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AC Milan defeat Celtic in Europa League

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AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks to break past Celtic's Shane Duffy during the Europa League football match between AC Milan and Celtic on Thursday.

BBC Online :
Neil Lennon was "encouraged" despite his Celtic side being overcome by Serie A leaders AC Milan in their Europa League group stage opener in Glasgow.
The hosts started brightly after Saturday's abject Old Firm defeat, but were chastened by easy scores for Rade Krunic and Brahim Diaz.
Lennon's men rallied after two half-time changes, with substitute Mohamed Elyounoussi's header giving the Scottish champions hope before Jens Petter Hauge nipped in late on to secure the win for the Rossoneri.
"It was markedly better than the weekend. It was encouraging," said the Celtic manager. "I don't like losing but there were a lot of good signs for me.
"I wanted an improvement and we got a big improvement. Part of me is quite pleased with that.
"We could have shied away from it all after the criticism we have taken and I have taken but they showed their personality in the second half."
The alarm bells were ringing for Celtic fans after the weekend loss, a game in which they failed to register a shot on target. With that in mind, breaching a Serie A defence looked a tough ask.
While Patryk Klimala was trusted at the weekend, Lennon called upon Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths in attack here, but neither was afforded the service to make an impact during a glum first half.
Too often good positions were not capitalised upon, with Milan showing Celtic how it is done at the other end.
Samu Castillejo was given time to float in a teasing cross that Shane Duffy got caught under. Young defender Stephen Welsh was not close enough to Krunic, and the Bosnian glanced in the opener after 14 minutes.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's European debut came 19 years ago against Celtic for Ajax, but the Sweden legend had to settle for a role in the build-up to a flowing second.
He started the move as Milan swarmed towards a retreating Celtic defence and the ball was fed to Diaz. Duffy did not get close enough as Callum McGregor attempted to help, but the Spaniard's cool finish bypassed them both to make it two.
The Italians were cruising and Celtic needed a response. Lennon managed to conjure it with Ryan Christie and Elyounoussi coming off the bench at the break. Their spark, coupled with a switch to four at the back later in the half, changed this game as Milan began to creak.
The impressive Diego Laxalt volleyed just over in a warning shot, before Elyounoussi's short run and header from a Christie corner stirred hopes of a comeback. One can only imagine the response if Celtic Park was not lying empty.
With just over 10 minutes to play, Milan quivered and retreated. Celtic probed and pushed, but could not find a leveller their second-half display may just about have deserved.
Instead, Hauge's injury-time goal on the breakaway was a harsh blow as Celtic's group campaign commenced with a defeat.

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