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Celtic   1 - 0   Dundee Utd

Robbie Keane
Keane scored his first goal at Celtic Park in the 20th minute

By Martin Conaghan

Celtic moved to within seven points of Rangers at the top of the table with a one-sided win over Dundee United.

Robbie Keane struck a fine solo effort in the 20th minute for his first goal at Celtic Park.

The home side had numerous chances to kill off the match, but keeper Dusan Pernis was superb in the United goal.

He twice denied Scott Brown and Jon Daly called Celtic keeper Artur Boruc into action in the second-half, but United failed to snatch a point.

Tony Mowbray paired Josh Thompson and Thomas Rogne at the heart of his defence, with right-back Andreas Hinkel replacing Paul Caddis after recovering from a thigh complaint and Ki Sung-Yueng took over from Aiden McGeady in midfield.

United welcomed back captain Andy Webster, Mihael Kovacevic and Damian Casalinuovo, with Darren Dods, Pavels Mihadjuks and David Robertson dropping out.

Following a mixed opening, Celtic's Marc-Antoine Fortune put the United defence under pressure to cut across from the goal-line, but the danger was cleared for a corner and the attack quickly fizzled out.

Celtic enjoyed an early spell of pressure and Edson Braafheid fired in a quick succession of free-kicks from the edge of the United penalty area, but failed to find a way through to break the deadlock.

With 20 minutes played, Keane latched on to a Diomansy Kamara pass and opened the scoring.

The Republic of Ireland captain beat the offside trap and sprinted past the United back four to calmly slot a right-footed shot past Pernis for his first goal for Celtic at home.

United mounted a speedy response with a searching corner that Daly leapt to head in, but sent the ball wide.

As the half-hour mark approached, Fortune worked his way into the United box and delivered a tight pass to the front post, but Keane's back-heeler was inches wide.

Keane should have done better when Kamara sent in a low, angled free-kick, then Brown earned a corner following a blazing run down the right that Rogne nodded just past the right-hand post.

Fortune and Brown were denied in quick succession by Pernis as the half-time whistle approached and Celtic's claims for a penalty in the melee were waved away by referee Craig Thomson.

United struggled to hit back, although Webster sent in a dangerous ball in the closing minutes of the half that failed to find a United jersey.

The interval offered little respite for United as Celtic stepped up a gear immediately after the restart when Keane lofted in a golden opportunity for Fortune to tap in from six-yards out, but the Frenchman sclaffed the ball at a throng of United defenders.

In the 56th minute Ki cut a cute pass into the heart of the United defence and Pernis deflected out a Brown shot, then Rogne almost found the net with a header from the resulting corner kick.

Pernis was called to action moments later when Kamara fired in a long-range effort, then Brown was unlucky not to find the target with a high shot from 12 yards out and Keane tested the Slovakian with a powerful shot from similar distance.

The visitors enjoyed a brief spell of pressure and Jennison Myrie-Williams curved in a dangerous shot that caught Boruc off guard, but the ball edged past the Poland international's right-hand post.

Landry N'Guemo burst forward in the 75th minute and blasted in a low drive that Pernis tipped out.

Substitute Zheng Zhi was unlucky with a long-range effort, then Daly put Boruc under pressure at the other end as United searched for an equaliser.

Two minutes later, Zhi set up Georgios Samaras to fire in from 10 yards out, but the Greece international poked forward a feeble effort that failed to test Pernis.

Prince Buaben forced a corner in the dying minutes as Celtic found themselves under a rare spell of pressure, but the final ball was disappointing.

Samaras earned a late free-kick on the edge of the penalty area as Celtic pressed for a late goal, but United held out to leave Glasgow hanging on to fourth place in the Scottish Premier League.

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 1-0 Dundee Utd FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Keane 20

    Celtic

    • 01 Boruc
    • 02 Hinkel yellow card
    • 21 Braafheid yellow card (Naylor 77)
    • 25 Rogne
    • 38 Thompson
    • 06 N'Guemo
    • 08 Brown
    • 18 Ki
    • 07 Keane yellow card
    • 10 Fortune (Samaras 79)
    • 15 Kamara (Zhi 71)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 03 Naylor,
    • 12 Wilson,
    • 17 Crosas,
    • 27 Zhi,
    • 09 Samaras,
    • 19 Rasmussen

    Dundee Utd

    • 01 Pernis
    • 02 Dillon yellow card
    • 03 Webster
    • 18 Kenneth yellow card
    • 06 Conway
    • 14 Swanson (Myrie-Williams 67)
    • 15 Buaben
    • 16 Gomis
    • 19 Kovacevic (Dods 83)
    • 09 Daly
    • 21 Damian Casalinuovo (Goodwillie 67)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Banks,
    • 05 Dods,
    • 12 Robertson,
    • 26 McCord,
    • 07 Myrie-Williams,
    • 20 Shala,
    • 25 Goodwillie
    Ref: ThomsonAtt: 49,000
    CELTIC
    DUNDEE UTD

    Possession

    • Celtic 69%
    • Dundee Utd 31%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 12
    • Dundee Utd 2

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 3
    • Dundee Utd 5

    Corners

    • Celtic 14
    • Dundee Utd 3

    Fouls

    • Celtic 10
    • Dundee Utd 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:58 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+1:05 Corner taken short by Sung-Yong Ki. Sung-Yong Ki decides to take a short corner.
    • 90:00+0:22 Foul by Sean Dillon on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yong Ki.
    • 89:56 Short corner taken by Georgios Samaras from the left by-line.
    • 88:33 Corner taken by Craig Conway, Jon Daly produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 88:22 Prince Buaben takes a shot. Blocked by Zheng Zhi.
    • 86:08 Corner taken by Sung-Yong Ki.
    • 85:59 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Webster.
    • 84:37 The referee blows for offside. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
    • 82:03 Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
    • 82:03 Substitution Darren Dods is brought on as a substitute for Mihael Kovacevic.
    • 82:03 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save. Craig Conway fouled by Georgios Samaras, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 80:19 Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
    • 80:19 Booking Robbie Keane is given a yellow card.
    • 80:06 Zheng Zhi challenges Andy Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 78:49 Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
    • 78:49 Substitution Georgios Samaras comes on in place of Marc-Antoine Fortune.
    • 78:49 The referee blows for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune.
    • 78:00 Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
    • 77:20 Zheng Zhi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 76:19 Sung-Yong Ki restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:19 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Lee Naylor coming on for Edson Braafheid.
    • 76:19 Andy Webster challenges Robbie Keane unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 75:04 Robbie Keane concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgaro Gomis. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:16 Landry N'Guemo takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis. Outswinging corner taken by Sung-Yong Ki, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:29 Substitution Zheng Zhi replaces Diomansy Kamara.
    • 70:29 Effort from the edge of the box by Jennison Myrie-Williams goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 69:31 Craig Conway takes the free kick.
    • 69:31 Booking The referee shows Edson Braafheid a yellow card.
    • 69:23 Edson Braafheid concedes a free kick for a foul on Jennison Myrie-Williams.
    • 68:34 The assistant referee flags for offside against Robbie Keane. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
    • 66:22 Edson Braafheid restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:22 Substitution Damian Casalinuovo goes off and David Goodwillie comes on.
    • 66:22 Substitution (Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Jennison Myrie-Williams coming on for Daniel Swanson.
    • 66:22 Mihael Kovacevic challenges Diomansy Kamara unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 65:42 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, save made by Artur Boruc.
    • 64:45 Diomansy Kamara decides to take a short corner. The ball is sent over by Sung-Yong Ki.
    • 62:31 Diomansy Kamara challenges Daniel Swanson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Swanson takes the free kick.
    • 60:57 Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 59:21 Shot from inside the area by Scott Brown clears the bar.
    • 58:16 Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Comfortable save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 57:29 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sung-Yong Ki.
    • 55:51 Scott Brown takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yong Ki, Thomas Rogne takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 53:55 Andy Webster challenges Marc-Antoine Fortune unfairly and gives away a free kick. Landry N'Guemo takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:23 Jon Daly has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 51:02 Prince Buaben produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 47:57 Robbie Keane delivers the ball.
    • 47:12 Robbie Keane produces a cross, clearance made by Mihael Kovacevic.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:18 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 43:01 Handball decision goes against Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Andreas Hinkel.
    • 40:44 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sung-Yong Ki.
    • 40:44 Booking Booking for Sean Dillon.
    • 40:21 Marc-Antoine Fortune fouled by Sean Dillon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo. Sean Dillon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune.
    • 39:44 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Comfortable save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 38:10 Scott Brown takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 37:42 Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 36:58 Craig Conway crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Landry N'Guemo manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:58 Booking The referee cautions Andreas Hinkel for unsporting behaviour.
    • 36:49 Andreas Hinkel concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway.
    • 34:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yong Ki, Close range headed effort by Thomas Rogne goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 33:33 The official flags Marc-Antoine Fortune offside. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
    • 32:49 Diomansy Kamara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:49 Booking Garry Kenneth receives a yellow card.
    • 32:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Garry Kenneth.
    • 30:59 Edson Braafheid takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Morgaro Gomis.
    • 30:25 Edson Braafheid takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
    • 30:05 Morgaro Gomis concedes a free kick for a foul on Sung-Yong Ki. Sung-Yong Ki crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Sean Dillon.
    • 28:42 Marc-Antoine Fortune crosses the ball, blocked by Mihael Kovacevic. Edson Braafheid takes a short corner.
    • 27:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Andy Webster. Sung-Yong Ki takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Craig Conway. Craig Conway takes the direct free kick.
    • 24:45 Prince Buaben gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sung-Yong Ki. Free kick taken by Sung-Yong Ki.
    • 23:20 Outswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jon Daly misses to the left of the goal.
    • 22:42 Andreas Hinkel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster. Direct free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
    • 19:58 Assist by Diomansy Kamara.
    • 19:58 GOAL - Robbie KeaneCeltic 1 - 0 Dundee Utd Goal scored by Robbie Keane from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Dundee Utd.
    • 19:43 Sung-Yong Ki takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 18:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Conway on Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Andreas Hinkel.
    • 17:02 Edson Braafheid fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Edson Braafheid delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 15:50 Prince Buaben gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Edson Braafheid produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 13:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Thompson by Damian Casalinuovo. Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 12:49 Unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Marc-Antoine Fortune results in a free kick. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Craig Conway. Craig Conway takes the free kick.
    • 9:23 Diomansy Kamara takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
    • 8:40 Morgaro Gomis concedes a free kick for a foul on Landry N'Guemo. Direct free kick taken by Edson Braafheid.
    • 7:08 Craig Conway produces a cross.
    • 3:51 Corner taken by Edson Braafheid, save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 1:36 Unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Andy Webster results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yong Ki.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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