Baku, July 29, AZERTAC
The BBC has published an article focusing on Celtic vs Qarabag match to be held tonight.
The article says: "Long-serving Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov had as taut an evening as he will have had on that stage.
The back-to-back Azerbaijan champions, like Celtic, who are their Champions League third qualifying round opponents on Wednesday, went into their final group stage match in second place. However, they had not qualified.
That would ultimately elude them as they welcomed Deila's last 32 opponents, Inter Milan, to Baku.”
“What happened in the final minute of stoppage time of the credible goal-less draw will still rankle with The Horsemen.
Brazilian midfielder Richard Almeida hammered home from just inside the box with the ball deflecting into the net via Inter defender Isaac Donkor.
The scenes inside the national stadium, where the club currently play, were of jubilation.”
“Jubilation that would be doused by the inexplicable decision to rule the goal out for an offside that never was.
At the same time, Dnipro were defeating the group's bottom side, Saint Etienne, 1-0. Those who were in ecstasy were suddenly plunged into torture.
The Ukrainians gleefully leapfrogged Qarabag, who in a split second had been eliminated and denied their most famous triumph.”
That tear-jerker is likely to drive a squad that has taken an iron grip of football in Azerbaijan in the last two years.
They would go on to win the league title, adding the national cup by defeating the country's most successful club, Neftchi Baku, in the final at the beginning of June."