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FK Sarajevo 1-3 Celtic: Neil Lennon’s side pass first European test

Mikey Johnston’s stunning strike settled Celtic in BosniaCeltic took a significant step towards the second round of Champions League qualifying after an impressive 3-1 win over FK Sarajevo in Bosnia. Despite conceding just before the half hour, Celtic wrestled control through a fine strike from Mikey Johnston and a composed finish from Odsonne Edouard. Scott…

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FK Sarajevo 1-3 Celtic: Neil Lennon’s side pass first European test

Mikey Johnston’s stunning strike settled Celtic in BosniaCeltic took a significant step towards the second round of Champions League qualifying after an impressive 3-1 win over FK Sarajevo in Bosnia. Despite conceding just before the half hour, Celtic wrestled control through a fine strike from Mikey Johnston and a composed finish from Odsonne Edouard. Scott Sinclair backheeled in a third to give Neil Lennon’s side a cushion before next Wednesday’s second leg and, should they emerge from that, Celtic seem set to face Macedonian champions Shkendija. They beat Estonian counterparts Nomme Kalju 1-0 in the away leg of their tie, with the winners of that contest now looking likely to travel to Glasgow on 23-24 July.Lennon praises ‘brilliant’ Sarajevo winReaction & as it happenedCan you name Lennon’s 17 European opponents?Reaction speaks volumes for Lennon’s sideNavigating these Champions League qualifying fixtures is always a fraught journey and, given the potential first-round ties on offer, this was one Celtic might have wanted to avoid. That idea was firmly reinforced in the early stages in sodden Sarajevo in front of an intimidating, noisy, home crowd. The Bosnian champions looked to counter at pace and, after one let off, memories of past away Champions League calamities began to resurface for Celtic.An unforced error from Jozo Simunovic conceded a cheap corner. It came in from the left and fell just six yards out for Mirko Oremus to slam home to the delight of the raucous crowd. Concessions from set pieces of that kind tend not to result in wins in Europe.All of a sudden Celtic had answers to find and a heap of Champions League pressure to contend with. The reaction they found speaks volumes given the circumstances. Lennon’s men remained calm and firmly asserted their superiority to all but end the tie.The diminutive figure of Johnston delivered the perfect, timely antidote in spectacular style. He gathered way out in a central area, turned and smashed a magnificent right-footed effort past Vladan Kovacevic. It was the away goal they needed, at a vital moment and it entirely changed this tie.For all the talk of recruitment over the summer, it is Johnston who has surely done his cause the world of good heading into this new season. On this evidence he could prove a significant figure, assuming the knock that forced him off is not too serious. Similarly, Celtic will be hopeful that the injury that ended new signing Boli Bolingoli’s game early will also be minor.Another plus for Celtic was Odsonne Edouard getting the second goal. His finish was cultured as, rather than snatching at the chance, he waited for the goalkeeper to commit before drinking it past him. The young Frenchman’s confidence will grow and, with confidence, he is the potent threat Celtic will rely on.Three away goals leave Celtic in complete command after what might have been a painful evening. The reaction to adversity might stand them in good stead going forward.

‘Celtic bossed the game’ – analysisFormer Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston on SportsoundThis was supposed to be a really tough tie but, apart from the first 15 minutes, I thought Celtic bossed the game. They had players that were willing to take the ball and pass it. Scott Brown was outstanding in the middle of the park, it was a fantastic strike from Mikey Johnston, and the second half was a composed, disciplined performance. To win 3-1 away from home will make Neil Lennon a happy man.

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NFL game postponed over Covid-19 cases

Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday,…

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Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson were put on the reserve/Covid-19 list.The NFL has since shut down the team facility.According to the NFL network, a fourth player also returned a positive test on Wednesday.The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis last Sunday.The Vikings’ facility was also closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and it is unclear whether their scheduled game with the Houston Texans will take place on Sunday.
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Pliskova survives scare at French Open

Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world…

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Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world – in a tie-break.The 2017 semi-finalist wrapped up a quick second set against the 24-year-old after winning four games in a row.Pliskova came through a tense decider to claim a 6-7 (9-11) 6-2 6-4 victory.”It was super tough,” she said. “Especially after losing the first set after having set points.”She played a great game, especially in these conditions.”Sherif kept up an impressive level throughout and the pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set.But Pliskova then won four games in a row, eventually holding serve to level things.The Czech was made to work much harder for the final set as she failed to convert five break points before winning the sixth to go 4-3 up.She held serve and wrapped up the match after two hours and 15 minutes with an ace down the middle.Pliskova, who has never won a Grand Slam, will face Latvian world number 43 Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone
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Williams overcomes slow start to win

Serena Williams is a three-time champion at Roland Garros, having won the 2002, 2013 and 2015 titlesSerena Williams began her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over fellow American Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round.Sixth seed Williams, who turned 39 on Saturday, overcame a rusty start to win…

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Serena Williams is a three-time champion at Roland Garros, having won the 2002, 2013 and 2015 titlesSerena Williams began her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over fellow American Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round.Sixth seed Williams, who turned 39 on Saturday, overcame a rusty start to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 in Paris.Once she came through a 74-minute opener, Williams began to play with more belief and clarity as she swept Ahn aside in a one-sided second set.Williams will play Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.Pironkova, 33, was handed a wildcard by Roland Garros after a memorable run to the US Open quarter-finals – where she lost to Williams – in her first tournament since 2017 after giving birth.More to follow.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone
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