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Larsson puts Celtic in command

Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.32CET
Celtic FC 3-0 FK Teplice Two Henrik Larsson strikes help last season's finalists to a comfortable win.

Match statistics

CelticTeplice

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.32CET

Larsson puts Celtic in command

Celtic FC 3-0 FK Teplice Two Henrik Larsson strikes help last season's finalists to a comfortable win.

Swedish striker Henrik Larsson scored at the start and end of the match as Celtic FC defeated FK Teplice 3-0 in this UEFA Cup third round first-leg tie.

No coherency
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill brought Paul Lambert into midfield in place of the suspended Neil Lennon and Didier Agathe replaced John Kennedy in defence. Teplice, meanwhile, lacked coherency having transferred five players out of their side since impressively overcoming Feyenoord and 1. FC Kaiserslautern in previous encounters.

Lost identity
Against a team clearly struggling to recover its identity, last year's UEFA Cup runners-up did enough to secure a comfortable triumph without ever excelling. Larsson, however, was as accurate in front of goal as ever. He opened the scoring in the third minute, tucking away after sprinting on to a measured pass from in-form midfield player Alan Thompson.

Sutton second
Chris Sutton then doubled the lead, pouncing on a headed back-pass which fell short to round Teplice goalkeeper Tomáš Postulka in the 12th minute. At this stage, it seemed inevitable that Celtic would cut loose and considerably increase the advantage but Thompson fired over from close range in the 17th minute and Stephen Pearson squandered two chances. Postulka saved his first effort and Tomáš Hunal cleared his follow-up off the line. The same player also drilled over from the edge of the box when sent clear by Sutton.

Teplice confidence
Celtic appeared content to preserve their lead after the break and Teplice grew in confidence. Karel Rada was left unmarked in the penalty area ten minutes from time when the home back line suffered a momentary lapse in concentration but the defender's shot was wayward and sailed harmlessly over the bar.

Victory sealed
The miss was to prove costly as Celtic paved the way for what they hope will be a comfortable night in the away fixture in the Czech Republic in a week's time by sealing the victory with a third goal. Larsson sneaked in at the near post to head in a pinpoint Stilian Petrov corner.

Gloss finish
O'Neill agreed that the third goal put the gloss on a welcome result. "I would probably have accepted a 2-0 win but it was nice to get another one. We played exceptionally well in the first-half but I thought our display was a little stodgy in the second. Still, we fully deserved the win and the final goal gives us an extra lift going into the second leg."

Big difference
His counterpart, Frantizek Straka, was less content: "The fact we conceded a third was such a shame for us as it came so late in the match," he said. "Also, we could have scored with ten minutes left through Karel Rada and things like that make a big difference to the standing of the tie."

Last updated: 27/02/04 0.37CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

teplice

Teplice

20
DouglasRobert Douglas (GK)
1
PoštulkaTomáš Poštulka (GK)
4
McNamaraJackie McNamara
Substitution87
2
LeitnerVladimír Leitner
6
BaldéBobo Baldé
5
RadaKarel Rada (C)
7
LarssonHenrik Larsson
Goal3
Goal90
7
TesaříkDušan Tesařík
8
ThompsonAlan Thompson
9
VerbířPavel Verbíř
9
SuttonChris Sutton
Goal12
12
DoležalMichal Doležal
11
PearsonStephen Pearson
Substitution73
14
SkálaJirí Skála
14
LambertPaul Lambert (C)
15
RyškaVlastimil Ryška
17
AgatheDidier Agathe
18
HunalTomáš Hunal
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
26
MašekJiří Mašek
23
VargaStanislav Varga
27
KowalíkJiří Kowalík
Substitution46

Substitutes

22
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
21
KolářPatrik Kolář (GK)
3
SyllaMohamed Sylla
Substitution73
23
SigmundMartin Sigmund
5
ValgaerenJoos Valgaeren
Substitution87
28
RilkeEmil Rilke
Substitution46
Yellow Card59
10
HartsonJohn Hartson
29
KucharTomáš Kuchar
33
R. WallaceRoss Wallace
10
HorváthPavel Horváth
37
BeattieCraig Beattie
41
KennedyJohn Kennedy

Coach

Martin O'Neill (NIR) František Straka (CZE)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Egon Bereuter (AUT), Walter Staudinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

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