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Celtic climb into contention

Published: Wednesday 5 November 2003, 23.00CET
Celtic FC 3-1 RSC Anderlecht A vital victory moves Martin O'Neill's side second in Group A.

Match statistics

CelticAnderlecht

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners3
 
0
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed27
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 5 November 2003, 23.00CET

Celtic climb into contention

Celtic FC 3-1 RSC Anderlecht A vital victory moves Martin O'Neill's side second in Group A.

By Alex O'Henley at Celtic Park

Celtic FC moved into second place in UEFA Champions League Group A with a crucial 3-1 victory at home to RSC Anderlecht.

Vital victory
The Glasgow side began the night bottom of the section with three points but the victory took them above their opponents and FC Bayern München, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Olympique Lyonnais. The French champions now lead the group with seven points, one more than Celtic.

Tactical change
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill changed his favoured 3-5-2 lineup, opting instead to play a 4-4-2 formation with Didier Agathe at full-back. Liam Miller came in to make his first Champions League start on the right side of midfield.

Early incident
As expected the home side were the first to threaten but the Anderlecht defence, so impressive in their 1-0 win against Celtic in Belgium on Matchday 3, coped comfortably with the early pressure despite the absence of suspended captain Glen De Boeck, who was sent off two weeks ago.

McNamara intervenes
The Belgian champions then went on the attack and almost capitalised on some slack Celtic defending, as a ball across the penalty area was misjudged by Stanislav Varga and the home side's captain, Jackie McNamara, was forced to intervene to prevent Ivica Mornar getting a clear shot at goal.

Celtic in front
The early scare seemed to jolt Celtic into life and in the 12th minute Henrik Larsson put the home side ahead. John Hartson did well to shield the ball in midfield before playing the ball into the path of Agathe, and his perfect cross was headed past Daniel Zitka by the Swedish striker for his first Champions League goal of the campaign.

Miller magic
The goal lifted the 60,000-strong crowd, who urged the hosts forward in search of a second, which duly arrived in the 17th minute. McNamara's inswinging cross from the left was headed back across goal by Hartson to the feet of Miller, and the 22-year-old forward's low shot gave Zitka no chance.

Sutton strikes
Miller was a constant threat now and minutes later he helped to create Celtic's third. Another surging run took him into the Anderlecht penalty area before his high cross from the goalline found Stilian Petrov unmarked at the back post, but the Bulgarian playmaker's header was tipped over the crossbar by Zitka. From Petrov's resulting corner, Hartson flicked on and Chris Sutton powered into space to head the ball past Zitka and into the net.

Three-goal lead
Miller had a chance to further increase the advantage just before half-time, but his shot was smothered by Zitka at his near post. The three-goal cushion meant that the game was effectively decided at the interval, yet the visitors pushed forward in the opening exchanges of the second period. Aruna Dindane had a half-chance but Bobo Balde intervened before the Ivory Coast striker could shoot.

Anderlecht on the attack
However, despite their comfortable lead, the home side continued to press forward in search of more goals, and quickly threatened themselves as Hartson tried to round off a swift counterattack, turning away from Vincent Kompany on the edge of the penalty area before shooting at Zitka from 20 metres.

Penalty drama
However, the visitors were given a glimmer of hope 14 minutes from time as Dindane went down under pressure from Balde and the referee pointed to the spot. Mornar's penalty was too close to Magnus Hedman and the Swedish goalkeeper made the save, also blocking Christian Wilhelmsson's follow-up effort, but the ball bounced into the path of Dindane and he scored high into the net from a tight angle.

Last updated: 05/11/03 23.59CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

anderlecht

Anderlecht

21
HedmanMagnus Hedman (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
4
McNamaraJackie McNamara (C)
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
6
BaldéBobo Baldé
6
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
Yellow Card45
7
LarssonHenrik Larsson
Goal12
10
BaseggioWalter Baseggio (C)
9
SuttonChris Sutton
Goal29
Yellow Card32
14
HendrikxMarc Hendrikx
Substitution63
10
HartsonJohn Hartson
Yellow Card33
Substitution83
15
HasiBesnik Hasi
17
AgatheDidier Agathe
17
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Yellow Card59
18
LennonNeil Lennon
19
MornarIvica Mornar
Penalty77
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
26
DindaneAruna Dindane
Yellow Card33
Goal77
23
VargaStanislav Varga
Yellow Card67
27
KompanyVincent Kompany
43
MillerLiam Miller
Goal17
Substitution76
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen

Substitutes

20
DouglasRobert Douglas (GK)
24
PeersmanTristan Peersman (GK)
2
GrayMichael Gray
Substitution76
2
IlićAleksandar Ilić
3
SyllaMohamed Sylla
Substitution90+1
4
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
29
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution83
Substitution90+1
11
KolářMartin Kolář
Substitution63
33
R. WallaceRoss Wallace
21
ZetterbergPär Zetterberg
35
MjällbyJohan Mjällby
23
JuniorJunior
41
KennedyJohn Kennedy
35
MacDonaldSherjill MacDonald

Coach

Martin O'Neill (NIR) Hugo Broos (BEL)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Dimitrios Groutsis (GRE)

Fourth official

Georgios Borovilos (GRE)

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