Nottm Forest v Derby 
Grimsby v Macclesfield 
Preston v Hull 
Rochdale v Carlisle 

South section

Plymouth v Reading 
Crawley v Norwich 
Newport v West Ham 
Oxford v Millwall 
Watford v Coventry 
Swansea v Cambridge 
Cardiff v Luton 
Bristol Rovers v Brighton 
Crystal Palace v Colchester 
Fulham v Southampton 
Bournemouth v Forest Green 
Southend v MK Dons 
QPR v Portsmouth

Ties to be played w/b 26 August

Match report


Paul McInnes was at Kingsmeadow to see a whole load of missed penalties, and MK Donsí eventual victory:

Carabao Cup second-round draw

Hereís the Carabao Cup second-round draw in full. Ties to be played in the week beginning 26 August:

South section

Plymouth v Reading
Crawley v Norwich
Newport v West Ham
Oxford v Millwall
Watford v Coventry
Swansea v Cambridge
Cardiff v Luton
Bristol Rovers v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Colchester
Fulham v Southampton
Bournemouth v Forest Green
Southend v MK Dons
QPR v Portsmouth

North section

Crewe v Aston Villa
Lincoln v Everton
Leeds v Stoke
Sheff Utd v Blackburn
Rotherham v Sheff Wed/Bury
Newcastle v Leicester
Burton v Morecambe
Burnley v Sunderland
Nottm Forest v Derby
Grimsby v Macclesfield
Preston v Hull
Rochdale v Carlisle

Meanwhile from the northern section, the following top-flight-focused fixtures were plucked from the hat:

Crewe v Aston Villa
Lincoln v Everton
Sheffield United v Blackburn
Newcastle United v Leicester
Burnley v Sunderland

There were six Premier League sides in the south section of the draw, and these are their games:

Newport County v West Ham
Watford v Coventry
Bristol Rovers v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Colchester
Fulham v Southampton
Bournemouth v Forest Green

The Carabao Cup second round draw is about to happen!

Jamie Jackson has filed his report from Salford:

There is an epic shoot-out taking place in Copenhagen! And itís all over! Crvena Zvezda/Red Star Belgrade are through 7-6, after 11 penalties each!

Also through after a shoot-out: Reading, after a 1-1 draw at Wycombe, Macclesfield, after a 2-2 draw with Blackpool, Mansfield, after a 2-2 draw with Morecambe, Cambridge United, after a 1-1 draw at Brentford, and Newport County, after a 2-2 draw at Gillingham.

Some penalty shoot-out winners: Crewe, after a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, Forest Green, after a goalless draw at Charlton, QPR, after a 3-3 draw with Bristol City.

George Tucudean, who scored Clujís final goal in Glasgow, had a trial at Celtic when he was 15 and was taken to a game between Celtic and Barcelona. Now 28, he recently revealed that a heart defect may force him to retire.

Celtic knocked out of the Champions League

GOAL! Celtic 3-4 Cluj! George Tucudean has finished it! The final whistle has blown here, and Celtic are out of the Champions League!

Clujís manager Dan Petrescu celebrates victory after the final whistle.
Clujís manager Dan Petrescu celebrates victory after the final whistle. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA


GOAL! Blackburn 3-2 Oldham! Joe Rothwell has scored in the 95th minute! Blackburn were 2-1 down in the second minute of stoppage time, and have won the game before the final whistle sounds!

With Carabao Cup ties going straight to penalties if they are drawn after 90 minutes, there are about to be a lot of penalties to report on. Iíll do my best.

GOAL! Middlesbrough 2-2 Crewe! Crewe won the first half 2-0, with their second goal in the first minute of stoppage time. Middlesbrough are winning the second half 2-0, with their second goal in the first minute of stoppage time.

Into stoppage time at Celtic, but there will be six minutes of it. Can they conjure another goal?

Copenhagen and Red Star Belgrade have drawn 1-1, as they did in the first leg, and extra time didnít bring any further goals. That one will have to be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Final score: Ajax 3-2 PAOK! The Greeks didnít get another. Ajax win 5-4 on aggregate.

GOAL! Ajax 3-2 PAOK! Diego Biseswar has scored in the 94th minute, his second of the game,but the Greeks still need another!

GOAL! Swansea 2-1 Northampton! Swansea were a goal down in the 80th minute, and theyíre one up in the 83rd!

GOAL! Celtic 3-3 Cluj! Billel Omrani again! Thatís three goals in six minutes, and there are 10 more to go. Celtic need to score another, or theyíre out.

Billel Omrani celebrates score the third equaliser for Cluj.
Billel Omrani celebrates score the third equaliser for Cluj. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/Shutterstock


GOAL! Celtic 3-2 Cluj! Ryan Christie hands the advantage back to Celtic! There were less than two minutes between the goals in this ding-dong battle.

Ryan Christie score Celticís third to retake the lead.
Ryan Christie score Celticís third to retake the lead. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/REX/Shutterstock


GOAL! Celtic 2-2 Cluj! Billel Omrani has equalised from the spot for Cluj after Scott Brown handled in the area. Cluj are now ahead on away goals!

Poor Bolton, 2-1 up in the 64th minute, are 3-2 down to Rochdale in the 66th.

GOAL! Ajax 2-1 PAOK! Tagliafico has given last seasonís Champions League semi-finalists an aggregate lead over PAOK in the third qualifying round, with just 11 minutes to go.

Cowabunga! Liam Walsh scores a brilliant dipping free kick from 35 yards to give Bristol CIty a 3-2 lead at QPR! Thatís a fabulous hit.

A second penalty, and a second penalty miss, at Wimbledon. This time itís the home side fluffing their chance, Joe Pigott sidefooting unconvincingly to his right and the keeper going the right way and making a straightforward save.

GOAL! Celtic 2-1 Cluj! The Scottish champions have turned this around, and lead 3-2 on aggregate! Edsonne Edouard has snaffled the second there.

Odsonne Edouard of Celticís second.
Odsonne Edouard of Celticís second. Photograph: Stuart Wallace/BPI/Shutterstock


Bojan Bozovic has equalised for Sutjeska at Linfield. Itís 2-2 there now, though the Northern Irish side lead 4-3 on aggregate.

GOAL! Salford 0-3 Leeds United! From a Salford corner Leeds break, and Mateusz Klich curls in a cracker from the edge of the area! This game is very much in the bag now.

Mateusz Klich of Leeds scores number three.
Mateusz Klich of Leeds scores number three. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside via Getty Images


David Kasumu has scored a lovely goal for MK Dons at Wimbledon, giving his side a 2-1 lead with a curler into the top corner from the edge of the area.

GOAL! Celtic 1-1 Cluj! James Forrest has equalised for Celtic, and the tie is now completely level, 2-2 on aggregate!

GOAL! Salford 0-2 Leeds! A corner is sent to the near post, where Gaetano Berardi flicks in a tidy volley!

Gaetano Berardi scores the second for Leeds.
Gaetano Berardi scores the second for Leeds. Photograph: Malcolm Bryce/ProSports/Shutterstock


Slovan Bratislava are 2-0 up at Dundalk now, in first-half stoppage time, and lead 3-0 on aggregate.

This really is revolutionary. An 18-year-old album being played in full, rather than a handful of recent Spotify phenomenons and something by Oasis. This changes everything.

Ferencvaros came away from Zagreb with a creditable 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier, and only needed to put in a decent performance in Budapest to earn a notable scalp and move to the playoff round. Instead theyíre 4-0 down, and with only seven minutes to play.

Crewe have scored twice in four minutes late in the first half and now lead Middlesbrough, who made 10 changes for this game and appear to be playing like strangers, 2-0

And another debut goal, this from Hullís Ryan Tafazolli who has headed his team into a three-goal lead at Tranmere!

GOAL! Salford 0-1 Leeds! Another debut goal, this from Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketia, who taps in after an excellent low cross from the right!

Edward Nketiah celebrates scoring the opener for Leeds.
Edward Nketiah celebrates scoring the opener for Leeds. Photograph: Malcolm Bryce/ProSports/Shutterstock


Dynamoís dream has died: LoÔs Openda has scored for Brugge in the 95th minute to make it 3-3 on the night, 4-3 to the Belgians on aggregate, and itís surely all over. And as I type that, the referee blows his whistle and it is literally all over.

Brandon Mechele has scored a 93rd-minute own goal to give Dynamo Kyiv a lifeline in the Champions League! Club Brugge are 3-2 down on the night but itís 3-3 on aggregate; the Ukrainians still need another goal to go through!

There is a proper shock on in the Champions League, with Krasnodar now 2-0 up at Porto and now 2-1 up on aggregate. Theyíve scored with their first two shots; Porto have had twice as many, but converted none of them.

Billel Omrani has put Cluj a goal up at Celtic Park, with the Romanian side now 2-1 up on aggregate.

CFR Clujís Ciprian Deac celebrates scoring their first goal.
CFR Clujís Ciprian Deac celebrates scoring their first goal. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters


Dusan Tadic has equalised from the spot to make it Ajax 1-1 PAOK. Itís 3-3 on aggregate, with the Dutch side ahead on away goals.

Linfield lead 2-1 in the Europa League, and 4-2 on aggregate, over Sutjeska. In Ireland meanwhile Dundalk trail 1-0 to Slovan Bratislava, who are now 2-0 up on aggregate with an away goal to boot.

Charlie Austin has scored nine minutes into his debut for West Bromwich Albion, nodding in from about an inch after Grady Dianganaís shot from distance was pushed onto the bar. West Brom lead Millwall 1-0.

Charlie Austin heads home the opener at The Hawthorns.
Charlie Austin heads home the opener at The Hawthorns. Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images


Dynamo Kyiv lead Club Brugge 2-1 with seven minutes of their Champions League qualifier to go, but itís 2-2 on aggregate, which puts the Belgians at an aggregate advantage, and they also now have a numerical advantage, Mykyta Burda having just been shown a second yellow card.

QPR and Bristol City are drawing, having each scored in the space of two minutes. Nahki Wellsí equaliser for Rangers was particularly smart, struck first-time from outside the area and surprising the goalkeeper, who didnít move.

Nahki Wells celebrates scoring the equaliser for QPR.
Nahki Wells celebrates scoring the equaliser for QPR. Photograph: James Marsh/BPI/Shutterstock


MK Dons have equalised against Wimbledon, Conor McGrandles making amends for his penalty miss with some nifty footwork in the penalty area followed by a precise left-foot finish.

Blackburnís 11 changes havenít worked as well as Hullís - Gevaro Nepomuceno has giveen Oldham a 1-0 lead there.

In the Europa League, Linfield took an early lead against Sutjeska and have since been pulled back - itís 1-1 in the 16th minute, with Linfield 3-2 ahead on aggregate.

Ajax are losing 1-0 at home to PAOK in the Champions League and as it stands are on their way out of the competition, the Greek side leading 3-2 on aggregate.

I think Nathan Collins was probably offside when he headed in Stokeís first goal at Wigan, from an inch in front of the line and a foot behind the goalkeeper, but it counts, and theyíre 0-1 up.

Extra-tough luck for MK Dons: theyíre now losing, Scott Wagstaff volleying in a corner.

Scott Wagstaff celebrates scoring the opener for AFC.
Scott Wagstaff celebrates scoring the opener for AFC. Photograph: Matthew Redman/ProSports/Shutterstock


Hull are two up now, David Milinkovic turning in the rebound after his own shot is saved, and they appear to be making muffins of this potential banana skin.

Tough luck for MK Dons, who put the ball in the AFC Wimbledon net but the referee had already pointed to the spot for a penalty. Thatís one to keep for future refereeing courses, as how not to play advantage. Or how not to not play advantage. Anyway, a poor decision. And so was the decision to let Conor McGrandles take it, as he thrashed it over the bar!

Rotherham have raced into a 2-0 lead at Shrewsbury, with only three minutes played. Kyle Vassell with the second goal there.

Rosenborg are 3-1 up against Maribor, a repeat of the scoreline from the first leg, with the game in stoppage time. A 6-2 aggregate victory will be wrapped up at any moment.

Hull Cityís all-changed line-up hasnít held them back: theyíre already winning!

The clock strikes 7.45pm, if such a thing is possible, and most of tonightís Carabao Cup matches are under way!

Also making 11 changes tonight: Derby, Hull and Swansea. Possibly more that I havenít spotted.

Last time MK Dons visited Wimbledon, the hosts referred to them on the scoreboard and in the programme only as MK, which landed them in hot water with the EFL. So tonight there will be no match programme at all.

Wimbledon banners ahead of tonights game.
Wimbledon banners ahead of tonights game. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images


Apoel have indeed won 2-0, so theyíre through to the Champions League knockout round. Elsewhere, Rosenborg have taken a 2-1 lead over Maribor. Their aggregate advantage is 5-2, which with 25 minutes to play should be more than enough.

The first result of the evening is just five minutes away, unless Qarabag score and take it to extra time: Apoel have come back from a 2-1 first-leg deficit to lead 2-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate. The other four Champions League games already ongoing are being drawn.

Blackburn are winning the Carabao Cup team changeathon, with the full house of 11 changes.

Team news is flooding in. There are a few too many games for me to feature them all, but do let me know if youíve got any requests. Until then, hereís Celticís line-up:

Hello world!

Itís a bumper evening of Uefa-endorsed, Carabao-flavoured action and no mistake. There are no less than 33 Carabao Cup fixtures, unless Iíve miscounted in which there might be less than 33 fixtures, with stand-out ties including the alphabetically first, between AFC Wimbledon and those nefarious history-thieves the MK Dons, and Leedsí trip to Mancunian upstarts Salford. Plus there are Champions League and Europa League qualifiers to sprinkle a little stardust over proceedings. Here, then, is a complete list of tonightís fixtures (except for those that are already finished; all 7.45pm BST kick-offs except for the ones that say otherwise):

Champions League third qualifying round, second leg

Ajax v PAOK (7.30pm; 2-2 in the first leg)
Celtic v CFR Cluj (1-1 in the first leg)
Dynamo Kiev v Club Brugge (6.30; Brugge lead 1-0 after the first leg)
Copenhagen v Red Star Belgrade (7pm; 1-1 in the first leg)
Porto v Krasnodar (8pm; Porto lead 1-0)
Rosenborg v Maribor (6pm; Rosenborg lead 3-1)
Ferencvaros v Dinamo Zagreb (7pm; 1-1 in the first leg)
LASK Linz v Basel (7.30; Lask lead 2-1 from the first leg)
Olympiakos v Istanbul Basaksehir (7.30; Olympiakos won the first leg 1-0))

Europa League third qualifying round, second leg

Dundalk v Slovan Bratislava (8pm; Dundalk trail 0-1)
Linfield v Sutjeska (Linfield lead 2-1)

Carabao Cup first round

AFC Wimbledon v Milton Keynes Dons
Accrington Stanley v Sunderland
Barnsley v Carlisle
Blackburn v Oldham
Blackpool v Macclesfield
Bradford v Preston North End
Brentford v Cambridge Utd
Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham
Charlton v Forest Green
Colchester v Swindon
Coventry v Exeter
Gillingham v Newport County
Grimsby v Doncaster
Huddersfield v Lincoln City
Luton v Ipswich
Mansfield v Morecambe
Middlesbrough v Crewe
Nottm Forest v Fleetwood Town
Oxford Utd v Peterborough
Plymouth v Leyton Orient
Port Vale v Burton Albion
QPR v Bristol City
Rochdale v Bolton
Salford City v Leeds
Scunthorpe v Derby
Shrewsbury v Rotherham
Stevenage v Southend
Swansea v Northampton
Tranmere v Hull
Walsall v Crawley Town
West Brom v Millwall (8pm)
Wigan v Stoke
Wycombe v Reading

While Iím publishing enormous lists, the draw for the second round of the Carabao Cup, featuring 13 Premier League clubs, will take place following the conclusion of the Salford game. If you plan to stick around for that, you might find the ball numbers handy:

South section

1 AFC Bournemouth
2 Brighton & Hove Albion
3 Cardiff City
4 Crystal Palace
5 Fulham
6 Norwich City
7 Southampton
8 Watford
9 West Ham United
10 Portsmouth
11 Colchester United/Swindon Town
12 AFC Wimbledon/MK Dons
13 Oxford United/Peterborough United
14 Queens Park Rangers/Bristol City
15 Plymouth ArgyleLeyton Orient
16 Wycombe Wanderers/Reading
17 Charlton Athletic/Forest Green Rovers
18 Gillingham/Newport County
19 Stevenage/Southend United
20 Luton Town/Ipswich Town
21 Walsall/Crawley Town
22 Bristol Rovers/Cheltenham Town
23 Brentford/Cambridge United
24 Coventry City/Exeter City
25 Swansea City/Northampton Town
26 West Bromwich Albion/Millwall

North Section

1 Aston Villa
2 Burnley
3 Everton
4 Leicester City
5 Newcastle United
6 Sheffield United
7 Tranmere Rovers/Hull City
8 Grimsby Town/Doncaster Rovers
9 Wigan Athletic/Stoke City
10 Port Vale/Burton Albion
11 Nottingham Forest/Fleetwood Town
12 Bradford CityPreston North End
13 Blackpool/Macclesfield Town
14 Blackburn Rovers/Oldham Athletic
15 Mansfield Town/Morecambe
16 Accrington Stanley/Sunderland
17 Scunthorpe United/Derby County
18 Rochdale/Bolton Wanderers
19 Huddlesfield Town/Lincoln City
20 Middlesbrough/Crewe Alexandra
21 Shrewsbury Town/Rotherham United
22 Sheffield Wednesday/Bury
23 Salford City/Leeds United
24 Barnsley/Carlisle United

Right, thatís all the important information dealt with. On with the show!


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