Robson and Samaras scored Celtic's goals against Hapoel in Glasgow
By Clive Lindsay
Celtic exited the Europa League despite Tony Mowbray's side overcoming Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Glasgow to record their first win in Group C.
The Israelis, beaten by goals from Georgios Samaras and Barry Robson, progressed along with Hamburg after the Germans' 2-0 win over Rapid Vienna.
Samaras pounced to head home after 22 minutes from an Aiden McGeady cross as Celtic dominated the first half.
Robson curled in a free-kick after 68 minutes in a more even second period.
It was no more than a consolation played out in front of a half full Celtic Park that was more subdued than on most European occasions as Hamburg and Hapoel were left to slug it out for the top spot in the final game in Israel.
McDonald missed chances to add to Celtic's scoring
Mowbray had resisted the temptation to give the goalkeeper's jersey back to fit-again Artur Boruc, with Lukasz Zaluska retaining his place despite Celtic receiving special dispensation to include his Poland international colleague.
Despite his downbeat demeanor, Mowbray was pleased enough with his side's performance in their weekend victory over St Mirren to make just one change, Robson coming in for the ineligible Zheng Zhi.
And Celtic started with great purpose, Scott McDonald firing low into the far corner of the net after only five minutes only to be pulled up for offside.
Hapoel managed to douse the home fires until the 18th minute when Aiden McGeady powered down the wing and his low cut-back was met by McDonald, whose snap shot from 12 yards was held by goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama at the second attempt.
The visitors almost immediately created a chance of their own following a quick free-kick that caught Celtic's defence on the hop, but Itay Shechter's volley landed on top of the net with Zaluska struggling.
Celtic survived that scare and, seconds later, broke the deadlock, with McGeady again the creator with a cross that found Samaras powering into the penalty box to head home from 10 yards.
McGeady squandered a chance to add to the scoring following a quick break when, instead of trying to find one of five team-mates stealing into the box, he elected to shoot straight at Enyeama.
Robson curled a free-kick just wide before he was denied by a desperate challenge by Enyeama and defender Ben Dayan after the winger tried looked poised to score after a prodded Samaras effort struck the far post.
Obviously unhappy with his side's performance, Hapoel coach Eli Gutman withdrew Zurab Menteshashvili and Samuel Yeboah and brought on Nemanja Vucicevic and Maaran Lala at half time.
Gutman obviously fancied his side's chances of a fightback similar to the first meeting between the sides in Israel and the more attacking system began to work in the visitors' favour.
Shechter tested Zaluska with a long-range effort that forced the unsighted goalkeeper to turn the ball wide for a corner.
The players might not have known it, but news of Hamburg's two goals after the break against Rapid coincided with Celtic losing their way in terms of possession.
However, Marc-Antoine Fortune, who had just replaced the tiring Samaras, won a free-kick 18 yards out and Robson curled the ball into the bottom near corner to give Celtic a two-goal cushion.
From then on, it was Hapoel on the attack, with Zaluska saving at the feet of Shechter after a poor Danny Fox pass back, a diving header from Lala sliding just wide and a Vucicevic drive deflecting just side.
Fortune was denied by a good Enyeama save from close range at the other end, while McDonald somehow screwed the ball wide when Robson laid it on a plate on the break.
90:00+2:05 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+0:09 Effort on goal by Nemanja Vucicevic from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
85:40 Effort from deep inside the area by Scott McDonald misses to the left of the target.
84:27 Lee Naylor has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
82:54 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Vincent Enyeama makes a save.
82:06 Itay Shechter challenges Gary Caldwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
81:20 Marc-Antoine Fortune concedes a free kick for a foul on Bebars Natcho. Walid Badir takes the free kick.
80:29 Eran Zahavi has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
79:05 Nemanja Vucicevic takes a shot. Itay Shechter gets a block in. Bebars Natcho decides to take the corner short. The referee
blows for offside against Gary Caldwell. Indirect free kick taken by Deddi Ben Dayan.
77:38 Free kick taken by Deddi Ben Dayan.
77:38 Substitution Avichai Yadin leaves the field to be replaced by Eran Zahavi.
77:38 Unfair challenge on Da Silva Douglas by Barry Robson results in a free kick.
76:13 Lee Naylor decides to take a short corner. The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox. Barry Robson produces a left-footed shot from
the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
75:12 Maaran Lala is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
74:19 Itay Shechter challenges Marc Crosas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
72:33 Substitution Lee Naylor comes on in place of Aiden McGeady.
72:33 Headed effort from inside the area by Maaran Lala misses to the left of the goal.
71:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Fox on Itay Shechter. Bebars Natcho crosses the ball in from the free kick, Landry
N'Guemo makes a clearance.
70:41 Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
70:41 Booking The referee shows Avichai Yadin a yellow card.
70:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Avichai Yadin.
69:05 Itay Shechter takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska.
67:26 GOAL - Barry Robson:Celtic 2 - 0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv Free kick scored by Barry Robson from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
66:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Walid Badir.
65:29 The ball is swung over by Nemanja Vucicevic.
63:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell by Itay Shechter. Lukasz Zaluska takes the direct free kick.
57:45 Itay Shechter takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska. Corner from the left by-line taken by Bebars Natcho, Daniel Fox manages
to make a clearance.
56:08 Drilled left-footed shot by Daniel Fox. Blocked by Bebars Natcho. Corner taken by Barry Robson.
55:14 Itay Shechter fouled by Daniel Fox, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Bebars Natcho from right
channel, Daniel Fox makes a clearance.
51:10 Unfair challenge on Zurab Menteshashvili by Gary Caldwell results in a free kick. Da Silva Douglas takes the direct free kick.
49:11 Landry N'Guemo has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
48:57 The ball is delivered by Barry Robson, Da Silva Douglas manages to make a clearance.
48:11 Itay Shechter is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
Correction - 45:01 Outswinging corner taken by Bebars Natcho from the right by-line, save by Lukasz Zaluska. The offside flag is raised against
Itay Shechter. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Correction - 45:01 Substitution Zurab Menteshashvili leaves the field to be replaced by Maaran Lala.
Correction - 45:01 Substitution Samuel Yeboah goes off and Nemanja Vucicevic comes on.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:01 Bebars Natcho takes the outswinging corner, save by Lukasz Zaluska. The assistant referee flags for offside against Itay Shechter.
Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
45:01 Substitution Maaran Lala is brought on as a substitute for Walid Badir.
45:01 Substitution Nemanja Vucicevic is brought on as a substitute for Samuel Yeboah.
45:00+0:12 The referee calls an end to the first half.
41:49 The referee blows for offside against Itay Shechter. Glenn Loovens takes the indirect free kick.
40:45 The offside flag is raised against Scott McDonald. Free kick taken by Vincent Enyeama.
38:58 The referee blows for offside against Itay Shechter. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
38:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gil Vermouth by Marc Crosas. Avichai Yadin restarts play with the free kick.
35:26 Foul by Aiden McGeady on Dani Bondarv, free kick awarded. Dani Bondarv takes the free kick.
34:45 Shot by Georgios Samaras from inside the penalty box bounces off the post.
34:23 The offside flag is raised against Itay Shechter. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
32:41 Dani Bondarv challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Robson has a direct shot on goal from
the free kick.
32:13 The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady, Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the
right of the target.
31:33 Barry Robson takes a shot. Deddi Ben Dayan gets a block in.
30:09 Unfair challenge on Da Silva Douglas by Scott McDonald results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Da Silva Douglas.
29:13 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Vincent Enyeama makes a save.
27:27 Centre by Dani Bondarv, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
23:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgios Samaras on Da Silva Douglas. Deddi Ben Dayan takes the direct free kick.
21:50 Assist on the goal came from Aiden McGeady.
21:50 GOAL - Georgios Samaras:Celtic 1 - 0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv Georgios Samaras scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Celtic 1-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Correction - 21:39 Foul by Dani Bondarv on Scott McDonald, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Scott McDonald.
21:39 Dani Bondarv challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Georgios Samaras.
20:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Itay Shechter by Andreas Hinkel. Bebars Natcho takes the free kick. Effort on
goal by Itay Shechter from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
19:08 Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Vincent Enyeama.
15:24 Aiden McGeady has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
14:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Avichai Yadin on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson. The assistant referee
signals for offside against Georgios Samaras. Vincent Enyeama takes the free kick.
11:17 Foul by Itay Shechter on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
9:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Barry Robson. Deddi Ben Dayan takes the indirect free kick.
6:31 Corner taken right-footed by Marc Crosas, comfortable save by Vincent Enyeama.
4:13 Barry Robson fouled by Deddi Ben Dayan, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
3:23 The offside flag is raised against Scott McDonald. Vincent Enyeama restarts play with the free kick.
2:36 Landry N'Guemo has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
0:00 The match has kicked off.
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