UEFA Champions League

September 17, 2003


Bayern Munich

2 - 1


Group A

18:45 +00:00, September 17, 2003

Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany

Referee: Massimo De Santis

  • 90'

    Celtic will face Lyon and need to get points. They can take heart from a fine showing tonight.

  • 90'

    And they hold on. Bayern had to work hard for their win. Celtic played very well indeed but their efforts fell to the class of Makaay.

  • 90'

    Celtic clear the corner. And Linke stops Sutton. Rau charges away. Bayern run down the clock.

  • 89'

    Ballack fires in a long-range grubber. Hedman gets down well to palm away.

  • 89'

    Sutton miscues when Balde found him with the ball. A tired looking Bhoy.

  • 88'

    Long kick from Hedman can't find a Celt. Balde is being moved up-front. He'll be the target.

  • 87'

    But a Celtic corner chance now. Petrov's kick is cleared. Santa Cruz breaks.

  • 85'

    Makaay now gets a chance to cross. He looks for Ballack but it evades him. Sadly, Hedman missed it too. And it drifts into the back of the net. 2-1 to Bayern and that's hard on Celtic.

  • 85'

    Rau goes down under an Agathe challenge. A play-acting Rau shows off his supposedly damaged arm.

  • 84'

    Varga clears. Pressure is intense from Bayern here. Balde clears the ball before Ze Roberto gets a chance after some Santa Cruz magic. The Brazilian misses. A very bad miss too. Not been his night at all.

  • 82'

    Miller, showing little fear on his big night in the limelight, fouls Hargreaves. Makaay gets a chance for a header. He misses the target by a mile.

  • 81'

    Agathe got round the back of Rau. But Sutton and Larsson misjudged his run and Kovacs can clear the ball.

  • 79'

    Pizarro finds Rau, on for Lizarazu. Balde blocks no less than four shots from Ballack, Makaay, Haregreaves and Ballack again. Heroic stuff from the Guinean.

  • 77'

    Which is cleared. McNamara stopped Makaay getting away as Lennon was beaten for pace.

  • 76'

    Larsson holds the ball up well to slip in Thompson. Linke comes across to knock behind for corner.

  • 76'

    A few claps from those hard-to-please Bayern fans.

  • 75'

    Bayern looking to push home their momentum. But Miller gets back well.

  • 74'

    Santa Cruz comes on for Bayern. More reinforcements up the front. Celtic are in for a worrying last 15 mins.

  • 73'

    Bayern score when they looked under more pressure. Celtic must hold their nerve to get a vital point.

  • 72'

    The ball is crossed in and Varga heads away but only to Makaay. A neat hit and Hedman didn't have time to get to a scuffed shot. 1-1. A great goal from him.

  • 71'

    Ballack has two efforts blocked before Ze Roberto's cross finds Makaay. He can't beat Hedman from there.

  • 70'

    A great cross finds Balde with the freedom of Munchen. He heads over. That could be vital.

  • 69'

    Nice flick from Sutton and the ball is cleared. But then Lizarazu has to head behind a Thompson cross.

  • 68'

    Miller wins a throw. Kovacs nods away. The ball's where they want it to be.

  • 67'

    Makaay makes a run. He lays it off to Ballack. Nice hit but Hedman gets across very well. Good save.

  • 66'

    A change for Celtic as Liam Miller, the youngster, replaces John Hartson. Number 43 is Miller. Sutton goes up alongside Henrik Larsson.

  • 64'

    Petrov's cross is palmed away by Kahn. Agathe lashes the ball goalwards. Just over the ball. He kept it down well.

  • 63'

    Thompson kick forces a corner when Kovac nods behind.

  • 63'

    A foul on Larsson from Sagnol. No card shown and he was lucky.

  • 62'

    Ballack fouls Varga. Frustration showing now?

  • 61'

    A long free-kick and Pizarro can only win a corner. That's wasted as Salihamidzic nods the ball down. He was put off by Makaay.

  • 60'

    What a party in the Celtic end. A few beers will be supped tonight, whatever the result.

  • 59'

    But Bayern are a wounded beast now. Shades of last year for them and they won't want a repeat of that. Thompson back in his own box to clear a cross now.

  • 58'

    A great goal. Against the run of play in this half. But Celtic deserve this for all their effort.

  • 57'

    A great ball across the goal Agathe. Thompson ghost on to the back post and nods home with a diving header. 1-0 to Celtic. Dreamland!

  • 55'

    Thompson's cross blocked by Sagnol. He does a good job of stopping Sutton too.

  • 54'

    Sagnol on the burst. But Lennon is wise to his pass. Ze Roberto has to foul the onrushing Agathe.

  • 53'

    Sagnol's kick is overhit and Hedman is happy to kick it clear.

  • 52'

    Hargreaves breaks up the play, gives it to Ze Roberto. Lizarazu booms in a cross. Balde clears under pressure from Salihamidzic.

  • 51'

    Varga stops a Ze Roberto charge. But the ball to Hartson is off-target.

  • 50'

    Great cross from Makaay. Ballack misses it but Ze Roberto tries to head on goal. He misses the target, another blown Bayern chance.

  • 49'

    Boris Becker is here tonight. Watch out for cupboards, Boris. They get you into trouble.

  • 49'

    Nice flick to Makaay but Lennon sweeps up. More Bayern pressure in this half.

  • 48'

    Flicked on by Linke. Header for Makaay. He hits the top of the net. A glaring miss from the Dutchman.

  • 47'

    McNamara and Lennon stop Ballack. But Salihamidzic forces a corner.

  • 46'

    Long hoof from Hedman goes off the end of the pitch. Not much of a spectacle yet.

  • 45'

    The ball is played around the back by Celtic and then launched for Sutton. Hartson offside from a Lennon slide-rule.

  • 45'

    The men in green have been well-supported and the thousands who have made the trip clap on their heroes.

  • 45'

    Just like last season, Celtic have been strong away from home. Bayern frustrated. O'Neill's gameplan working so far.

  • 45'

    But now Balde concedes a free-kick. Half-time looms and they must clear the ball. Ze Roberto's kick is knocked behind and that is the last action of the half.

  • 44'

    Ballack makes a penalty claim. He dived when two players outnumbered them in the box.

  • 43'

    Hargreaves fails to control a through pass. More terrace disquiet. They could be Arsenal so can count themselves lucky.

  • 42'

    Petrov and Agathe link up the side. Larsson gets a cross in....Hartson nods back. Kovacs had to smash away. Good play all round.

  • 41'

    Celtic have played the better and more enterprising stuff. Only Kahn stopping them getting a lead.

  • 40'

    3-0 to Inter now. Disaster for Arsenal.

  • 40'

    Thompson with another free-kick. Balde gets up to it. Looping header and a great save from Kahn to stop it dropping in.

  • 39'

    More boos after a Sagnol pass finds only Balde. Agathe's cross to Hartson at the back post but it misses him. Goal-kick again.

  • 37'

    Ballack spins on a nice pass from Salihamidzic. Makaay was there but he smashes it into the stalls.

  • 36'

    Again, it's a period of cagey play. Who can make something? Not Ze Roberto, who's pass can only balloon to Hedman. Bayern fans booing now.

  • 34'

    Agathe down the wing but the ball is cleared. Ballack bursts away but Sutton stops him. He won the ball but took the man. And gets a yellow card.

  • 33'

    Salihamidzic creates a chance for Pizarro. A snap shot drifts over the bar.

  • 32'

    Kahn had no problem in claiming. Celtic's good period needs a goal. Bayern will come on strong surely.

  • 31'

    Kovacs fouls Larsson. The Swede hurt. Celtic will launch one into the box.

  • 29'

    Until Sagnol breaks, and Makaay fires wide of the post. A few boos ring out from the Bayern faithful.

  • 29'

    No free-kick but Celtic continue their attacks.

  • 29'

    Sutton looked to be fouled as Larsson's shot is blocked.

  • 28'

    Hargreaves drifts a dipper round the post and wide of the post. Hedman struggled to get there.

  • 27'

    Bayern playing a cagey game, though Celtic are even cagier. Ze Roberto's theatrics win a free-kick from Agathe.

  • 25'

    Larsson offside from a Hedman goal-kick. A tactic we're likely to see a lot of tonight.

  • 21'

    Back to Germany and the attrition continues. That's until Sutton breaks and crosses for Hartson. Just a bit too high for him.

  • 21'

    And at Highbury it's 2-0 to Inter - Wenger's face probably a picture.

  • 20'

    Varga clears a Ze Roberto flick. Both teams defending well.

  • 20'

    Here, Celtic are holding their own. But Ballack gets a chance. He shoots from 40 yards. Doesn't even beat the first man.

  • 19'

    In London, it's 1-0 to Inter as Arsenal take a setback.

  • 19'

    Chipped ball from Ballack for Makaay but Hedman does well.

  • 19'

    Two corners forced. But Bayern clear up some snatched efforts from both Thompson and McNamara.

  • 17'

    Petrov released after a dribble from Larsson.

  • 17'

    Agathe fouls Ze Roberto. But Thompson gets the ball and hits it long. Kahn has to charge out to head out.

  • 16'

    Foul on Ze Roberto from Petrov. Sutton stops Linke's charge. He's done well in midfield so far.

  • 15'

    Makaay has a breath of a chance but the ball squirts back to Hedman. Celtic waste possession and Kahn has it.

  • 14'

    Varga's follow-up doesn't trouble Kahn.

  • 14'

    Chance to get the ball in for Thompson....Drilled in and Kovac is strong to claim it with his head.

  • 12'

    Not much of a spectacle so far. But few can have expected it from these teams.

  • 11'

    It came to little though. Sagnol breaks up another Celtic attack.

  • 10'

    Kahn stone-faced after Hartson was allowed to get in a shot.

  • 9'

    Kovac does well under pressure from Larsson. Bayern build slowly.

  • 8'

    Salihamidzic uses his pace but can't keep the ball in play. Goal-kick.

  • 7'

    Which Thompson overhits. And the ball goes back to Kahn. A chance wasted really.

  • 6'

    Agathe down the right. Bayern have to scramble the ball away. Sutton was lurking. Corner.

  • 5'

    Long ball from Thompson to Larsson but Kahn is out to claim.

  • 4'

    Hargreaves forced to play it all the way back to Kovacs. Celtic clear through Lennon.

  • 3'

    Lizarazu feeds Ze Roberto. Varga gets the ball away.

  • 3'

    Celtic pressure now. McNamara hits it for Sutton but the ball is cleared. Hartson is offside when the ball is played back.

  • 2'

    He misses Hartson's head and it's a throw-in. Balde gets it back. He wins a throw too.

  • 1'

    Larsson forces a handball from Kovac. Thompson hits the ball long.


    Bayern get the game underway. They choose a slow build-up. Kovac hassled by Larsson. Ballack loses the ball on the edge of the Celtic box.


    The traditional Celtic huddle breaks up and it's away we go.


    A sea of hoops greet the teams. A vast contingent from Scotland, Ireland, London, whereever.


    A few injuries for both sides - Bayern are without Deisler while Valgaeren, Mjallby, Crainey and Lambert are all absent for the Bhoys.


    And Celtic: Hedman, McNamara, Balde, Varga, Agathe, Thompson, Petrov, Lennon, Sutton, Hartson, Larsson


    Here's the starting line-ups: Bayern - Bayern Munich: Kahn, Sagnol, Lizarazu, Kovac, Makaay, Ze Roberto, Ballack, Pizarro, Salihamidzic, Hargreaves, Linke.


    After last season's adventures, it's the big boys and they don't come better than this - FC Hollywood themselves, Bayern Munich.


    A 'monumental challenge' - in Martin O'Neil's words - awaiting Celtic at the Olympic Stadium. All the action here from 19.45 BST