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Celtic held by 10-man AEK Athens

Celtic held by 10-man AEK Athens

Scottish champions Celtic failed to make the most of a man advantage as AEK Athens held out for a 1-1 draw in Glasgow on Wednesday (Aug 8) to take the upper hand in their Champions League third qualifying round tie.

Celtic will have to score in Greece after being held to a draw by 10-man AEK Athens in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier. Callum McGregor smashed in the 17th-minute opener from a tight angle, but the Greeks drew level before the break through Viktor Klonaridis' away goal.

Konstantinis Galanopoulos was dismissed after receiving two bookings in seven second-half minutes. But Celtic could not convert their numerical advantage into a winner.

Olivier Ntcham and substitutes Leigh Griffiths and Scott Sinclair came closest to providing Brendan Rodgers' men with that fillip.

The decisive meeting takes place next Tuesday, and Celtic must find the net to stand a chance of progressing to the play-off round.