Kyogo, Turnbull earn Celtic much-needed victory

Celtic got their first Europa League win of the season as they beat Ferencvaros 2-0 at Celtic Park.

Having lost their opening two games in Group G, Celtic needed a victory to keep their qualification hopes alive.

They had to wait until the second half to make the breakthrough, with Kyogo Furuhashi scoring in the 57th minute and David Turnbull adding a late second after Callum McGregor saw a penalty saved.

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Celtic dominated possession in the first half without creating many clear chances.

Jota had two shots saved by goalkeeper Denes Dibusz while Joe Hart kept out an effort from Myrto Uzuni at the other end and Ryan Mmaee was unable to steer in a great early chance.

Celtic took the lead on the counter-attack as Jota played in Kyogo to score. McGregor saw a penalty saved shortly afterwards but Turnbull made sure of the win from close range.

Real Betis host Bayer Leverkusen in the other game in the group on Thursday.

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Rangers had Glen Kamara sent off as they were beaten 1-0 by Sparta Prague in Europa League Group A.

David Hancko´s first-half effort was enough to condemn Steven Gerrard´s men to a second consecutive defeat in the competition, leaving them four points adrift of the knockout spots and in desperate need of a win against Brondby next time out.

They will be without Kamara in the next round too after the midfielder was sent off for two bookable offences. Kamara’s every touch had been booed too after he was racially abused by a player from Sparta’s city rivals Slavia last season.

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Ahead of their next match, Rangers will look to learn a lesson from Lyon who made short work of Brondby in the other Group A match on Thursday evening, winning 3-0 thanks to a brace from Karl Toko Ekambi and a goal from Houssem Aouar.

Napoli were stunned by Spartak Moscow leaving all to play for in Group B.

Elif Elmas put the Serie A side inside a minute, but Mario Rui´s first-half red card put the hosts on the backfoot.

Spartak Moscow made their numerical advantage count when Quincy Promes equalised 10 minutes into the second half. Mikhail Ignatov´s effort then gave visitors an unlikely lead before Promes doubled his tally in stoppage-time. Napoli pulled one back in the dying moments, but Spartak Moscow left Italy with a shock victory.

Leicester face a battle to qualify from Group B after a 1-0 defeat to Polish side Legia Warsaw.

The result leaves Leicester with just a point and bottom in the group alongside Napoli, with Legia top on six points.

Tammy Abraham and Chris Smalling both scored for Roma as they beat Zorya 3-0 to make it two wins from two in Group C.

In the pick of the round, Real Sociedad were held to a 1-1 draw by AS Monaco in Spain, the former holding on to second place as PSV Eindhoven head up the group on goal difference after thrashing Sturm Graz 4-1.

Olympiakos made it two wins from two, beating Turkish outfit Fenerbahce 3-0 away from home. Elsewhere in Group D, Gponcalo Pacienda´s late penalty saw Eintracht Frankfurt steal a 1-0 win over Antwerp.

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Celtic fall to defeat at Real Betis in Europa League opener

Celtic’s Europa League campaign kicked off in disappointing fashion as they let a two-goal lead slip to lose 4-3 at Real Betis.

The Bhoys made a rapid start in Seville and were in control through a goal from Albian Ajeti and Josip Juranovic’s penalty.

Juan Miranda’s quicksilver feet set Betis on the comeback trail as he danced through the Celtic defence to cut the deficit on 32 minutes.

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Juanmi’s first of two on the night levelled the contest on 35 minutes. His second followed hot on the heels of Borja Iglesias putting Betis ahead – with Anthony Ralston‘s late header proving a mere consolation for Celtic.

Bayer Leverkusen came from behind to beat Ferencvaros 2-1 thanks to goals from Exequiel Palacios and Florian Wirtz, with the result meaning Celtic are joint-bottom of Group G.

An own goal from Thomas Strakosha was enough for Galatasaray to beat Lazio 1-0, while the other game in Group E saw Lokomotiv Moscow and Marseille draw 1-1. The Russian side earned a point when Faustino Anjorin’s goal on 89 minutes cancelled out a Cengiz Under penalty.

Crvena Zvezda are top of Group F after beating Braga 2-1, while FC Midtjylland and Ludogorets drew 1-1.

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