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Aug 25, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at ​Swedbank Stadion, Malm
MalmoMalmo
2-0
Celtic
Rosenberg (23'), Boyata (55' og.)
FT(HT: 1-0)

Player Ratings: Malmo 2-0 Celtic (4-3 on aggregate)

Sports Mole rates and slates the players involved in Celtic's Champions League playoff defeat to Malmo.

Celtic were dumped out of the Champions League at the playoff stage for the second season running this evening courtesy of a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Malmo.

The Swedish champions went into the second leg trailing 3-2, but they soon edged ahead on away goals when Markus Rosenberg nodded a corner home from close range.

Celtic had a goal wrongly disallowed right on the stroke of half time, and they found themselves two behind on the night when Dedryck Boyata got the final touch to a Felipe Carvalho header 10 minutes after the interval.

Here, Sports Mole rates the performances of those involved on a memorable European night.



MALMO

Goal

Johan Wiland: Both shots on target he faced were straightforward, but he struggled on more than one occasion with balls into the box and was fortunate to get away with one when Bitton's goal was disallowed. (5/10)

Defence

Anton Tinnerholm: A vast improvement on his performance in the first leg. Dealt with the direct running of first Armstrong and then Forrest very well. (7/10)

Kari Arnason: Very fortunate to get away with a handball in the area which could have resulted in his dismissal but instead ended up with a free kick to Malmo. A little shaky in possession too. (5/10)

Rasmus Bengtsson: Not the most commanding defensive performance you will ever see, but managed to keep Griffiths relatively quiet before being replaced at half time with an injury. (6/10)

Yoshimar Yotun: Poor defensively at times, struggling to shackle a lively Forrest in the first half especially. Better when given the chance to go forward, and picked up the assist for the first goal. (6/10)

Midfield

Vladimir Rodic: Offered decent defensive cover to limit the attacking influence of Mulgrew, but was unable to make a major impact in the final third himself. (6/10)

Oscar Lewicki: Solid performance in the middle of the park, although he had to do a lot of chasing as Celtic dominated possession. (6/10)

Enoch Kofi Adu: Back in after suspension and prevented Johansen from having a big influence on the match. Won't make any headlines, but a decent display nonetheless. (7/10)

Jo Inge Berget: The difference in the first leg and brilliant again tonight. Celtic simply couldn't get close to him at times, and his work rate and energy matched his quality. Looks a completely different player to the one that failed to make an impact at Celtic, and played like a man with a point to prove. (8/10)

Attack

Nikola Djurdjic: Another whose performance was significantly better than the first leg. A constant danger and provided good support for Rosenberg, including one moment at the end of the first half to force Gordon into a stunning save. (7/10)

Markus Rosenberg: Made such a difference upon his return from European suspension. Thrived in the physical battle with the Celtic defenders, throwing his weight around and leading by example up front. Got the opening goal and perhaps should have had more in a man-of-the-match display. (8/10)

Substitutes

Felipe Carvalho: Will try to claim the second goal as his own having got up really well to nod the ball towards the bottom corner, although it will probably go down as a Boyata own goal. Solid at the back in addition to that telling contribution in the opposition area. (7/10)

Erdal Rakip: Came on for Rodic for the final eight minutes to give Malmo more solidity in the centre of midfield. (6/10)

Agon Mehmeti: Used as a time-wasting sub in the third minute of injury time. (6/10)



CELTIC

Goal

Craig Gordon: Made two world-class saves to keep his side in the tie, producing a reaction stop at the end of the first half before pulling off an even better double save shortly before the second goal. May feel that he could have done better for the opener, but more than redeemed himself. (7/10)

Defence

Saidy Janko: Endured a difficult evening when up against Berget. Struggled defensively on a number of occasions, but did get forward well when possible. (5/10)

Dedryck Boyata: Slightly unfortunate to get the last touch to what will most likely go down as an own goal. Never looked in control of Rosenberg, who made things very difficult for the Celtic defence. (5/10)

Virgil van Dijk: Better than his defensive partner, but still found things difficult against Rosenberg. May also be upset with his role in the opener, but he was pre-occupied with another player when Rosenberg came steaming in. Could choose to leave the club now that Champions League football is not an option. (6/10)

Charlie Mulgrew: Both of Celtic's full-backs were given a torrid time by Berget, who regularly switched wings. Mulgrew also failed to have much of an impact going forward, save for one tame effort when he latched on to a free kick. (5/10)

Midfield

Scott Brown: This was a full-blooded match, and Brown usually thrives in those situations. He was unable to stamp his authority on this one, however, drifting through the game without having much of an impact. (5/10)

Nir Bitton: Had a goal wrongly disallowed right on the stroke of half time that could have changed the tie. Very fortunate not to be sent off in the second half following two cynical challenges shortly after he had been booked. Was also poor in possession, taking too long on the ball and being robbed on more than one occasion. (4/10)

James Forrest: Celtic's brightest attacking player. Yotun seemed scared to get close to him having been caught out with a number of direct, darting runs. (7/10)

Stefan Johansen: Unable to ever get into the game due to the close attention of Adu. Had an impact in the first leg, but was very quiet this evening. (5/10)

Stuart Armstrong: Another who caused one or two problems with some direct running, but Tinnerholm had the answers this evening. Taken off at half time in favour of Commons. (5/10)

Attack

Leigh Griffiths: Perhaps fortunate not to be sent off following an altercation with Tinnerholm off the ball. Had a couple of sights of goal, but failed to trouble the keeper despite having scored five goals in his four games prior to this one. (5/10)

Substitutes

Kris Commons: Fared no better than Armstrong, the man he replaced at the break. Had one long-range effort that flew well over, but that was about it. (5/10)

Nadir Ciftci: Brought on partly to find a goal and partly to protect Bitton from a red card. Had no chances to spark a comeback during his 18-minute cameo. (6/10)

Gary Mackay-Steven: Came on for Forrest with just over 10 minutes remaining but could not inspire Celtic to a dramatic finish. (6/10)


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