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Samaras ends Celtic's away misery at Spartak

Published: Tuesday 2 October 2012, 20.21CET
FC Spartak Moskva 2-3 Celtic FC
Giorgos Samaras' last-minute header earned Celtic their first away win in the competition – at the 21st attempt – after Juan Insaurralde's red card.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Luzhniki

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Match statistics

Spartak MoskvaCeltic

Goals scored2
 
3
on target4
 
8
off target5
 
5
Corners9
 
5
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed13
 
15
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards1
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44

Standings

Last updated: 24/10/2012 13:07 CET

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Published: Tuesday 2 October 2012, 20.21CET

Samaras ends Celtic's away misery at Spartak

FC Spartak Moskva 2-3 Celtic FC
Giorgos Samaras' last-minute header earned Celtic their first away win in the competition – at the 21st attempt – after Juan Insaurralde's red card.

A 90th-minute header from Giorgos Samaras gave Celtic FC their first away win in the UEFA Champions League and condemned FC Spartak Moskva to a second successive 3-2 defeat in Group G.

The Greece striker's intervention came at the end of a pulsating game high on entertainment. Emmanuel Emenike's double turned the match around after Gary Hooper had slid the visitors ahead early on and looked like inflicting Celtic's 20th defeat in 21 fixtures on the road in Europe's premier club competition. However, with Spartak reduced to ten men following the 63rd-minute dismissal of Juan Insaurralde, Dmitri Kombarov's own goal restored parity, paving the way for Samaras to land the decisive blow.

Beaten 3-2 at FC Barcelona in their first fixture, Spartak started positively without ever testing goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The Scottish champions did well to weather the storm and took the lead with their first attack. Mikael Lustig was put through on the right and his low cross found Hooper, who nipped in front of his marker to turn the ball past UEFA Champions League debutant Sergei Pesyakov in the Spartak goal.

Spartak were enjoying the majority of possession, but Celtic always posed a threat on the counterattack. However, a moment of brilliance from Kim Källström four minutes before half-time helped bring Unai Emery's side level. The Swedish international played a delightful left-footed pass to Ari, who, from his position on the right of the penalty area, deftly cushioned the ball across goal into the path of the onrushing Emenike, who could not miss.

The Red and Whites were in front three minutes into the second half. Ari's speculative drive from the edge of the penalty area took a deflection, which prevented Forster from gathering the shot. Demy de Zeeuw was quickest to the rebound and squared the ball to Emenike for another simple tap-in. Celtic pushed for the equaliser and their cause was helped when Insaurralde was sent off for tripping Hooper as he bore down on goal.

The Glasgow club's response was immediate. Within a minute of coming on, James Forrest's shot was saved by Pesyakov, yet the ball ricocheted off Kombarov into the back of the net. With both teams pressing for the winner Samaras got it, glancing a header across Pesyakov from Emilio Izaguirre's inviting left-wing cross and sparking delirium among the pocket of visiting fans.

Last updated: 27/11/12 14.19CET

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Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

celtic

Celtic

30
PesyakovSergei Pesyakov (GK)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
2
InsaurraldeJuan Insaurralde
Red Card63
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
5
ParejaNicolas Pareja
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
6
Rafael CariocaRafael Carioca
6
WilsonKelvin Wilson
8
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution76
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
9
AriAri
Substitution87
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Goal90
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution66
15
CommonsKris Commons
21
KällströmKim Källström
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
Yellow Card22
Substitution80
23
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov (C)
Goal71
23
LustigMikael Lustig
29
EmenikeEmmanuel Emenike
Goal41
Goal48
67
WanyamaVictor Wanyama
Yellow Card30
Substitution70
34
MakeevEvgeni Makeev
88
HooperGary Hooper
Goal12

Substitutes

32
RebrovArtem Rebrov (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
3
BryzgalovSergei Bryzgalov
Substitution66
7
MikuMiku
7
K. KombarovKirill Kombarov
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
Substitution80
10
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Substitution76
25
RogneThomas Rogne
14
YakovlevPavel Yakovlev
32
WattTony Watt
22
KozlovAleksandr Kozlov
Substitution87
33
KayalBeram Kayal
25
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
49
ForrestJames Forrest
Substitution70

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Cyril Gringore (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Clément Turpin (FRA), Olivier Thual (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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