EL review: Celtic denied; Napoli and Dortmund win

Date published: Thursday 17th September 2015 10:40

Celtic: Celebrate scoring against Ajax in Europa League draw

Celtic: Celebrate scoring against Ajax in Europa League draw

A late goal from substitute Lasse Schone earned Ajax a 2-2 Europa League draw against Celtic, while Napoli and Borussia Dortmund both won.

In an absorbing encounter at the Amsterdam ArenA, right-back Mikael Lustig headed Celtic men into an interval lead in the 42nd minute after Danish midfielder Viktor Fischer had cancelled out midfielder Nir Bitton’s eighth minute opener.

The Hoops looked assured after the break but when Emilio Izaguirre was dismissed in the 74th minute by referee Luca Banti for picking up his second yellow of the night with a foul on Anwar El Ghazi, the home side came storming back with Schone scoring a free-kick in the 84th minute and Ronny Deila’s side hanging on for a point.

In the other Group A game, Molde survived the late sending off of Mohamed Elyounoussi and a barrage of Fenerbahce chances to claim a 3-1 win in Istanbul.

Tommy Hoiland’s penalty was cancelled out by Nani late in the first half but Molde hit back again after the break with goals from Elyounoussi and Martin Linnes.

Napoli, meanwhile, made a flying start to their Europa League campaign by thrashing Club Brugge 5-0 at Stadio San Paolo, with Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens both scoring twice.

Callejon opened the scoring after just five minutes and Mertens bagged a brace to make it 3-0 inside 25 minutes.

Marek Hamsik added a fourth early in the second half and Callejon completed the Group D rout 13 minutes from time.

Morten Rasmussen struck as Midtjylland beat Legia Warsaw 1-0 in the other match in the group, in which the Poles had Dominik Furman sent off.

In Group C, Park Joo-ho headed a last-gasp winner as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Krasnodar 2-1.

Pavel Mamaev gave the Russians an early lead at Signal Iduna Park but Matthias Ginter levelled before the break and then set up Park’s stoppage-time winner after the Germans dominated the second period.

Elsewhere in the group, Qabala drew 0-0 with PAOK Salonika.

Substitute Jussie scored a late equaliser as Bordeaux drew 1-1 in Group B with Liverpool, who had taken the lead through Adam Lallana. Sion, meanwhile, beat Rubin Kazan 2-1 with a double from Moussa Konate.

Marseille began in Group F with a 3-0 win at Groningen with goals from Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Lucas Ocampos and Romain Alessandrini, while Braga won 1-0 at Slovan Liberec.

Rapid Vienna beat Villarreal 2-1 in Group E and Viktoria Plzen overcame Dinamo Minsk 2-0.

In the later kick-offs, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar maintained his impressive scoring record for Schalke in Europe with two goals in the German side’s 3-0 win at APOEL Nicosia in Group K. Joel Matip was also on target while the Cypriot side had Tomas De Vincenti sent off late on.

Asteras Tripolis and Sparta Prague played out a 1-1 draw in Greece as Pablo Mazza’s early goal for the hosts was cancelled out by David Lafata.

New signing Son Heung-min scored a quickfire double to lead a Tottenham fightback against Azerbaijan champions Qarabag at White Hart Lane. Qarabag struck early through Richard Almeida’s penalty but Son responded with two goals in as many minutes around the half-hour mark and Erik Lamela secured a 3-1 win in Group J four minutes from time.

Group rivals Monaco equalised in the 85th minute through Lacina Traore to snatch a 1-1 draw at Anderlecht. The Belgians had led since Guillaume Gillet scored in the 11th minute.

Last season’s runners-up Dnipro scored an injury-time equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw against Lazio in Group G.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s 34th-minute effort looked to have secured victory for the Italians in Ukraine but Yevhen Seleznyov had the final word with 94 minutes on the clock.

The other match in the group was also a draw as the clash between Saint-Etienne and Rosenborg ended 2-2. Robert Beric and Tobias Mikkelsen traded early goals and Nolan Roux scored a late equaliser for the French side from the penalty spot after Jonas Svensson put Rosenborg ahead.

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