Champions League

Celtic cruise past Anderlecht

2017-09-28 07:45
Scott Sinclair (Getty Images)

Brussels - Celtic took a big step towards securing at least a spot in the Europa League on Wednesday when they beat Anderlecht 3-0 away from home in the Champions League.

With Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) being the undisputed favorites to advance from Group B, goals by Leigh Griffiths and Scott Sinclair, along with an own-goal by Kara Mbodji, gave the Scottish champion an important victory.

A third-place finish would secure a place in UEFA's second tier competition.

The win underscored Celtic's great start in the Scottish league, where they lead the table and are fresh from a victory over Glasgow rivals, Rangers.

After PSG beat Bayern 3-0, the French champion lead Group B with 6 points from two games, while Celtic and Bayern are tied on three, with Anderlecht at the bottom with zero points.

In the 38th minute, Griffiths finished off a smooth team move by tapping the ball home unmarked, with the Anderlecht defense in disarray.

In the 50th minute, Mbodji turned a shot from Patrick Roberts past his own goalkeeper following more defensive bungling.

Sinclair capped a great Celtic performance with a third goal in injury time.


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