Singapore markets closed
  • Straits Times Index

    3,198.08
    -0.93 (-0.03%)
     
  • S&P 500

    4,528.13
    +8.50 (+0.19%)
     
  • Dow

    35,495.56
    +38.25 (+0.11%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    15,151.71
    +22.62 (+0.15%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    65,330.20
    +2,846.52 (+4.56%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    1,515.61
    +34.80 (+2.35%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    7,203.67
    -13.86 (-0.19%)
     
  • Gold

    1,777.50
    +7.00 (+0.40%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    81.98
    -0.98 (-1.18%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    1.6410
    +0.0060 (+0.37%)
     
  • Nikkei

    29,255.55
    +40.03 (+0.14%)
     
  • Hang Seng

    26,136.02
    +348.81 (+1.35%)
     
  • FTSE Bursa Malaysia

    1,606.32
    +0.35 (+0.02%)
     
  • Jakarta Composite Index

    6,656.00
    -2.77 (-0.04%)
     
  • PSE Index

    7,297.08
    +30.77 (+0.42%)
     

Europa League: West Ham secure victory over Dinamo Zagreb; Betis clinch thriller against Celtic

·2-min read

London: Celtic threw away a two-goal lead to lose 4-3 to Real Betis in a pulsating start to the Europa League group stages, while West Ham cruised to a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

Eighteen years on from reaching the UEFA Cup final in Seville, Celtic returned to Andalusia and got off to a dream start at the Benito Villamarin.

Albian Ajeti bundled home the opener thanks to a VAR review after the goal had initially been ruled out for handball.

The Swiss striker was then chopped down in the box by Claudio Bravo and Josip Juranovic buried his first Celtic goal from the penalty spot.

But the defensive frailties that have characterised Ange Postecoglou's early days in charge of the Glasgow giants were exposed to cost the visitors a vital victory.

Two goals in three minutes wiped out Celtic's lead as Juan Miranda slotted home before Borja Iglesias unselfishly teed up Juanmi to equalise.

Iglesias completed the comeback with a near post flick early in the second-half before Juanmi's shot flew in off the inside of the box.

Anthony Ralston pulled a goal back three minutes from time to give Celtic some hope, but Betis held on for all three points.

Bayer Leverkusen were also winners in Group G as the Germans came from behind to beat Ferencvaros 2-1 thanks to a second-half winner from 18-year-old star Florian Wirtz.

West Ham enjoyed a far more comfortable return to European football in the Croatian capital.

Michail Antonio pounced off a slack back pass to continue his early season scoring streak with his fifth goal in as many games.

Declan Rice then galloped from inside his own half before producing a powerful finish five minutes into the second-half.

Genk were 1-0 winners at Rapid Vienna in the other game in West Ham's group.

Galatasaray edged a blockbuster clash with Lazio 1-0 thanks to Thomas Strakosha's own goal.

In the same group, Marseille were held 1-1 by Lokomotiv Moscow as former Chelsea midfielder Tino Anjorin grabbed a late equaliser for the Russians.

Victor Osimhen scored twice for Napoli to surge back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Leicester.

The English club was heading for a win before Osimhen headed in his second in the 87th minute. Leicester then had to hang on for a point when midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card.

With inputs from AFP and AP

 

Also See: Europa League, Europa Conference League: How to watch, schedule, fixtures, live streaming in India

Former Croatia, Bayern Munich and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic calls time on football career

Premier League: Pep Guardiola happy Bernardo Silva stayed at Manchester City after move talks

Read more on Sports by Firstpost.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting