Champions League qualifying: Celtic 3-Zero Alashkert (Agg: 6-0)
Celtic dismissed an early crimson card to comfortably beat Alashkert and safe their place within the second qualifying spherical of the Champions League.
Moussa Dembele’s quick-fire double – the second of which was from the penalty spot – acquired Celtic off to a flying begin, sandwiching a crimson card for Jozo Simunovic after a excessive deal with.
James Forrest raced clear on the counter-attack to drill in a 3rd.
Alashkert not often threatened and solely wonderful goalkeeping denied Celtic extra.
One bitter be aware for the hosts was striker Dembele limping off injured and supervisor Brendan Rodgers should now wait to study if he can be match for subsequent week’s tie in opposition to Rosenborg.
A late objective from former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner gave the Norwegian champions a 3-2 mixture win over Valur, that means Celtic face a rematch with the aspect they knocked out within the qualifiers final season.
With a three-goal cushion from the primary leg, Celtic had been by no means prone to be concerned, however a blistering begin ensured there could be no hope for the guests.
Dembele picked up the ball on the sting of the field and twisted and turned his well beyond the Alashkert defence earlier than ending low previous Ognjen Cancarevic.
However Celtic had been decreased to 10 males simply minutes later – Simunovic proven a straight crimson for a excessive problem.
Celtic continued to dominate regardless and doubled their lead when Odsonne Edouard surged into the field earlier than being introduced down.
Dembele stepped up and despatched Cancarevic the mistaken method to depart the hosts coasting.
The 2 Frenchmen – Dembele and Edouard – continued to wreak havoc. One other highly effective run by Dembele ended with Cancarevic denying Edouard from shut vary.
From the ensuing nook, Olivier Ntcham shot from the sting of the field, however Scott Brown caught a leg out to place the ball over the bar from six yards.
The Armenian champions struggled desperately to maintain maintain of the ball regardless of their numerical benefit, unable to get out of their very own half as Celtic moved the ball comfortably.
An extended-range strike from Gagik Daghbashyan compelled a good save from Craig Gordon, however a counter-attack from the nook had Edouard sprinting by on objective earlier than slipping in Forrest to calmly tuck the ball into the web.
Kieran Tierney hit a scrumptious volley from 20 yards that Cancarevic tipped brilliantly over the crossbar, however Alashkert responded with their greatest transfer of the sport.
Artak Dashyan whipped a harmful cross in from the left that substitute Mihran Manasyan missed by a matter of inches.
Moments later, a deft move from Artak Yedigaryan compelled Gordon to race off his line and smother the ball, denying Manasyan a strike at objective.
The tempo of Edouard once more prompted issues on the different finish as he skipped into the field, however he couldn’t discover the end to beat the goalkeeper from a good angle.
Forrest, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie all had possibilities as Celtic upped the tempo regardless of being a person down.
Regardless of a last flurry, Alashkert lacked the standard to trigger the house aspect any actual issues.