Celtic edges Elfsborg in Champs League qualifiers

A second half strike by Kris Commons gave Celtic a 1-0 victory
over Elfsborg, while Fenerbahce needed an injury-time penalty to
draw 1-1 in its first leg match at Salzburg in the third round of
Champions League qualifying on Wednesday.

After a balanced first half, Celtic had more possession in the
second and made the breakthrough when Commons headed home a cross
from Emilio Izaguirre in the 76th minute.

?”They made it difficult for us to break them down but it was
not frustrating, it was understandable,” Celtic coach Neil Lennon
said. ”We weren’t at our best, but that was always going to be the
case. There is still a bit of rust there.”

Looking ahead to next week’s second leg in Sweden, he added:
”The tie is probably in the balance, but we are confident that we
can go there and get a result.”

Salzburg also looked to have won after Alan’s 68th minute
strike, only for the Turkish side to be awarded a spot-kick in the
fifth minute of stoppage time – converted by fellow Brazilian,

There were 1-1 draws too for Molde against Legia Warsaw and
APOEL vs. Maribor, while Ludogorets beat Partizan 2-1.

Tuesday’s matches saw victories for the bigger clubs involved in
this stage of the competition with PSV Eindhoven beating Zulte
Waregem 2-0, Steaua Bucharest defeating Dinamo Tbilisi by the same
scoreline and 1-0 wins for Lyon against Grasshoppers and Basel
against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

The second legs will be played Aug. 6-7.