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Giggs goal saves United in Glasgow

Published: Thursday 6 November 2008, 0.58CET
Celtic FC 1-1 Manchester United FC
Ryan Giggs headed in an 84th-minute equaliser as United preserved their unbeaten record in Group E and left their Scottish hosts without a victory.
by Barry Johnston
from Celtic Park
Giggs goal saves United in Glasgow
Ryan Giggs is congratulated after earning United a point ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CelticMan. United

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
8
Attempts off target3
 
10
Corners4
 
12
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
6
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 6 November 2008, 0.58CET

Giggs goal saves United in Glasgow

Celtic FC 1-1 Manchester United FC
Ryan Giggs headed in an 84th-minute equaliser as United preserved their unbeaten record in Group E and left their Scottish hosts without a victory.

Ryan Giggs scored a late equaliser to earn Manchester United FC a point which moved the holders closer to the knockout stages and left Celtic FC still searching for their first victory in Group E.

Brilliant opener
With Celtic battling to save their UEFA Champions League campaign, and their guests one win away from potentially securing their progress in the competition, there was little to choose between the sides in Glasgow. Scott McDonald brilliantly lobbed the home team in front with 13 minutes played, and Celtic were six minutes away from defeating their English visitors when Giggs nodded in. United now need just a point to advance, while Gordon Strachan's men are realistically competing with Aalborg BK – their hosts on Matchday 5 – for third place and a UEFA Cup berth.

Early tension
United carved the first opening of the game on nine minutes, when Barry Robson's crunching foul on Darren Fletcher resulted in a free-kick 25 metres out. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up confidently, but fizzed his drive marginally over the crossbar. Four minutes later Celtic were on the front foot, responding in lethal style with a sublimely executed goal. Gary Caldwell cushioned a header into the path of McDonald two metres inside the United box, and the Australian international striker did the rest – lofting a cushioned volley with the outside of his right boot over stand-in goalkeeper Ben Foster and into the back of the net to secure a dream start for the Scottish titleholders.

United response
The Old Trafford outfit may have been somewhat taken aback by the early blow, but they replied by piling pressure on their opponents in search of the leveller. Rio Ferdinand went close on 17 minutes, and surely would have turned in a Giggs corner from four metres were it not for a last-ditch challenge from Celtic captain Stephen McManus. Dimitar Berbatov had struck twice when the sides met at Old Trafford a fortnight ago and, with United trailing, Sir Alex Ferguson introduced the striker at the interval in place of Nani, switching to 4-4-2 in the process. With their attacking presence increased, the away team almost equalised ten minutes into the second period. From another venomous Giggs corner, Nemanja Vidić headed the ball on to Berbatov, who flicked it goalwards only to find Shaun Maloney perfectly placed to clear off the line.

Late fright
Celtic remained a threat on the counter, and from one such raid in the 61st minute they won a corner which forward Cillian Sheridan – like Foster, making his first start in the competition – headed a fraction over. Yet it was the Premier League club who looked more likely to notch the second goal of the match, and they finally made their pressure tell in the 84th minute when a swerving, 25-metre Ronaldo drive was parried by Artur Boruc into the path of Giggs who headed the ball into the empty net. Berbatov could have won it with the last kick of the game, only to drag his shot wide and leave both sides in contention for the last 16, albeit just in Celtic's case.

Last updated: 06/11/08 11.02CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

man. united

Man. United

1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
12
FosterBen Foster (GK)
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
4
McManusStephen McManus (C)
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
5
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell
11
GiggsRyan Giggs (C)
Goal84
7
McDonaldScott McDonald
Goal13
Substitution82
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
8
BrownScott Brown
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
11
HartleyPaul Hartley
17
NaniNani
Yellow Card32
Substitution46
12
M. WilsonMark Wilson
21
RafaelRafael
Substitution66
13
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution76
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
19
RobsonBarry Robson
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
26
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Substitution64
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Substitution71

Substitutes

21
BrownMark Brown (GK)
29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
3
NaylorLee Naylor
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Substitution66
18
DonatiMassimo Donati
Substitution64
8
AndersonAnderson
23
HutchinsonBen Hutchinson
Substitution82
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution46
25
NakamuraShunsuke Nakamura
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Substitution71
48
O'DeaDarren O'Dea
Substitution76
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
52
CaddisPaul Caddis
23
J. EvansJonny Evans

Coach

Gordon Strachan (SCO) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)

Fourth official

Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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