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Stokes fires Celtic to Rennes success

Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 23.02CET
Celtic FC 3-1 Stade Rennais FC
The Hoops trailed to a second-minute Kader Mangane header, but two Anthony Stokes goals propelled them towards a vital Group I victory.
by Alex O'Henley
from Celtic Park
Stokes fires Celtic to Rennes success
Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring his second goal against Rennes ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CelticRennes

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target1
 
4
Corners0
9
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

Group I

PPts
1Club Atlético de Madrid Atlético47
2Udinese Calcio Udinese47
3Celtic FC Celtic45
4Stade Rennais FC Rennes42
* Ranking subject to CAS decision
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 23.02CET

Stokes fires Celtic to Rennes success

Celtic FC 3-1 Stade Rennais FC
The Hoops trailed to a second-minute Kader Mangane header, but two Anthony Stokes goals propelled them towards a vital Group I victory.

Celtic FC moved into contention in UEFA Europa League Group I with an impressive 3-1 comeback victory against Stade Rennais FC.

Anthony Stokes was the hero for the Hoops, registering a first-half double after Rennes captain Kader Mangane had opened the scoring in the second minute. Substitute Gary Hooper scored a crucial third for the home side eight minutes from time.

Both sides needed a win to maintain realistic hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages and Rennes demonstrated their intent with a goal from their first attack. Julien Feret swung a corner in from the right and Mangane climbed highest to nod past Fraser Forster within two minutes.

The visitors' high-tempo pressing game meant Celtic were on the back foot for most of the first half-hour, but against the run of play they drew level on 30 minutes, Stokes tapping in from close range after Benoît Costil could only parry James Forrest's fierce shot.

The Republic of Ireland striker had the home crowd on their feet again two minutes before the break, latching onto Giorgos Samaras's headed flick-on before coolly slotting past Costil.

Already depleted by injury, Neil Lennon was forced to make a change at half-time with 17-year-old Marcus Fraser making his first-team debut for ailing captain Glenn Loovens. A couple of early interventions helped the youngster settle in at centre-back as Rennes resumed their territorial advantage.

However, Frédéric Antonetti's side were struggling to create clear-cut openings and Celtic's threat on the counter almost brought further reward on 65 minutes when Victor Wanyama flashed a shot wide of the post.

Substitute Youssouf Hadji went close as Rennes pressed for an equaliser, but all hope evaporated for the visitors in the 82nd minute when the impressive Samaras crossed for Hooper to put the result beyond doubt. Yann M'Vila then picked up a second yellow card for Rennes late on.

Last updated: 05/11/11 0.21CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

rennes

Rennes

1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
1
CostilBenoît Costil (GK)
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
2
Théophile-CatherineKévin Théophile-Catherine
5
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
5
ManganeKader Mangane (C)
Goal2
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
6
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Substitution46
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
Goal30
Goal43
7
PitroipaJonathan Pitroipa
11
Cha Du-RiCha Du-Ri
8
FeretJulien Feret
Substitution70
20
McCourtPaddy McCourt
Substitution66
12
BoukariAbdoulrazak Boukari
Substitution46
22
LoovensGlenn Loovens (C)
Substitution46
14
MandjeckGeorges Mandjeck
33
KayalBeram Kayal
17
M'VilaYann M'Vila
Yellow Card40
Red Card86
49
ForrestJames Forrest
Substitution79
26
PajotVincent Pajot
Yellow Card88
67
WanyamaVictor Wanyama
29
DanzéRomain Danzé

Substitutes

24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
16
DialloAbdoulaye Diallo (GK)
15
CommonsKris Commons
Substitution66
3
MavingaChris Mavinga
42
McGregorCallum McGregor
19
HadjiYoussouf Hadji
Substitution70
43
ChalmersJoe Chalmers
21
MontañoVictor Montaño
Substitution46
Yellow Card69
44
FraserMarcus Fraser
Substitution46
22
JebbourYassine Jebbour
50
GeorgePaul George
28
DoumbiaTongo Hamed Doumbia
Substitution46
88
HooperGary Hooper
Substitution79
Goal82
Yellow Card85
40
SanéAbdoulaye Sané

Coach

Neil Lennon (NIR) Frédéric Antonetti (FRA)

Referee

Bruno Paixão (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Sérgio Serrão (POR)

Fourth official

Rui Silva (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Bruno Esteves (POR), Vasco Santos (POR)

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