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Celtic   2 - 0   FC Utrecht

Efrain Juarez
Efrain Juarez scored his second competitive goal for Celtic against Utrecht

Celtic boosted their chances of reaching the group stages of the Europa League with a home win against Utrecht.

Mexico midfielder Efrain Juarez gave the hosts a 19th-minute lead with a powerful strike after good work by Georgios Samaras.

The Greece international then doubled Celtic's tally in the 34th minute with a fine close-range strike.

Lukasz Zaluska tipped over a notable second-half effort from Utrecht's Edouard Duplan, but Celtic held firm.

Daniel Majstorovic made his Celtic debut in place of the suspended Jos Hooiveld to partner Glenn Loovens in the heart of defence.

Paddy McCourt, who suffered whiplash during the celebrations which followed his winner at Inverness at the weekend, spent the evening on the bench.

In the opening minutes, Scott Brown pounced on a Marc Antoine-Fortune cross, but sent it wide of the mark as Celtic kicked off the match with a fiery intent.

Moments later, Utrecht's Jan Wuytens produced a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the Celtic penalty area that swerved wide of Zaluska's right-hand post, then Jacob Mulenga headed over the crossbar from six yards.

Maloney tried to guide a mis-kicked effort into the back of the Utrecht net from three yards out in the 14th minute, but the ball was cleared off the line by keeper Michel Vorm.

The deadlock was broken in the 19th minute when Samaras neatly dummied a pass from Beram Kayal and Juarez lifted the ball over the top of Vorm into the back of the net.

Almost immediately, former Celtic man Jacob Lensky tried to reply with a headed effort, but the ball drifted wide, then Kayal blasted in a shot on goal but missed the target.

Shortly after the half hour mark, Celtic doubled their tally when Samaras fired low into the back of the net after good build-up play from Cha Du-Ri.

As the interval approached, Utrecht defender Tim Cornelisse blasted in a hopeful shot from a short corner that sailed wildly over the bar.

Immediately after the break, Maloney sent in a free-kick from far out on the right after Fortune was felled on the edge of the Utrecht penalty area, but the dead ball failed to threaten Vorm.

The match lost some of its earlier pace in the opening stages of the second half as Utrecht battled to keep the score respectable, but on the hour mark Michael Silberbaur sent in a searching ball to the back post and Duplan shot for goal, but Zaluska reacted swiftly to tip it over.

With 12 minutes remaining, Juarez latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the Utrecht penalty area and volleyed in a shot from distance that curved past the left-hand post.

Late in the match, Mihai Nesu sent the ball over the Celtic bar as Utrecht went in search of a crucial away goal that failed to materialise.

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Europa Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 2-0 FC Utrecht FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Juarez 19
  • Samaras 34

    Celtic

    • 24 Zaluska
    • 04 Juarez
    • 05 Majstorovic
    • 11 Cha Du-Ri
    • 22 Loovens
    • 08 Brown
    • 16 Ledley
    • 33 Baram Kayal (Forrest 69)
    • 09 Samaras yellow card
    • 10 Fortune
    • 13 Maloney yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 47 Cervi,
    • 31 Towell,
    • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 54 Conroy,
    • 27 Murphy,
    • 49 Forrest

    FC Utrecht

    • 01 Vorm
    • 02 Cornelisse
    • 03 Nesu
    • 17 Schut
    • 08 Silberbauer
    • 11 Mertens
    • 15 Asare
    • 20 Lensky yellow card (Nijholt 82 yellow card)
    • 29 Wuytens
    • 09 van Wolfswinkel
    • 24 Mulenga (Duplan 17)

    Substitutes

    • 19 Sinouh,
    • 22 Keller,
    • 14 Van Der Maarel,
    • 18 Maguire,
    • 27 Nijholt,
    • 07 Duplan,
    • 10 Oar
    Ref: Oddvar MoenAtt: 35,755
    CELTIC
    FC UTRECHT

    Possession

    • Celtic 60%
    • FC Utrecht 40%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 4
    • FC Utrecht 1

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 5
    • FC Utrecht 9

    Corners

    • Celtic 3
    • FC Utrecht 5

    Fouls

    • Celtic 17
    • FC Utrecht 15
    • Final Result
    • 92:08 The referee gets the game underway.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:26 Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:26 Booking Gianluca Nijholt goes into the book.
    • 90:00+1:17 Gianluca Nijholt challenges Du-Ri Cha unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 90:00+0:42 Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Edouard Duplan. Free kick taken by Gianluca Nijholt.
    • 90:00+0:28 Georgios Samaras crosses the ball, Mihai Nesu makes a clearance.
    • 90:00 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 89:34 A cross is delivered by Mihai Nesu.
    • 89:13 Unfair challenge on Nana Asare by Du-Ri Cha results in a free kick. Nana Asare restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:42 Direct free kick taken by Gianluca Nijholt.
    • 88:42 Booking Shaun Maloney is cautioned.
    • 88:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Maloney on Michael Silberbauer.
    • 88:28 The ball is sent over by Scott Brown, Jan Wuytens manages to make a clearance.
    • 87:17 Foul by Georgios Samaras on Alje Schut, free kick awarded. Alje Schut takes the free kick.
    • 86:08 Dries Mertens fouled by Du-Ri Cha, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mihai Nesu.
    • 84:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gianluca Nijholt on Scott Brown. Glenn Loovens takes the direct free kick.
    • 82:48 Inswinging corner taken by Dries Mertens from the left by-line, Alje Schut has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
    • 82:02 Shaun Maloney takes the outswinging corner, Mihai Nesu manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:21 Substitution Gianluca Nijholt on for Jacob Lensky.
    • 78:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Michael Silberbauer. Direct free kick taken by Joe Ledley.
    • 77:34 Efrain Juarez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 77:28 Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, blocked by Mihai Nesu.
    • 74:52 James Forrest takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
    • 73:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Forrest by Tim Cornelisse. Joe Ledley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 69:21 The ball is swung over by Du-Ri Cha, Dries Mertens manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:23 Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:23 Substitution James Forrest replaces Beram Kayal.
    • 68:23 The assistant referee flags for offside against Georgios Samaras.
    • 65:48 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Nana Asare misses to the left of the target.
    • 64:02 The ball is sent over by Georgios Samaras, clearance made by Alje Schut.
    • 62:53 The referee blows for offside. Daniel Majstorovic takes the indirect free kick.
    • 61:58 Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Silberbauer. Nana Asare restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:03 Edouard Duplan takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska. Nana Asare takes the inswinging corner, Georgios Samaras makes a clearance.
    • 58:50 Edouard Duplan challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:01 Mihai Nesu fouled by Shaun Maloney, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Cornelisse.
    • 57:01 The referee blows for offside against Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 56:37 Unfair challenge on Michael Silberbauer by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick. Michael Silberbauer takes the direct free kick.
    • 55:24 Alje Schut takes the free kick.
    • 55:24 Booking Booking for Georgios Samaras for unsporting behaviour.
    • 55:14 Georgios Samaras gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cornelisse.
    • 54:44 Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, blocked by Alje Schut.
    • 51:56 Dries Mertens concedes a free kick for a foul on Du-Ri Cha. Beram Kayal restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:56 Mihai Nesu challenges Marc-Antoine Fortune unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Maloney takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:35 Foul by Shaun Maloney on Michael Silberbauer, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Silberbauer.
    • 45:51 Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Mihai Nesu, free kick awarded. Mihai Nesu restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:43 The offside flag is raised against Dries Mertens. Lukasz Zaluska takes the free kick.
    • 45:00 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 43:02 Dries Mertens has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 42:15 Shot by Dries Mertens from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 42:10 The ball is crossed by Tim Cornelisse.
    • Correction - 41:13 A cross is delivered by Dries Mertens, Tim Cornelisse produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 41:13 The ball is crossed by Dries Mertens, Shot from just outside the box by Tim Cornelisse goes over the bar.
    • 40:53 Short corner taken by Dries Mertens from the left by-line.
    • 38:55 Ricky van Wolfswinkel produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 38:03 Unfair challenge on Nana Asare by Joe Ledley results in a free kick. Mihai Nesu takes the free kick.
    • 36:31 Shot by Joe Ledley from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 35:21 Direct free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
    • 35:21 Booking Booking for Jacob Lensky for unsporting behaviour.
    • 35:17 Jacob Lensky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras.
    • 33:25 Assist on the goal came from Du-Ri Cha.
    • 33:25 GOAL - Georgios SamarasCeltic 2 - 0 FC Utrecht Georgios Samaras finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 2-0 FC Utrecht.
    • 33:20 Du-Ri Cha produces a cross.
    • 32:42 The ball is delivered by Marc-Antoine Fortune, clearance made by Tim Cornelisse.
    • 31:16 Inswinging corner taken by Dries Mertens from the left by-line.
    • 30:37 Foul by Tim Cornelisse on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Efrain Juarez.
    • 29:39 The ball is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, Headed effort from inside the area by Efrain Juarez misses to the left of the goal.
    • 28:30 The ball is delivered by Dries Mertens, clearance by Daniel Majstorovic.
    • 27:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Edouard Duplan. Free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 27:06 The ball is swung over by Dries Mertens.
    • 26:27 Beram Kayal has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 26:02 Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney.
    • 22:12 Tim Cornelisse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Efrain Juarez. Free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.
    • 20:23 Jacob Lensky has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 19:41 Glenn Loovens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dries Mertens. Dries Mertens restarts play with the free kick.
    • 18:36 Assist on the goal came from Beram Kayal.
    • 18:36 GOAL - Efrain JuarezCeltic 1 - 0 FC Utrecht Efrain Juarez finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 FC Utrecht.
    • 17:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Michael Silberbauer. Jan Wuytens restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:52 Tim Cornelisse takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:52 Substitution Jacob Mulenga goes off and Edouard Duplan comes on.
    • 14:52 Jacob Mulenga fouled by Efrain Juarez, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 14:06 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
    • 11:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricky van Wolfswinkel by Georgios Samaras. Direct free kick taken by Alje Schut.
    • 11:27 Jacob Mulenga is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
    • 10:52 Jacob Mulenga produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 9:21 Joe Ledley challenges Jacob Mulenga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Cornelisse restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:34 Inswinging corner taken by Joe Ledley from the right by-line.
    • 8:25 Centre by Du-Ri Cha, blocked by Michael Silberbauer.
    • 7:53 Foul by Michael Silberbauer on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.
    • 6:28 Effort from inside the area by Jan Wuytens misses to the right of the target.
    • 5:13 Foul by Tim Cornelisse on Shaun Maloney, free kick awarded. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
    • 3:43 Georgios Samaras fouled by Jan Wuytens, the ref awards a free kick. Du-Ri Cha takes the free kick.
    • 3:04 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Scott Brown goes wide right of the goal.
    • 2:34 Tim Cornelisse challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:02 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dries Mertens, clearance by Glenn Loovens.

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