Date: July 30, 2014
Venue:Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
Kick off Time: 19:45 BST
Scottish side Celtic are going to travel to Poland as they face Legia Warsaw in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying round. Being a part of the most prestigious club football competition in Europe and perhaps the world is a huge motivation for both teams as they go head to head for a battle on Thursday.
Legia Warsaw’s form
Legia Warsaw have made it into the third round of qualification for the Champions League after they beat St Patrick’s of Republic of Ireland 5-0 in the second leg. The first leg of the match finished all square with Legia playing at home.
The home team had adopted a cautious approach to the match as they looked to make sure that they did not concede an away goal. They were lucky to salvage a draw with Miroslav Radovic scoring in extra-time. However, Legia came out all guns blazing in the second leg as they scored 5 past St. Patrick’s with Radovic scoring a brace.
Celtic come into this match on the back of a couple of victories. They won the first leg of the second round of qualifying matches against KR Reykjavik in Iceland by a solitary goal from midfielder Callum McGregor.
The second leg at Celtic Park was a goal fest with the Scottish giants putting four past KR. Surprisingly, Virgil Van Djik got on the scoresheet twice in the first quarter of the game before forward Teemu Pukki scored a brace to put the game beyond all reasonable doubt.
Legia Warsaw: Miroslav Radovic
With 3 goals so far in the qualification campaign, Serbian midfielder Radovic would be the key player on the field for the Polish side. At 30 years of age, Radovic has good experience at this level having previously played for Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League.
Celtic: Teemu Pukki
The Finnish forward will be the key man for Celtic on the pitch on Thursday as they look to take a big step in the competition. The 24 year old is in great form currently and has scored in the previous round of fixtures as well.
Legia Warsaw could be expected to have learnt from their mistake and not take up a very cautious approach when Celtic come calling. It would be quite ridiculous if the Scottish side did not make the cut for the Champions League group stage. However, one would be right to expect a tough challenge from Warsaw.
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