Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic have failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League after being knocked out of contention by Danish club Midtjylland.
The Danes won 2-1 in extra-time at the MCH Arena on Thursday morning to claim the two-legged second-qualifying round battle 3-2 on aggregate following last week’s 1-1 first-leg draw at Celtic Park.
Celtic went ahead in the second leg through a superb strike from skipper Callum McGregor in the 48th minute.
But the Scottish giants’ joy was short-lived, with Midtjylland’s Socceroos attacker Awer Mabil equalising 13 minutes later with a smart header at the near post.
With scores locked at 1-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate at the end of normal time, the contest went into 30 minutes of extra-time.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou (left) and his FC Midtjylland counterpart Bo Henriksen watch from the sideline at MCH Arena. Picture: Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFPSource:AFP
And it was Midtjylland who scored a decisive goal in just the fourth minute of extra time through substitute Raphael Onyedika.
Midtjylland’s win moves them into the third-round of Champions League qualifiers next week.
For ex-Socceroos boss Postecoglou, his Celtic side will now focus on the start of their Scottish Premier League campaign against Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday morning (AEST).
They will also return to European action next week with the first leg of a Europa League qualifier in the Czech Republic against Jablonec.
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