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Tuesday, 19 March, 2002, 19:17 GMT
Celtic demolish poor Motherwell
Paul Lambert scores a wonderfully worked goal
Paul Lambert scores a wonderfully worked goal
Motherwell 0-4 Celtic

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Celtic showed championship-winning form to comprehensively beat Motherwell at Fir Park.

Paul Lambert opened the scoring in 10 minutes with a wonderful goal involving John Hartson and Henrik Larsson.

Larsson scored twice early in the second half, once from the penalty spot, either side of a red card for Motherwell's Stephen Pearson.

Johan Mjallby scored Celtic's fourth and but for some bad luck and poor finishing by Hartson, Celtic might have had a few more.

Hartson had two early chances, the first a low drive from the edge of the penalty area that Francois DuBourdeau saved comfortably, the second a header that missed the target.

But the opening goal was only delayed a few minutes.

Henrik Larsson celebrates his first goal
Henrik Larsson celebrates his first goal
Lambert exchanged passes with Hartson before playing the ball into Larsson.

The Swede back-heeled the ball back into Lambert's path and the Scotland captain slid the ball past the helpless Well keeper.

Larsson should have doubled the lead shortly afterwards when he found himself in space in the six-yard box, but his header was straight at DuBourdeau.

Celtic were piling pressure on the Motherwell defence and when DuBourdeau parried Petrov's shot, Celtic had a number of efforts diverted away from goal.

Motherwell finally managed a shot on goal a minute before half-time when Greg Strong tested Rab Douglas from nearly 40 yards.

The Celtic keeper seemed to be taken by surprise by the dipping shot and gathered only at the second attempt.

The game was ended as a contest in the space of two second-half minutes.

Beautiful volley

First, Larsson gave Celtic a two-goal lead in the 53rd minute with a front-post header from a corner.

Then, Stephen Pearson needlessly hacked down Agathe well after the ball had been released and referee Stuart Dougal showed Pearson a straight red card.

Celtic went three up shortly afterwards when Hartson burst into the penalty area and was brought down by DuBourdeau.

Larsson stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

Petrov almost made it four with a beautifully struck volley from Moravick's corner, but DuBourdeau punched round the post.

The fourth goal did arrive in 78 minutes after Motherwell failed to clear another corner.

Crainey lobbed a hopeful ball over his head and Mjalby hit a powerful left-foot volley past DuBourdeau from just inside the box.

Hartson should have made it five in 81 minutes but he hit his shot just wide.

The Welshman did have the ball in the net a minute later but he was ruled offside.

Motherwell: Dubourdeau, Corrigan, Ready, Strong, Hammell, Lasley (Ferrere 58), Soloy, Deloumeaux, Pearson, Elliott (Adams 87), McFadden.

Subs not used: Martinez, Woods, Ramsey.

Sent Off: Pearson (56).

Celtic: Douglas, Boyd, Mjallby, Crainey, Agathe (Smith 68), Lambert (McNamara 68), Petrov, Guppy, Moravcik (Sylla 68), Larsson, Hartson.

Subs not used: Gould, Tebily.

Booked: Guppy.

Att: 10,134

Ref: Stuart Dougal

Motherwell boss Eric Black
"I thought our commitment was magnificent to the end"
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
"I thought we were magnificent"
Celtic midfielder Paul Lambert
"That's one of our best performances of the season"
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