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Ange Postecoglou was left frustrated as his Celtic side crashed out of Europe’s third-tier Europa Conference League competition to Norwegian champions Bodo Glimt – and he took it out with a snappy response to a local journalist.

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 out a thriller with Borussia Dortmund to also progress.

And there was also a stunning moment of sportsmanship on a thrilling day of European action in the Europa League and Conference League.

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ANGE SNAPS AFTER CELTIC THUMPED

Celtic were convincingly dumped out of the third-tier Conference League competition 5-1 on aggregate as Bodo dominated in a 2-0 win in Arctic conditions.

Visiting manager Ange Postecoglou hinted he believed the tie may have already been lost in Glasgow last week as he made a much-changed side with a series of key players left out.

Bodo took full advantage in a blistering opening as Ola Solbakken opened the scoring after just nine minutes.

Hugo Vetlesen then calmly steered home a second 21 minutes from time at the end of a well-worked move to keep alive the European dreams of a side from a town with a population of just 50,000.

Postecoglou was asked by a local reporter whether he thought the Norwegian minnows could win the competition – and the Aussie’s frustrations boiled over.

He replied: “Mate, 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 keep going well, but I could not care less who wins the tournament.”

Postecoglou was far from happy with his side’s performances through the pair of fixtures.

“It’s fair to say that we weren’t at the levels we needed over the two games and they deserved to go through,” he said.

“It’s disappointing for us because we certainly wanted to make progress in this competition but unfortunately our performances have not warranted that.”

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

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

Rangers made it through to the last 16 for the second consecutive season with a thrilling 6-4 aggregate 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 halftime as goals from Jude Bellingham and Donyell Malen threatened to spark a Dortmund comeback.

Tavernier struck again early in the second half to settle the home side’s nerves and they saw the game out amid a deafening noise 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 knockout stages of the Champions League and had work to do in Italy after a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou last week.

Xavi’s men raced into a two-goal lead inside 13 minutes as Adama Traore’s powerful run teed up Jordi Alba to open the scoring before Frenkie De Jong curled home from the edge of the area.

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

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick at Valencia on Sunday in just his fourth appearance for the club and showed his finishing prowess once more with a brilliant strike into the top corner on the hour mark as Traore grabbed another assist.

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

NAPLES, ITALY – FEBRUARY 24: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the 1-4 goal during the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round Play-Offs Leg Two match between SSC Napoli and FC Barcelona at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on February 24, 2022 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

RUSSIAN SIDE DUMPED OUT AMID DRAMA

Zenit St Petersburg bowed out 3-2 on aggregate to Real Betis after a 0-0 draw in Spain which was overshadowed by the backdrop of Russian military invasion of Ukraine.

St Petersburg is expected to be stripped of hosting the Champions League final on Friday and there have been calls for UEFA to expel Russian sides from European competition.

Zenit’s Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy was left on the bench after he posted on social media pleading for peace.

An injury time winner for the visitors from Dmitri Chistyakov which would have sent the tie to extra time was controversially ruled out after a VAR review.

OTHER EUROPE LEAGUE RESULTS

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

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

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

Willi Orban and Andre Silva put the Germans 2-0 up before Martin Zubimendi pulled a goal back.

However, Emil Forsberg’s late penalty ensured Leipzig progressed. Porto beat Lazio 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in Rome, while Atalanta were convincing 3-0 winners in Greece to see off Olympiakos 5-1 on aggregate.

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LEICESTER MARCH ON IN LEAGUE CONFERENCE

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 a four-minute spell in the second half before Stephen Odey secured a consolation.

“We got a good result and, over two legs, we scored seven goals,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, who has been under pressure for his side’s faltering Premier League form.

“That’s very, very pleasing, so we just have to focus and look to our next game.”

STUNNING SPORTSMANSHIP

Marseille eased past Qarabag 3-0 in Baku to complete a 6-1 aggregate win in a match that will be remembered for a sporting moment from the hosts telling the referee to rule out a goal they had scored.

Trailing 1-0 on the night, Ibrahima Wadji turned the ball into the net with his hand, but the goal was initially given.

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

While Marseille players protested furiously, mimicking Wadji’s volleyball strike, and the referee showed three of them yellow cards, Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov spoke to his player.

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

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

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