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RB Leipzig v Celtic: Champions League – live

Key events

45+1 min: We’re into the first of seven added minutes.

44 min: It’s textbook Timo Werner as the German is played in behind for a one-on-one with Joe Hart by a beautiful dink around the corner from Nkunku. Not content with hitting his low shot straight at Hart (tick), Werner is subsequently flagged for offside (tick).

43 min: The clock ticks towards half-time but given the number of stoppages we’ve had, we can probably expect plenty of injury time.

40 min: Mohamed Simakan picks out Nkunku into space in the Celtic left-back position with a beautiful chip over the top down the right flank. Nkunku has nobody to pick out in the penalty arewa and holds the ball up under pressure from Greg Taylor. Leipzig’s promising attack fizzles out and the ball ends up in the hands of Joe Hart.

37 min: Celtic substitution: Oliver Abilgaard on for McGregor. The Danish loanee has played one minute of football for Celtic so far this season.

37 min: Now Jota goes down after shipping an accidental elbow to the face. He’s fine but in worrying news for Celtic fans, Callum McGregor has gone to ground again. He signals to the bench that he needs to be replaced. Both sides have lost their captains to knee injuries but Peter Gulasci’s looked far more serious than that of his Celtic counterpart.

36 min: Play resumes with Juranovic apparently OK.

34 min: There’s another break in play as Celtic full-back Josip Juranovic receives treatment for a laceration to his head.

32 min: Interestingly, or not as the case may be, McGregor picked up that injury as he chased back in a futile effort to stop the counter-attack that led to the goal scored seconds after he had given the ball away. He and his team-mates could pay a very heavy price for his error if he is unable to continue.

31 min: McGregor adjourns to the sideline before returning to action for now. His obvious replacement would be Aaron Mooy, who hasn’t travelled because he’s injured too.

29 min: Celtic’s evening goes from bad to worse as Callum McGregor goes down with an injury to his right knee. He’s receiving treatment.

GOAL! RB Leipzig 1-0 Celtic (Nkunku 27)

RB Leipzig lead though Nkunku. With not a huge amount of goal to aim at after Joe Hart had narrowed the angle, Christopher Nkunku sends the ball fizzing into the bottom left-hand corner to round off a lightning fast RB Leipzig counter-attack from a Celtic corner. That’s a splendid finish.

The danger man Nkunku puts the hosts in front with a fine finish. Photograph: Kieran McManus/Shutterstock

26 min: Another two gilt-edged chances go begging for Celtic. Moritz Jenz drills a low shot too close to Blaswich, before Kyogo has a decent shot deflected narrowly wide.

25 min: Leipzig’s substitute goalkeeper has his mettle tested and hep asses with flying colours. Blaswich saves well as Kyogo steers a Maede cross goalwards with considerable power.

24 min: Leipzig left-back David Raum sends a wonderful cross into the Celtic penalty area, where Szoboszlai skims a header wide of the far post. He should have done better.

23 min: It was Nkunku who was offside in the build-up to his own delightful finish and he had no need to be as he ran on to a low cross from the right. It’s a real let-off for Celtic.

VAR! No goal! RB Leipzig 0-0 Celtic

It’s as you were. Celtic earn themselves a reprieve as the goal is ruled out for offside after a consultation between referee Espen Eskas and his Polish VAR Tomasz Kwiatkowski.

Offside!
Offside! Photograph: Kieran McManus/Shutterstock

GOAL! RB Leipzig 1-0 Celtic (Nkunku 18)

Leipzig lead! They break upfield from that throw-in and Nkunku lifts the ball over the oncoming Joe Hart and wheels away in celebration before it bounces over the line.

Nkunku chips Joe Hart to put Leipzig in front…
Nkunku chips Joe Hart to put Leipzig in front… Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

17 min: Celtic win a throw-in deep in Leipzig territory after good work down the right by Maede and O’Riley.

15 min: WIth Nkunku loitering with intent in front of him hoping to pick up any scraps, Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart deals comfortably with a low volleyed Mohamed Simakan cross from the right.

12 min: Leiupzig skipper and goalkeeper Peter Gulasci injured himself making that rushed clearance, appearing to twist his knee. He has been stretchered off after a lengthy break in play. He’s replaced by Janis Blaswich.

Peter Gulacsi goes down with a nasty looking injury.
Peter Gulacsi goes down with a nasty looking injury. Photograph: Boris Streubel/Getty Images

9 min: A chance for Celtic, as Gulasci is sold short by a terrible backpass from Werner. Kyogo chases for the ball with the goalkeeper, who passes straight to Hatate. He rushes his pass across the face of the penalty area, when perhaps he could have taken a touch and tried a shot on the empty goal.

8 min: Nkunku runs on to a through ball in behind from Andre Silva, who is fouled by Welsh as he plays the pass. Joe Hart beats Nkunku to the ball but the referee awards RB Leipzig a free-kick about 30 yards from the Celtic goal. It’s fired straight into the defensive wall by Dominik Szoboszlai.

7 min: Celtic go forward again with Jota on the ball, bearing down on the Leipzig penalty area. He tries a shot himself but it’s deflected harmlessly into the arms of Gulasci.

6 min: Josip Juranovic plays an early cross-field ball from deep towards Matt O’Riley on the inside left. Willi Orban intercepts and clears.

4 min: It’s been a lively start. Nkunku goes close again, beating Stephen Welsh in the air before sending the ball wide. Moments later, Celtic have a chance as Matete tries to tee up O’Riley in the Leipzig penalty area. His shot is blocked.

2 min: An early fright for Celtic, as Leipzig work the ball up the right wing. Werner plays a ball in behind for Nkunku, who runs into traffic. The ball cannons off a white shirt and into the arms of Joe Hart, who got down quickly.

Christopher Nkunku goes close in the opening minutes.
Christopher Nkunku goes close in the opening minutes. Photograph: Kieran McManus/Shutterstock

1 min: Callum McGregor plays a ball from deep towards Daizen Maede but it carries through to RB Leipzig goalkeeper and captain Peter Gulacsi.

RB Leipzig v Celtic is go …

1 min: After a minute’s silence for the many victims of the stadium tragedy in Indonesia at the weekend, RB Leipzig get the ball rolling.

A minutes silence in Leipzig.
Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Not long now: Referee Espen Eskas leads both teams out and they line up either side of the match officials for the Champions League anthem. Kick-off is just a few handshakes, a coin-toss and a shrill blast of Eskas’s whistle away. Celtic’s players wear black shirts with thin green stripes, black shorts and black socks. Their hosts are in predominantly white shirts, shorts and socks.

Liel Abada: The Celtic winger is not in tonight’s squad as he is sitting this game out for religious reasons. The group F match coincides with Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar and Ange Postecoglou left it up to the player to decide whether or not he wanted to participate in the game.

Celtic winger Liel Abada misses out on tonight’s game for religious reasons
Liel Abada misses out on tonight’s game for religious reasons. Photograph: Robert Perry/PA
Christopher Nkunku celebrates
Chelsea target Christopher Nkunku lines up for RB Leipzig tonight. Photograph: Martin Rose/Getty Images

Those teams: With the absence of Cameron Carter-Vickers confirmed, Ange Postecoglu names the same side that lined up against and beat Motherwell at the weekend, which means a Champions League debut for 22-year-old central defender Stephen Welsh.

RB Leipzig manager Marco Rose makes one change to the team that beat Bochum 4-0 on Saturday. David Raum comes in at left-back for Marcel Halstenberg, who drops to the bench. Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner lines up for the hosts, alongside Christopher Nkunku, who is being heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

RB Leipzig v Celtic line-ups

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi, Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol, Raum, Schlager, Kampl, Szoboszlai, Nkunku, Werner, Andre Silva.

Subs: Haidara, Poulsen, Forsberg, Blaswich, Halstenberg, Diallo, Novoa, Henrichs.

Celtic: Hart, Juranovic, Welsh, Jenz, Taylor, O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate, Maeda, Furuhashi, Jota.

Subs: Giakoumakis, Haksabanovic, McCarthy, Bernabei, Abildgaard, Bain, Siegrist, Robertson, Forrest, Ralston.

Tonight’s match officials

  • Referee: Espen Eskas

  • Referee’s assistants: Jan Erik Engan and Isaak Elias Bashevkin

  • Fourth official: Svein Oddvar Moen

  • Video Assistant Referee: Tomasz Kwiatkowski

Norwegian referee Espen Eskas is in charge of maintaining order during tonight's match at the Red Bull Arena.
Norwegian referee Espen Eskas gets a trademark earful from Bruno Fernandes during a summer friendly between Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. Photograph: Stian Lysberg Solum/NTB/AFP/Getty Images

Early team news

Leipzig mifielder Konrad Laimer is out with an ankle injury, along with centre-back Lukas Klostermann. Midfielder Dani Olmo is also sidelined with an injury that has kept him out for over a month.

Visibly frustrated by his side’s profligacy in front of goal in their previous two Champions League encounters, Ange Postecoglou has been forced to plan for this game without striker Georgios Giokoumakis, who suffered a leg injury while on international duty with Greece. Swedish defender Carl Starfelt is also out as he recovers from the knee injury that forced him off the pitch in the first Old Firm derby of the season. James McCarthy and Cameron Carter-Vickers are also major doubts for tonight’s game.

Ange Postecoglou speaks to the press ahead of Celtic's match against RB Leipzig
Ange Postecoglou, who has been linked with the vacant manager’s job at Wolves, addresses the press yesterday. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

Group F: RB Leipzig v Celtic

The Red Bull Arena is the venue for tonight’s meeting between third and fourth in Group F. With a point on the board already following their draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland, Celtic are in slightly better shape than their hosts, who have lost both their group games, against the Ukrainian saide and Real Madrid, so far. Kick-off in Saxony is at 5.45pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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