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Hibernian   0 - 1   Celtic

By Martin Conaghan

Georgios Samaras heads Celtic into the lead
Georgios Samaras headed Celtic into the lead in the 41st minute

Aiden McGeady was sent off as Celtic held on for a thrilling Scottish Premier League win at Hiberian.

Georgios Samaras headed Celtic ahead four minutes from half-time from an excellent Andreas Hinkel cross.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men on 63 minutes when McGeady was shown a second yellow card for simulation.

Artur Boruc made a terrific stop from David Wotherspoon's blistering 25-yard shot and Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack kept out a late Samaras solo effort.

The hard-fought victory at Easter Road keeps Celtic locked with Rangers at the top of the table with maximum points from three games.

Less than 60 seconds after kick-off, Samaras was caught late by Patrick Cregg, to set the tone for a hotly-contested match.

Hibs had the first real chance of the match when Wotherspoon fired in a cross from the right and Glenn Loovens was forced to make an awkward clearance.

McGeady then completed a sweeping move through the Hibs midfield but blasted his long-range effort over the crossbar, while a Samaras header clipped the top of the Hibs goal-frame from a corner.

McGeady was shown his first yellow card in the 22nd minute when he felled Derek Riordan after the Hibs striker had broken free down the left.

However, the former Celtic man failed to convert the resulting free-kick, inching it past Artur Boruc's right-hand post.

A Danny Fox free-kick shortly after the half hour mark looked promising, but Samaras miscued his shot and the ball was finally cleared.

The stalemate was broken four minutes from the break when Samaras headed in from close range after Hinkel powered down the right and delivered a wonderful ball for the Greek international.

Following the restart, Boruc was forced into a double-save from Riordan's 18-yard shot and subsequent corner.

Celtic looked confident on the counter-attack, with Shaun Maloney sending a ball across the face of the Hibs goal in the 55th minute with which Samaras failed to connect.

Souleymane Bamba missed an opportunity to level the scores as the hour mark approached, hacking the ball wide from a wide angle from six yards out.

McGeady was issued his second yellow of the day and sent for an early bath as Paul Hanlon withdrew from a tackle near the halfway line.

Referee Dougie McDonald decided that no contact had been made and the Republic of Ireland international was dismissed for simulation.

Moments later, Wotherspoon blasted in a spectacular, dipping half-volley from 25 yards out that Boruc pushed on to his right-hand post.

Riordan was again denied by Boruc when the Polish keeper parried a curling shot after the ball landed at the feet of the Hibs striker.

Stack was forced into a similar save late in the match from a Chris Killen shot as 10-man Celtic found gaps as the home side pushed forward.

Samaras should have claimed a second goal in the dying minutes when he broke free with only Stack to beat, but fired his shot straight at the English keeper.

A frantic period of added time produced some heart-stopping goalmouth scrambles but Celtic's defence held out to deny their hosts a point.


Hibernian manager John Hughes:

"It was end-to-end stuff, and we were a bit cavalier - that was my disappointment.

"Even at 11 v 10, we were We were a bit open, but we gave it plenty, so I'm disappointed not to take anything from the match.

"Celtic were in front in the first half, and we only got an advantage when Aiden McGeady was sent off, and we were unfortunate not to take advantage of that.

"I can't ask any more of the boys' commitment, on another day, something might have fell for us.

"People get booked for nothing, and if we keep going the way we're going, we'll be playing with slippers on.

"It's a contact sport, and you need to get stuck in. Tackling is an art.

"Even if Aiden McGeady take a dive, is it not just a case of saying 'let's get on with it'?

"Where's the common sense? It spoils the game.

"You never want to see that, especially with a talent like Aiden McGeady.

"I'm the opposition manager, I want to see him doing his stuff and see if my boys can handle him."

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray:

"I was disappointed with the quality of my team today, but we stood our ground.

"I hope as we go along, we're going to build a reputation as a team that can not only win battles, but a team that can play you off the pitch.

"There was a lot of things that weren't right today, not just from our team, but things on the pitch.

"We've all made a pact about not criticising officials, but for me it's a lack of understanding of the game. I've been shown it in isolation. McGeady ran 40 or 50 yards before the incident and skipped past a couple of tackles - a third tackle has come in and he went down before he anticipates the challenge and gets a sending off.

"If you put it into context of the week we've just had with the Eduardo sensation, if we hadn't had the week we've had in the media. I would suggest the referee would never have made it a sending off.

"It was right in front of me. I saw it and I know exactly how it happened. In my opinion, it's a lack of understanding of the game from an official who is a very honest guy, who gives his best the way the players give his best, but he made a wrong decision regarding Aiden McGeady."

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Sunday, 30 August 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 0-1 Celtic FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Samaras 41

    Hibernian

    • 01 Stack
    • 04 Hogg
    • 20 Hanlon
    • 25 McCormack (Byrne 67)
    • 26 Bamba yellow card
    • 08 Cregg yellow card (Zemmama 61)
    • 11 Rankin
    • 17 McBride yellow card
    • 24 David Wotherspoon
    • 10 Riordan
    • 18 Stokes (Nish 76)

    Substitutes

    • 50 Ma-Kalambay,
    • 15 Thicot,
    • 07 Zemmama,
    • 16 Stevenson,
    • 09 Nish,
    • 19 Benjelloun,
    • 29 Byrne

    Celtic

    • 01 Boruc yellow card
    • 02 Hinkel
    • 05 Caldwell
    • 11 Fox
    • 22 Loovens
    • 06 N'Guemo yellow card (Caddis 78)
    • 08 Brown
    • 46 McGeady yellow card, red card
    • 07 McDonald (Killen 69)
    • 09 Samaras
    • 13 Maloney (Flood 69)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 38 Thompson,
    • 48 O'Dea,
    • 52 Caddis,
    • 16 Flood,
    • 17 Crosas,
    • 33 Killen
    Ref: McDonaldAtt: 14,221
    HIBERNIAN
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • Hibernian 46%
    • Celtic 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Hibernian 5
    • Celtic 5

    Attempts off target

    • Hibernian 8
    • Celtic 9

    Corners

    • Hibernian 6
    • Celtic 8

    Fouls

    • Hibernian 14
    • Celtic 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:35 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+4:24 Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Save made by Artur Boruc.
    • 90:00+2:53 Booking Artur Boruc is booked.
    • 90:00+2:23 The referee blows for offside. Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:49 John Rankin takes the inswinging corner, save made by Artur Boruc.
    • 90:00+0:54 Unfair challenge on Merouane Zemmama by Paul Caddis results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Rankin.
    • 89:11 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
    • 88:37 Unfair challenge on John Rankin by Willo Flood results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Derek Riordan.
    • 87:25 Direct free kick taken by Paul Caddis.
    • 87:25 Booking Souleymane Bamba is shown a yellow card.
    • 87:22 Souleymane Bamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Caddis.
    • 86:12 Shot by Christopher Killen. Save by Graham Stack. Corner taken short by Paul Caddis.
    • 85:53 John Rankin takes a shot. Artur Boruc makes a comfortable save.
    • 85:20 Glenn Loovens concedes a free kick for a foul on Colin Nish. Free kick taken by Merouane Zemmama.
    • 84:39 Paul Caddis takes a short corner.
    • 83:34 Colin Nish challenges Gary Caldwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:21 Unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon by Paul Caddis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.
    • 81:14 Christopher Killen fouled by Souleymane Bamba, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:24 Right-footed shot by Georgios Samaras went wide right of the target.
    • 77:47 Free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
    • 77:47 Substitution Paul Caddis replaces Landry N'Guemo.
    • 77:47 Christopher Killen challenges Souleymane Bamba unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 77:07 Effort on goal by Colin Nish from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 75:59 Corner taken left-footed by John Rankin from the right by-line, Derek Riordan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Artur Boruc.
    • 75:59 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Colin Nish coming on for Anthony Stokes.
    • 73:40 Kurtis Byrne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 70:33 John Rankin has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
    • 68:51 Substitution Scott McDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Christopher Killen.
    • 68:51 Substitution Shaun Maloney goes off and Willo Flood comes on.
    • 68:01 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Graham Stack makes a save.
    • 66:04 Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.
    • 66:04 Substitution Darren McCormack leaves the field to be replaced by Kurtis Byrne.
    • 66:04 Booking Booking for Kevin McBride.
    • 66:02 Foul by Kevin McBride on Scott Brown, free kick awarded.
    • 65:09 David Wotherspoon takes a fantastic shot. Save made by Artur Boruc.
    • 62:13 Indirect free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
    • 62:13 Sent off Red card for Aiden McGeady.
    • 61:41 Foul by Scott Brown on Merouane Zemmama, free kick awarded. Merouane Zemmama restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:46 Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.
    • 60:46 Substitution Patrick Cregg leaves the field to be replaced by Merouane Zemmama.
    • 60:46 Unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon by Aiden McGeady results in a free kick.
    • 59:51 Daniel Fox sends in a cross, save by Graham Stack.
    • 58:03 Effort on goal by Souleymane Bamba from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 57:22 Kevin McBride takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:22 Booking Landry N'Guemo receives a caution.
    • 57:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Rankin by Landry N'Guemo.
    • 54:55 Landry N'Guemo concedes a free kick for a foul on Derek Riordan. Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:48 Effort on goal by Landry N'Guemo from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 49:32 Derek Riordan takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Artur Boruc. Corner from the left by-line taken by Derek Riordan, save by Artur Boruc. Corner taken left-footed by John Rankin from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Chris Hogg goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 49:16 Corner taken short by Derek Riordan.
    • 47:50 Andreas Hinkel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Derek Riordan from left wing, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
    • 46:37 John Rankin is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:21 The match has reached half-time.
    • 44:04 Close range effort by Scott McDonald clears the crossbar.
    • 43:03 Anthony Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Loovens. Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
    • 42:00 Foul by David Wotherspoon on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Daniel Fox produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Graham Stack makes a save.
    • 40:15 Assist by Andreas Hinkel.
    • 40:15 GOAL - Georgios SamarasHibernian 0 - 1 Celtic Georgios Samaras finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hibernian 0-1 Celtic.
    • 39:54 Anthony Stokes is caught offside. Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:20 A cross is delivered by Scott McDonald, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Georgios Samaras misses to the left of the goal.
    • 36:14 Corner taken by Daniel Fox, clearance by Souleymane Bamba. Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Gary Caldwell conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 35:10 Effort on goal by Anthony Stokes from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 34:27 Unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba by Scott McDonald results in a free kick. Chris Hogg takes the free kick.
    • 33:52 The ball is crossed by Scott Brown, Close range header by Shaun Maloney goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 33:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Souleymane Bamba on Aiden McGeady. Daniel Fox restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgios Samaras on Chris Hogg. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack.
    • 30:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Patrick Cregg. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
    • 28:09 Short corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line.
    • 26:39 Anthony Stokes fouled by Glenn Loovens, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kevin McBride from right channel, Foul by Souleymane Bamba on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 24:35 Unfair challenge on Chris Hogg by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack.
    • 24:08 The referee blows for offside against Derek Riordan. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 23:38 The ball is swung over by Derek Riordan, save by Artur Boruc.
    • 23:07 The ball is sent over by Derek Riordan, save by Artur Boruc.
    • 21:06 Derek Riordan shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 21:06 Booking Aiden McGeady receives a caution.
    • 20:18 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, Scott McDonald takes a shot. Derek Riordan fouled by Aiden McGeady, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 19:29 The assistant referee flags for offside against Derek Riordan. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 18:14 Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Georgios Samaras takes a shot.
    • 16:48 Landry N'Guemo has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by Souleymane Bamba. Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Kevin McBride. Graham Stack takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:22 Free kick crossed left-footed by Shaun Maloney, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:22 Booking The referee books Patrick Cregg for unsporting behaviour.
    • 15:14 Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick.
    • 14:03 Shot by John Rankin from outside the box goes over the net.
    • 13:14 Short corner taken by John Rankin.
    • 12:22 John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on Aiden McGeady. Landry N'Guemo takes the free kick.
    • 11:16 Effort on goal by Aiden McGeady from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 9:56 Shot from outside the penalty box by Patrick Cregg goes wide right of the goal.
    • 8:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Stokes on Glenn Loovens. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 6:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Souleymane Bamba on Georgios Samaras. Aiden McGeady takes the direct free kick.
    • 4:08 The referee blows for offside. Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Patrick Cregg. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    30 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Hibernian 0-1 Celtic R
    St Johnstone 2-2 Hearts R

    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 30 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 3 7 9
    2 Celtic 3 6 9
    3 Dundee Utd 3 3 7
    4 Hibernian 3 2 6
    5 Motherwell 3 2 5
    6 Aberdeen 3 1 4
    7 St Mirren 3 0 4
    8 Kilmarnock 3 0 3
    9 St Johnstone 3 -3 2
    10 Hearts 3 -3 1
    11 Falkirk 3 -6 0
    12 Hamilton 3 -9 0

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