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Marcus Berg celebrates his goal for Hamburg
Berg broke the deadlock for Hamburg at Celtic Park

Celtic   0 - 1   Hamburg

By Clive Lindsay

Marcus Berg's second-half strike edged Hamburg to a deserved Europa League victory over a Celtic side left rooted to the foot of Group C.

Celtic's Scott Brown and Shaun Maloney squandered the best chances of an even first-half against the Germans.

An Eljero Elia drive struck Celtic's crossbar after the break before Hamburg grabbed the winner after 62 minutes.

Berg fired low into the far corner after a Ze Roberto pass to leave Celtic with an uphill task to qualify.

It left Celtic without a win in their four home European games this season and three points adrift of third-placed Rapid Vienna, who were hammered 5-1 away to Hapoel Tel-Aviv, with Hamburg now on top.

Celtic have now won just two of eight home games in all competitions under Tony Mowbray, Hamburg joining Arsenal and Dinamo Moscow in further undermining a previously formidable home record of just one defeat - to Barcelona - in eight years in Europe.

Shaun Maloney in despair after his miss
Maloney missed a great chance to open the scoring for Celtic

Mowbray had adopted a conservative approach against Hamburg, dropping striker Georgios Samaras to the bench, with Maloney returning to make a five-man midfield in which Landry N'Guemo replaced wing man Niall McGinn.

With defender Jerome Boateng having failed a late fitness test, the visitors went into the game without nine first-team players through injury but showed immediately that they were full of confidence.

The Bundesliga's joint leaders threatened first, with Jonathan Pitroipa, handed his chance in the absence of three injured strikers, driving a shot at goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

The 13th minute proved unlucky for both sides as the first clear-cut chances were created and missed.

First, Maloney's corner was flicked on off the head of Celtic captain Stephen McManus and Brown's attempt to side-foot the ball home at the back post was sliced past from eight yards.

Hamburg immediately countered and Berg fired wide from just inside the penalty box and the visitors thereafter looked the more threatening in a game that ebbed and flowed from end to end.

Brown, being employed as the forward midfield man in support of lone striker Scott McDonald, found space to fire a low drive at Frank Rost, but it was straight to the goalkeeper.

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Pitroipa and Berg squandered half chances for Hamburg, while Dennis Aogo curled a free-kick a few feet over from 25 yards.

However, it was Celtic who ought to have gone in at half-time with a lead when an N'Guemo header fell to Maloney unmarked 10 yards out, but the little forward poked his volley wide on the turn before it was cleared.

From the resulting corner, McDonald fired wide under pressure from close range and Celtic appeared to take heart from that spell of pressure as they returned for the second half.

Celtic were pinging low balls into the Hamburg box, but a low drive from McGeady that rolled into the arms of Rost was all they could muster on target.

Hamburg weathered that storm and Pitroipa weaved his way into the box and set up Eljero Elia 16 yards out, but the Netherlands winger's drive struck the top of the crossbar.

The visitors broke the deadlock when Berg chested the ball down to Ze Roberto, who returned it quickly to the striker to fire low into the far corner from the edge of the box.

A low drive after a neat shimmy from substitute Paddy McCourt forced Rost into a fine save to prevent the ball nestling into the far corner and giving Celtic a share of the points.

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 0-1 Hamburg FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Berg 63

    Celtic

    • 01 Boruc
    • 03 Naylor yellow card
    • 04 McManus yellow card
    • 05 Caldwell
    • 12 Wilson
    • 06 N'Guemo
    • 08 Brown (McCourt 76)
    • 19 Robson
    • 46 McGeady
    • 07 McDonald (Samaras 61)
    • 13 Maloney (McGinn 76)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 02 Hinkel,
    • 22 Loovens,
    • 14 McGinn,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 09 Samaras,
    • 33 Killen

    Hamburg

    • 01 Rost
    • 03 Rozehnal
    • 05 Mathijsen
    • 07 Jansen (Trochowski 77 yellow card)
    • 20 Demel
    • 06 Aogo
    • 08 Ze Roberto
    • 14 Jarolim
    • 21 Pitroipa (Tesche 88)
    • 11 Elia
    • 16 Berg

    Substitutes

    • 12 Hesl,
    • 13 Tesche,
    • 15 Trochowski,
    • 25 Rincon,
    • 28 Tavares,
    • 34 Schulz,
    • 35 Torun
    Ref: RocchiAtt: 38,821
    CELTIC
    HAMBURG

    Possession

    • Celtic 49%
    • Hamburg 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 7
    • Hamburg 4

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 6
    • Hamburg 9

    Corners

    • Celtic 5
    • Hamburg 2

    Fouls

    • Celtic 14
    • Hamburg 19
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:08 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:36 Foul by Piotr Trochowski on Lee Naylor, free kick awarded. Lee Naylor crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:42 Niall McGinn sends in a cross, clearance by Joris Mathijsen.
    • 90:00+0:45 Unfair challenge on Dennis Aogo by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Joris Mathijsen.
    • 88:22 Effort on goal by Aiden McGeady from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 87:53 Substitution (Hamburg) makes a substitution, with Robert Tesche coming on for Jonathan Pitroipa.
    • 87:41 Shot from just outside the box by Piotr Trochowski goes over the target.
    • 85:57 Corner from the left by-line taken by Barry Robson, Header from deep inside the area by Gary Caldwell goes over the bar.
    • 84:40 Marcus Berg challenges Lee Naylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Robson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
    • 84:24 A cross is delivered by Niall McGinn.
    • 84:12 Jose Ze Roberto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Niall McGinn. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
    • 83:15 The ball is swung over by Piotr Trochowski, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 81:29 Lee Naylor crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 81:29 Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
    • 81:29 Booking Piotr Trochowski is cautioned.
    • Correction - 81:14 Unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo by Piotr Trochowski results in a free kick.
    • 81:14 Landry N'Guemo fouled by Piotr Trochowski, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 80:14 Piotr Trochowski concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick McCourt. Free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
    • 79:52 Georgios Samaras is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Frank Rost.
    • 79:06 Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Save by Frank Rost.
    • 75:29 Direct free kick taken by David Jarolim.
    • 75:29 Substitution Piotr Trochowski joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcell Jansen.
    • 75:29 Substitution Patrick McCourt replaces Scott Brown.
    • 75:29 Substitution Niall McGinn joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun Maloney.
    • 75:29 Gary Caldwell challenges Jonathan Pitroipa unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 72:56 Centre by Dennis Aogo, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.
    • 72:05 Barry Robson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 70:49 Foul by Barry Robson on Jonathan Pitroipa, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Dennis Aogo from right channel.
    • 70:12 Dennis Aogo has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 68:58 Lee Naylor delivers the ball, clearance by David Rozehnal.
    • 68:27 David Jarolim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo. Georgios Samaras takes the free kick.
    • 67:28 Corner taken by Shaun Maloney, Header from close range by Georgios Samaras misses to the right of the target.
    • 66:53 The assistant referee flags for offside against Georgios Samaras. Frank Rost takes the indirect free kick.
    • 64:55 Marcus Berg takes a shot. Artur Boruc makes a save.
    • 62:16 Jose Ze Roberto provided the assist for the goal.
    • 62:16 GOAL - Marcus BergCeltic 0 - 1 Hamburg Marcus Berg gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 0-1 Hamburg.
    • 60:56 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney, Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Frank Rost.
    • 60:26 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Georgios Samaras coming on for Scott McDonald.
    • 59:08 Shaun Maloney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dennis Aogo. Dennis Aogo takes the free kick.
    • 58:49 Landry N'Guemo takes a shot. Save by Frank Rost.
    • 57:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dennis Aogo on Aiden McGeady. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Robson from left wing, clearance made by Marcell Jansen.
    • Correction - 56:00 Landry N'Guemo concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Ze Roberto. Guy Demel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:00 Unfair challenge on Jose Ze Roberto by Landry N'Guemo results in a free kick. David Jarolim takes the indirect free kick.
    • 55:35 The ball is sent over by Guy Demel.
    • 53:12 Shot from 18 yards by Shaun Maloney. Frank Rost makes a save.
    • 52:12 Dennis Aogo concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Maloney. Gary Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.
    • 51:55 Jose Ze Roberto has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 51:20 Free kick taken by Dennis Aogo.
    • 51:20 Booking Booking for Lee Naylor.
    • 51:11 Lee Naylor is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
    • 50:28 Eljero Elia takes a shot.
    • 48:57 Foul by Eljero Elia on Landry N'Guemo, free kick awarded. Stephen McManus takes the free kick.
    • 48:04 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save by Frank Rost.
    • 46:06 A cross is delivered by Lee Naylor.
    • 45:39 Lee Naylor delivers the ball, Joris Mathijsen makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:01 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 43:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo by David Jarolim. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 42:48 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 42:34 The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady, clearance by David Jarolim.
    • 42:17 Eljero Elia challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 40:20 Unfair challenge on Marcus Berg by Gary Caldwell results in a free kick. Dennis Aogo restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:09 Jonathan Pitroipa produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 37:29 Landry N'Guemo concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Pitroipa. Dennis Aogo produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 36:42 Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dennis Aogo. Joris Mathijsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 36:14 The ball is sent over by Aiden McGeady, clearance by David Rozehnal.
    • 34:15 Marcell Jansen challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 32:25 Dennis Aogo takes the inswinging corner, Marcus Berg produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 32:06 Corner taken by Dennis Aogo from the right by-line, Lee Naylor makes a clearance.
    • 30:59 Jose Ze Roberto takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:59 Booking Stephen McManus goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 30:48 Jonathan Pitroipa fouled by Stephen McManus, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 29:12 Effort from deep inside the area by Marcell Jansen clears the bar.
    • 29:01 Jonathan Pitroipa takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
    • 26:49 Scott Brown takes a shot. Save by Frank Rost.
    • 26:27 Marcell Jansen produces a cross, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
    • Correction - 25:34 The ball is swung over by David Jarolim, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • 25:34 Guy Demel produces a cross, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:06 Mark Wilson produces a cross, Frank Rost makes a save.
    • 23:33 Eljero Elia challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.
    • Correction - 22:32 Scott Brown fouled by Dennis Aogo, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
    • 22:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Dennis Aogo. Barry Robson takes the direct free kick.
    • 21:34 The ball is swung over by Scott Brown, clearance by Joris Mathijsen.
    • 20:28 The referee blows for offside. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:28 Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Marcell Jansen results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 16:08 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Blocked by David Rozehnal.
    • 14:49 Marcell Jansen concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Brown. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 14:13 Stephen McManus gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Berg. David Jarolim takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:16 Marcus Berg produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 12:22 Corner from the left by-line taken by Shaun Maloney, Effort from inside the area by Scott Brown misses to the right of the target.
    • 12:05 Aiden McGeady produces a cross, blocked by Guy Demel.
    • 9:56 Jose Ze Roberto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo. Gary Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.
    • 9:28 Eljero Elia challenges Lee Naylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Naylor takes the free kick.
    • 8:51 Marcus Berg is ruled offside. Artur Boruc takes the indirect free kick.
    • 8:17 The ball is swung over by Lee Naylor.
    • 4:33 Barry Robson fouled by Eljero Elia, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:49 Foul by Barry Robson on David Jarolim, free kick awarded. David Rozehnal restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:55 Aiden McGeady concedes a free kick for a foul on David Rozehnal. Frank Rost takes the free kick.
    • 2:09 Foul by Lee Naylor on Eljero Elia, free kick awarded. Guy Demel takes the free kick.
    • 1:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott McDonald on David Rozehnal. Frank Rost takes the indirect free kick.
    • 1:17 Jonathan Pitroipa takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Europa League results

    22 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

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

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