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,

Cristian.

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.