Forrest fires Celtic to dramatic win; sealed in stoppage time

  • Reuters, Milan
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  • Updated: Aug 30, 2013 00:42 IST

Celtic winger James Forrest scored a dramatic stoppage time winner to secure his club a Champions League group stage place on Wednesday alongside AC Milan, Real Sociedad, Zenit St Petersburg and Czech champions Viktoria Plzen.

The five clubs will go into Thursday’s 32-team draw for the lucrative group phase, where all participating clubs earn a basic fee of ¤8.6 million plus a million for each win and half a million for a draw.

Celtic, inspired by the fervour of their Glasgow supporters, overturned a two-goal deficit from the first leg to beat Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan 3-0 and secure a group stage spot for the second year in a row.

AC Milan, advanced to the group phase for a 17th time, moving swiftly to quell the potential threat of PSV Eindhoven’s much vaunted young side.

Kevin-Prince Boateng scored with a rasping shot from outside the area inside the opening 10 minutes.

He added another 13 minutes from the end after Mario Balotelli had scored the second for the seven-times European champions, who won 3-0 at San Siro for a 4-1 aggregate triumph.

PSV, with an average age of just over 22 and four teenagers in the starting lineup, had two early chances but MIlan then went ahead through Boateng’s love 25-metres shot in the ninth minute.

Carlos Vela scored both goals as Real Sociedad also dominated at home against France’s Olympique Lyon to replicate their 2-0 away triumph in last week’s first leg.

 

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