CELTS SET FOR SUDUVA AS OLD FOES ZENIT, 4-0 DOWN, WIN 8-5!

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CELTIC are 180 minutes of football away from the Europa League group stages.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will face Suduva in the first leg of their play-off in Lithuania on Thursday with the return in Glasgow a week later.

Next week’s opponents also dropped out of the Champions League at the second qualifying stage.

They overcame Cypriot outfit Apoel Nicosia 3-2 on aggregate in the first round, but were trounced 5-0 by Red Star, who won 3-0 at home and 2-0 away.

Suduva reached the play-off stage to take on the Hoops following a nervy goalless draw at home against Spartaks Jumala last night. They edged through 1-0 after their win in Latvia in the opening tie.

Meanwhile, Celtic’s Europa League conquerors last season, Zenit St Petersburg, with only 10 men, pulled off a remarkable comeback to advance following a sensational 8-5 aggregate victory over Dinamo Minsk.

The Russians trailed 4-0 after the first leg in Belarus, but they forced extra-time after goals from Leandro Paredes, Christian Noboa and a double from Artem Dzyuba, despite Paredes seeing red with the scoreline at 2-0.

Seidu Yahaya nudged Minsk ahead on aggregate in the first period of extra-time, but FOUR goals in the final 11 minutes earned Zenit an extraordinary result, with Maksim Shvetsov dismissed late on for the visitors.

Five-time winners Sevilla eased through to the next round with a 5-0 win at Zalgiris, but Feyenoord were dumped out by Slovakian side AS Trencinafter when 1-1 second leg result could not overturn their 4-0 deficit.

Irish side Cork City were beaten 3-0 at Rosenborg, going out 5-0 on aggregate, Basel won 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate against Vitesse, who had Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter sent off early on, and Bordeaux beat Mariupol 5-2 on aggregate after winning 2-1.

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