Soccer-Kazakhs Shakhter stun Celtic 2-0 in playoff first leg (Reuters)

Aug 20 (Reuters) – Shakhter Karagandy stayed firmly on course to become the first Kazakh side to reach the Champions League group stage with a 2-0 home win over Celtic in their playoff first leg on Tuesday. Opportunist goals from strikers Andrei Finonchenko and Sergei Khizhnichenko, one in each half, gave Shakhter their upset victory over the Scottish champions. Celtic made the brighter start in a jam-packed Astana Arena and their Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk had two headers cleared off the line in the opening minutes. …

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