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Celtic v Dundee United

Highlights - Celtic v Dundee United

Celtic   1 - 1   Dundee Utd

By Martin Conaghan

Celtic and 10-man Dundee United played out a thrilling draw in the Scottish Premier League.

David Goodwillie upset the hosts in the sixth minute with a fine close-range strike past Artur Boruc high into the back of the net.

A Scott McDonald header levelled the scores 11 minutes later after Danny Fox flighted in a searching free-kick.

United's Scott Robertson was sent off late in the match for a careless challenge on Georgios Samaras.

Niall McGinn made his Celtic debut in place of the suspended Aiden McGeady as Tony Mowbray's side aimed to take up the top spot in the SPL.

Dundee United defender Andy Webster recovered from a groin problem to leave the visitors unchanged.

With barely six minutes played, Goodwillie opened the scoring from six yards out, firing high into the back of the net past Boruc from a Morgaro Gomis pass to give United an early lead.

Celtic's first major threat arrived from a corner 10 minutes later, but Shaun Maloney blasted the final ball wildly over the bar.

The scores were levelled in the 17th minute when Fox whipped in a disputed free-kick from wide on the right and McDonald was allowed to stoop low and head home unchallenged from four yards out.

Scott Brown's claims for a penalty shortly after the half-hour were waved away by referee Steve Conroy as United weathered a wave of Celtic pressure.

United's Prince Buaben broke free in the middle of the pitch and slotted a neat pass to Danny Cadamarteri out on the right, but the former Huddersfield man blasted his shot straight into the hands of Boruc.

Moments later, Maloney sprinted down the left wing and crossed in for McDonald to strike from 10 yards out, but the Australian's shot was deflected over the United bar for a corner.

Celtic lived dangerously as the break approached with a goalmouth scramble that ended when Boruc parried the ball clear, then Maloney sent a 45th-minute free kick wide of United keeper Nicky Weaver's right-hand post.

Goodwillie looked dangerous after the restart when he lined up a shot inside the Celtic penalty area, but Fox cleared the danger.

Danny Swanson got on the end of a United counter-attack in the 53rd minute and shaved Boruc's left-hand post with a powerful strike from 16 yards.

Substitute Samaras had the ball in the back of the net with a close-range header in the 59th minute, but was ruled offside, much to the dismay of the home support.

Moments later, McGinn crashed a shot across the face of the United goal as Celtic piled on the pressure.

A Fox free-kick from the edge of the United box warmed the hands of Weaver before the visitors mounted a counter-attack that snuffed out in the final third.

Cadamarteri could have put United ahead with eight minutes left to play, but Fox threw himself in front of the Englishman's shot and Celtic breathed easy.

Robertson was dismissed in the dying minutes of the match for a careless challenge on Samaras on the edge of the United penalty area.

Maloney stepped up to take the resulting free-kick and curved in a powerful strike which was deflected wide for a goal-kick.

A double penalty claim by Celtic was waved away in injury time when Gary Kenneth and Darren Dods both appeared to handle the ball in quick succession.

A late Cadamarteri shot failed to trouble Boruc as the sides had to make do with a share of the points.


Celtic manager Tony Mowbray:

"I think they're a decent side. They have good athleticism and energy in their team.

"We always knew it was going to be a difficult game. We've had 15 players away all across the world, they haven't a single player away and they've had two weeks to prepare for it.

"So it was always going to be a tough day for us.

"I thought the players showed a fantastic attitude and kept going right to the death.

"Samaras's goal looks like a good goal, and a handball that mystified the whole stadium - but there you go, that's football."

Dundee United manager Craig Levein:

"It was a bit nerve-wracking at times, but I was really pleased with the way the players applied themselves.

"I was pleased the way they showed composure in possession. They looked like they belonged here.

"That's the most important thing, if you come to places like this and expect to get points.

"I thought the free-kick was never an intentional handball. Every single week I watch the TV and see these things, and nowadays we play on.

"Okay, we didn't defend it properly. We made a decision to defend the free-kick as a corner and that was the mistake we made.

"They got a free header in an area that the goalkeeper should have come for the ball, but he can't because the free-kick was so far out from the bye-line.

"It's an error on our part, but I'm not interested in talking about mistakes. I would rather compliment the players on the way they stood up to Celtic and the way they played."

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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 1-1 Dundee Utd FT
(HT 1-1)
  • McDonald 17
  • Goodwillie 6

Celtic

  • 01 Boruc
  • 02 Hinkel
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 11 Fox
  • 22 Loovens
  • 06 N'Guemo (Samaras 57)
  • 08 Brown
  • 14 McGinn (Mizuno 79)
  • 17 Crosas (Caddis 75)
  • 07 McDonald yellow card
  • 13 Maloney

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska,
  • 04 McManus,
  • 52 Caddis,
  • 29 Mizuno,
  • 36 Carey,
  • 09 Samaras,
  • 20 McCourt

Dundee Utd

  • 01 Weaver
  • 02 Dillon
  • 03 Webster
  • 05 Dods
  • 23 Dixon yellow card
  • 08 Robertson yellow card, red card
  • 14 Swanson yellow card (Conway 61)
  • 15 Buaben
  • 16 Gomis yellow card (Robertson 70)
  • 10 Cadamarteri
  • 25 Goodwillie (Kenneth 88)

Substitutes

  • 13 Banks,
  • 04 Wilkie,
  • 18 Kenneth,
  • 06 Conway,
  • 12 Robertson,
  • 07 Myrie-Williams,
  • 20 Shala
Ref: ConroyAtt: 58,500
CELTIC
DUNDEE UTD

Possession

  • Celtic 60%
  • Dundee Utd 40%

Attempts on target

  • Celtic 3
  • Dundee Utd 2

Attempts off target

  • Celtic 3
  • Dundee Utd 4

Corners

  • Celtic 8
  • Dundee Utd 6

Fouls

  • Celtic 10
  • Dundee Utd 21
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:26 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+3:40 Danny Cadamarteri produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 90:00+3:06 The offside flag is raised against David Robertson. Free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
  • 90:00+2:39 The ball is crossed by Andreas Hinkel, clearance made by Darren Dods.
  • 90:00+2:16 Effort from outside the penalty box by Danny Cadamarteri goes wide left of the goal.
  • 90:00+0:51 Paul Caddis fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Caddis.
  • 89:34 Unfair challenge on Glenn Loovens by David Robertson results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:00 Strike comes in from Shaun Maloney from the free kick, Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
  • 87:00 Substitution Garry Kenneth replaces David Goodwillie.
  • 87:00 Sent off Scott Robertson receives a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 86:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Scott Robertson.
  • 85:49 The ball is crossed by Craig Conway, Andy Webster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell. Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
  • 85:28 Corner taken short by Craig Conway.
  • 84:54 Corner from the left by-line taken by Craig Conway, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
  • 83:13 Scott Brown challenges Prince Buaben unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Weaver takes the direct free kick.
  • 81:21 Corner taken by Craig Conway.
  • 79:47 Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
  • 78:56 Substitution Koki Mizuno joins the action as a substitute, replacing Niall McGinn.
  • 74:47 Daniel Fox crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 74:47 Substitution Paul Caddis replaces Marc Crosas.
  • 74:47 Foul by David Robertson on Gary Caldwell, free kick awarded.
  • 74:05 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox from the right by-line, clearance by Darren Dods.
  • 73:37 Unfair challenge on Glenn Loovens by Danny Cadamarteri results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 73:18 Unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Gary Caldwell results in a free kick. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
  • 71:58 Darren Dods delivers the ball.
  • 71:45 Craig Conway takes a inswinging corner.
  • 71:25 Craig Conway crosses the ball, clearance made by Andreas Hinkel.
  • 70:09 David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Crosas. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
  • 69:14 Substitution David Robertson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Morgaro Gomis.
  • 66:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis by Marc Crosas. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
  • 65:27 Georgios Samaras is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:33 Daniel Fox takes the inswinging corner, Craig Conway manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:44 Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Fox, Nicky Weaver makes a fantastic save.
  • 63:44 Booking Caution for Paul Dixon.
  • 63:29 Paul Dixon challenges Niall McGinn unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 62:39 Shaun Maloney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andy Webster takes the free kick.
  • 62:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Scott Robertson. Direct free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
  • 61:15 Sean Dillon challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Fox restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:40 Substitution Daniel Swanson goes off and Craig Conway comes on.
  • 60:24 Niall McGinn produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 58:53 Georgios Samaras is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Nicky Weaver takes the indirect free kick.
  • 58:29 Daniel Fox delivers the ball, Darren Dods manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:00 Substitution Georgios Samaras on for Landry N'Guemo.
  • 56:03 Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Nicky Weaver.
  • 55:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andreas Hinkel by Scott Robertson. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 52:30 Daniel Swanson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 51:36 Free kick crossed right-footed by Shaun Maloney from left wing, Andy Webster makes a clearance.
  • 51:36 Booking Scott Robertson is given a yellow card.
  • 51:30 Scott Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney.
  • 51:00 Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, clearance made by Scott Robertson.
  • 50:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott McDonald. Nicky Weaver takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:22 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Swanson from the right by-line, Darren Dods challenges Glenn Loovens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
  • 47:47 Daniel Fox concedes a free kick for a foul on Prince Buaben. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
  • 45:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis by Marc Crosas. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:18 Prince Buaben concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott McDonald. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:59 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 44:45 Free kick crossed right-footed by Shaun Maloney.
  • 44:45 Booking Morgaro Gomis shown a yellow card.
  • 44:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Morgaro Gomis.
  • 43:54 Paul Dixon produces a cross.
  • 42:10 Corner taken by Daniel Swanson from the right by-line, Daniel Fox makes a clearance.
  • 41:26 Niall McGinn delivers the ball, Nicky Weaver makes a save.
  • 40:24 Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line played to the near post, Scott Robertson manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:43 Niall McGinn crosses the ball, Andy Webster gets a block in.
  • 39:21 The official flags Danny Cadamarteri offside. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
  • 39:00 The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott McDonald. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:33 Danny Cadamarteri takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
  • 36:05 Unfair challenge on Prince Buaben by Daniel Fox results in a free kick. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:36 Corner taken short by Niall McGinn.
  • 35:32 Centre by Niall McGinn, Darren Dods gets a block in.
  • 34:46 Scott McDonald is ruled offside. Nicky Weaver takes the indirect free kick.
  • 29:01 Scott Robertson challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 28:25 Danny Cadamarteri is caught offside. Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
  • 27:30 Daniel Fox sends in a cross.
  • 26:49 Prince Buaben challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Crosas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:10 Prince Buaben has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
  • 25:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Crosas on Prince Buaben. Free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
  • 24:13 Scott McDonald is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
  • 22:32 The ball is delivered by Niall McGinn.
  • 19:55 Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 19:55 Booking Daniel Swanson receives a yellow card.
  • 19:47 Booking The referee books Scott McDonald for dissent.
  • 19:26 Daniel Swanson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown.
  • 16:49 Daniel Fox provided the assist for the goal.
  • 16:49 GOAL - Scott McDonaldCeltic 1 - 1 Dundee Utd Scott McDonald grabs a headed goal from close range. Celtic 1-1 Dundee Utd.
  • 16:09 Darren Dods is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Daniel Fox sends in a cross,
  • 15:33 Landry N'Guemo fouled by Prince Buaben, the ref awards a free kick. Andreas Hinkel takes the free kick.
  • 14:28 Andreas Hinkel fouled by Danny Cadamarteri, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 13:55 Effort on goal by Marc Crosas from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 13:21 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox, save made by Nicky Weaver.
  • 12:00 Scott Brown challenges Morgaro Gomis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Weaver takes the free kick.
  • 11:54 The ball is crossed by Andreas Hinkel, Scott Robertson manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:48 The ball is swung over by Sean Dillon, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Scott Robertson. Marc Crosas takes the free kick.
  • 6:46 Shaun Maloney takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Gary Caldwell misses to the right of the target.
  • 5:12 Morgaro Gomis provided the assist for the goal.
  • 5:12 GOAL - David GoodwillieCeltic 0 - 1 Dundee Utd David Goodwillie gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 0-1 Dundee Utd.
  • 5:09 The ball is sent over by Morgaro Gomis,
  • 3:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Prince Buaben. Free kick taken by Marc Crosas.
  • 3:20 The offside flag is raised against David Goodwillie. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
  • 0:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Weaver by Scott Brown. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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