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Celtic   2 - 1   Hearts

By Martin Conaghan

Glenn Loovens
Glenn Looves scored the winner for Celtic in added time

Celtic overtook Rangers to go top of the Scottish Premier League table with a dramatic late victory over Hearts.

Suso finished off a solo run with a fine strike from 18 yards out in the fifth minute to open the scoring for the visitors.

A diving header from Chris Killen levelled the scores in the 56th minute after his earlier shot was palmed wide by Hearts goalkeeper Janos Balogh.

And Glenn Loovens' close-range header snatched the points in added time.

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray dropped captain Stephen McManus, while Gary Caldwell returned to partner Loovens in defence and Scott McDonald replaced the injured Georgios Samaras, with Killen coming in to partner the Australian.

Hearts defender Marius Zaliukas made his first SPL appearance of the season, replacing Gary Glen, while keeper Balogh came in for Marian Kello.

With just four and a half minutes on the clock, Suso broke from the halfway line to run 40 yards and shrug off the challenge of Scott Brown before firing past a hapless Artur Boruc from 18 yards.

Balogh collected a Shaun Maloney volley after a Danny Fox free-kick arrived from the right then Suso tested Boruc again with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.

Celtic remained unfazed by the early deficit and continued to pile pressure on the Edinburgh side, with Andreas Hinkel working hard down the right and Fox causing problems on the left.

A goalmouth scramble in the 17th minute ended when the ball broke free for Aiden McGeady to fire in an angled shot from 10 yards out, but it inched past Balogh's left-hand post.

The Republic of Ireland international blasted in another effort moments later, but Balogh gathered.

Maloney struck the bar as the half our mark approached with a dipping free-kick then a flurry of corners for the hosts ended with a soft Loovens header that failed to challenge Balogh in the Hearts goal.

Chris Killen nodded in Celtic's equaliser
Chris Killen nodded in Celtic's equaliser in the 56th minute

Boruc had to move sharply to turn around a Jose Goncalves header as half-time approached then Caldwell was called into action to prevent an Andrew Driver shot from crossing the line after the Polish keeper had palmed the ball goal-bound.

Shortly after the break, Maloney latched on to a Fox cross and stabbed for goal, but David Obua managed to clear off the line to prevent an equaliser.

Killen found the equaliser with a diving header in the 56th minute after his earlier long-range shot was kept out by a fully-stretched Balogh and Maloney had cut back a fine cross to the back post.

Immediately after the restart, Obua flashed an effort across the face of Boruc's goal, but the Polish keeper had the angle covered.

McGeady blasted in a dangerous left-footed shot from 25 yards out that caught out Balogh and rebounded off the bar then, 10 minutes later, swerved a shot at the Hearts goal that curled wide.

With 71 minutes played, McDonald struck the inside of Balogh's right-hand post and Killen hesitated on the re-bound before making a hash of his follow-up shot.

The match continued at a frenzied pace in the final 15 minutes as both sides pressed for a winner, with McDonald firing in a weak strike from 25 yards out after Killen had nodded down.

Nine minutes from time, Obua blasted in a long-range effort that skimmed past Boruc's left-hand post.

Celtic's claims for a penalty were waved away in the dying minutes when substitute Niall McGinn went down inside the box under a challenge from Lee Wallace, but referee Dougie McDonald consulted his assistant referee and signalled for a corner.

Loovens nodded in from six yards out to seal all three points for Celtic after Wallace mistakenly allowed the ball to run out for a corner.

Fox flighted in for the Dutchman to snatch the win after Balogh had flapped a feeble clearance inside the six yard area.


Celtic manager Tony Mowbray:
"I thought we were very dominant in the first half.

"As a coach, you've always got to look past the result and look at the performance.

"Regardless of whether we lost one-nil or won two-one, I think the performance of the team was very good.

"We played a lot of good football, got into some fantastic areas, but the final third let us down at stages.

"We didn't ask enough questions, but to play to get there was outstanding."

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:
"You must ask what Suso and Andrew Driver what they were thinking allowing Maloney to pick up the ball for the first goal.

"Then the referee somehow found four minutes of stoppage time and, for the second goal, we had the possibility to keep the ball instead of giving away the corner.

"Lee Wallace says it was not a corner, but if we play the ball up front the referee has no choice but to blow the whistle to end the game and we have a point.

"I am not angry with my players, just disappointed. At these moments, we have to be more clever."

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 2-1 Hearts FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Killen 56
  • Loovens 90+3
  • Suso Santana 5

Celtic

  • 01 Boruc
  • 02 Hinkel
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 11 Fox yellow card
  • 22 Loovens
  • 06 N'Guemo
  • 08 Brown yellow card
  • 46 McGeady
  • 07 McDonald
  • 13 Maloney (McGinn 69)
  • 33 Killen

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska,
  • 04 McManus,
  • 52 Caddis,
  • 14 McGinn,
  • 17 Crosas,
  • 19 Robson,
  • 36 Carey

Hearts

  • 01 Balogh
  • 03 Wallace
  • 05 Jose Goncalves
  • 13 Obua
  • 21 Ismael Bouzid
  • 26 Zaliukas (Novikovas 37)
  • 06 Palazuelos yellow card
  • 07 Suso Santana
  • 11 Driver (Black 83 yellow card)
  • 23 Stewart
  • 46 Thomson

Substitutes

  • 30 MacDonald,
  • 02 Kucharski,
  • 20 Thomson,
  • 08 Black,
  • 37 Stewart,
  • 14 Nade,
  • 18 Novikovas
Ref: McDonaldAtt: 58,024
CELTIC
HEARTS

Possession

  • Celtic 70%
  • Hearts 30%

Attempts on target

  • Celtic 15
  • Hearts 4

Attempts off target

  • Celtic 10
  • Hearts 4

Corners

  • Celtic 12
  • Hearts 2

Fouls

  • Celtic 8
  • Hearts 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:36 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:46 The assist for the goal came from Aiden McGeady.
  • 90:00+2:46 GOAL - Glenn LoovensCeltic 2 - 1 Hearts Glenn Loovens finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Celtic 2-1 Hearts.
  • 90:00+2:15 Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Fox, Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 89:22 Booking Daniel Fox goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 89:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Fox on Arvydas Novikovas. Janos Balogh takes the free kick.
  • 88:24 The official flags Suso Santana offside. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
  • 87:40 Booking Ian Black goes into the referee's book.
  • 86:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Ian Black. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 85:38 Daniel Fox challenges Craig Thomson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Janos Balogh takes the free kick.
  • 84:08 Daniel Fox takes the inswinging corner, save by Janos Balogh.
  • 83:35 The official flags David Obua offside. Free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
  • 82:32 Substitution Ian Black comes on in place of Andrew Driver.
  • 82:32 Foul by Gary Caldwell on David Obua, free kick awarded. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:19 Christopher Killen takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Goncalves.
  • 81:40 Andreas Hinkel takes a shot.
  • 81:09 David Obua produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 79:40 Scott McDonald takes a shot. Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 76:31 Niall McGinn fouled by Craig Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 72:53 Scott McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Goncalves. Janos Balogh takes the indirect free kick.
  • 70:54 Daniel Fox decides to take the corner short.
  • 70:43 Scott McDonald takes a shot. Craig Thomson manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:33 Scott McDonald has an effort at goal from outside the box hitting the post.
  • 68:14 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Niall McGinn coming on for Shaun Maloney.
  • 66:06 Aiden McGeady has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 64:53 Gary Caldwell fouled by Arvydas Novikovas, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 62:30 Landry N'Guemo produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 61:58 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox played to the near post, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
  • 59:25 Aiden McGeady has an effort at goal from 30 yards.
  • 58:46 Close range shot by Lee Wallace goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 57:37 Booking Booking for Scott Brown for unsporting behaviour.
  • 57:27 Scott Brown challenges Arvydas Novikovas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
  • 56:35 Unfair challenge on David Obua by Andreas Hinkel results in a free kick. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:04 Assist by Shaun Maloney.
  • 55:04 GOAL - Chris KillenCeltic 1 - 1 Hearts Christopher Killen scores a headed goal from close range. Celtic 1-1 Hearts.
  • 54:36 Christopher Killen takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
  • 53:59 Arvydas Novikovas is caught offside. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
  • 51:19 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Daniel Fox, Headed effort from inside the area by Christopher Killen misses to the left of the goal.
  • 50:59 Booking The referee cautions Ruben Palazuelos for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:32 Ruben Palazuelos challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andreas Hinkel takes the direct free kick.
  • 49:52 The offside flag is raised against Scott McDonald. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:01 Shaun Maloney decides to take a short corner, Close range header by Glenn Loovens goes over the crossbar.
  • 47:45 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Clearance made by Jose Goncalves.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:23 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Ruben Palazuelos. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:18 Glenn Loovens fouled by David Obua, the ref awards a free kick. Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:48 Ruben Palazuelos has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
  • 42:39 Arvydas Novikovas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
  • 41:32 Michael Stewart challenges Christopher Killen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Maloney takes the free kick.
  • 41:09 Andrew Driver takes a shot. Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 39:43 Corner taken by Michael Stewart from the right by-line to the near post, Header by Jose Goncalves from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 39:04 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Stewart from the right by-line to the near post, Jose Goncalves takes a shot. Save made by Artur Boruc.
  • 38:00 Aiden McGeady crosses the ball, Landry N'Guemo takes a shot. Save made by Janos Balogh.
  • 36:54 Substitution Marius Zaliukas leaves the field to be replaced by Arvydas Novikovas.
  • 36:42 Glenn Loovens takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
  • 36:16 Shaun Maloney takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by David Obua.
  • 35:45 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox from the right by-line, Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 35:18 Shaun Maloney sends in a cross, save by Janos Balogh.
  • 33:57 Foul by David Obua on Daniel Fox, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
  • 33:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Landry N'Guemo on Suso Santana. Indirect free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 28:41 Scott Brown takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
  • 28:16 Andreas Hinkel fouled by Suso Santana, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Craig Thomson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Shaun Maloney,
  • 21:55 Unfair challenge on Christopher Killen by Ruben Palazuelos results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:03 Artur Boruc fouled by Andrew Driver, the ref awards a free kick. Artur Boruc takes the indirect free kick.
  • 20:07 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save made by Janos Balogh.
  • 19:49 Corner taken by Shaun Maloney played to the near post, David Obua makes a clearance.
  • 19:33 Aiden McGeady produces a cross, Christopher Killen takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
  • 18:54 Daniel Fox takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 18:40 The ball is delivered by Andreas Hinkel, Scott McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Goncalves.
  • 17:50 Effort from 30 yards by Aiden McGeady. Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 16:24 Aiden McGeady produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and strikes the post.
  • 15:38 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line played to the near post, Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 13:22 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Jose Goncalves gets a block in.
  • 11:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, save made by Janos Balogh.
  • 11:14 Suso Santana takes a shot. Save made by Artur Boruc.
  • 10:47 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save made by Janos Balogh.
  • 10:10 Lee Wallace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
  • 8:42 Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Lee Wallace results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 8:26 Daniel Fox delivers the ball, Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 7:50 Ismael Bouzid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 4:32 GOAL - Suso SantanaCeltic 0 - 1 Hearts Goal scored by Suso Santana from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 0-1 Hearts.
  • 2:53 Aiden McGeady fouled by Andrew Driver, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 1:39 Foul by Christopher Killen on Jose Goncalves, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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