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Celtic earn Moscow advantage

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.35CET
FC Spartak Moskva 1-1 Celtic FC Paul Hartley's away goal gave the Scottish champions the edge despite a Roman Pavlyuchenko equaliser.

Match statistics

Spartak MoskvaCeltic

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.35CET

Celtic earn Moscow advantage

FC Spartak Moskva 1-1 Celtic FC Paul Hartley's away goal gave the Scottish champions the edge despite a Roman Pavlyuchenko equaliser.

Celtic FC put themselves in a good position to return to the UEFA Champions League group stage by drawing with FC Spartak Moskva in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie at the stadium that will host this season's final.

Away goal
The Scottish champions gained the initiative at the Luzhniki Stadium when Paul Hartley scored a vital away goal, and despite Roman Pavlyuchenko's first-half equaliser they will begin the second leg in Glasgow on 29 August as slight favourites.

Welliton danger
Spartak gave an unexpected start to summer signing Welliton and the Brazilian made the most of the opportunity. Teasing the Celtic defence with his trickery, he almost set up an early goal for Pavlyuchenko: the striker's close-range effort being ruled offside. For all their dominance, however, Spartak did not trouble Celtic goalkeeper Mark Brown as the visitors worked hard to close them down.

Hartley header
After frustrating Spartak and their large support, Celtic then scored a priceless goal against the run of play on 21 minutes. At the scene of one of Scotland's most famous sporting triumphs – sprinter Alan Wells's Olympic gold in 1980 – Scott McDonald flicked the ball across with the outside of his left foot for Hartley to direct a powerful header past Stipe Pletikosa.

Spartak equaliser
Unflustered, Spartak fought back and after Welliton had nodded the ball wide, Pavlyuchenko equalised using his head three minutes before the break. The forward managed to get in front of Scott Brown and even though his namesake Mark got a hand to the ball he could not prevent it from creeping inside the far post.

Missed chances
Buoyed by the goal, Spartak had chances to take the lead in the second half. They somehow failed to convert one after a corner caused havoc on 58 minutes and, seven minutes later, Pavlyuchenko had a downward header that bounced agonisingly over the top. When Welliton saw his late attempt brilliantly saved they knew it was not going to be their day.

Last updated: 16/08/07 0.52CET

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Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

celtic

Celtic

23
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution74
21
BrownMark Brown (GK)
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
41
KennedyJohn Kennedy
10
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Goal42
44
McManusStephen McManus (C)
5
MozartMozart
25
NakamuraShunsuke Nakamura
6
SoavaFlorin Soava
3
NaylorLee Naylor
Yellow Card40
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
Yellow Card90+3
10
Vennegoor of HesselinkJan Vennegoor of Hesselink
Substitution83
9
TitovYegor Titov (C)
12
M. WilsonMark Wilson
14
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
18
DonatiMassimo Donati
Substitution75
22
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
8
BrownScott Brown
Yellow Card69
11
WellitonWelliton
11
HartleyPaul Hartley
Goal21
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
27
McDonaldScott McDonald
Substitution80

Substitutes

7
BoyarintsevDenis Boyarintsev
5
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell
Substitution80
25
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Substitution74
47
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
34
SabitovRenat Sabitov
15
SnoEvander Sno
Substitution75
1
KhomichDmitri Khomich (GK)
7
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski
70
DeduraIgnas Dedura
33
KillenChris Killen
40
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
17
PressleySteven Pressley
20
RebkoAleksei Rebko
46
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution83

Coach

Stanislav Cherchesov (RUS) Gordon Strachan (SCO)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Günter Perl (GER)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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