European round-up: Ronny Deila takes blame for Ross County defeat of Celtic

Celtic boss Ronny Deila took responsibility for another disappointment as Celtic were beaten 3-1 by Ross County in the Scottish League Cup semi-final, but refused to admit any concern about his job.

“I’m not worried about anything,” he said. 

“I’ve got big ambitions and I’m as disappointed as everyone else.

“Cups are tough things as you saw last year and you see this year as well.

“Things can happen in one game and it happened again. 

“We went out and we are very disappointed.

“But there is still a lot to play for. 

“I see a team that can be really good here and I’m going to work really hard to get us where we want.”

Gary Mackay-Steven fired Celtic into a first-minute lead but the Highland side stormed back with a penalty from Martin Woods and second-half goals from Paul Quinn and Alex Schalk, before Leigh Griffiths missed a late penalty to compound a miserable day for Celtic.

The game hinged on the dismissal of Celtic defender Efe Ambrose for bringing down Schalk for the Woods spot-kick.

County boss Jim McIntyre hailed his Hampden heroes after they ended Celtic’s treble dream. 

“The character this team keeps showing when they go goals behind – we might not always win the game but we always come back into it and make chances, and I’m absolutely chuffed for them.”

Bayern Munich restored their eight-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hoffenheim.

Robert Lewandowski remained hot on the heels of Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the goalscoring chart with his second successive brace of 2016 taking him onto 19 goals for the season, one fewer than the Gabon international.

Bayern’s win was overshadowed by the loss to injury of Javi Martinez, who joined Jerome Boateng on the sidelines with an injury which meant he did not even take his place on the bench.

Bayern’s nearest challengers in the Bundesliga last season, Wolfsburg, slipped up again on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at home to Cologne.

In Spain, Real Madrid routed Espanyol 6-0. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick, with Karim Benzema and James Rodreguez also scoring before Oscar Duarte’s late own-goal.

Gary Neville called Valencia’s 1-0 defeat to Sporting Gijon “the best performance but the worst result” of his spell in charge of the Primera Division club. 

Antonio Sanabria’s 50th-minute penalty inflicted a first La Liga defeat at the Mestalla in 14 months for the club.

In Serie A last night, AC Milan defeated Inter 3-0 with goals from Alex, Carlos Bacca and Mbaye Niang.


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