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Barcelona glee in Glasgow

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2004, 21.45CET
Celtic FC 1-3 FC Barcelona Deco, Ludovic Giuly and the homecoming Henrik Larsson score the goals.

Match statistics

CelticBarcelona

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
10
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners5
 
7
Offsides10
 
2
Fouls committed28
 
22
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 14 September 2004, 21.45CET

Barcelona glee in Glasgow

Celtic FC 1-3 FC Barcelona Deco, Ludovic Giuly and the homecoming Henrik Larsson score the goals.

By Alex O'Henley at Celtic Park

FC Barcelona became the first visiting team to win a UEFA Champions League match at Celtic FC as goals from Deco, Ludovic Giuly and the homecoming Henrik Larsson secured maximum points in their Group F opener.

Larsson clincher
Larsson's goal, on his return to the club where he scored 242 goals in a seven-year spell, sealed a victory which had looked in doubt after Chris Sutton grabbed a dramatic equaliser for Celtic just short of the hour mark. Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard had named Larsson as a substitute with Brazilian ace Ronaldinho coming in to form a front three with Ludovic Giuly and Samuel Eto'o.

Delayed start
Kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes because of a turnstile failure which locked hundreds of fans outside the stadium but no sooner had the game started than Barcelona took control. After just three minutes young goalkeeper David Marshall had to come off his line to block Giuly's shot, and a minute later Ronaldinho fired narrowly past the post.

Clinical finish
Celtic were being caught in possession all too often and on 20 minutes Barcelona exacted the ultimate punishment. Ronaldinho surged towards the box and played the ball in for Deco, who gave Marshall no chance with a clinical right-footed finish.

Close shaves
Having gone ahead Barcelona were happy to sit back on their lead and restrict Celtic to opportunities from set-pieces, but just before half-time they almost extended their lead when Marshall and then Bobo Balde denied Giuly and Xavi Hernández. Celtic manager Martin O'Neill brought on Sutton after the break, and the impact was instant as the Scottish champions began the second half with much more verve and vigour in their game.

Marshall heroics
However, the game could have been put out of Celtic's reach on 55 minutes when Jackie McNamara brought down Giuly as he raced in on goal, leaving referee Markus Merk with no option other than to point to the penalty spot. But Marshall continued his heroics with a one-handed save diving to his left to deny Ronaldinho.

More pressure
Unfazed by the penalty miss the visitors went close again, through a header by Rafael Márquez and a Xavi volley, in a relentless 60 seconds of pressure. But Celtic survived to press forward and grabbed an unlikely equaliser on 59 minutes.

Celtic level
The pace of Henri Camara had proved to be one of the home sides' most potent weapons and it was his cross from the right which was met by Sutton, who stretched to guide the ball into the roof of the net. Nine minutes after that the game was nearly turned completely on its head as Stilian Petrov was denied by a Victor Valdés save from a stinging volley.

Visitors ahead
Then, just moments later, Brazilian defender Juliano Haus Belletti was centimetres away from putting into his own net under pressure from Alan Thompson. Back came Barcelona however, and with just 12 minutes left on the clock Giuly hit them with the sucker punch, finding the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area with a little help from a deflection off the unlucky McNamara.

Victory sealed
Four minutes after that Larsson, on as a substitute, capped his return with a goal. Latching on to a misplaced header from Thompson, he calmly rounded Marshall before side-footing the ball into the net. Celtic had no way back and knew they were consigned to their first defeat in 19 home European games. For Barcelona, it was a first success on Scottish soil in six attempts.

Last updated: 15/09/04 12.12CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

barcelona

Barcelona

22
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
4
McNamaraJackie McNamara (C)
Yellow Card55
Substitution80
2
BellettiJuliano Belletti
6
BaldéBobo Baldé
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
Yellow Card36
Substitution63
7
JuninhoPaulista Juninho
Yellow Card28
Substitution46
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
8
ThompsonAlan Thompson
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
10
HartsonJohn Hartson
Yellow Card2
Substitution63
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Goal78
17
AgatheDidier Agathe
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Substitution74
18
LennonNeil Lennon
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Penalty55
Substitution63
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
23
VargaStanislav Varga
14
GerardGerard
27
CamaraHenri Camara
20
DecoDeco
Goal20

Substitutes

20
DouglasRobert Douglas (GK)
28
RubenMartínez Ruben (GK)
3
SyllaMohamed Sylla
Substitution80
7
LarssonHenrik Larsson
Substitution63
Goal82
5
ValgaerenJoos Valgaeren
Substitution63
16
SylvinhoSylvinho
9
SuttonChris Sutton
Substitution46
Goal59
18
GabriGabri
11
PearsonStephen Pearson
19
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
14
LambertPaul Lambert
23
OleguerOleguer
Substitution63
46
McGeadyAiden McGeady
24
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution74

Coach

Martin O'Neill (NIR) Frank Rijkaard (NED)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Christian Schräer (GER), Josef Webers (GER)

Fourth official

Stefan Trautmann (GER)

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