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Celtic   1 - 0   Aberdeen

Highlights - Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

Highlights - Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

Celtic increased their Scottish Premier League lead to five points as a goal from Anthony Stokes ended the unbeaten run of Craig Brown's Aberdeen.

Stokes struck on 27 minutes after collecting Gary Hooper's defence-splitting pass to round goalkeeper Jamie Langfield and slot home.

The Republic of Ireland international saw another effort saved just before half-time after another Hooper pass.

Aberdeen's best chance came when Chris Maguire shot a yard wide on 56 minutes.

Neil Lennon's side would have been pumped up for the match after watching championship rivals Rangers beaten 1-0 in the early kick-off at Hearts, who travel to Celtic Park on Wednesday very much in the title mix.

Celtic had all the early pressure and Hooper's cross from the right was nicked away from the foot of strike partner Stokes on 12 minutes.

In the 21st minute winger Paddy McCourt shot just wide past Langfield's right-hand post as they increased the tempo.

However, Aberdeen were still lively and Celtic keeper Fraser Forster and stopper Daniel Majstorovic got in a tangle at the other end, almost allowing Nick Blackman to capitalise on his debut.

But the home side recovered from that lapse to take the lead on 27 minutes when Hooper played a through-ball to leave Stokes in the clear, and he rounded Langfield for an easy finish.

Referee Iain Brines next incurred the wrath of the home support when he initially gave a free-kick against the Aberdeen goalkeeper in the box for picking up a pass back before changing his mind, with the ball perhaps taking a deflection off a Celtic player.

Thomas Rogne and Nick Blackman
Thomas Rogne and Nick Blackman tussle for possession at Celtic Park

After 40 minutes, Stokes had the chance to make it 2-0 from 12 yards out after Hooper again supplied him, but Langfield threw himself to his right to divert the ball for a corner.

Celtic were then forced into an change moments later when Majstorovic - who had endured an uncertain afternoon at the heart of the defence - looked to be struggling with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Charlie Mulgrew just before half-time.

Aberdeen - who lost 9-0 on their last visit to Celtic Park - had their best chance of the game 11 minutes into the second half when Maguire hit the ball inches wide from the edge of the box after Thomas Rogne failed to control a long ball.

Maguire remained the main threat for Brown's side but any forays forward were quickly snuffed out by the league leaders, who were comfortable without ever excelling.

As Celtic reasserted themselves and the visitors retreated, McCourt and skipper Scott Brown both had rather poor attempts from distance before Freddie Ljungberg replaced McCourt for his home bow.

Aberdeen were not finished yet, but defenders Zander Diamond and Nikola Vujadinovic failed to make headers count in the penalty area.

The Serbian defender was replaced by Josh Magennis as Brown's side made a final push, but Celtic kept the Pittodrie side out to secure what could be a pivotal three points in the title race.

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Stokes 27

    Celtic

    • 26 Forster
    • 03 Izaguirre
    • 05 Majstorovic (Mulgrew 40)
    • 12 Wilson
    • 25 Rogne
    • 08 Brown
    • 14 McGinn
    • 20 McCourt (Ljungberg 75)
    • 33 Baram Kayal yellow card (Ledley 82)
    • 10 Stokes
    • 88 Hooper

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 21 Mulgrew,
    • 31 Towell,
    • 07 Ljungberg,
    • 16 Ledley,
    • 36 Carey,
    • 27 Murphy

    Aberdeen

    • 01 Langfield
    • 02 McArdle
    • 05 Diamond
    • 06 Considine yellow card
    • 13 Vujadinovic (Magennis 83)
    • 08 Hartley
    • 14 Young (Pawlett 77)
    • 27 Milsom yellow card
    • 07 Maguire
    • 09 Vernon
    • 24 Blackman (Jack 61)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Howard,
    • 16 Ifil,
    • 42 Robertson,
    • 15 Pawlett,
    • 22 Jack,
    • 19 Paton,
    • 20 Magennis
    Ref: BrinesAtt: 48,717
    CELTIC
    ABERDEEN

    Possession

    • Celtic 56%
    • Aberdeen 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 4
    • Aberdeen 0

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 5
    • Aberdeen 4

    Corners

    • Celtic 7
    • Aberdeen 8

    Fouls

    • Celtic 10
    • Aberdeen 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:05 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+1:42 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Fredrik Ljungberg (Celtic) to short, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+0:54 Attacking throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 89:41 Attacking throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 89:08 Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic) on Robert Milsom (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 88:37 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 87:48 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 86:42 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) to far post, clearance by Thomas Rogne (Celtic). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) to near post, clearance by Joe Ledley (Celtic).
    • 85:52 Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Fraser Forster (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 84:45 Attacking throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 83:33 Shot by Niall McGinn (Celtic) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Zander Diamond (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) to far post, clearance by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 83:20 Booking Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 82:56 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 82:56 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Nikola Vujadinovic replaced by Josh Magennis (tactical).
    • 82:45 Defending throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 82:10 Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 81:40 Handball by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Fraser Forster (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 81:40 Substitution Celtic substitution: Beram Kayal replaced by Joe Ledley (tactical).
    • 80:40 Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 80:09 Foul by Gary Hooper (Celtic) on Rory McArdle (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 79:35 Defending throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 79:14 Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) on Andrew Considine (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) from own half, passed.
    • 78:14 Header by Nikola Vujadinovic (Aberdeen) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 78:08 Cross by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen), resulting in open play.
    • 77:44 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) to short, resulting in open play.
    • 77:29 Attacking throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 76:07 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 76:07 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Derek Young replaced by Peter Pawlett (tactical).
    • 75:44 Attacking throw-in by Fredrik Ljungberg (Celtic).
    • 74:58 Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 74:58 Substitution Celtic substitution: Patrick McCourt replaced by Fredrik Ljungberg (tactical).
    • 74:40 Cross by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen), resulting in open play.
    • 74:21 Attacking throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 72:42 Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) on Chris Maguire (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) from left channel, passed.
    • 72:04 Foul by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen) on Gary Hooper (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Patrick McCourt (Celtic) from left channel, passed.
    • 71:47 Cross by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen), save (caught) by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 70:43 Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 70:22 Defending throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 69:54 Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 69:21 Attacking throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 67:44 Defending throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 67:08 Foul by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) on Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Fraser Forster (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 66:35 Attacking throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 66:00 Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 64:59 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 64:31 Attacking throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 64:07 Foul by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) on Beram Kayal (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Hooper (Celtic) from right channel, passed.
    • 63:27 Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) on Scott Brown (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from left channel, passed.
    • 63:06 Defending throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 62:19 Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 61:09 Anthony Stokes (Celtic) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 60:06 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 60:06 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Nick Blackman replaced by Ryan Jack (tactical).
    • 58:26 Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) on Niall McGinn (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 57:55 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 57:10 Shot by Scott Brown (Celtic) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 55:52 Foul by Nikola Vujadinovic (Aberdeen) on Gary Hooper (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Beram Kayal (Celtic) from left channel, passed.
    • 55:17 Shot by Patrick McCourt (Celtic) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 54:17 Foul by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) on Patrick McCourt (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Wilson (Celtic) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 53:41 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 53:08 Attacking throw-in by Gary Hooper (Celtic).
    • 52:19 Shot by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 51:52 Defending throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 51:28 Defending throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 51:05 Cross by Patrick McCourt (Celtic), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 50:52 Cross by Niall McGinn (Celtic), clearance by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen). Attacking throw-in by Patrick McCourt (Celtic).
    • 50:33 Attacking throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 49:47 Shot by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 48:29 Nick Blackman (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Rogne (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 48:02 Cross by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 47:34 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) to centre, save (punched) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 47:09 Attacking throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 46:39 Goal kick taken short by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 45:06 Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic) on Nikola Vujadinovic (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:00+3:17 It is the end of the first-half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:04 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) to centre, clearance by Thomas Rogne (Celtic).
    • 45:00+1:49 Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 45:00+1:35 Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 45:00+0:47 Attacking throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 45:00+0:16 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) to centre, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 44:15 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Wilson (Celtic) to centre, clearance by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen). Foul by Thomas Rogne (Celtic) on Nikola Vujadinovic (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 43:01 Anthony Stokes (Celtic) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 42:42 Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 42:14 Attacking throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 40:48 Foul by Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) on Mark Wilson (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from right channel, resulting in open play. Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) to centre, clearance by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 39:56 Shot by Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Wilson (Celtic) to near post, resulting in open play. Attacking throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 39:56 Substitution Celtic substitution: Daniel Majstorovic replaced by Charlie Mulgrew (injury).
    • 38:51 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) to far post, clearance by Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic).
    • 38:11 Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) on Derek Young (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 37:42 Foul by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) on Scott Brown (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic) from right channel, passed.
    • 37:21 Defending throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 36:44 Shot by Gary Hooper (Celtic) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 36:09 Foul by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) on Gary Hooper (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic) from own half, passed.
    • 35:56 Defending throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 35:31 Attacking throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 34:59 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 34:39 Defending throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 34:24 Defending throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 32:02 Foul by Derek Young (Aberdeen) on Anthony Stokes (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Brown (Celtic) from left channel, passed.
    • 31:04 Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 30:05 Defending throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic). Defending throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 28:35 Foul by Thomas Rogne (Celtic) on Nick Blackman (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 27:53 Defending throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 26:29 Assist (pass) by Gary Hooper (Celtic) from left channel.
    • 26:29 GOAL - Anthony StokesCeltic 1 - 0 Aberdeen Goal by Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen.
    • 25:20 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) to centre, clearance by Thomas Rogne (Celtic).
    • 23:04 Attacking throw-in by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen).
    • 20:39 Shot by Patrick McCourt (Celtic) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 19:35 Shot by Scott Brown (Celtic) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 18:55 Foul by Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) on Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic) from own half, passed.
    • 17:49 Attacking throw-in by Derek Young (Aberdeen).
    • 17:11 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) to near post, clearance by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 16:49 Attacking throw-in by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen).
    • 15:30 Foul by Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) on Niall McGinn (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Wilson (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 15:30 Booking Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 13:19 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Wilson (Celtic) to near post, clearance by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen). Attacking throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 12:38 Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
    • 12:32 Cross by Gary Hooper (Celtic), resulting in open play.
    • 12:04 Shot by Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 11:30 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 11:25 Cross by Scott Brown (Celtic), clearance by Zander Diamond (Aberdeen).
    • 11:07 Attacking throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 9:44 Attacking throw-in by Niall McGinn (Celtic).
    • 8:31 Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic) on Chris Maguire (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 8:31 Booking Beram Kayal (Celtic) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 7:25 Foul by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen) on Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic). Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Wilson (Celtic) from left channel, clearance by Zander Diamond (Aberdeen).
    • 6:51 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 6:00 Defending throw-in by Mark Wilson (Celtic).
    • 5:23 Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic) on Paul Hartley (Aberdeen). Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) from right channel, clearance by Thomas Rogne (Celtic).
    • 4:28 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 3:36 Attacking throw-in by Patrick McCourt (Celtic).
    • 3:06 Foul by Rory McArdle (Aberdeen) on Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Wilson (Celtic) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 2:52 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 2:32 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 2:12 Foul by Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) on Niall McGinn (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic) from own half, passed.
    • 0:04 Defending throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    As it stood on 22 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 22 32 52
    2 Rangers 20 24 47
    3 Hearts 21 20 45
    4 Kilmarnock 22 10 32
    5 Inverness CT 23 3 29
    6 Motherwell 21 1 28
    7 Dundee Utd 18 -3 25
    8 St Johnstone 20 -12 23
    9 Aberdeen 21 -18 20
    10 St Mirren 21 -18 17
    11 Hibernian 21 -16 16
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