Wednesday December 5, 2012 Group Stage: Group G Finished Celtic Park

Celtic 2 - 1 Spartak Moscow

  • Hooper 21’
  • Commons 82’ (pen.)
  • Ari 39’

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    Time:90'
    • Celtic
    • Spartak Moscow
    • 90+6' Party time for Celtic and their fans. Another terrific night for the Scottish champions.
    • 90+5' What a night for the Scottish champions. Sensational stuff against teams with much heavier spending power than Celtic.
    • 90+4' Barca and Benfica finish all level. And the whistle goes. Celtic are into the last 16. A stunning achievement from Celtic.
    • 90+3' Celtic running down time here.
    • 90+1' Celtic now down to 10 men with Commons off injured.
    • 89' Looks like Commons is going to be taken off here. Going to be five minutes added on to the match.
    • 88' Barca and Benfica still 0-0 in the other match in the section here.
    • 87' Commons taken out of the action late. Kim Kallstrom is off the park and Spartak are down to 10 men in this match.
    • 86' McGeady with a ball straight out of play. Celtic almost undone at the back. Forster doing just enough to clear the danger.
    • 85' Joe Ledley is going to replace Scott Brown for the home side.
    • 84' Källström concedes a free-kick for a foul on Brown. Celtic taking time here to take this free-kick.
    • 83' GOAL! Commons rams the ball down the middle and Celtic have the lead. They are 2-1 clear in the closing minutes.
    • 82' PENALTY TO CELTIC! Samaras fouled by Suchy and that is not a penalty. Celtic will take it though.
    • 81' McGeady picks out Emmanuel Emenike. Wilson marking well as the cross ends up going straight into the arms of Forster.
    • 80' Celtic earn another corner. Sergey Pesjakov claws the ball over his bar from Mulgrew's header. Great delivery from Commons.
    • 79' Artem Dzyuba is guilty of a handling offence 25 yards from the home goal.
    • 78' Hooper looks to link with Commons, but ends up knocking the ball out of play. Celtic playing with four up front at the moment.
    • 77' Forster out to claim the ball before Dmitriy Kombarov is booked for a late challenge on Commons.
    • 76' Lassad Nouioui takes over from Kayal for the home side, who need this second goal.
    • 75' Kirill Kombarov is tackled by the run of Kayal. Superb defensive stuff from him. Spartak keeping the ball well. Celtic going to make another change.
    • 74' Commons fires a shot at the Russian goal. Blocked and Celtic have another corner, but Ambrose heads into the side netting from Commons' delivery.
    • 73' Lustig seems to have a groin injury and he is forced to depart the action to be replaced by Adam Matthews.
    • 72' Celtic staring at the Europa League unless they find a goal here. Sergey Pesjakov concedes a corner after whacking the ball off Hooper. Came back off the visiting keeper.
    • 71' Emmanuel Emenike relieved of the ball by Ambrose before Brown overhits a pass trying to pick out the run of Mulgrew.
    • 70' An offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Emenike. Celtic pondering a change here.
    • 69' Artem Dzyuba takes out Kayal, who is covering well with Izaguirre caught too far up the pitch.
    • 68' Not really well directed enough from Commons as Sergey Pesjakov is off his line a couple of yards out to collect.
    • 67' Dmitriy Kombarov nods the ball behind from Izaguirre's cross ball. Corner to Celtic.
    • 66' Emmanuel Emenike sees a shot charged down by Ambrose. Spartak look dangerous every time they break at pace.
    • 65' Celtic fans trying to rouse their side. They need a goal here as things stand otherwise they must hope for a Barcelona goal.
    • 64' Kim Kallstrom across to win the ball from Mulgrew before Samaras is deemed to be guilty of handling the ball. Perhaps harshly.
    • 63' Jose Jurado drills the ball at goal from distance, but Forster is down to his left to make a comfortable stop.
    • 62' Ari is going to depart to be replaced by Aiden McGeady for the visiting side.
    • 61' Commons picks out Samaras with a fine pass. But Izaguirre's delivery is poor as the red shirts can pick up with some ease.
    • 60' Commons drives a low ball into the box, but the visiting defence again holds firm.
    • 59' Commons taken out of the action late by Dmitriy Kombarov out wide.
    • 58' Spartak getting ready to bring on Aiden McGeady, the former Celtic man.
    • 57' Kim Kallstrom has been booked for a late challenge on Commons in the middle of the park.
    • 56' Decent ball into the box from Izaguirre, but Hooper heads straight at Sergey Pesjakov.
    • 55' Artem Dzyuba's cross straight to Wilson. Really dangerous break again by the visiting side. Celtic cut open at the back.
    • 54' Samaras sees a cross cleared by the visiting defence. Celtic certainly raised the tempo in this second half.
    • 53' A noise erupts around Celtic Park. False dawn though. No goals yet for Barcelona or Benfica.
    • 52' Lustig has been booked for a late challenge on Kim Kallstrom.
    • 51' Sergey Pesjakov can't reach the shot, but Samaras' effort comes back off the post from Lustig's cross. Celtic so close to the second goal.
    • 50' Commons on the run for Celtic, but his shot hacked clear. Emenike then fouls Ambrose.
    • 49' Kirill Kombarov found guilty of a handball deep in the Celtic half. Forster can launch this one long. Brown's effort hacked clear by the visiting players seconds later.
    • 48' Dmitriy Kombarov hauls back Brown and the home side have another chance. But Spartak clear Commons's free-kick.
    • 47' Emenike caught offside early in the second half.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half of this match.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the end of the first period. 1-1 at the break. 0-0 between Barcelona and Benfica in the other match in the section. Benfica ahead at the moment.
    • 45' We are into one minute of time added on here.
    • 44' Celtic will be happy enough to get to the break here to regroup. Has been a fraught first half and the home side can't really argue about the scoreline.
    • 43' Kayal has been booked for a late challenge on Rafael Carioca. Not a bad booking to take with Spartak breaking.
    • 42' Mulgrew's corner is dropped straight into the arms of Sergey Pesjakov in the Spartak goal.
    • 41' Juan Insaurralde knocks the ball behind from the cross by Lustig. Celtic win another corner here.
    • 40' Celtic players failed to get a challenge in on Emenike. So costly for Celtic.
    • 39' GOAL! Spartak level as Emenike slides the ball into the path of Ari, who chips the ball over Forster to level at 1-1. Celtic caught wide open by the class of Emenike.
    • 38' Kim Kallstrom throws a free-kick high into the box, but straight into the arms of Forster.
    • 37' Brown then deemed to be guilty of fouling Emenike in the middle of his own half. Brown protesting about that call.
    • 36' Samaras loses the ball on the edge of the Russian side's box before Brown is penalised for a late challenge.
    • 35' Kayal concedes a free-kick for a foul on Jurado in the middle of the park.
    • 34' Lustig slides the ball to Brown, but his shot is claimed by Sergey Pesjakov in the Spartak goal.
    • 33' Ambrose slides the ball to Izaguirre. Spartak then win a throw-in at the halfway line. All very nervous. Benfica remain 0-0 with Barcelona.
    • 32' Hooper concedes a free-kick for a foul on Insaurralde. Spartak continue to dominate possession.
    • 31' Mulgrew throws in the corner-kick. Commons drives a half-volley a couple of yards wide. Looked like a deflection, but nothing doing from the referee. Decent hit.
    • 30' Ari with the corner. Celtic break to the other end courtesy of Izaguirre. Superb run and he earns a corner for the home side.
    • 29' Dzyuba concedes a free-kick for a foul on Ambrose, but Celtic are wasteful with the free-kick.
    • 28' Mulgrew takes a bad tackle on the ankle from Ari. No booking as yet from the German referee.
    • 27' With Benfica 0-0 at Barcelona, this scoreline would see Celtic go through the next stage as group runners up with Benfica going into the Europa League. Long way to go.
    • 26' Lustig knocks the ball off Artem Dzyuba for a throw-in. Spartak with 65 percent of possession so far in this match. Story of Celtic's campaign so far.
    • 25' Dmitriy Kombarov overruns the ball out wide. Celtic have a goalkick here.
    • 24' Spartak have not drawn any of their last 31 Champions League away matches. Celtic would love another goal here to settle the nerves.
    • 23' Ari with a ball straight into the paws of Forster to take the heat off that Celtic defence.
    • 22' Emmanuel Emenike drills an effort wide of goal after losing Ambrose. That was a lovely piece of skill. Not sure what Ambrose was doing.
    • 21' GOAL! Celtic take the lead through Hooper. Brilliant finish and the home side are on the board after an awful error by the Spartak defence. Awful error by Juan Insaurralde at the back.
    • 20' Pesjakov then off his line to collect the corner from Mulgrew. Fine take in the air from the goalkeeper.
    • 19' Pesjakov comes out to punch clear the first corner from Mulgrew. Another corner.
    • 18' Wilson and Emmanuel Emenike collide going for a loose ball. Wilson fortunate to avoid conceding a free-kick. Celtic earn a corner at the other end via the run of Lustig.
    • 17' Another effort at goal by Emmanuel Emenike that is lifted over from an acute angle after he raced through the middle. He is a real danger to that Celtic defence.
    • 16' Artem Dzyuba plays a neat one-two with Kim Kallstrom who lifts a shot wide of goal. Decent move. Shot a couple of yards wide.
    • 15' Mulgrew with the cross into the middle of the area, but Sergey Pesjakov comes to collect with some ease.
    • 14' Mulgrew back to Forster who hammers the ball long down the park. Samaras failing to get beyond Marek Suchy out wide. Goalkick to Spartak.
    • 13' Jurado brings down Brown in the middle of the park. Celtic earn a free-kick at the halfway line.
    • 12' Spartak keeping the ball for fun at the moment. Celtic failing to gain a real foothold in the game as Emenike is caught narrowly offside. He is a real threat to that home defence.
    • 11' Kim Kallstrom with a superb cross into the box. Ari blocked by Ambrose after being set up by Emenike. Lovely stuff from Kim Kallstrom.
    • 10' Celtic have won 14 and lost just two of their 22 Champions League home matches and their two defeats came against Barcelona.
    • 9' Kombarov is penalised for a foul on Hooper. Lustig hammers a free-kick long for Samaras, but the header safely back with Sergey Pesjakov in the visiting goal.
    • 8' Samaras just failing to connect with the Mulgrew free-kick. Wilson across again to deal with the Emenike threat on the break.
    • 7' Izaguirre preferred to Adam Matthews as he returns from injury. Mulgrew and Izaguirre play the ball out of defence before Dmitriy Kombarov is penalised for a handball outside of the visiting box.
    • 6' The Celtic fans in full voice as Spartak are content to go backwards to keep the ball. Very comfortable on the ball as you would expect.
    • 5' Ambrose wins the ball well from Emenike. A real tension in the air. Celtic yet to find first gear moving forward as Samaras is halted inside the visiting half.
    • 4' Wilson doing brilliantly to win the ball from Emenike as Spartak broke quickly from a home free-kick. Celtic almost caught out there.
    • 3' Jose Jurado taken out of the game late by Commons, who is fortunate not to booked for that as Dmitriy Kombarov smashes a shot miles over the bar.
    • 2' Emmanuel Emenike tackled by Izaguirre before Forster hammers the ball long down the park. Celtic trying to settle on the ball. Emmanuel Emenike back on the ball in the home half.
    • 1' Celtic get the match off and running.
    • 19.42 Celtic Park bouncing. An air of expectation among the home fans. All they can do is win the match and hope results go for them elsewhere on the night. We are ready to go.
    • 19.40 If Celtic win this match it will be their best ever Champions League Group Stage performance. 53% of Celtic’s attempts at goal have come from set pieces, the highest proportion of any team in the competition. Celtic have scored more headed goals than any other team in the Champions League (four), while Spartak Moscow have conceded the most headed goals (four).
    • 19.35 Full teams and substitutes: Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Mulgrew, Brown, Kayal, Commons, Samaras, Hooper..subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Miku, Nouioui, Ledley, Rogne, Watt////Spartak Moscow: Pesiakov, Kirill Kombarov, Insaurralde, Suchy, Dmitri Kombarov, Rafael Carioca, Kallstrom, Jurado, Dzjuba, Ari, Emenike..subs: Dykan, Bryzgalov, Pareja, McGeady, Yakovlev, De Zeeuw, Kozlov////Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
    • 19.30 Celtic will hope for another passionate response from their supporters. Eurosport's Desmond Kane praised the Glasgow club's 'unique' following for their supporting role in the 2-1 win over Barcelona at Celtic Park last month. Celtic passion play inspired by unique set of fans
    • 19.25 Match odds if you fancy a tickle on this one: Celtic 4/7, Spartak Moscow 9/2, draw 16/5
    • 19.20 Early Doors caught up with the former Celtic and Bayern Munich winger Alan McInally earlier today to hear what he is making of tonight's match. You can read what Rambo's thoughts are here. It’s your big chance Celtic (now please don’t mess it up)
    • 19.15 Spartak side: Pesyakov; D. Kombarov, Suchý, Insaurralde, K. Kombarov; Ari, Källström, Carioca, Jurado; Emenike, Dzyuba. No Aiden McGeady in the Spartak side to face his former club Celtic. The Spartak players are out on the Celtic Park pitch taking a few snaps of their surroundings. Obviously impressed with what they are witnessing. Beforehand at least.
    • 19.10 Valery Karpin (Spartak caretaker): "What to do with my central defenders? The problem is not only there but also in support. I will not solely blame the central defenders for the team's failure in recent matches. I can tell you from my own experience that Real Sociedad were struggling defensively during 2001/02 season. But a year later they were arguably the best in the campaign defensively. So, you never know when things change."
    • 19.05 Breaking news for Celtic fans: Lionel Messi is on the bench tonight for Barcelona's match against Benfica. Here is the Barca side to face Benfica: Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Adriano, Planas, Thiago, Song, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Rafinha, Villa..subs: Valdes, Pique, Messi, Jonathan, Busquets, Sergi, Deulofeu..this match may prove as important to Celtic's hopes as what they manage at home against Spartak.
    • 19.00 Celtic manager Neil Lennon on the night ahead: "We watched Spartak on Friday when they lost to Zenit, and they're having their own problems domestically. I don't know what frame of mind they will come to Glasgow in - but I do know they are a dangerous team. They attack very, very well and were unfortunate at times against Zenit. They had a spell of dominance when they looked very, very dangerous going forward. So we will have to be mindful of that."
    • 18.55 Celtic captain Scott Brown starts for Celtic despite his hip injury with Victor Wanyama's booking against Benfica on match day five ruling him out of the home side's midfield. Beram Kayal and Kris Commons both start the match with Georgios Samaras set to support Gary Hooper in what appears to be a 4-4-1-1 formation or a 4-5-1 formation with Samaras set to be deployed in a roaming role out wide.
    • 18.50 Celtic team to face Spartak Moscow: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Kayal, Mulgrew; Samaras, Hooper
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Celtic against Spartak Moscow from Champions League Group G. Team news coming right up for you. Celtic will reach the last 16 with a win and a Benfica draw in Barcelona. They will reach the last 16 with a draw and a Benfica loss in Barcelona. Celtic will have to settle for the Europa League if they only match the Benfica result in Spain or if they lose to Spartak at home. Benfica will go through with a win in Barcelona.
  • Summary

    • 87' Commons taken out of the action late. Kim Kallstrom is off the park and Spartak are down to 10 men in this match.
    • 83' GOAL! Commons rams the ball down the middle and Celtic have the lead. They are 2-1 clear in the closing minutes.
    • 82' PENALTY TO CELTIC! Samaras fouled by Suchy and that is not a penalty. Celtic will take it though.
    • 80' Celtic earn another corner. Sergey Pesjakov claws the ball over his bar from Mulgrew's header. Great delivery from Commons.
    • 51' Sergey Pesjakov can't reach the shot, but Samaras' effort comes back off the post from Lustig's cross. Celtic so close to the second goal.
    • 39' GOAL! Spartak level as Emenike slides the ball into the path of Ari, who chips the ball over Forster to level at 1-1. Celtic caught wide open by the class of Emenike.
    • 31' Mulgrew throws in the corner-kick. Commons drives a half-volley a couple of yards wide. Looked like a deflection, but nothing doing from the referee. Decent hit.
    • 21' GOAL! Celtic take the lead through Hooper. Brilliant finish and the home side are on the board after an awful error by the Spartak defence. Awful error by Juan Insaurralde at the back.
    • 16' Artem Dzyuba plays a neat one-two with Kim Kallstrom who lifts a shot wide of goal. Decent move. Shot a couple of yards wide.
    • 11' Kim Kallstrom with a superb cross into the box. Ari blocked by Ambrose after being set up by Emenike. Lovely stuff from Kim Kallstrom.
    • 19.35 Full teams and substitutes: Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Mulgrew, Brown, Kayal, Commons, Samaras, Hooper..subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Miku, Nouioui, Ledley, Rogne, Watt////Spartak Moscow: Pesiakov, Kirill Kombarov, Insaurralde, Suchy, Dmitri Kombarov, Rafael Carioca, Kallstrom, Jurado, Dzjuba, Ari, Emenike..subs: Dykan, Bryzgalov, Pareja, McGeady, Yakovlev, De Zeeuw, Kozlov////Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
    • 19.05 Breaking news for Celtic fans: Lionel Messi is on the bench tonight for Barcelona's match against Benfica. Here is the Barca side to face Benfica: Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Adriano, Planas, Thiago, Song, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Rafinha, Villa..subs: Valdes, Pique, Messi, Jonathan, Busquets, Sergi, Deulofeu..this match may prove as important to Celtic's hopes as what they manage at home against Spartak.
    • 18.50 Celtic team to face Spartak Moscow: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Kayal, Mulgrew; Samaras, Hooper
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    Manager: Neil Lennon

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    Manager: Valery Karpin

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