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Celtic opened their Turkish Airlines Antalya Cup campaign with a 3-1 victory over Trabzonspor

Strikers Teemu Pukki and Amido Balde were both on target either side of a Sol Bamba own-goal, with Emre Gural replying just before the break.

Emilio Izaguirre and Derk Boerrigter both saw early efforts for the Scottish champions while Virgil van Dijk's fierce deflected effort forced a sharp response from goalkeeper Zeki Ayvas.

Both Balde and Scott Brown also went close until Pukki finished into the corner just past the half-hour mark. Izaguirre's cross was then deflected in by Bamba to double the lead just five minutes later.

However, Gura seized on a loose ball to pull a goal back prior to the break, although substitute Kris Commons twice threatened after the interval and Pukki and Joe Ledley also tried their luck.

Balde then strode forward to flash a superb 57th minute drive into the top corner and restore a two-goal advantage as his side progressed to a well-deserved win.

Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews (Fisher 60), Ambrose (Mulgrew 46), van Dijk, Izaguirre, Biton, Brown (Ledley 46), Forrest (Commons 46), Pukki (Atajic 78), Boerrigter, Balde

subs (unused): Fasan

Goals: Pukki (32), Bamba OG (37), Balde (57)

Trabzonspor: Ayvaz (Ozturk 46), Bosigwa (Yavru 46), Yumlu, Bamba (Keles 46), Demir, Zokokra, Ozdemir; Aydin (Omanpasa 66), Mierzejewski, Erdogan (Akbas 72), Gural (Janko 46)

Goals: Gural (42)


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Date:Friday January 10 2014

Time: 11:38PM


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