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AaB beat Celtic to UEFA Cup bonus

Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.20CET
Aalborg BK 2-1 Celtic FC
An 87th-minute own goal from Gary Caldwell completed a home fightback in Denmark which secured third place and UEFA Cup football for AaB.
by Mike Harrington
from Aalborg Stadium
AaB beat Celtic to UEFA Cup bonus
Caca wheels after after scoring AaB's first goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AalborgCeltic

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners7
 
4
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed13
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.20CET

AaB beat Celtic to UEFA Cup bonus

Aalborg BK 2-1 Celtic FC
An 87th-minute own goal from Gary Caldwell completed a home fightback in Denmark which secured third place and UEFA Cup football for AaB.

Aalborg BK came from behind in stirring fashion to defeat Celtic FC 2-1 and secure both third place in Group E and UEFA Cup football at the expense of their visitors.

Late drama

Celtic took a deserved lead when midfielder Barry Robson, who had missed a penalty when the sides met in Glasgow on Matchday 1, headed in on 53 minutes but were pegged back when Caca equalised with a shot which took a deflection off Stephen McManus 17 minutes from time. The 87th-minute winner also took a final touch off a Celtic player as a Glenn Loovens clearance bounced back into his own net via the legs of Gary Caldwell, guaranteeing AaB third place behind Manchester United FC and Villarreal CF – and knocking Celtic out of Europe.

Nakamura miss
Celtic begun without influential winger Aiden McGeady, who failed to prove that he had fully recovered from a calf injury during training the previous evening, but did not allow that setback to affect them and instead created the first chance of the contest on six minutes. Shunsuke Nakamura showed great vision to play a delightful low cross into the area where Georgios Samaras just failed to make contact with the ball. Nakamura himself had a clearer opportunity to score three minutes later when the Japanese latched on to a through-pass by Scott McDonald, only to shoot high and wide with only Karim Zaza to beat.

Boruc save
AaB were struggling to assert themselves and did not look like a team on an eight-match unbeaten run. Their midfield pairing of Thomas Augustinussen and Kasper Risgård could not maintain possession and the hosts were reduced to hitting long balls up to lone striker Jeppe Curth, which Celtic's centre-back pairing of McManus and Loovens swept up with ease. Perhaps not surprisingly then, it was from a set-piece which the Danish side first tested Artur Boruc, the Celtic goalkeeper having to stretch fully to tip Michael Jakobsen's header from a Thomas Enevoldsen corner over the bar.

Samaras heads over
That opportunity did not signal a swing in the momentum of the match, however, and it was Celtic who ended the half the strongest, creating yet another great chance to take the lead when Nakamura whipped a free-kick to the back post which the unmarked Samaras headed wide. Robson showed the Greece striker how to do it with eight minutes of the second half played, expertly directing Mark Wilson's left-wing cross beyond Zaza from close to the penalty spot. Caldwell almost doubled the advantage on 64 minutes, firing straight at the AaB goalkeeper following an excellent surge into the box.

Pride
Against the run of the play, AaB equalised on 73 minutes when Caca picked up the ball just outside the Celtic box and drilled a shot which deflected off McManus, looped over Boruc and into the net. The Polish international was also powerless to keep out the winner, as Loovens' clearance from Andreas Johansson's centre ricocheted into the goal off Caldwell to extend Celtic's winless away run in this competition to 20 games.

Last updated: 25/11/08 23.53CET

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Lineups

aab

AaB

celtic

Celtic

1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
3
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
Substitution81
4
McManusStephen McManus (C)
6
OlfersSteve Olfers
5
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell
Goal87
8
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
Yellow Card69
7
McDonaldScott McDonald
9
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen (C)
8
BrownScott Brown
14
CurthJeppe Curth
Substitution70
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Substitution69
16
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
12
M. WilsonMark Wilson
Substitution90
18
CacaCaca
Goal73
19
RobsonBarry Robson
Goal53
21
RisgårdKasper Risgård
22
LoovensGlenn Loovens
23
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen
Substitution70
25
NakamuraShunsuke Nakamura

Substitutes

30
K. NielsenKenneth Stenild (GK)
21
BrownMark Brown (GK)
7
DueAnders Due
Substitution70
3
NaylorLee Naylor
10
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
Substitution70
11
HartleyPaul Hartley
15
NomvetheSiyabonga Nomvethe
13
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution90
20
BræmerSimon Bræmer
26
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Substitution69
24
SørensenJens-Kristian Sørensen
48
O'DeaDarren O'Dea
27
KristensenPatrick Kristensen
Substitution81
52
CaddisPaul Caddis

Coach

Allan Kuhn (DEN) Gordon Strachan (SCO)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Armin Eder (AUT), Raimund Buch (AUT)

Fourth official

Stefan Messner (AUT)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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