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LENNY HAILS ‘EPIC NIGHT’

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TRIUMPHANT Neil Lennon insisted Celtic’s dramatic 2-1 Europa League Group E win over Lazio was an “epic night for players and club”.

The Hoops battled back from being a goal down at the interval to claim three points during a humdinger of a European encounter against an excellent Serie A outfit.

Odsonne Edouard set up Ryan Christie, who didn’t stop running all night, for the 67th-minute equaliser and then the midfielder curled over a perfect right-wing corner-kick for Christopher Jullien to thump in a winning header in the 89th minute.

Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Lazio were superb. We started very well, the psychology changed when they scored and we needed to get support to Odsonne Edouard.

“Against quality sides you need your goalkeeper to do well and Fraser Forster did that with two saves. He makes saves others can’t make.

“It was an epic night for players and club. Christopher Jullien was outstanding, a rock. I am absolutely delighted with his performance.

“Scott Brown, when we really needed him, was there to lead the team.”

Lazio had taken the lead through Manuel Lazzari when the Hoops were caught upfield and were hit by a classic sucker-punch five minutes before the interval.

The result means the champions stay top of the group seven points, with Cluj in second on six points after they beat bottom-placed Rennes. Lazio, meanwhile, stay third having lost two of their three games.

Celtic’s next game is in Rome a week on Thursday with Simone Inzaghi’s men looking to turn around last night’s result.

* EVERYONE A HERO AS JULLIEN IS LAST-GASP WINNER

 

 
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