Poor start costs Celtic Euro spot

DANIEL MAJSTOROVIC saw red as 10-man Celtic crashed out of the Europa League with a depressing play-off second leg defeat against Swiss side Sion at the Stade de Tourbillon.

The tie was in the balance after a goalless first leg in Glasgow last week but that changed inside a minute when the Hoops defender brought down Guilherme Afonso inside the box.

After Majstorovic had walked, Pascal Feindouno scored from the spot before adding a second after the break, with Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew and Giovanni Sio swapping goals late in the game as the home side ran out 3-1 aggregate winners.

Rangers also crashed out, 3-2 on aggregate at the hands of Slovenian side Maribor.

Carlos Bocanegra grabbed his first goal for his new club to cancel out Dalibor Volas’ opener, but Rangers could not find a second goal to at least force the tie to extra-time.

Martin Jol’s Fulham booked their place in the group stage with a 3-1 aggregate win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, despite a 1-0 reversal in Ukraine last night.

Stoke cruised into the group stages as Kenwyne Jones helped them wrap up a comfortable aggregate victory over FC Thun with a brace at the Britannia Stadium.

Going into the game 1-0 up from last Thursday’s initial meeting in Switzerland, the Potters soon extended their lead, scoring three times in the first half through headers from Matthew Upson and Jones and a drilled effort by Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan.

Jones crashed home his second with just under 20 minutes to go before substitute Andreas Wittwer netted a consolation for Thun.

Tottenham secured their place in the group stages after a goalless draw against a much-improved Hearts side at White Hart Lane.

Spurs, who won last week’s first leg 5-0 in Edinburgh, saw Harry Kane’s first-half penalty saved by Jamie MacDonald and they never threatened to add to their big lead.

Birmingham registered one of the great achievements in the club’s history as they saw off Portuguese side CD Nacional 3-0 to qualify for the group stages, following last week’s goalless draw.

Goal of the night came from inspirational 17-year-old winger Nathan Redmond.

Elsewhere, Klaus-Jan Huntelaar scored four goals including two penalties as Schalke blasted back from a two-goal first-leg deficit to hammer HJK 6-1 and reach the group stage.

Last year’s losing finalists Braga scraped through on away goals after a 2-2 draw with Young Boys of Switzerland, while in a stunning upset in the Stadio Olimpico, Peter Stepanovsky scored in the 82nd minute to give Slovan Bratislava a 1-1 draw on the night with Roma and a 2-1 aggregate win.

Poland’s Legia Warsaw staged a stunning comeback to beat Spartak Moscow 3-2 in the Russian capital for a 5-4 aggregate win.

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