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Celtic v Real Betis Live Commentary, 09/12/2021

FT
3 - 2
CEL
BET
S. Welsh (3)
E. Henderson (72)
D. Turnbull (78 pen)
S. Bain (69 og)
Borja Iglesias (74)
Celtic Park

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result doesn't alter anything with Celtic finishing third in the group and Betis ending up in second.
Celtic edge out Betis 3-2 in a thriller. The first half was a sedate affair considering what was to follow. The hosts quickly took the lead when Welsh headed in Abada's corner, and they held their lead going into the break despite chances for the visitors. However, the game burst into life on 69 minutes. First, Iglesias fired a dangerous strike that forced an own goal from Bain. But then Celtic immediately regained the lead through a Henderson tap-in, only for Betis to equalise instantly through Iglesias. The scoring flurry didn't end there though, as Turnbull scored the fourth goal in 10 minutes from the spot, to make it 3-2. From there, Juanmi wasted a glorious chance to level when he hit the bar from close range and Celtic held on for an impressive win.
90' + 10' FULL TIME: CELTIC 3-2 REAL BETIS
90' + 8' BIG MISS! Johnston and Henderson fly away on the break with just the goalkeeper to beat! However, Moreno races back and manages to intercept Johnston's pass around Silva towards Henderson!
90' + 7' CLOSE! Joaquin finds space to cross again and picks out Juanmi inside the six-yard box. The attacker wastefully heads it against the bar from close range, before Scales heads Canales' follow-up to safety!
90' + 5' Betis are still pushing hard for an equaliser deep into stoppage time.  
90' + 3' Close! Iglesias beats the offside trap and slices a cross narrowly over from the byline.
90' + 1' Nine minutes of stoppage time are added on.
89' Johnston has it in the net, but it's ruled out for an offside against Abada during the build-up.  
88' The two teams have had 16 shots combined in an incredibly open second half!
86' Akouokou fires a wild shot high and wide from 30 yards.
84' Both Urhoghide and Bitton are deemed okay to continue after a long delay for treatment. Celtic were entitled to one concussion substitute but decided it wasn't necessary in either case.
81' Urhoghide and Bitton collide in the air and both sustain head injuries. There's a lengthy delay for both to receive treatment.
80' What a breathless 10 minutes! The game burst into life when Bain scored an own goal, but Celtic quickly regained the lead through Henderson. Betis promptly drew level through Iglesias, only for a Turnbull penalty to make it 3-2 to the hosts. The final 10 minutes is now finely poised with both teams throwing everything at scoring!
Juanmi
Tello
Real Betis
79' Tello also departs with Juanmi coming on.
Willian José
William Carvalho
Real Betis
79' Two changes for Betis as they go behind again. The first sees Carvalho depart for Willian Jose.
D. Turnbull
Penalty Goal
Celtic
78' TURNBULL! 3-2! Celtic take the lead again! Turnbull sends Silva the wrong way, before placing a composed finish into the bottom left corner.
77' Penalty to Celtic! The hosts race away on the break again and Abada surges into the box, before Gonzales trips the attacker right on the line. The referee instantly awards Celtic a penalty!
Álex Moreno
Juan Miranda
Real Betis
75' Miranda heads off with Alex Moreno coming on.
Martín Montoya
Aitor Ruibal
Real Betis
75' Ruibal is replaced by Montoya in defence.
Sergio Canales
Assist
Real Betis
74' It was quick thinking from Canales who intercepted Johnston's pass before placing the perfect throughball for Iglesias who breaks the offside trap before scoring!
Borja Iglesias
Goal
Real Betis
74' GOAL! IGLESIAS! 2-2. Betis equalise again. Johnston gives it away to Canales who quickly threads it through to Iglesias, who keeps his cool before slotting a neat finish beyond Bain!
M. Johnston
Assist
Celtic
72' Johnston was at fault for the own goal, but he makes up for it with a superb assist for Henderson. The winger beat Miranda before sending in the perfect cross for Henderson to finish.
E. Henderson
Goal
Celtic
72' HENDERSON! 2-1! Celtic immediately regain the lead. Johnston drives past Miranda before drilling in a dangerous low cross. Henderson anticipates the chance and nips ahead of Pezzella to poke it over the line!
E. Henderson
K. Furuhashi
Celtic
71' Furuhashi makes way for Henderson up top.
71' And it gets worse for Celtic. Furuhashi is clutching his hamstring and looking worried — it seems as though he'll need to be replaced. That does not bode well in the short term for Celtic at all. 
S. Bain
Own Goal
Celtic
69' It's an own goal from Bain! 1-1! Betis finally get their equaliser. Joaquin feints to cross before breezing past Johnston to get to the byline. He cuts it back to Iglesias who whips a powerful 12-yard striker towards the bottom corner and Bain pushes it against the post, only for it to ricochet back off the goalkeeper and in!
68' Ruibal — who's on a yellow card — jumps into a dangerous challenge on Johnston. The referee awards Celtic a free-kick and Ruibal is fortunate that he's not punished further. 
67' Celtic make three changes as they look to completely refresh their side heading into the final 20 minutes.
D. Turnbull
I. Soro
Celtic
65' Soro also comes off with Turnbull taking his spot in midfield.
M. Johnston
A. Montgomery
Celtic
65' Montgomery is replaced by Johnston on the left flank.
C. McGregor
L. Shaw
Celtic
65' Shaw's debut comes to an end as he makes way for McGregor.
Sergio Canales
D. Lainez
Real Betis
63' Lainez has had a lively game albeit without much end product. He's now replaced by Canales.
63' Close! Lainez dinks a cross into Joaquin who lashes a dipping volley just over from 18 yards.
61' Lainez wriggles towards the edge of the box, before placing a tame strike straight at Bain.
59' Chance! Abada's corner falls to Bitton 12 yards out, but the defender's volley is straight at Silva!
57' CLOSE! Celtic hit Betis with a rapid counter-attack led by Abada. A three-on-three opens up for the hosts and Abada feeds Urhoghide on the right, who drills in a low cross that Ruibal anxiously slices just wide of the post!
Aitor Ruibal
Yellow Card
Real Betis
55' Ruibal is booked after pulling Montgomery over near the touchline.
55' SAVE! Bitton gives it away to Tello and the attacker streams through on goal! Welsh gets back to put Tello off slightly, but he stumbles into the box before placing a shot that Bain pushes away. 
53' Furuhashi has constantly looked on the cusp of making something happen since coming on. The more they chase an equaliser, the more Betis will be keenly aware of the threat Celtic pose on the break.
51' Furuhashi draws a foul from Pezzella and wins the hosts a promising free-kick 10 yards outside the box. Abada steps up and curls a tame effort well over. 
G. Pezzella
Yellow Card
Real Betis
49' Pezzella is shown a yellow card after bundling Furuhashi over 25 yards from goal.
49' Joaquin leads a counter-attack for the visitors and picks out Tello on the left wing. Tello jinks past Urhoghide, but the defender gets back to intercept his cross and clear. 
48' CLOSE! Urhoghide hurries to the byline and drills a low pass across the face of goal. Furuhashi gets there first at the near post and flicks it agonisingly into the side netting! 
46' Celtic kick off the second half.
Celtic came under plenty of pressure after they took the lead and they'll need to defend superbly to hold onto this win in the second half.   
Celtic lead 1-0 at half-time. The hosts made a fast start and took the lead within five minutes when Welsh headed in Abada's corner. However, from there Betis were dominant. The visitors created plenty of chances to equalise with Joaquin and Lainez, in particular, wasting openings. And on the stroke of half-time they came inches from a leveling goal when Akouokou hit the post. Nevertheless, Celtic take a slender advantage into the interval.    
45' + 3' HALF TIME: CELTIC 1-0 REAL BETIS
45' + 2' Off tbe bar! Joaquin's corner falls to Akouokou 25 yards from goal and the midfielder takes a touch before slamming a vicious strike against the post!
45' Two minutes of stoppage time are added on.
44' Despite a fast start, Celtic have managed just two shots in the first half. With Betis looking threatening at the other end, you'd think Celtic will need to be more incisive if they're to win this game.
42' Close! Carvalho gains possession on the edge of the box, before bending a 20-yard strike narrowly wide of the post.
41' Almost! Shaw breaks past Akouokou in midfield and feeds Soro who has a simple chance to play Furuhashi through! However, Soro gets it all wrong and misses the striker with his throughball.
39' Ruibal drives to the byline and hammers in a low cross that flashes past Iglesias and away for Urhoghide to clear.
37' Abada searches for Furuhashi with a cute reverse pass, but it doesn't come off and Betis have a chance to build again.  
35' Joaquin clips in a corner and Gonzales climbs highest to meet it, but he can only plant his header straight at Bain.
L. Shaw
Yellow Card
Celtic
33' Shaw catches Joaquin with an accidental arm near the centre-circle and gets shown a yellow card. 
32' Soro searches for Furuhashi with an ambitious throughball from inside his own half, but it runs through to Silva.
30' Close! Joaquin breezes past Welsh and drives towards goal, before fizzing a brilliant effort narrowly over from 25 yards.
K. Furuhashi
A. Ajeti
Celtic
28' Ajeti comes off for Furuhashi up top following that injury.
26' Ajeti pulls up injured. The striker chases down Silva's clearance and bravely deflects it narrowly wide of the post. However, in the process of pressurising the goalkeeper, he pulls a muscle and he'll need to be replaced. 
I. Soro
Yellow Card
Celtic
24' Soro is also shown a yellow card after catching Lainez after the foul.
D. Lainez
Yellow Card
Real Betis
24' Lainez pulls back Soro as he tries to break away, and Soro angrily throws an arm back sending Lainez to the ground. The referee takes a dim view of the incident and books Lainez.
23' CHANCE! Miranda gets to the byline and cuts it back. Iglesias dummies it and the ball runs cleanly for Joaquin who fires an eight-yard strike straight at Bain. He really should have put the goalkeeper under more pressure there. 
21' Tello darts inside from the left and curls a tame shot that Bain nervously pushes behind. The resulting set-piece amounts to nothing though.
19' Tello releases Miranda on the overlap, but Urhoghide anticipates the danger and ends the attack with a heavy slide challenge to win back possession.
17' CHANCE! Welsh surrenders possession to Pezzella who releases Iglesias on the break. Betis find themselves with a two-on-one, but Urhoghide races back to pressurise Lainez, and when Iglesias squares it to the attacker, he slices his eight-yard strike well wide with the whole goal to aim at!
15' Celtic will be hoping to keep it tight at the back today to improve their defensive record in Europe. They haven’t kept consecutive home clean sheets in a single season in major European competition since 2006-07, when they recorded four consecutive shut-outs in the Champions League.
13' Bitton picks out the run of Montgomery with a huge diagonal pass only for the play to stop for offside.
11' Celtic knock it confidently around the back as they look to strengthen their grip on this game.
9' Betis make their first foray forward, but Tello's cross flashes into the six-yard box with no one to attack it. 
7' Celtic have made a superb start to this game. With a fully rotated, youthful lineup you'd forgive them for looking rusty, but the hosts have been incredibly sharp so far. 
5' Celtic look full of confidence as Ajeti bursts into the box, only for Pezzella to tackle him at the last moment.
L. Abada
Assist
Celtic
3' It was a brilliant corner from Abada. The attacker put in a pacey delivery that frightened the defence into inaction, and Welsh took full advantage!
S. Welsh
Goal
Celtic
3' GOAL! WELSH! 1-0. Celtic take an early lead. Abada whips in a dangerous inswinging corner and Welsh arrives at the near post to flick it beyond Silva and into the far corner!
2' Chance! Celtic sweep forward down the right flank as Abada whips in a dangerous cross, that Ruibal clears behind. The resulting corner falls to Shaw near the goalline, but Akouokou smuggles it clear!
1' Betis kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Real Betis lost their last away match in Europe against Bayer Leverkusen on matchday four – they haven’t lost consecutive games on the road in European competition since 1998, when they lost against Chelsea in March and Vejle BK in September.
Betis make nine changes as they too look to rest their starting XI following an impressive 1-0 victory over Barcelona. Only the goalkeeper, Silva, and Ruibal retain their places after that win.
Celtic completely alter their lineup with 11 changes to the side that defeated Dundee United 3-0 away last time out. The headline news is that Urhoghide and Shaw both make their Celtic Park debuts for the hosts.
SUBS: Sergio Canales, Marc Bartra, Robert, Martin Montoya, Guido Rodriguez, Alex Moreno, Juanmi, Victor Ruiz, Andres Guardado, Willian Jose, Daniel Rebollo.
REAL BETIS (4-2-3-1): Rui Silva; Aitor Ruibal, German Pezzella, Edgar Gonzalez, Juan Miranda; Paul Akouokou, William Carvalho; Diego Lainez, Joaquin, Cristian Tello; Borja Iglesias.
SUBS: Michael Johnston, David Turnbull, Kyogo Furuhashi, Callum McGregor, Greg Taylor, Dane Murray, Ewan Henderson, Joe Hart, Josip Juranovic, Oluwatobi Oluwayemi.
CELTIC (4-3-3): Scott Bain; Nir Bitton, Stephen Welsh, Osaze Urhoghide, Liam Scales; Liam Shaw, James McCarthy, Ismaila Soro; Liel Abada, Albian Ajeti, Adam Montgomery.
Betis, meanwhile, have already qualified in second place, but they’ll see this as a testing away game to prepare themselves for the upcoming knockout rounds.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Europa League Group G fixture between Celtic and Real Betis. The hosts enter this one stuck in third place in the group – they can’t rise higher or fall lower. They’ll be looking to end their campaign on a high, before entering the Conference League after Christmas.