Celtic 1 Copenhagen 3: Hoops OUT of Europa League after night to forget at Parkhead – The Sun

CELTIC are out of the Europa League after suffering a late collapse at Parkhead.

Michael Santos opened the scoring for the visitors after capitalising on a Jozo Simunovic blunder at the start of the second half.

Odsonne Edouard levelled for the Hoops with a panenka penalty with eight minutes to play.

But the Danes scored twice late on to punish Neil Lennon's men and secure a place in the last 16.

Pep Biel fired home on the break for the visitors just two minutes after the Hoops' leveller.

And Dame N'Doye made sure of the win as he bundled his way through the Celtic defence before slotting low past Fraser Forster.

Neil Lennon's men headed into the clash with the advantage after Edouard's away goal in Denmark last week.

And they had a golden opportunity to open the scoring just after the 20 minute mark.

Mohamed Elyounoussi played the ball to Tom Rogic after some brilliant play on the wing but he attacker fired high and wide after the Australian found him in the box.

Ten minutes later Rogic struck the base of the post as the hosts started to ramp up the pressure.

Edouard then had his first chance but his turn and low shot was deflected out for a corner.

The Frenchman then had the best chance of the first half in added on time but his header from eight yards landed straight in the hands of Copenhagen No 1 Karl-Johan Johnsson.

Six minutes into the second half the home crowd were silenced after a horror mistake at the back by Simunovic.

A long ball over the top had the defender heading back towards his own goal but he made a huge mess of trying to pass the back to Fraser Forster that allowed the visitors in.

A low cross into the box was partly cut out by Christopher Jullien, but the big defender slipped and Santos was on hand to lift the ball high into the net.

The goal sparked wild scenes in the away end and gave the Danes a massive confidence boost at the start of the second period.

Leigh Griffiths was introduced by Lennon with 20 minutes to play and nearly made an instant impact.

With the ball bouncing around in the box, the striker made a flush connection but Johnsson, who was already on the deck, got a good hand to his effort to keep it out.

Celtic were handed a golden chance as the clocked ticked down after VAR awarded them a penalty.

Edouard, who was the coolest man in Parkhead, made no mistake as he calmly slotted home.

But the hosts grabbed two late goals in the last five minutes to end Celtic's European journey for another season.

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