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Celtic   1 - 1   Rapid Vienna

By Clive Lindsay

Scott McDonald celebrates
McDonald equalised for Celtic after some slack Rapid defending

Celtic had to settle for a point as they failed to gain revenge over Rapid Vienna in Europa League Group C.

The Austrians took a third-minute lead when Nikica Jelavic pounced on slack defending to fire into the far corner.

Celtic replied after 21 minutes when Scott McDonald made Rapid pay for a poor pass with a similar finish.

McDonald had an effort cleared off the line as Celtic failed to record a win over the side to whom they lost an infamous and well-publicised 1984 tie.

Combined with Hamburg's 4-2 win over Hapoel Tel-Aviv, it meant that Celtic sit bottom of the table with one point having lost in Israel, while Rapid remain unbeaten in the group after their opening 3-0 win at home to the Germans.

The pre-match atmosphere had been electric, with the home support unfurling banners berating Rapid, saying they had not been forgiven for "cheating" their way to victory in that previous European Cup-Winners' Cup meeting between the sides.

Celtic's 3-0 second-leg win was ruled out after a Rapid player claimed he had been hit by a missile and the visitors this time wore a red strip in celebration of the one they donned in winning the replay ordered by Uefa.

But the home support's fervour was dampened when Jelavic took advantage of a slack start to the game by Celtic.

Gary Caldwell and Stephen McManus had been restored as the Glasgow side's central defensive partnership, with Glenn Loovens dropping out, and the club captain was at fault for the goal.

McManus' attempted pass upfield struck a Rapid player and the Scotland international was then slow to file back and mark the Croat as he fired the ball into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box.

Celtic looked shell-shocked and Rapid were keeping Aiden McGeady, who had been passed fit to return to the wing, under tight control.

But they were given a lifeline when Ragnvald Soma hesitated when going for a poor Andreas Dober pass, McDonald nipped the ball away from the defender's toes and fired a low drive from a difficult angle into the far corner from the edge of the box.

Celtic were suddenly a different team, with Landry N'Guemo and Scott Brown dominating central midfield and the movement of strikers Georgios Samaras and McDonald causing problems for the Austrians.

Nikica Jelavic celebrates his early goal
Jelavic silenced the crowd by scoring after only three minutes

However, it was Rapid who forced the only other save of the first half, Artur Boruc tipping over a long-range effort from Stefan Hoffmann that was destined to strike the crossbar.

Celtic ought to have taken the lead immediately after the break when N'Guemo's through ball fell for Shaun Maloney one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the winger fired against onrushing goalkeeper Helge Payer and McDonald's low drive from rebound was cleared off the line by Soma.

Danny Fox forced Payer into a fine one-handed save with a curling effort from 22 yards and another chance was squandered after the second of two resulting corners.

McGeady fired the ball low into the six-yard box and Caldwell could only turn the ball a couple of yards wide with his first-time effort.

Celtic were almost caught out twice by Rapid on the break.

Branko Boskovic found space behind the defence but fired straight at Boruc then Caldwell looked to have pulled down Jelavic.

However, referee Bruno Miguel Duarte Paixao possibly decided not to award the penalty because he himself helped set up the chance with an inadvertent deflection.

Jelavic went close with a header, while Caldwell powered an effort well over the crossbar as the game petered out into a rather tame draw.

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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 1-1 Rapid Vienna FT
(HT 1-1)
  • McDonald 21
  • Jelavic 3

Celtic

  • 01 Boruc
  • 04 McManus
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 11 Fox
  • 12 Wilson
  • 06 N'Guemo yellow card (Robson 81)
  • 08 Brown
  • 46 McGeady (McGinn 81)
  • 07 McDonald
  • 09 Samaras
  • 13 Maloney (Killen 81)

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska,
  • 22 Loovens,
  • 52 Caddis,
  • 14 McGinn,
  • 17 Crosas,
  • 19 Robson,
  • 33 Killen

Rapid Vienna

  • 24 Payer
  • 03 Patocka
  • 08 Heikkinen
  • 14 Katzer
  • 22 Soma
  • 23 Dober
  • 11 Hoffmann
  • 17 Kavlak yellow card
  • 27 Boskovic (Drazan 63)
  • 35 Pehlivan yellow card
  • 16 Jelavic

Substitutes

  • 01 Hedl,
  • 06 Thonhofer,
  • 07 Kulovits,
  • 18 Eder,
  • 19 Drazan,
  • 33 Konrad,
  • 09 Salihi
Ref: Duarte PaixaoAtt: 42,013
CELTIC
RAPID VIENNA

Possession

  • Celtic 59%
  • Rapid Vienna 41%

Attempts on target

  • Celtic 7
  • Rapid Vienna 5

Attempts off target

  • Celtic 6
  • Rapid Vienna 5

Corners

  • Celtic 11
  • Rapid Vienna 3

Fouls

  • Celtic 11
  • Rapid Vienna 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:53 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+1:44 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Robson, Header on goal by Gary Caldwell from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 88:58 Unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Stefan Hoffmann results in a free kick. Barry Robson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Andreas Dober. Barry Robson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Andreas Dober.
  • 86:09 The ball is swung over by Daniel Fox, Jurgen Patocka makes a clearance.
  • 84:16 Christopher Killen is penalised for a handball. Helge Payer takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:43 Markus Heikkinen concedes a free kick for a foul on Georgios Samaras. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:06 A cross is delivered by Christopher Drazan, Nikica Jelavic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 81:55 Christopher Drazan crosses the ball, Niall McGinn makes a clearance.
  • 80:27 Helge Payer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:27 Substitution Aiden McGeady goes off and Niall McGinn comes on.
  • 80:27 Substitution Shaun Maloney goes off and Christopher Killen comes on.
  • 80:27 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Barry Robson coming on for Landry N'Guemo.
  • 80:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Georgios Samaras.
  • 78:38 Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 78:38 Booking Veli Kavlak is given a yellow card.
  • 78:34 Foul by Veli Kavlak on Landry N'Guemo, free kick awarded.
  • 75:24 Markus Heikkinen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady. Shaun Maloney shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 74:27 The official flags Shaun Maloney offside. Indirect free kick taken by Helge Payer.
  • 72:57 Shaun Maloney is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Helge Payer.
  • 72:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Markus Katzer. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 72:14 Centre by Shaun Maloney, Ragnvald Soma manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:27 Markus Katzer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady. Daniel Fox delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 69:49 Christopher Drazan delivers the ball, clearance made by Daniel Fox.
  • 69:23 Andreas Dober sends in a cross, clearance by Stephen McManus.
  • 69:12 Christopher Drazan produces a cross, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 68:16 Aiden McGeady sends in a cross.
  • 67:51 The ball is crossed by Markus Katzer.
  • 67:34 Veli Kavlak sends in a cross, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.
  • 66:53 Georgios Samaras gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yasin Pehlivan. Yasin Pehlivan takes the free kick.
  • 65:45 Corner from left by-line taken by Shaun Maloney.
  • 64:02 Shot from outside the area by Landry N'Guemo misses to the left of the goal.
  • 62:27 Substitution (Rapid Vienna) makes a substitution, with Christopher Drazan coming on for Branko Boskovic.
  • 60:53 Landry N'Guemo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Markus Heikkinen. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stefan Hoffmann from right channel, clearance by Stephen McManus.
  • 59:47 Branko Boskovic takes a shot. Comfortable save by Artur Boruc.
  • 59:03 Ragnvald Soma restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:03 Booking Landry N'Guemo goes into the referee's book.
  • 58:57 Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Landry N'Guemo results in a free kick.
  • 58:43 The ball is crossed by Mark Wilson, Jurgen Patocka makes a clearance.
  • 57:28 Georgios Samaras fouled by Jurgen Patocka, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
  • 54:26 Centre by Aiden McGeady, Jurgen Patocka gets a block in. Short corner taken by Daniel Fox, Shot from 18 yards from Daniel Fox. Save by Helge Payer. Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, clearance made by Markus Katzer. Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line, Gary Caldwell produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 52:22 Shot by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 51:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Markus Heikkinen by Landry N'Guemo. Markus Heikkinen takes the free kick.
  • 51:03 Unfair challenge on Markus Heikkinen by Landry N'Guemo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andreas Dober.
  • 50:37 Shot by Andreas Dober. Artur Boruc makes a save.
  • 48:59 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney, Markus Katzer makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 47:39 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save made by Helge Payer. Scott McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Ragnvald Soma. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:12 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 43:54 The ball is delivered by Shaun Maloney, clearance by Ragnvald Soma.
  • 42:14 Centre by Scott McDonald, blocked by Ragnvald Soma. Short corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the box by Stephen McManus misses to the right of the target.
  • 40:57 Foul by Landry N'Guemo on Branko Boskovic, free kick awarded. Stefan Hoffmann crosses the ball in from the free kick, Artur Boruc makes a save.
  • 39:16 Gary Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branko Boskovic. Stefan Hoffmann produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Artur Boruc. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 38:39 Handball decision goes against Scott McDonald. Helge Payer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:08 Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:08 Booking Yasin Pehlivan receives a yellow card.
  • 38:03 Foul by Yasin Pehlivan on Scott Brown, free kick awarded.
  • 37:02 The referee gives a free kick against Scott Brown for handball. Markus Katzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:05 Andreas Dober takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 34:57 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Jurgen Patocka gets a block in. Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Shaun Maloney, Andreas Dober makes a clearance.
  • 34:44 A cross is delivered by Daniel Fox, Jurgen Patocka manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:28 Markus Katzer challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Fox crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Andreas Dober.
  • 32:50 Gary Caldwell challenges Nikica Jelavic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jurgen Patocka.
  • 32:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo by Markus Heikkinen. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 31:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Stefan Hoffmann. Ragnvald Soma takes the free kick.
  • 30:26 The ball is swung over by Shaun Maloney.
  • 29:17 Daniel Fox produces a cross, Markus Katzer manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:00 Shot from outside the penalty box by Stefan Hoffmann goes wide right of the goal.
  • 26:56 Scott McDonald is ruled offside. Helge Payer takes the indirect free kick.
  • 26:21 Foul by Stefan Hoffmann on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
  • 25:26 Jurgen Patocka challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Fox has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 24:50 Markus Heikkinen concedes a free kick for a foul on Georgios Samaras. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:13 Markus Katzer crosses the ball, Branko Boskovic takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 22:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Yasin Pehlivan. Free kick taken by Jurgen Patocka.
  • 20:01 GOAL - Scott McDonaldCeltic 1 - 1 Rapid Vienna Scott McDonald scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-1 Rapid Vienna.
  • 16:04 Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Artur Boruc takes the indirect free kick.
  • 15:29 Foul by Mark Wilson on Branko Boskovic, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Markus Katzer.
  • 9:19 The ball is crossed by Branko Boskovic, clearance by Mark Wilson. Corner taken by Stefan Hoffmann played to the near post, Scott Brown manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Stefan Hoffmann.
  • 7:46 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Helge Payer.
  • 6:19 Stefan Hoffmann concedes a free kick for a foul on Landry N'Guemo. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 4:05 Shaun Maloney delivers the ball, clearance made by Ragnvald Soma. Daniel Fox produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 2:54 Stefan Hoffmann provided the assist for the goal.
  • 2:54 GOAL - Nikica JelavicCeltic 0 - 1 Rapid Vienna Nikica Jelavic gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 0-1 Rapid Vienna.
  • 2:01 Andreas Dober produces a cross, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
  • 1:10 Veli Kavlak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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1 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
AEK Athens 1-0 Benfica R
Anderlecht 1-1 Ajax R
BATE 1-2 Everton R
Celtic 1-1 Rapid Vienna R
FC Copenhagen 1-0 Sparta Prague R
FC Dinamo Bucuresti 0-1 Panathinaikos R
Tiraspol 0-1 Fenerbahce R
FC Twente 0-0 Steaua Bucuresti R
FK Austria Vienna 1-1 Nacional R
FK Ventspils 0-0 Heerenveen R
Fulham 1-0 Basle R
Galatasaray 1-1 SK Sturm Graz R
Hamburg 4-2 Hapoel Tel-Aviv R
Levski Sofia 0-4 Lazio R
Timisoara 0-3 Dinamo Zagreb R
PSV 1-0 CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca R
Roma 2-0 CSKA Sofia R
S. Donetsk 4-1 P. Belgrade R
Slavia Prague 1-5 Lille R
Sporting 1-0 Hertha Berlin R
SV Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 Villarreal R
Toulouse 2-2 Club Brugge R
Valencia 3-2 Genoa R
Werder Bremen 3-1 Athletic Bilbao R

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Europa League photo gallery
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29 Sep 09 |  Celtic
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