Celtic - Liverpool: match report

Celtic - Liverpool: match reportEach such "battle of Britain" dreams of the entire island. Standing in European competition to meet one of the English teams with the giants of Scottish football, Celtic or Glasgow Rangers, match called "battle of Britain", they are talking about the present and future. And remember there is something - in the long history of confrontation between England and Scotland, the game between Liverpool FC and Celtic FC occupy the last place. Their first meeting in the framework of the European Cup took place in the 1965-66 season of the year, when in the semi-final of the Cup winners ' Cup in the two-legged tie proved stronger English club. In their last match in the UEFA Cup season 1997 - 98 year also proved to be luckier, "Liverpool", and the proud Scots wanted revenge.This year, many things that unite these teams, at least the fact that both the British club were knocked out of the Champions League humble Swiss side FC Basel. The season for Liverpool can be considered lost, the team terminated the fight for the title. For Celtic UEFA Cup is also a very important event, after the side failed to qualify into the main draw of the Champions League, the Scottish club have set their sights on victory in the second European club tournament. It is no coincidence that the field in the "white-green" came out three hitters. The fact of its more than serious attitude of the Scots demonstrated in the debut. Rushing forward like crazy, the players 'Celtic' by the efforts of Hartson struck the post in the first minute of the match, and the second celebrated the success. Left on the field after a long break connected with a trauma Henrik Larsson, delighted fans at Parkhead" accurate shot. Alan Thompson shot along the gate, and the ball flew into the net after coming into contact with the left knee of the Swedish goalscorer. A discouraging start for Liverpool Scots provided quickly. It was difficult to build on their success. Liverpool tried to take imposed by the opponent the tempo and style of play, but in the first minutes the hosts were full of "masters of the situation". The Scots customized their fans, who loudly sang the hymn of your favorite team. But to fifteen minutes, the visitors managed to equalize the game. Acted El Hadji Diouf, who looked faster than their opponents, and Emile Heskey with their might have been upsetting the Scots. The expense of Liverpool equalized in the 17th minute is Heskey played a combination with John Arne Riise and scored against Celtic.Unlike Liverpool, the home team was not able to quickly recover from a missed ball. Several knocked Celtic out of the saddle and trauma Thompson, who left the field in the 26th minute, replaced by Steve geppi. The Scots managed to recover at the end of the half and spend a couple of attacks that are particularly at risk not concealed.The second half the hosts began as quickly. On 48-Oh to minute after contact with Traore in the box fell to Hartson, however, the requirement to appoint a penalty had no effect on the referee. By the end of the hour the struggle became even more fiercer and more interesting. The game was held, as always, in Britain at a furious pace, neither team wanted to give up.Moments occurred one after another, but no one could score as the defense of both teams looked confident. Despite the pace, the game was very correct, the first yellow card was received only in the 72nd minute Stylianou Petrov for a foul on Heskey. Celtic looked more active, forcing him to defend the British team. On defence of own gate came even Diouf, who in a few episodes he played like a real defender. Diouf has sort of become the anti-hero of the match five minutes before the end of the spit into the crowd Scottish fans after one of the fans patted him on the head. By the end of the meeting, the teams failed to score a much-needed before the return match ball, and they postponed the showdown to see you at "Anfield road"..



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