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2 vs 3
Played
October 2, 2012 5:00 PM BST
Olimpiyskiy stadion Luzhniki — Moskva
Referee:‬ T. Chapron‎
Attendance:‬ 43351‎
 
41′ Emenike
Gary Hooper 12′
48′ Emenike
Dmitriy Kombarov 71′ (OG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Spartak Moscow 2-3 Celtic

Georgios Samaras scored a dramatic late winner to hand Neil Lennon's team a long overdue away victory in the Champions League after Gary Hooper had opened the scoring

By Oliver Platt

  • Sergey Pesyakov
    6
    3
    3.00

    Sergey Pesyakov

    Could do little about Hooper's first goal and was not tested until he saved Forrest's shot only to see the rebound bounce off Kombarov and end up in the net.

  • Juan Manuel Insaurralde
    1
    14
    2.00

    Juan Manuel Insaurralde Flop of the Match

    Correctly shown a red card when he clipped Hooper, having been beaten for pace. Struggled to deal with the lively striker all evening.

  • Nicolás Pareja
    4
    7
    2.50

    Nicolás Pareja

    Had a difficult game but he was hung out to dry somewhat given that Celtic had so much space in which to counterattack.

  • Evgeniy Makeev
    4
    6
    2.50

    Evgeniy Makeev

    Didn't make much of an attacking impact and could do little to stop the combined efforts of Mulgrew, Commons and Samaras on the left.

  • Rafael Carioca
    4
    7
    3.00

    Rafael Carioca

    Kept possession neatly but the Spartak defence was frequently exposed on the counterattack.

  • Aiden McGeady
    4
    9
    2.50

    Aiden McGeady

    Struggled to find space in the hole from which he could influence proceedings.

  • Demy de Zeeuw
    15
    4
    3.00

    Demy de Zeeuw

    Did well to square the ball for Emenike to equalise but was often overrun by the Celtic counterattacks.

  • Kim Källström
    17
    1
    3.50

    Kim Källström

    The centre to Spartak's play in midfield, roaming laterally in central midfield to dictate their attacks but also showing an occasional ability to break into the box. Provided a superb pass from which Ari set up Emenike's opening goal.

  • Dmitriy Kombarov
    4
    5
    3.00

    Dmitriy Kombarov

    Unlucky to score the own goal that drew Celtic level. Attacked with intent down the left but did not receive much service out wide.

  • Ari
    13
    3
    3.50

    Ari

    His pace caused real problems to the Celtic defence. As early as the opening couple of minutes he had sped away from Ambrose and he got behind Wilson to set up Emenike's equaliser.

  • Emenike
    14
    3
    3.50

    Emenike

    Scored two of the easiest goals of his life, tapping into an empty net on two occasions after good work from his team-mates.

Substitutions

  • Sergey Bryzgalov
    3
    3
    3.00

    Sergey Bryzgalov

    Replaced Insaurralde at the back after the Argentine had been sent off but could not prevent Celtic from creating more chances against the 10 men.

  • Artem Dzuba
    4
    2
    3.00

    Artem Dzuba

    Replaced the quiet McGeady as Spartak looked to retake the lead but did not see so much of the ball due to Celtic's numerical advantage.

  • Aleksandr Kozlov
    2
    3

    Aleksandr Kozlov

    A late replacement for Ari.

  • Fraser Forster
    16
    5
    2.50

    Fraser Forster

    Really should have dealt more convincingly with an Ari shot that he parried straight to De Zeeuw, although the deflection on the ball did make it more difficult to claim.

  • E. Izaguirre
    31
    0
    3.50

    E. Izaguirre

    Reliable at left-back and also supported the attack with some timely tackles and passes forwards before supplying an excellent cross for the winning goal.

  • E. Ambrose
    17
    9
    2.50

    E. Ambrose

    Slow to react to balls that landed behind him, with the likes of Ari and Emenike able to use their pace to get into the penalty area to overturn Celtic's early lead.

  • Kelvin Wilson
    17
    10
    2.50

    Kelvin Wilson

    Caught on his heels when Kallstrom delivered the pass behind him from which Ari set up Emenike's equaliser.

  • Charles Mulgrew
    21
    0
    3.50

    Charles Mulgrew

    Worked hard in the tackle and also drifted out to the left flank to provide an attacking threat. His cross led to the second goal and capped off a determined all-round display.

  • M. Lustig
    30
    0
    3.50

    M. Lustig

    Rampaged down the right flank to great effect from full-back, providing the cross from which Hooper gave Celtic the lead. Spartak struggled to pick up his runs from deep.

  • Scott Brown
    24
    2
    3.00

    Scott Brown

    Did not influence the game in an attacking sense as much as others but was as dogged and tenacious as ever in the centre of the park.

  • Kris Commons
    24
    0
    3.00

    Kris Commons

    Played in a central position and kept things ticking over in possession, playing some good passes to spring counterattacks.

  • Victor Wanyama
    42
    2
    3.50

    Victor Wanyama

    Made some important tackles that not only broke up Spartak's play but also sprung counterattacking opportunities, as evidenced in the build-up to Hooper's opening goal.

  • Georgios Samaras
    45
    1
    4.00

    Georgios Samaras

    Floated dangerously on the left flank and provided a terrific cross for Hooper to score, but he was offside. Played a part in Celtic's second goal with a smart dummy. Didn't get close to goal himself until they needed it most, heading home Izaguirre's cross to seal the three points.

  • Gary Hooper
    39
    3
    4.00

    Gary Hooper Top of the Match

    Showed his predatory instinct to give Celtic the lead with a deft touch to deflect home Lustig's low cross. Was marginally offside when he added another with a well-taken header, which was correctly ruled out, but then forced Insaurralde into a red card challenge and laid the ball off for Forrest to shoot for the second goal.

Substitutions

  • Joe Ledley
    22
    1
    3.00

    Joe Ledley

    Went close with a long-range effort after coming off the bench.

  • James Forrest
    34
    0
    3.50

    James Forrest

    Made an immediate impact from the bench with the shot that rebounded off of Kombarov for Celtic's equaliser and his pace caused real problems.

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