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    Ildefons Lima scored for Santa Coloma tonight.

    May be remembered by some Ireland fans for this -


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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie C View Post
    Sevco, the gift that just keeps giving!!!
    Delighted that their first sojurn in Europe is at an end.
    https://twitter.com/galbraithrory/st...38926366785540

    I read somewhere else that the Luxembourg crowd had only ever scored once in European competition before, so that's one goal in thirteen games previously it seems.

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    Yup - against Glentoran in 1981, when they lost 5-1 on aggregate.

    Goals and final whistle reaction -


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    I see they only finished 4th in Luxembourg to qualify (surprised they have that many spots), 21 points behind the champions and 12 points off third with a far inferior GD - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016%E...n#League_table

    They were actually as close to being relegated as they were to winning it.

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    Some absolute belters for the airmiles enthusiasts in both the CL and Europa league in today's draw:

    Celtic vs Astana (4,786 km), fly the same distance the other direction from Glasgow and you would be in Boston. Go the same distance the other way from Astana and you would be beyond Hong Kong!

    Dinamo Kiev vs Maritimo (4,320 km), same distance the other way from Kiev would take you to Pakistan, from Funchal (Maritimo) you could almost be in Natal, Brazil.
    "You have to be fair in football - you have to be honest and well done to you if you've won, but you have to win in a good way." T. Henry, Stade de France, Arsenal 1 - 2 Barcelona, 16-05-2006.

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    Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA Moscow
    Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic
    Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Qarabag
    Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon
    Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor
    Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord
    Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig
    Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, Apoel

    Tough one for Celtic against against a European powerhouse and a moneybags. Man U always seem to be blessed, Liverpool a reasonable chance. Happy days for Apoel. RB Leipzig must have the best chance of all the 4th seeds.
    Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.

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    Something I have never been able to understand. Celtic can keep the ball for fun against their Scottish rivals. I didn't see the game against PSG but apparently they couldn't keep possession because of the pressing by PSG. What makes a good team better able to press than an average but equally fit lesser side ? Is a more talented player able to close down better than a less talented player ?
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    Better players can do most things better. I think the main issue is that PSG could cope with the pressing and Celtic couldn't. But also just the fact Celtic never have to press to that extent to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Darwin View Post
    Better players can do most things better. I think the main issue is that PSG could cope with the pressing and Celtic couldn't. But also just the fact Celtic never have to press to that extent to begin with.
    Do you reckon? I am sure many Scottish teams try pressing Celtic and get punished because they are caught up field. Can Messi (note I don't include Ronaldo) press better than an average Scottish player?
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    Yes, of course he can. And he's surrounded by players who can press better.

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    There's also a lot less pressure on Celtic to retain possession when they're playing in the SPL. If they lose the ball they'll have it back within a few seconds anyway. It's a lot different to playing a team who will keep the ball for ages when they have it. It's going to wear you down pretty fast and inevitably make you more panicky when you have possession yourself.

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