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Dundee Utd   0 - 2   Celtic

Dundee Utd v Celtic
Celtic's victory guaranteed them second place in the SPL

By Stevie Miller

Celtic beat Dundee United to clinch second place in the Scottish Premier League hours before their title challenge ended.

Rangers were confirmed as champions with victory over Hibernian after Diomansy Kamara's strike and Robbie Keane's penalty gave Celtic their win.

Kamara put the visitors ahead with a neat left-footed strike on 30 minutes.

Jennison Myrie-Williams saw red for United before Keane converted an injury-time penalty to seal the win.

Celtic are now 10 points ahead of United with three games to play but cannot surpass Rangers' 11-point advantage.

United started brightly, and David Goodwillie was unlucky not to score with a shot from an unbelievably acute angle which beat keeper Artur Boruc, but deflected off the near post and across the face of the goal.

Keane and Scott Brown played a one-two in the United box, but Darren Dods managed to nick the ball from the Celtic captain on the penalty spot.

United were on top and Glenn Loovens had to hack the ball off the line as Jon Daly looked set to tap in Garry Kenneth's fierce volley from a tight angle.

With a wet surface at Tannadice the match was being played at a frenetic pace, although both defences had settled down and clear-cut chances were becoming harder to come by.

However, after the quietest spell of the game, it was Kamara who broke the deadlock with a left-foot shot into the top corner after drifting in from the right-hand side of the box.

Kamara almost doubled his tally on the stroke of half-time, but his glancing shot from Aiden McGeady's cross went just past the post.

The second half began at much the same tempo as the first had ended, and the visitors were handed an early opportunity when Kenneth fouled McGeady on the left wing but Keane's volley from Lee Naylor's delivery was off target.

Out of nowhere, the lively Goodwillie rattled the woodwork for a second time when his drilled effort from Daly's knock-down beat Boruc but came back off the inside of the post.

Celtic's central defensive injury problems returned, with Glenn Loovens being replaced by Mark Wilson midway through the second half - Darren O'Dea having come on for Thomas Rogne in the first half.

Kamara passed up another gilt-edged chance when he blazed a chipped effort over the bar from 12 yards out following another tempting McGeady cross.

An already-open game was becoming stretched and United substitute Myrie-Williams received a second yellow card for a challenge on Landry N'Guemo, and the hosts then went down to nine men as Mihael Kovacevic limped off with all substitutes used.

United lost their discipline as they tried desperately to get back into the match and Garry Kenneth and Prince Buaben both picked up bookings within a minute before goalkeeper Dusan Pernis conceded an injury-time penalty and was cautioned for fouling McGeady.

Keane duly converted the spot-kick to seal victory and the SPL's second Champions League spot.

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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Dundee Utd 0-2 Celtic FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Kamara 30
    • Keane (pen) 90+4

    Dundee Utd

    • 01 Pernis yellow card
    • 02 Dillon
    • 05 Dods
    • 18 Kenneth yellow card
    • 06 Conway
    • 14 Swanson (Myrie-Williams 62 two yellow cards, red card)
    • 15 Buaben yellow card
    • 16 Gomis yellow card
    • 19 Kovacevic
    • 09 Daly (Sandaza 73)
    • 25 Goodwillie yellow card (Cadamarteri 78)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Banks,
    • 03 Webster,
    • 08 Robertson,
    • 12 Robertson,
    • 07 Myrie-Williams,
    • 10 Cadamarteri,
    • 11 Sandaza

    Celtic

    • 01 Boruc
    • 02 Hinkel
    • 03 Naylor
    • 22 Loovens (Wilson 59)
    • 25 Rogne (O'Dea 34)
    • 06 N'Guemo yellow card
    • 08 Brown yellow card
    • 46 McGeady
    • 07 Keane
    • 10 Fortune
    • 15 Kamara (Samaras 90+2)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 12 Wilson,
    • 48 O'Dea,
    • 52 Caddis,
    • 17 Crosas,
    • 09 Samaras,
    • 55 McGowan
    Ref: BrinesAtt: 8,638
    DUNDEE UTD
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • Dundee Utd 42%
    • Celtic 58%

    Attempts on target

    • Dundee Utd 6
    • Celtic 6

    Attempts off target

    • Dundee Utd 3
    • Celtic 8

    Corners

    • Dundee Utd 6
    • Celtic 6

    Fouls

    • Dundee Utd 21
    • Celtic 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:37 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+4:39 Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Artur Boruc makes a comfortable save.
    • 90:00+3:42 GOAL - Robbie KeaneDundee Utd 0 - 2 Celtic Robbie Keane scores a placed penalty. Dundee Utd 0-2 Celtic.
    • 90:00+3:35 Assist by Aiden McGeady.
    • 90:00+2:31 Booking Dusan Pernis goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+2:15 Dusan Pernis challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 90:00+1:09 Substitution Georgios Samaras replaces Diomansy Kamara.
    • 90:00+0:16 Diomansy Kamara challenges Morgaro Gomis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:06 Short corner taken by Diomansy Kamara from the left by-line.
    • 87:27 Francisco Sandaza challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
    • 85:16 Foul by Prince Buaben on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Mark Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:48 Unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Garry Kenneth results in a free kick. Diomansy Kamara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:19 The offside flag is raised against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:04 Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 83:04 Booking The referee shows Prince Buaben a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 82:20 Booking Garry Kenneth receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:59 Foul by Garry Kenneth on Diomansy Kamara, free kick awarded.
    • 81:19 The referee blows for offside. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
    • 81:02 Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
    • 79:30 Foul by Prince Buaben on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Mark Wilson takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:45 Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 76:45 Substitution (Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Danny Cadamarteri coming on for David Goodwillie.
    • 76:45 Sent off Red card for Jennison Myrie-Williams.
    • 76:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams on Landry N'Guemo.
    • 75:09 Foul by Scott Brown on Prince Buaben, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Prince Buaben. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Diomansy Kamara. Direct free kick taken by Craig Conway.
    • 73:35 Craig Conway crosses the ball.
    • 72:08 Substitution Francisco Sandaza joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jon Daly.
    • 71:07 The ball is swung over by Prince Buaben, save by Artur Boruc.
    • 70:27 Andreas Hinkel challenges Jon Daly unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Conway, Darren O'Dea makes a clearance.
    • 69:24 Lee Naylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Darren Dods gets a block in.
    • 69:24 Booking Morgaro Gomis is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 69:13 Morgaro Gomis concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Brown.
    • 68:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Mark Wilson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Conway, save by Artur Boruc.
    • 67:00 Foul by Sean Dillon on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Andreas Hinkel takes the free kick.
    • 66:06 Unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis by Aiden McGeady results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
    • 65:54 The ball is delivered by Marc-Antoine Fortune, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
    • 64:49 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Lee Naylor from left wing, clearance by Darren Dods.
    • 64:49 Booking Jennison Myrie-Williams is given a yellow card.
    • 64:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams on Lee Naylor.
    • 63:39 The referee blows for offside. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:27 Corner taken by Lee Naylor from the right by-line to the near post, Morgaro Gomis makes a clearance.
    • 60:50 Mark Wilson takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:50 Substitution Daniel Swanson goes off and Jennison Myrie-Williams comes on.
    • 60:50 Foul by Prince Buaben on Diomansy Kamara, free kick awarded.
    • 60:18 Aiden McGeady crosses the ball, Shot from inside the area by Diomansy Kamara clears the bar.
    • 59:44 Prince Buaben concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren O'Dea. Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:09 Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 58:09 Substitution Mark Wilson is brought on as a substitute for Glenn Loovens.
    • 58:09 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway played to the near post, Foul by Darren Dods on Lee Naylor, free kick awarded.
    • 58:01 Centre by Daniel Swanson, blocked by Darren O'Dea.
    • 56:07 Marc-Antoine Fortune has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 54:05 Landry N'Guemo has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 51:58 Craig Conway takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Scott Brown.
    • 51:24 Craig Conway decides to take the corner short, Daniel Swanson takes a shot. Glenn Loovens gets a block in. The ball is crossed by Craig Conway.
    • 51:05 Shot by David Goodwillie from inside the box bounces off the post.
    • 50:35 The official flags Robbie Keane offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
    • 48:49 Garry Kenneth challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Naylor sends in a cross, Robbie Keane produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 48:42 Robbie Keane produces a cross, blocked by Garry Kenneth.
    • 47:21 Lee Naylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:22 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+0:48 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Diomansy Kamara from the left by-line to the near post, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
    • 45:00+0:33 Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Darren Dods gets a block in.
    • 45:00+0:02 Short corner taken by Diomansy Kamara.
    • 44:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Prince Buaben on Diomansy Kamara. Glenn Loovens takes the direct free kick.
    • 43:35 Aiden McGeady delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Diomansy Kamara from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 42:33 Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:33 Booking Scott Brown shown a yellow card.
    • 42:28 Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Prince Buaben.
    • 40:25 A cross is delivered by Craig Conway.
    • 39:14 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Conway, save by Artur Boruc.
    • 38:39 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Conway, Andreas Hinkel makes a clearance.
    • 38:39 Booking David Goodwillie goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 38:23 Booking Landry N'Guemo receives a caution.
    • 37:59 Foul by Landry N'Guemo on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded.
    • 37:13 Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Andreas Hinkel results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Conway, clearance by Scott Brown.
    • 35:16 Mihael Kovacevic concedes a free kick for a foul on Aiden McGeady. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
    • 33:44 Substitution Darren O'Dea on for Thomas Rogne.
    • 31:28 The ball is delivered by Lee Naylor, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Marc-Antoine Fortune misses to the left of the goal.
    • 29:53 Marc-Antoine Fortune provided the assist for the goal.
    • 29:53 GOAL - Diomansy KamaraDundee Utd 0 - 1 Celtic Goal scored by Diomansy Kamara from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Celtic.
    • 26:45 Unfair challenge on Darren Dods by Marc-Antoine Fortune results in a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:34 Andreas Hinkel has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
    • 25:05 Aiden McGeady sends in a cross, Mihael Kovacevic gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Naylor, Darren Dods makes a clearance.
    • 23:55 Glenn Loovens challenges David Goodwillie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Conway, Andreas Hinkel makes a clearance.
    • 22:19 The ball is delivered by Diomansy Kamara.
    • 22:02 Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Save made by Artur Boruc.
    • 21:31 Craig Conway decides to take a short corner.
    • 20:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Goodwillie on Lee Naylor. Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 20:05 Centre by Lee Naylor, blocked by Daniel Swanson.
    • 17:55 Mihael Kovacevic sends in a cross, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
    • 14:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Landry N'Guemo on Daniel Swanson. Centre by Craig Conway, Garry Kenneth has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 13:28 Corner taken by Diomansy Kamara.
    • 12:57 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 12:30 Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
    • 10:36 Corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Thomas Rogne manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:02 Craig Conway crosses the ball, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Comfortable save by Artur Boruc. Darren Dods takes a shot. Blocked by Glenn Loovens.
    • 9:22 Craig Conway delivers the ball, clearance by Andreas Hinkel.
    • 8:00 The offside flag is raised against Robbie Keane. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:14 Mihael Kovacevic challenges Marc-Antoine Fortune unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Diomansy Kamara, clearance made by Prince Buaben.
    • 6:18 The ball is crossed by David Goodwillie, Effort on goal by Craig Conway from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 5:46 The ball is swung over by Robbie Keane, Darren Dods gets a block in.
    • 4:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Jon Daly. Andreas Hinkel takes the direct free kick.
    • 4:05 Robbie Keane has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 3:34 Scott Brown takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis. Morgaro Gomis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo. Free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
    • 3:11 Aiden McGeady sends in a cross, clearance by Sean Dillon.
    • 2:07 David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save made by Artur Boruc. The ball is crossed by Craig Conway, clearance by Thomas Rogne.
    • 1:11 Craig Conway sends in a cross, Thomas Rogne makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    25 Apr 2010 23:59 UK


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    As it stood on 25 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 35 54 83
    2 Celtic 35 30 72
    3 Dundee Utd 35 11 62
    4 Motherwell 35 2 51
    5 Hibernian 35 2 50
    6 Hearts 35 -11 44
    7 St Johnstone 35 -4 43
    8 Hamilton 35 -10 42
    9 Aberdeen 35 -14 38
    10 St Mirren 35 -12 32
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    12 Falkirk 35 -26 28

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