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Celtic Crash Out Of Champions League After Loss To Bayern

Celtic’s Champions League hopes are over after goals from Kingsley Coman and Javi Martinez gave Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory in Glasgow.

The home side played valiantly and were rewarded by Callum McGregor’s equaliser after the break at Celtic Park.

The scoreline was only level for four minutes, with Martinez suffering a cut as he headed the winner.

With Paris St-Germain defeating Anderlecht 5-0 in the other Group B game, Celtic cannot finish in the top two positions, although they have an advantage over the Belgian side in the race for third and participation in the Europa League knockout stages.

The result means Brendan Rodgers’ team can only match second-placed Bayern’s points total of nine in Group B.

With a poorer head-to-head record, however, their elimination has been confirmed and their focus now shifts to securing third place and a spot in the Europa League after Christmas instead.

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Bayern were shorn of some of the key men in their defeat of Celtic a fortnight ago in Munich, with Robert Lewandowski, their goal-scorer in chief, and Thomas Muller, their rangy schemer, both injured.

Bayern’s manager Jupp Heynckes – with an eye on the Bundesliga meeting with Borussia Dortmund at the weekend – also relegated Mats Hummels, Thiago Alcantara and the hugely-influential Joshua Kimmich to the bench.

Celtic had not won a home group game in Europe in three years coming into the game, a stretch that comprised six losses and three draws – a run that does nothing to add to the legend of Celtic Park as a European fortress.

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