Celtic 3 Rosenborg 1: Edouard double seals first-leg victory

Odsonne Edouard scored twice as Celtic took control of its Champions League second qualifying round clash with Rosenborg on Wednesday.

Published : Jul 26, 2018 08:57 IST

Celtic avoided a Champions League upset against Rosenborg on Wednesday as it came from behind to earn a 3-1 first-leg victory in the second qualifying round.

Having brushed aside Alashkert 6-0 on aggregate in the previous round, Celtic knew that it faced a much tougher test when Birger Meling gave Rosenborg the early lead at Parkhead.

Meling coolly slotted past Craig Gordon from 12 yards and the defender almost doubled his tally as the visitor started strongly.

Slowly Celtic worked its way into the match and after Callum McGregor had tested Andre Hanse, it levelled just before half-time.

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Odsonne Edouard ensured that parity at the break with a composed finish after excellent work from Scott Sinclair on the left, the winger cutting in and laying it on a plate for the French striker.

Celtic's second came a minute after the restart when Olivier Ntcham fired home from outside the penalty area, and when Edouard doubled his tally with a delicate chip victory was assured.

There was still time for Jack Hendry to hit the woodwork as Celtic finished with a flourish as Brendon Rodgers' side secured a commanding lead heading to Norway next week. AEK Athens lie in wait for the victor of this tie, with Celtic now favourite to seal a meeting with the Greek side.

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