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Too little too late as Hapoel progress

Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 21.50CET
Celtic FC 2-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC
The hosts registered their first Group C win but victory elsewhere for Hamburger SV means it is Hapoel who have more to celebrate.
Too little too late as Hapoel progress
Celtic's Georgios Samaras celebrates after scoring against Hapoel Tel-Aviv ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CelticH. Tel-Aviv

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners2
 
2
Offsides6
 
6
Fouls committed11
 
9
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 21.50CET

Too little too late as Hapoel progress

Celtic FC 2-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC
The hosts registered their first Group C win but victory elsewhere for Hamburger SV means it is Hapoel who have more to celebrate.

Celtic FC claimed their first victory in Group C but it proved too late to revive their round of 32 chances. In a strange twist it was beaten Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC who ended the night celebrating progress following Hamburger SV's 2-0 victory over SK Rapid Wien.

Mixed fortunes
These sides began the day at either ends of the section but an uninformed visitor to Celtic Park would have been hard pressed to pick Hapoel out as leaders. Goals midway through either half from Georgios Samaras and, from a free-kick, Barry Robson earned the hosts the points though events in Germany ended ambitions of extending their European campaign into the new year – while realising Hapoel's.

McGeady threat
Marc Crosas had spoken before the game about Celtic being "in a position we don't deserve to be" at the foot of Group C and after a vibrant performance in Glasgow it was difficult to disagree. Much was down to Aiden McGeady as he twisted right-back Dani Bondarv inside-out time and again. One sortie ended with a pull-back which Scott McDonald blazed over but, two minutes later, Samaras proved far more clinical as he powered in the winger's delicious hanging cross following a quick free-kick.

Upright struck
Run ragged by McGeady, Hapoel's defence was cleaved open again ten minutes before half-time when McDonald sprung the offside trap and beat Vincent Enyeama to the ball on the edge of the box. With the back line scrambling, Samaras diverted his strike-partner's centre onto the post. The visitors were a shadow of the side that so comprehensively defeated Rapid last time out, an Etey Shechter snap-shot just before the opener all they had to show for the first period. It got no better in the second, Robson making it 2-0 when he curled, left-footed, into the bottom corner. Yet it was the Israeli side that ended the night celebrating.

Last updated: 03/12/09 0.15CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

h. tel-aviv

H. Tel-Aviv

24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
1
EnyeamaVincent Enyeama (GK)
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
3
DouglasDouglas
5
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell (C)
4
BondarvDani Bondarv
6
N'GuémoLandry N'Guémo
6
NatchoBebras Natcho
7
McDonaldScott McDonald
9
ShechterEtey Shechter
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Goal22
Substitution63
10
BadierWalid Badier (C)
11
FoxDaniel Fox
11
YeboahSamuel Yeboah
Substitution46
17
CrosasMarc Crosas
14
VermouthGil Vermouth
19
RobsonBarry Robson
Goal68
15
MenteshashviliZurab Menteshashvili
Substitution46
22
LoovensGlenn Loovens
19
Ben-DayanDedi Ben-Dayan
46
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution74
26
YadinAvihay Yadin
Yellow Card71
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
22
AbarbanelNhil Abarbanel (GK)
3
NaylorLee Naylor
Substitution74
5
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
4
McManusStephen McManus
7
VučićevićNemanja Vučićević
Substitution46
10
FortunéMarc-Antoine Fortuné
Substitution63
12
MareVictor Mare
12
M. WilsonMark Wilson
16
ZahaviEran Zahavi
Substitution79
14
McGinnNiall McGinn
17
LalaMahran Lala
Substitution46
20
McCourtPaddy McCourt
23
KendeOmri Kende

Coach

Tony Mowbray (ENG) Eli Gutman (ISR)

Referee

Tony Asumaa (FIN)

Assistant referees

Jukka-Pekka Koskela (FIN), Matti Heininen (FIN)

Fourth official

Antti Munukka (FIN)

Additional assistant referees

Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

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