Celtic 2-0 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Celtic are out of Europe despite securing a 2-0 victory over visiting side Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Celtic are out of Europe despite securing a 2-0 victory over visiting side Hapoel Tel Aviv thanks to an early header from Georgios Samaras and a second half free-kick from Barry Robson.
Samaras headed Celtic into the lead after 22 minutes at Parkhead. The Greek striker converted Aiden McGeady's cross midway through the half and later hit the post as Celtic took control.
Celtic were clearly spurred on by the opener and could have added to their lead before the break when McGeady raced clear down the left wing after a clever return flick from McDonald. But the Ireland international decided to go it alone while his team mates waited in the box, only for his shot to be parried by keeper Vincent Enyeama.
Celtic were clearly driving forward for more in the remainder of the half. McDonald sliced a shot wide on the turn when he might have laid the ball off and Robson curled a free-kick just over from 25 yards.
Enyeama had a let-off 10 minutes before the break after he was beaten to McGeady's through-ball by McDonald just inside the left edge of the area. Samaras flicked the Australian's low cross off the post and Hapoel left-back Dedi Ben Dayan prevented Robson netting the rebound with a lunging block inside the six-yard box.
Tel Aviv had their own chances in the first half, but N’Guemo’s sliding penalty box challenge foiled Etey Shechter’s attack. Shechter later placed a volley over the bar from 12 yards out, much to the relief of the Celtic defence.
Coming out for the second half the Israeli side looked more threatening. They brought on the two players who scored in their 2-1 win over Celtic in Israel, Maaran Lala and Nemanja Vucicevic, in time for the restart.
Danny Fox had a long-range shot deflected wide after a scrappy start to the half. Hapoel were on the attack again when Shechter shot low from the left side of the box. With the ball heading for the far corner it was left to Zaluska to divert its course and send it out for a corner.
Marc-Antoine Fortune replaced Samaras and the former Nancy striker soon won a free-kick 25 yards out after being fouled from behind by Bebars Natcho. Robson curled round the ball around the wall and into the corner of the net to double Celtic's lead in the 68th minute.