Ghana's Twumasi scores brace as Astana bow to Celtic

Joanna Estrada
August 24, 2017

United, who were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage in 2015-16, are in pot two alongside Man City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris St Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Porto.

The draw for the eight groups, featuring 32 teams in all, begins live on Eurosport 1 at 5pm BST on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in the Principality.

They have set their sights on at least third place and to do that they will have to improve on last season's three draws and three defeats.

The first Champions League group matches take place on September 12 and September 13. "You can shine a torch into every single side and pick up issues, but we've come through this qualification well".

SUN BETS have come flying out of the traps. and gone top price for each English club to win the Champions League. We turned the momentum of the game then.

"We got an earful from the manager telling us to keep the ball and make them run and in the second half for the first ten or 15 minutes we collapsed", he said. "I think it's absolutely brilliant for Glasgow, the city because it's not just about the football, it's about the nation - what it does economically, commercially, what it brings into the city of Glasgow, Champions League football, businesses and everything".

Kristoffer Ajer's own goal in the 26th minute gave Astana a glimmer of hope of mounting a comeback.

"We had our Be'er Sheva moment".

"There will be times when they are up against it and Celtic will need a better defensive shape collectively, to be hard to play against".

"It was a game of basketball, that's not like us, we're usually very tight and we were a bit too open today".

"I felt that, naturally, we can defend much better than that".

We have been really tested, the full squad, we've had a midfielder at centre-half, right wings at number ten and as striker.

"We lost a game the other night and I wanted the performance to be better". We are quite satisfied the way we played in the last campaign but we still want more points, especially at home.

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