Ivanovic inspires Zenit as Celtic implodes

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says that the club can take some positives from their European campaign, despite them only winning two of the eight matches they played after qualifying for the Champions League.

The second goal, we didn't engage quick enough from a throw-in.

Daler Kuzyayev fired in a long-range drive in the 27th minute to turn the tie in the hosts' favour.

The result was Celtic's heaviest defeat in the Europa League or Uefa Cup game since going down 5-1 at Neuchatel Xamax in 1991.

"There is still an very bad lot of work for us to do but, when I take a step back, there have been a lot of positives for us in Europe this season." said Rodgers.

"We played a ideal game really in how the players defended and attacked".

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The stadium's roof was closed over which was good news for the players and 50,492 supporters, including several hundred in green and white, in light of the sub-zero temperatures outside.

Last season's semifinalists Lyon won 1-0 at Villarreal to go through 4-1 on aggregate, while Sporting Lisbon and Viktoria Plzeƈ also reached the last 16.

"Obviously the competition itself and European football is notoriously very hard now for ourselves, but I think we showed in the first leg how well we played".

"As always, we like to play with aggression and with that educated pressure on the ball - if you can press, great, if not, make sure you're super compact and the look to go from there and create opportunities".

"Second half, we started okay, but we again concede the possession too cheaply". Celtic are a strong team but we played very, very well.

Celtic made seven changes at the weekend as they were held to a goalless draw by St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership in preparation for the trip to Russian Federation, with only McGregor, Kouassi, Dorus de Vries and Kristoffer Ajer featuring in both games. At the beginning of the first leg, I was being a realist as everyone would probably expect Zenit to go through, but what we showed in the first leg is that we're going to make it very hard for them and going to make it really competitive.

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