Robert Andrich’s brace helped Bayer Leverkusen progress into the round of the last-16 after overpowering Celtic Glasgow 3-2 in UEFA Europa League here.
The “Werkself” took the reins on home soil from the kick-off and caught a perfect start as Andrich headed home a corner kick from Florian Wirtz with 16 minutes played. Celtic responded well but couldn’t produce goal-scoring opportunities whereas the hosts ceased their offensive actions. Leverkusen’s passiveness got punished in the closing stages of the first half as goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who had nothing to do until then, was penalised for a foul play on Kyogo Furuhashi by the video assistant referee in the 40th minute.
Glasgow’s Josip Juranovic stepped up and chipped the penalty from the spot past Hradecky to level the scores out of the blue. Leverkusen tried to answer but the woodwork denied first Moussa Diaby and then Wirtz in quick suc cession just before the break. After the restart, Leverkusen grabbed the better start again but couldn’t take advantage of its half chances by Diaby and Amine Adli in the opening stages. To make things worse, Celtic turned the tide with its second shot on goal in the 56th minute when Joao Pedro Neves Filipe, known as Jota, finished off a counterat tack into the bottom right corner to flabbergast the hosts, Xinhua reports.