Sunday March 18, 2012 Final Finished Hampden Park

Celtic 0 - 1 Kilmarnock

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  1. Killie shock Celtic in League Cup final

    Killie shock Celtic in League Cup final

    A second-half header from Dieter van Tornhout saw Kilmarnock record a shock 1-0 victory over Celtic to win the Scottish League Cup. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Celtic
    • Kilmarnock
    • 90+4' That's it! Incredible! 1-0 Kimarnock. Kenny Shiels' men defy the odds and win their first Scottish League Cup! What a final. Well played Kilmarnock and also well played Celtic.
    • 90+3' The Killie fans are on their seats praying for the referee to blow the final whistle.
    • 90+2' Wow! Stokes booked for diving! with only Bell to beat the striker collapses to the ground in what appeared minimal contact.
    • 90+1 Celtic are quickly running out of ideas...
    • 90' The fourth official indicates four minutes of injury time.
    • 89' Killie try to find time by playing in the corner but Celtic win possession back and are on the attack again...
    • 88' Forrest is back on the pitch, but clearly in a lot of discomfort.
    • 87' What a double save from Bell! First Samaras and then Commons try their luck but there appears to be no stopping Bell now!
    • 86' Forrest looks in serious pain. Off the pitch he goes, and Celtic will have to paly with 10 men in these final stages.
    • 85' This will be interesting now. Surely Celtic will throw the proverbial kitchen sink at Kilmarnock? But, remember, Killie haven't conceded so far in this season's competition.
    • 84' CELTIC SUB: Kris Commons is on for Joe Ledley.
    • 84' KIMARNOCK SUB: Zdenek Kroca on in place of Mohamadou Sissoko.
    • 83' Oh, hello! Goal for Kilmarnock! Supersub Dieter van Tornhout with an unmarked header at the back post! That wasn't part of the script, was it?
    • 82' Stokes straight into the Killie wall with that free-kick.
    • 81' Kelly with a hefty challenge on Samaras. That's a free-kick for Celtic and a booking for the Killie midfielder.
    • 80' Mulgrew with a rampaging run past a host of Killie challenges before losing his footing and the ball in the opposing penalty area.
    • 79' So, predictions? Because this could go either way.
    • 78' CELTIC SUB: Gary Hooper makes way for Georgios Samaras.
    • 77' Here comes the Killie corner...and that's easy for Wanyama who's on hand to clear at the front post.
    • 76' Forster saves a Heffernan strike at his near post! The Celtic players appear to be asleep as Shiels shosted his way through them before the stirke.
    • 75' Kilmarnock now on the ascendancy...
    • 74' Liam Kelly, with time and space, blasts wide on the edge of the box. That was sloppy defending from Celrtic.
    • 72' KILMARNOCK SUB: Dieter van Tournhout comes on for Gary Harkins.
    • 73' Free-kick evades everyone and goes out for a goal-kick to Killie.
    • 71' Silly challenge by Sissoko who clatters into the back of Hooper. Free-kick Celtic.
    • 70' Wanyama misses another Ki corner at the back post. That was close. The defender was unmarked.
    • 69' Victor Wanyama heads a Ki corner towards goal and Bell tips it over for another corner.
    • 68' Sissoko challenges Hooper to halt Celtic advancing any further. But here comes Stokes, who wins a corner.
    • 67' Ledley fails to control a through ball by Forrest and it's back with Bell.
    • 66' Neil Lennon barking orders from the sidelines. To say he looks nervous is an understatement.
    • 65' Frustration lurking around the Celtic players as Stokes comes out second-best with Sissoko. Goal-kick Kilmarnock.
    • 64' Question now on everyone's lips - particularly the Celtic players and fans - is, can Bell be beaten?
    • 63' Bell's at it again! This is unbelievable. Stokes this time, after side-stepping a sliding tackle by Nelson, the forward can only shoot low and straight into the arms of Bell.
    • 61' Celtic really upping the tempo now...
    • 60' Joe Ledley - who has been quiet by his high standards - blasts wide after being played in on the edge of the Killie' penalty area by Hooper. More of a snap-shot than anything with genuine purpose.
    • 59' Nelson has been at the heart of all of Killie's superb defending so far. And there he is to whack away another cross.
    • 58' Forrest nearly plays Ki through on goal. Super interception by Nelson.
    • 57' Handbags there between Brown and Ben Gordon. The Killie defender was strong in seeing out the ball with the Celtic captain breathing down his neck.
    • 56' Bell collects another corner from Celtic. The goalkeeper, now wearing a cap to protect his eyes from the sunshine, could also be wearing a cape judging by this performance.
    • 55' CELTIC SUB: Ki Sung-Yueng come on for Thomas Rogne.
    • 54' It's that man Nelson again who cbreaks up a Celtic counter-attack. The defender has been a rock so far.
    • 53' Sissoko with a glorious chance! Sissoko, unmarked, heads wide when it looked easier to hit the target. The french defender had more time than he thought!
    • 52' Again Kilmarnock break and all their hard work going forward results in a corner.
    • 51' The Kilmarnock faithful are in full voice here. They sense a first trophy in 15 years could well be on the cards.
    • 50' Free-kick Celtic. That's poor from Stokes, straight into the wall.
    • 49' Booking there for Lee Johnson. Cynical foul as Celtic were on the break.
    • 48' How did Shiels miss! The striker - through persistance more than anything - forces his way trhough the Celtic defence and, with only Forster to beat, opens up his body and fires wide!
    • 47' There is a air of apprehension in the stands now. Both sets of fans know the first goal is telling.
    • 46' Celtic go direct. Hooper frees Forrest down the left and the youngster drives into Killie's box before his tame cross falls comfortably into the arms of Bell.
    • 45' Celtic get us underway for the second half in what is now a sunny Glasgow.
    • 45+1' There goes the half-time whistle. A host of chances for both teams yet they go in at the break 0-0. Time to take a break, catch your breath, possibly have a lie-down, before returning for another blockbuster of a half in 15 minutes' time.
    • 45' A minute of injury time to be played.
    • 44' The players look exhausted and so they should be, it's been non-stop action all half.
    • 43' How this game is still goalless is beyond me!
    • 42' Fine save from Forster! The young stopper flies out of his goal-line to pull off a terrific block from Heffernan.
    • 41' Nelson winning teh personal duel with Stokes, as the defender heads the ball out for a Celtic throw-in.
    • 40' Foul by Gary Harkins on Charlie Mulgrew. But that pressing by the midfielder will have pleased his manager Kenny Shiels.
    • 39' Celtic looking to work the channels more as the middle of the park is becoming rather congested.
    • 38' Bell denies Celtic again!! And the saves get better and better. Brown with a thunderbolt from all of 30 yards but Bell somehow manages to get a finger tip to it.
    • 37' Unfortunately, they face a side who have gone 26 domestic games unbeaten.
    • 36' Kimarnock are yet to win a League Cup and by the performance so far, they desperately want to put that right today.
    • 35' Forrest with another strike, which is blocked by Nelson and away for a corner klck which in the end amounts to nothing.
    • 34' It's Forrest turn now, who curls an effort just wide of the post.
    • 33' And here come Celtic. This final is ened-to-end stuff at the moment!
    • 32' Fantastic defending by Wilson! Had he not intervened there, Heffernan would surely have been in on goal.
    • 31' Killie almost take the lead! Sissoko meets a Shiels corner with a powerful header which is cleared off the line by Stokes!
    • 30' Fine save down the other end now. Shiels denied by Forster who does well to get down low and put it out for a corner.
    • 28' Stokes almost plays in Brown but his back-heel is comfortably dealt with by Killie.
    • 27' Still goalless, thanks to Cameron Bell.
    • 26' Super save from Bell! Sensational! Brown skillfully evades teh challenge down the right before whipping in a telling cross which is powerfully headed goalwards by Stokes only for Bell to heroically palm away down his left-hand post. What a safe!
    • 25' Here come Celtic down the right...
    • 24' Kenny Shiels men are playing pretty patterns at the moment but, despite it being pleasing on the eye, nothing has materialised in terms of chances yet.
    • 23' Stokes tries to beat one too many in the Kilmarnock defence when James Forrest was available and begging for the ball out wide. Wrong choice there from the former Arsenal man.
    • 22' A lot of robust challenges coming in from either side. This game is at a healthy competitive level with neither side on top yet.
    • 21' Sissoko almost runs himself, and his side, into yet more trouble. Thankfully Bell comes to the rescue and blasts the ball up field.
    • 20' That was close. It's that man agiain, Dean Shiels, who finds plenty of time and space to latch onto possession and hit a low strike just past Fraser Forster's left hand post.
    • 19' KILMARNOCK SUB: Lee Johnson comes on for the injured Danny Buiks.
    • 17' Clever play from Heffernan to win a free-kick fro Kilmarnock after Kelvin Wilson brings him down.
    • 16' Celtic seem to have lost their way a little bit, with Neil Lennon looking none too happy at the moment.
    • 15' Dean Shiels corner is flicked on by Sissoko before being whacked clear by Celtic.
    • 14' Corner Kilmarnock. Thomas Rogne with an important clearance after a great Killie move is eventually dealt with. Here it comes...Rogne again knock it out for yet another corner.
    • 13' Kilmarnock having plenty of possession and in Celtic's half too. This looks promising for Killie...
    • 12' Kilmarnock look long to Paul Heffernan, only the striker's flick-on falls kindly to Wilson who starts another Celtic attack.
    • 11' Michael Nelson with a timely interception. Were it not for the big man's intervention, Hooper would have surely sent Anthony Stokes through on goal.
    • 10' It's no surprise - par that Sissoko slip-up - that Kenny Shiels men have yet to concede a goal in this season's League Cup competition.
    • 9' It seems the green and white storm has been weathered by Kilmarnock. And their defence appear to have got their act together.
    • 8' On closer inspection, Bell reacted well and efficiently to stop Hooper from putting Celtic ahead.
    • 7' Dean Shiels almost in there only Paul Heffernan was but a whisker away from setting the forward clean through on goal.
    • 6' A Patient build-up play there from Neil Lennon's men, as a Adam Matthews cross is eventually cleared. Another corner for Celtic. But once again, Kilmarnock defend well and look to take a breather.
    • 5' Scott Brown again, driving into the Kilmarnock penalty area to win a corner. Unfortunately for the Hoops, the resultant kick is easily collected by Bell.
    • 4 That should have been the opener for Celtic! Mohamadou Sissoko with an awful defensive pass fell right into the path of Hooper who, with only Cameron Bell to beat, could only smash it straight at the 'keeper!
    • 3' Both teams are kitted out in their away shirts today. Celtic are playing in white shirts, green shorts and white socks, while Kilmarnock are in all yellow.
    • 2' Early strike from Scott Brown. A neat one-two with Gary Hooper, before the midfielder sees his effort sail high and wide.
    • 1' Kilmarnock kick-off, playing from left to right.
    • 15:00 Referee - and teacher - Willie Collum gets this final underway!
    • 14:58 And here come the two teams onto the Hampden Park turf to a rapturous reception!
    • 14:55 Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper both start in what is a very offensive Celtic line-up. And it appears the former will be a big threat for Kilmarnock - the striker has scored 12 goals in 12 domestic cup matches since joining the Hoops.
    • 14:50 Also, going into today's final, Kilmarnock have yet to concede a goal in this season's Scottish League Cup campaign. Celtic also boast an impressive run of form, scoring nine goals from three matches and conceding just the two goals along the way to Hampden Park.
    • 14:45 Okay, if you are someone who thinks is match is a foregone conclusion and Celtic have this in the bag already - think again! Despite Celtic having the superior number of Cup final appearances, they've only managed to win 50% of them - winning 14 and lossing 14.
    • 14:42 CELTIC: Forster, Matthews, Rogne, Kelvin Wilson, Mulgrew, Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Hooper, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Cha, Commons, Ki /// KILMARNOCK: Bell, Fowler, Sissoko, Nelson, Gordon, Kelly, Buijs, Harkins, Hay, Shiels, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, Dayton, Kroca, Johnston, Van Tornhout.
    • 14:40 While Kilmarnock have notched up five Cup Final visits. However, they are yet to taste victory.
    • 14:35 Celtic have reached the final 28 times, their last being a 2-1 defeat to Rangers last season.
    • 14:30 The last and only time these sides met in the Scottish League Cup Final, a Henrik Larrson hat-trick - plus a Chris Sutton sending off - saw the Hoops claim a 3-0 victory back in 2001.
    • 14:26 Lennon is also hoping nerves do not get the better of his less than experienced men while in pursuit of honours today: "For some of them this will be their first chance of winning a medal in their careers. We´ll try and balance the excitement with the reality of the fact it´s just on."
    • 14:25 Despite having the chance of clinching their 43rd SPL title – their first since 2008 - next weekend should results go there way, Celtic manager Neil Lennon isn’t thinking beyond today’s League Cup Final: “It´s all about this cup final, it is a trophy that´s important to win, it´s important to myself and it´s important to the players."
    • 14:20 It comes as no surprise to hear that Celtic are strong favourites today, yet Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels is one person who believes a shock is within his team's capabilities: “If you dwell on the talent Celtic have too much, the players will get nervous and think 'we've got no chance here'. Even though Celtic are massive favourites, if we get our passing game going then we have an opportunity. We have intelligent footballers and we play an intelligent game. We can hurt even the best teams."
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome one and all to Eurosport’s LIVE coverage of the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Hampden Park.
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