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Moussa Dembele’s first Celtic goal took them through to the Champions League play-off round

Moussa Dembele scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty as Celtic moved one round away from the Champions League group stage.

A first half Leigh Griffiths penalty had put Celtic 1-0 ahead on the night, and 2-1 on aggregate.

Their evening was thrown into chaos when Astana’s Agim Ibraimi scored from 40 yards.

Extra-time, and possibly penalties, seemed to beckon until Dembele won the penalty and was then thundered it home.

That sent a raucous stadium into absolute raptures while Astana were stunned at the end. They finished with just nine men on the pitch, Igor Shitov sent-off for that fateful foul on Dembele and Dmitri Shomko also walking for a crazed protest at the awarding of the penalty.

Celtic now go into Friday’s draw; just two games away from the promised land of the Champions League group stage

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney could not stop Agim Abraimi’s long range shot from hitting the net

There was no early evidence that this was going to become so tumultuous. Celtic swarmed all over Astana from the get-go, hustling and harrying their visitors and denying them the space and opportunities they enjoyed in the first leg last week.

There really was only one team in it, Celtic dominating possession and territory. They lost Patrick Roberts to injury after just half an hour but their control continued, albeit without many chances being created.

There was late drama in the first half, though. Kieran Tierney was taken down in the box by Abzal Beysebekov and Griffiths swept in his penalty.

Having given Celtic the equaliser in Astana, Griffiths had now put his team 2-1 ahead on aggregate. And early in the second half he could have put the tie almost beyond doubt.

From a Stefan Johansen pass, Griffiths could only find the Astana side-netting. Soon after, a raking ball from Scott Brown put Griffiths through again. As he was about to shoot, he was snuffed out by a terrific tackle by Shitov.

Moussa Dembele won and scored the decisive penalty for Celtic

Astana stirred at that point. They had the ball in the Celtic net when Roger Canas headed home after Gordon was caught in no-man’s land, but it was chalked off for offside.

It was reminder that the tie was far from dead. Brendan Rodgers brought on Kolo Toure for his debut to shore things up. Toure had barely drawn breath as a Celtic player when Astana scored.

They were caught out through the middle by a long ball; Gordon forced to gallop out of his box to avert the danger with a clearing header. Instead, the ball was gathered by Ibraimi, who promptly struck the most sumptuous 40-yard shot over the stranded Celtic goalkeeper and into his net.

It wasn’t the first time Ibraimi had sickened Celtic. He was a major force in the Maribor team that dumped them out of the Champions League under Ronny Deila and now he was threatening to repeat the torment.

Level at 2-2 on aggregate, Celtic Park gulped hard – and then roared thunderously when Dembele’s gorgeous trickery ended with him being upended in the box.

The new striker, just turned 20, stood over the penalty and then smashed it home, cool as you like amid the cauldron.

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Match ends, Celtic 2, FC Astana 1.

Substitution, FC Astana. Djorde Despotovic replaces Serikzhan Muzhikov.

Second Half ends, Celtic 2, FC Astana 1.

Goal! Celtic 2, FC Astana 1. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Roger Cañas (FC Astana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second yellow card to Igor Shitov (FC Astana) for a bad foul.

Eoghan O’Connell (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution, Celtic. Moussa Dembele replaces James Forrest.

Serikzhan Muzhikov (FC Astana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal! Celtic 1, FC Astana 1. Agim Ibraimi (FC Astana) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Substitution, Celtic. Kolo Touré replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution, FC Astana. Agim Ibraimi replaces Azat Nurgaliev.

Second Half begins Celtic 1, FC Astana 0.

First Half ends, Celtic 1, FC Astana 0.

Junior Kabananga (FC Astana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal! Celtic 1, FC Astana 0. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dmitriy Shomko (FC Astana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution, Celtic. Stefan Johansen replaces Patrick Roberts.

Igor Shitov (FC Astana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Martinez led Wigan to their first FA Cup trophy win, beating Manchester City in 2013

Former Everton, Wigan and Swansea manager Roberto Martinez has been appointed the new head coach of Belgium.

Spaniard Martinez, 43, was sacked by the Toffees in May after three years in charge at Goodison Park.

Marc Wilmots left as Belgium manager last month, two weeks after the Euro 2016 quarter-final defeat by Wales.

The vacancy was advertised online by the Belgian Football Association.

It wanted a “strong and open communicator” who has a “proven track record in transmitting tactical and strategic knowledge” to top players.

BBC presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker gives his reaction on Twitter

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Jesus is part of Brazil’s sqaud to the Olympics in Rio

Manchester City have signed 19-year-old Brazilian winger Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras for £27m plus add-ons.

Jesus has agreed a five-year deal but will stay with Palmeiras until the end of the Brazilian season in December.

City regard the player as the best young talent in South America and fought off interest from Barcelona.

Jesus was voted the best newcomer in the Brazilian top flight last season and is part of his country’s squad at the Rio Olympics.

He is yet to make his senior international debut.

Jesus is capable of playing across the forward line and further boosts new manager Guardiola’s attacking options following Tuesday’s £37m capture of Germany international Leroy Sane from Schalke.

Guardiola has now spent around £100m on players so far this summer.

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Kapustka (left) was impressive for Poland in their 1-0 win over Northern Ireland at Euro 2016

Leicester have signed Poland winger Bartosz Kapustka from Cracovia, subject to Football Association, Premier League and international clearance.

The 19-year-old has cost a reported £7.5m and has signed a five-year deal with the top-flight champions.

Kapustka impressed for his country at Euro 2016 and played in four of their five games at the tournament.

He has joined the Foxes in Stockholm before they play Barcelona in a friendly on Wednesday.

Kapustka is City manager Claudio Ranieri’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of keeper Ron-Robert Zieler, defender Luis Hernandez, midfielder Nampalys Mendy and forward Ahmed Musa.

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