Kazakhstan’s finest Shakhter Karagandy’s 2-0 win put a dent in Celtic’s European ambitions in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier. With the SPL side now 19/20 to qualify for the group stages, here are five more of the most unforeseen reversals in Europe over the last 30 years.
Lille shock Manchester United as the Red Devils exit Europe early
Former Tottenham flop Milenko Acimovic scored the only goal in Lille’s home Champions League group-stage clash with Manchester United back in 2005, leaving the Premier League giants languishing in third place with two games to go.
The unfancied French side, who were taking part in only their second ever European campaign, finished the group ahead of United and qualified for the UEFA Cup in third place, with the Old Trafford club crashing out of Europe before Christmas following a 0-0 draw with Villarreal and a 2-1 loss to Benfica in their last two encounters.
Lyon come a cropper home and away against Slovenian side Maribor
In 1999, Lyon were about to begin a period of dominance that would see them win seven Ligue 1 titles in a row, as well as reach the last eight of the Champions League three times, but all they took away from this qualifier against minnows Maribor were some harsh lessons, after a 1-0 home reverse against the Slovenians was followed by a 2-0 defeat in the away fixture.
Bayern Munich slip up against BATE Borisov on the way to epic treble
After kicking off last season’s ultimately successful Champions League tilt with a 2-1 win at home to Valencia, Bayern Munich slipped to second in Group F behind BATE Borisov after the Belarusians pulled off a shock 3-1 win at their Borisov City Stadium, with goals from Alexander Pavlov and Vitali Rodionov putting the home side in front before Renan Bressan’s 95th-minute effort restored BATE’s two-goal advantage, following Franck Ribery’s consolation strike for the visitors.
Steaua Bucharest make Barcelona wait for their first European Cup
Barca were everybody’s favourites to win their first ever European Cup in the 1986 final in Seville, but after holding the Catalan club to a 0-0 draw in normal time, Steaua goalkeeper Helmuth Ducadam saved four penalties as the Romanians went on to win the shoot-out 2-0 and lift the cup.
Artmedia Bratislava hammer Celtic 5-0
The Scottish Premier League champions’ loss to unheard-of Karagandy was by no means their most embarrassing European result in recent history and the five-goal thumping away to Artmedia eight years ago – in manager Gordon Strachan’s first game in charge – could not be remedied in the return leg, with the Glasgow side’s courageous 4-0 reply not enough to stop them tumbling out of the Champions League at the first hurdle.