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Ange Postecoglou was left frustrated when his Celtic side pulled out of Europe’s third-tier Europa Conference League competition against Norwegian champions Bodo Glimt – and he got away with it with a quick response to a local reporter.

Meanwhile, Barcelona’s recent Premier League signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore starred again as Barca reached the Europa League last 16, and Rangers played a thriller with Borussia Dortmund to also progress.

And there was also a moment of breathtaking sportsmanship on an exciting day of European action in the Europa League and Conference League.

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ANGEL SNAPS AFTER CELTIC THUMPED

Celtic were convincingly knocked out of the third-tier Conference League competition 5-1 on aggregate as Bodo prevailed in a 2-0 victory in arctic conditions.

Visiting coach Ange Postecoglou has hinted he believes the tie may have already been lost in Glasgow last week as they changed squads a lot with a string of key players left out.

Bodo took full advantage of a searing opener as Ola Solbakken opened the scoring after just nine minutes.

Hugo Vetlesen then calmly headed home with 21 minutes remaining in a well-worked move to keep the European dreams alive for a team from a city of just 50,000.

A local reporter asked Postecoglou if he thought the Norwegian minnows could win the competition – and the Aussie’s frustrations boiled over.

He replied: “Man, come on. Ask their coach. Why do I care? Really. Do you think I really care who wins this tournament now? We’re not going to win it.

“They’re a good team, I hope they continue well, but I don’t care who wins the tournament.”

Postecoglou was far from happy with his side’s performance throughout the pair of matches.

“It’s fair to say we weren’t at the level we needed in both games and they deserved to go through,” he said.

“It’s disappointing for us because we certainly wanted to progress in this competition but unfortunately our performances did not justify it.”

It was made even more frustrating as Scottish rivals Rangers continued their run in the second-tier Europa League after beating Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund fans did their part, but it was Rangers who made progress.Source: Getty Images

Rangers qualified for the last 16 for the second consecutive season with a thrilling 6-4 win over the German giants.

Captain James Tavernier opened the scoring for the Scottish champions from the penalty spot but Rangers trailed 2-1 on the night at half-time as goals from Jude Bellingham and Donyell Malen threatened to spark a comeback at Dortmund.

Tavernier struck again early in the second half to calm the nerves of the hosts and they saw the game end in a deafening roar at Ibrox.

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BARCA’S NEW BOYS SHINE

Barcelona’s January signings shone as a 4-2 win at Napoli booked their place in the Europa League last 16.

For the first time in 17 years, Barca are not involved in the Champions League knockout stages and had work to do in Italy after a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou last week.

Xavi’s men took a two-goal lead on 13 minutes as Adama Traore’s powerful run allowed Jordi Alba to open the scoring before Frenkie De Jong headed home from the edge of the box.

Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty reduced Napoli’s deficit but Barca restored their two-goal cushion when Gerrard Pique found the corner farthest from Alba’s cross.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick for Valencia on Sunday in his fourth appearance for the club and once again showed his finishing prowess with a brilliant strike into the top corner on the hour mark as Traore earned another decisive pass.

Matteo Politano netted another goal three minutes from time but it was too little, too late for the Italians as they can now focus on winning a first Serie A title since 1990.

NAPLES, ITALY – FEBRUARY 24: FC Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring the 1-4 goal during the second UEFA Europa League play-off match between SSC Napoli and FC Barcelona at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on February 24 February 2022 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

RUSSIAN COAST EXIT AMID DRAMA

Zenit Saint Petersburg lost 3-2 on aggregate to Real Betis after a 0-0 draw in Spain that was overshadowed by Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.

Saint Petersburg is set to be barred from hosting the Champions League final on Friday and UEFA has called for Russian teams to be expelled from European competition.

Zenit’s Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy was left on the bench after posting a plea for peace on social media.

A stoppage time winner for the visitors of Dmitri Chistyakov who would have sent the tie into extra time has been controversially ruled out after a VAR review.

OTHER EUROPA LEAGUE RESULTS

Six-time winners Sevilla needed a nervous final 25 minutes as the Spaniards progressed 3-2 on aggregate despite losing 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb.

Mislav Orsic scored the only goal of the night from the penalty spot after Marcos Acuna manipulated inside his own box.

Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan was in goal as his Real Sociedad were well beaten 3-1 at home by RB Leipzig to retire 5-3 on aggregate.

Willi Orban and Andre Silva led the Germans 2-0 before Martin Zubimendi netted a goal.

However, Emil Forsberg’s late penalty saw Leipzig progress. Porto beat Lazio 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in Rome, while Atalanta convinced 3-0 winners in Greece to defeat Olympiakos 5-1 on aggregate.

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LEICESTER STEPS INTO THE CONFERENCE LEAGUE

Already leading 4-1 from the first leg last week, Leicester were never in danger once Harvey Barnes opened the scoring after just two minutes.

James Maddison added two more in four minutes in the second half before Stephen Odey got a consolation.

“We got a good result and from two games we scored seven goals,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, who has been under pressure from his side’s failing form in the Premier League.

“It’s very, very nice, so we just have to focus and look towards our next game.”

AMAZING SPORTSMANSHIP

Marseille beat Qarabag 3-0 in Baku to claim a 6-1 aggregate win in a game that will be remembered for a sporting moment as the hosts told the referee to rule out a goal they had scored.

Trailing 1-0 in the evening, Ibrahima Wadji turned the ball into the net with his hand, but the goal was awarded first.

Unlike the Champions League and the Europa League, VAR is not used for the Conference League.

As the Marseille players protested furiously, imitating Wadji’s volley shot, and the referee showed them three yellow cards, Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov addressed his player.

Wadji then spoke to Polish referee Bartosz Frankowski, who changed his decision after a 10-minute delay.

Elsewhere, PSV Eindhoven beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Israel, while Partizan Belgrade, Slavia Prague and Vitesse Arnhem all advanced.


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