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Celtic   0 - 1   Hearts

By Colin Moffat

Michael Stewart scored from the penalty spot
Stewart settled the match with a spot kick on 57 minutes

A penalty from Michael Stewart was enough to send Hearts through to the semi-finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup at the expense of Celtic.

Danny Fox upended Christian Nade early in the second half and Stewart's less than convincing effort crept in.

Pat McCourt and Georgios Samaras hit the woodwork for Celtic before the Greek headed wide from close range.

A wretched night for the home side ended with skipper Stephen McManus sent off for chopping down Andrew Driver.

Celtic have won just two of their nine home games this season and trudged off to a chorus of boos from disgruntled supporters.

The noise was in sharp contrast to the eerie hush at kick off, with Celtic Park only a third full and the top tier of the stadium closed altogether.

But the small band of visiting supporters had something to shout about inside the first minute when Ian Black picked out Nade and the striker's shot beat keeper Lukasz Zaluska, only for defender Andreas Hinkel to clear a couple of yards from goal.

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The home side went on to dominate possesion but, with Hearts packing men behind the ball, found it difficult to make an impact in the final third of the pitch.

Shaun Maloney did get a glimpse of goal after neat interchange with Zheng Zhi but the Celtic's midfielder's weak shot was easily gathered by Janos Balogh.

A largely drab first half closed with a flurry of activity, with chances at either end.

Hearts defender Ismael Bouzid sent a diving header spinning wide from an excellent David Obua delivery and Zheng narrowly missed the target with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Chris Killen, playing as the lone striker for Celtic, was foiled by a point-blank save from Balogh once an enterprising run from Aiden McGeady had resulted in a Maloney effort being blocked by a defender.

Hinkel again came to his side's rescue in the first action of the second half when he was on hand to deny Driver, who had knocked the ball past the advancing Zaluska after gathering a headed flick-on from substitute Eggert Jonsson.

McCourt, on as a half time replacement for Maloney, gave the home support a lift when he spun cleverly from his marker on the halfway line and advanced all the way to the edge of the penalty box before fizzing a shot against the crossbar.

Celtic striker Chris Killen barges through the Hearts defence
Celtic started slowly and could not convert any of their late chances

On 57 minutes the visitors won a penalty when Fox felled Nade as the striker raced after a neat pass from Jonsson.

Stewart scuffed a terrible spot-kick straight at Zaluska but the Polish keeper leapt over the ball much to the Hearts skipper's delight.

With 20 minutes remaining, McGeady surged through the Hearts ranks and slipped a pass through to Samaras but Balogh was out quickly to block and the prone Celtic substitute could not connect properly as the ball squeezed loose.

Soon after, Samaras stole in behind the Hearts defence and looped a shot over Balogh only to see it rebound off the base of the post.

The Hearts keeper held a fierce free kick from Fox before Zaluska had to stretch to gather a deft Nade chip after some neat footwork from the burly forward.

Samaras then contrived to send a free header wide from six yards after McGeady had picked him out with a perfect cross.

McGeady bent a free kick over the top after substitute Scott McDonald had been hauled down by Jose Goncalves on the edge of the penalty area and Balogh did well again to block an angled strike from McCourt.

A frustrating night for the home side ended on a sour note with McManus ordered off for a violent hack at Driver.

Referee Craig Thompson initially flashed a yellow card but changed his mind after consultation with one of his assistants.


Celtic manager Tony Mowbray:

"We're out of the cup, so I'm disappointed, of course.

"But I think there was lots of good stuff about tonight; the way we played and the chances we created, particularly in the second half.

"I thought Hearts were hanging on for grim life in the last 20 minutes, although they counter-attacked well.

"We knocked on the door but couldn't knock it down.

"If we weren't creating chances, we'd be concerned but we're dominating teams and it will come if you keeping doing the right thing."

Hearts captain Michael Stewart:

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"To come to the Old Firm teams away from home and pick up a victory, it's a massive result.

"We've got ourselves into the semi-final and have a great opportunity to reach a final and hopefully pick up some silverware.

"We caught Celtic on the counter-attack on a number of occasions and created some very good chances.

"I'd say we had the better of the chances, although Celtic had us penned back in the last 20 minutes and looked a bit dangerous then."

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

CIS Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 0-1 Hearts FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Stewart (pen) 58

    Celtic

    • 24 Zaluska
    • 02 Hinkel
    • 04 McManus red card
    • 05 Caldwell
    • 11 Fox yellow card
    • 06 N'Guemo
    • 17 Crosas
    • 27 Zhi (Samaras 58)
    • 46 McGeady
    • 13 Maloney (McCourt 46)
    • 33 Killen (McDonald 58)

    Substitutes

    • 47 Cervi,
    • 12 Wilson,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 07 McDonald,
    • 09 Samaras

    Hearts

    • 01 Balogh
    • 03 Wallace
    • 05 Jose Goncalves yellow card
    • 13 Obua
    • 21 Ismael Bouzid yellow card
    • 06 Palazuelos
    • 08 Black (Jonsson 46 yellow card)
    • 11 Driver
    • 23 Stewart
    • 46 Thomson
    • 14 Nade (David Witteveen 76)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Kello,
    • 02 Kucharski,
    • 04 Jonsson,
    • 15 David Witteveen,
    • 36 Glen
    Ref: ThompsonAtt: 18,675
    CELTIC
    HEARTS

    Possession

    • Celtic 57%
    • Hearts 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 6
    • Hearts 2

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 10
    • Hearts 3

    Corners

    • Celtic 4
    • Hearts 3

    Fouls

    • Celtic 13
    • Hearts 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:18 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+2:06 Craig Thomson takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:06 Sent off Stephen McManus is sent off by the referee.
    • 90:00+1:24 Stephen McManus concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Driver.
    • 87:03 Short corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line.
    • 85:58 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line, Stephen McManus takes a shot. Craig Thomson manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:15 Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Janos Balogh makes a save.
    • 83:08 Foul by Georgios Samaras on Jose Goncalves, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
    • 80:37 Shot comes in from Aiden McGeady from the free kick.
    • 80:37 Booking Jose Goncalves is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 80:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Goncalves on Scott McDonald.
    • 79:41 David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andreas Hinkel. Andreas Hinkel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:18 The ball is swung over by Andreas Hinkel, Header by Georgios Samaras from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 77:29 Eggert Jonsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo. Landry N'Guemo takes the free kick.
    • 77:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgios Samaras on Ismael Bouzid. Janos Balogh takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:25 Ruben Palazuelos fouled by Landry N'Guemo, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Goncalves takes the free kick.
    • 75:38 Substitution David Witteveen comes on in place of Christian Nade.
    • 74:45 Landry N'Guemo takes the free kick.
    • 74:45 Booking Eggert Jonsson shown a yellow card.
    • 74:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eggert Jonsson on Landry N'Guemo.
    • 73:52 Shot from 18 yards from Christian Nade. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 71:53 Daniel Fox produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Janos Balogh.
    • 71:53 Booking Ismael Bouzid booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:47 Ismael Bouzid challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 70:34 Effort from inside the box by Georgios Samaras strikes the post.
    • 70:14 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Janos Balogh makes a save.
    • 69:23 Craig Thomson takes the free kick.
    • 69:23 Booking Daniel Fox receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 69:09 The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady, save by Janos Balogh. Daniel Fox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Driver.
    • 66:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick McCourt by Andrew Driver. Daniel Fox delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Jose Goncalves makes a clearance.
    • 64:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgios Samaras on Craig Thomson. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
    • 62:49 Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Craig Thomson gets a block in.
    • 60:03 Corner taken right-footed by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line, Janos Balogh makes a save.
    • 59:38 Andrew Driver concedes a free kick for a foul on Landry N'Guemo. Landry N'Guemo takes the free kick.
    • 58:52 Christian Nade is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lukasz Zaluska takes the indirect free kick.
    • 58:16 Assist on the goal came from Christian Nade.
    • 57:30 Substitution Scott McDonald joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christopher Killen.
    • 57:30 Substitution Zheng Zhi goes off and Georgios Samaras comes on.
    • 57:04 GOAL - Michael StewartCeltic 0 - 1 Hearts Placed penalty scored by Michael Stewart. Celtic 0-1 Hearts.
    • 56:15 Daniel Fox concedes a Penalty for a foul on Christian Nade.
    • 55:23 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • 52:52 Effort from the edge of the area by Ismael Bouzid goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 50:38 Patrick McCourt takes a shot.
    • 49:25 Andrew Driver is ruled offside. Lukasz Zaluska restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:58 Foul by Stephen McManus on Christian Nade, free kick awarded. Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
    • 47:37 Foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Landry N'Guemo, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Eggert Jonsson replaces Ian Black.
    • 45:01 Substitution Patrick McCourt is brought on as a substitute for Shaun Maloney.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:16 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 44:24 Christopher Killen produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 44:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo by Ismael Bouzid. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 43:34 The ball is sent over by Aiden McGeady, save made by Janos Balogh.
    • 41:30 Christopher Killen takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Christopher Killen misses to the left of the goal.
    • 40:39 Shaun Maloney delivers the ball.
    • 40:11 Shaun Maloney takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 39:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Wallace on Aiden McGeady. Aiden McGeady takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:00 Effort by Aiden McGeady from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 37:39 Zheng Zhi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 37:07 David Obua crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ismael Bouzid misses to the left of the goal.
    • 35:23 Unfair challenge on Jose Goncalves by Christopher Killen results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
    • 31:41 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson, Andrew Driver has a drilled shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
    • 30:48 Ruben Palazuelos concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Crosas. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
    • 27:18 Foul by Andrew Driver on Landry N'Guemo, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
    • 26:12 Foul by Zheng Zhi on Ruben Palazuelos, free kick awarded. Janos Balogh takes the free kick.
    • 24:21 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
    • 21:04 Effort on goal by Aiden McGeady from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 18:38 Zheng Zhi fouled by Michael Stewart, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marc Crosas.
    • 18:11 Foul by Gary Caldwell on Christian Nade, free kick awarded. Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
    • 14:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Thomson on Shaun Maloney. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
    • 8:48 Michael Stewart concedes a free kick for a foul on Zheng Zhi. Shaun Maloney crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Jose Goncalves.
    • 6:27 The referee blows for offside. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:39 Ian Black fouled by Zheng Zhi, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Goncalves takes the free kick.
    • 4:41 Marc Crosas concedes a free kick for a foul on Ruben Palazuelos. Direct free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
    • 2:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zheng Zhi by Ian Black. Marc Crosas takes the free kick.
    • 1:32 Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Craig Thomson results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:29 Christian Nade takes a shot. Clearance by Gary Caldwell.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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