UEFA Champions League

October 21, 2003

Full-time

Anderlecht

1 - 0

Celtic

Group A

18:45 +00:00, October 21, 2003

Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Belgium

Referee: Fritz Stuchlik

  • 90'

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  • 90'

    They had the chances and had a man advantage for nearly an hour. Varga's chance was perhaps the turning point but the Belgians deserved their win for their manful effort.

  • 90'

    That Champions League away curse strikes again. Three games left and Celtic need to win all three.

  • 90'

    Handball shout. But not given. A vain hope...as is Celtic's chance of winning through to the next round as the ref puts the whistle to his lips.

  • 90'

    Free-kick given for a Thompson handball. The game looks up for the Bhoys.

  • 90'

    Ball hacked up from Anderlecht. Hedman will do the same. Larsson runs out of space on the edge of the box.

  • 90'

    Hendrix booked for timewasting. The sub hasn't touched the ball yet.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added. They are vital to Celtic's Euro campaign.

  • 90'

    The Belgians waste time with a sub. Off comes Kolar and on comes Tihinen - once of West Ham.

  • 89'

    Desperate stuff from Celtic. Sutton and Miller fighting hard but it's only a goal-kick for Anderlecht. Added time approaches.

  • 88'

    And off sets Aruna who has just Valgaeren to beat. He gets in a shot and Hedman has to concede a corner.

  • 87'

    Chance to launch a throw-in. Miller shows real vision in finding Hartson in space in the box. But Zitka is there when he shouldn't have had a chance.

  • 87'

    Miller tried to run through but there's no chance to make a run. No joy. The Irishman has continued to sparkle.

  • 85'

    Agathe beats Kolar but no-one attacks his cross. Hartson angry at the service he's receiving.

  • 84'

    There's some tired legs out there. Kompany, outstanding all night, is just 17 - he must be tiring. Can Celtic benefit from that extra man?

  • 82'

    Sutton wins a throw. But Anderlecht are fighting hard for everything.

  • 82'

    Miller showing neat touches. Celtic mounting pressure. Agathe's cross is cleared. Anderlecht will hold the ball with Aruna. Back to the keeper it goes.

  • 80'

    More composure now as Thompson flicks on for Miller to run on. But the shot is scuffed. A shame for Celtic.

  • 80'

    Hedman hammers long. Celtic looking ragged. But Sutton holds up lay.

  • 79'

    Celtic need a goal desperately now. And off will come Neil Lennon for Liam Miller. An in-form Irishman needs to show his mettle.

  • 77'

    Cross from Kolar is claimed by Hedman. Larsson gets a chance to turn and shoot. Zitka claims with a little difficulty.

  • 75'

    Weary header from Petrov. This is not looking good for Martin O'Neill's men.

  • 74'

    Sutton's flick towards Larsson. Zitka gets the ball and is fouled. He decides to play vigilante and lashes out at Larsson who is then booked. What did I say about the ref having a good game?

  • 73'

    Wilhelmsson again a threat but Hedman gets the ball. Celtic facing a considerable onslaught.

  • 72'

    Thompson's kick is headed away. Aruna got away but controlled the ball with his hand. The Ivory Coast man has been a real threat all evening.

  • 71'

    Wilhelmsson outstrips the Celtic right-hand side. He gets to the by-line. And slips a nice ball to Aruna who finishes from the edge of the six-yard area. 1-0 to Anderlecht. Disaster for Celtic.

  • 69'

    A handball in the area shout from Celtic waved away as Hartson's header is deflected. Aruna charges down the other end but another poor shot from Anderlecht.

  • 67'

    Corner to Celtic. In comes Thompson's ball. Larsson heads down and away from goal.

  • 65'

    Agathe having increasing joy down the wing but Hartson was nowhere near. This is getting frustrating.

  • 64'

    The game is becoming stretched. The ten men may tire but they show little sign of that yet.

  • 63'

    Now Petrov is booked for a lunge on Aruna, who reacquaints himself with the deck once more.

  • 62'

    Larsson fights hard to chase down a lost cause. But his cross is hacked away.

  • 61'

    Anderlecht the better team. Balde stops Aruna this time though.

  • 60'

    The Swede will be OK. His ears could be burning.

  • 59'

    Mornar in the clear...Hedman charges out and he can only lob wide. Another let-off. Hedman goes down injured - to the boos of the Anderlecht faithful.

  • 57'

    Now Varga is the man as Mornar threatens. Lennon loses the ball but wins it back from Mornar. Anderlecht with the impetus. Hedman makes a good catch.

  • 56'

    Balde is again the rock ( Paul Burrell would be proud). The Guinean gets it clear.

  • 55'

    Aruna, who's been impressive, goes to ground. A dangerous position for Anderlecht to get the ball in.

  • 54'

    Sutton's pass is erroneous. Larsson didn't read him. Celtic need to show more creation.

  • 53'

    Corner to Celtic. Petrov's ball drilled in but it ends up in the stand. Another chance.

  • 52'

    Hartson fails to win a corner as Agathe's neat work comes to nothing.

  • 51'

    Celtic have to fight off a corner. And can breathe when Mornar is offside. They probably can't believe that miss. Soccernet can't!

  • 49'

    The ref angers the fans by mistakenly giving a corner. The resulting rebound comes to Thompson...through Larsson and Varga surely cannot miss. He can. His flailing leg only knocks the ball wide of goal!

  • 48'

    Absolute scenes of chaos in the Celtic box as Lennon and Varga deflect Baseggio's shot away. The home team starting the brighter.

  • 47'

    Aruna dives over Varga. And wins a free-kick.

  • 47'

    Zewlakow holds off Larsson. It seems that McNamara's hamstring has failed. Bad news for the Bhoys skipper.

  • 46'

    Lennon shows strength in keeping off Kolar. There's a gag in there somewhere.

  • 45'

    Off go the Celts! Sutton fails to link with Larsson. Valgaeren booed by the home team. They've done a fair bit of that tonight.

  • 45'

    A half-time sub for Celtic. Off goes McNamara and on comes a Belgian in Joos Valageren.

  • 45'

    That's the half over. Celtic have an advantage but only in terms of men on the field. The Belgians are fighting hard after the dismissal of De Boeck.

  • 45'

    Last chance for an attack from either side. Mornar gets it in shaking off Varga and slotting a ball inside. Wilhelmsson sits back on his shot and fires over.

  • 45'

    Lennon nearly caught in possession. McNamara gets the ball away.

  • 43'

    Aruna shows his class in beating and holding off three. Varga gets a tackle in and Lennon completes the job. The ten men in the ascendancy.

  • 42'

    Varga concedes a corner. But Hartson heads away. Every manjack fighting hard on both sides.

  • 42'

    Agathe fought hard to win the ball but his pass is overhit. Celtic haven't created much since that disallowed goal.

  • 40'

    Petrov gets up well to nod away a crossed dead-ball. And Hedman gets time to launch a goal-kick.

  • 39'

    McNamara brings down Mornar. A free-kick chance for the 'Beligans'.

  • 38'

    After all the praise the ref is starting to lose it as he denies Anderlecht an advantage.

  • 38'

    Agathe's overlap sets alarm bells ringing. Thompson brought down but again the ref waves play on. McNamara sweeps up at the back.

  • 36'

    Sutton shows great control but then fizzes a shot just wide of the angle.

  • 36'

    Aruna beats Balde and then dives. No card again. This ref doesn't dish 'em out for simulation.

  • 35'

    Plenty of incident. And on a second look that wasn't a penalty either. Referee Fritz Stuchlik is having an excellent game.

  • 34'

    Larsson looked to be brought down after shaking Deschadt. No penalty says the ref. No card either.

  • 33'

    Hartson shakes off a defender. But is tackled back. The Welshman isn't likely to be granted the freedom of Brussels after this.

  • 31'

    Great cross from the left...Larsson heads at goal. The keeper can only palm into Hartson's path. He heads home but there's an offside flag - a decision that was contentious.

  • 30'

    Was Aruna brought down? No, he dived and the ref saw that. He gave no penalty but not red either. Mornar gets a chance now. But he blazes over.

  • 28'

    Another contentious decision as Mornar is penalised. The Belgian equivalent of the 'referee is a w**ker' is ringing out. Hartson thinks he was pushed by Baseggio but no dice from the ref this time.

  • 27'

    Thompson's corner finds Larsson. He can't get the angle right and hits the backboards. Has to go down as a miss.

  • 26'

    Larsson takes the resulting free-kick. The ball rattles off the wall. Corner. The crowd don't like the ref!

  • 25'

    But here could be a turning point. Hartson turns De Boeck and is brought down. A second bookable for the Belgian. He's off!

  • 25'

    Ball goes all the way back to Hedman. Breathing space in frantic encounter with little quality.

  • 23'

    A mess in defence as Wilhelmsson gets space. His chip is snatched clear by Balde. But Baseggio drags wide. A let-off.

  • 22'

    Balde again wise to danger as he clears a Wilhelmsson cross.

  • 22'

    Petrov's pass is just off target as Larsson charges through.

  • 21'

    Balde shows composure and pace as Aruna got away from him only for a long leg to thwart him.

  • 20'

    Scrappy action in midfield. But Anderlecht come away with the ball. Varga holds firm.

  • 19'

    Aruna messes up a pass out wide. The crowd didn't appreciate that.

  • 18'

    Nice link play from Sutton, Thompson and Larsson but the Swede is thwarted by De Boeck.

  • 17'

    Larsson and Sutton link but Sutton is stopped on the edge of the area.

  • 16'

    Aruna shows some skill but it's miles from goal. Agathe tracks back to win a goal-kick.

  • 15'

    Larsson clattered by De Boeck. Yellow card for the Anderlecht captain.

  • 14'

    Baseggio breaks. But Lennon stops him only for Sutton to lose the ball.

  • 14'

    Good claim from Hedman. Hopefully he'll put those Munich woes behind him.

  • 13'

    Mornar wins a corner. Somehow, as no Celt touched the ball.

  • 12'

    Balde is again cool. The Belgians are far more threatening. Confidence building. Mornar stopped by McNamara and attempts to win a penalty.

  • 11'

    A mistake from McNamara allows a Belgian attack. Mornar fails to get a clean hit and Celtic breathe easily.

  • 10'

    Balde sweeps up across the back as Mornar charges. Larsson holds the ball up for Sutton but the Englishman lashes miles over. End-to-end.

  • 9'

    Suddenly the Belgians show. A nice chip from Deschadt rattles the bar and Baseggio snatches at a chance. A let-off.

  • 7'

    Martin Kolar stops Agathe's burst. Long throw from Varga. Hartson ruled to have fouled De Boeck.

  • 6'

    Hedman gets it back after Celtic harry hard.

  • 5'

    Foul throw given for Belgian encroachment. But Anderlecht get it clear.

  • 5'

    Sutton caught by a high foot. Larsson gets in space but his chip goes to Zitka when Hartson was lurking.

  • 4'

    Lennon penalised for a foul. Larsson tracks all the way back. And then chases all the way back to Zitka.

  • 3'

    Petrov gets a tackle in. Good pressure from Celtic. As you'd expect.

  • 2'

    Flick on from Sutton is easily gathered by Zitka.

  • 2'

    Sutton can't get to Varga's throw. Hartson wins another. And another.

  • 1'

    Agathe nearly got round the back. Last-ditch tackle stops the speedster.

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    We're underway as Anderlecht kick off. They go back to keeper Zitka. And mount an attack out left. Wilhelmsson chooses to turn back.

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    Celtic: 21-Magnus Hedman; 4-Jackie McNamara, 6-Bobo Balde, 23-Stanislav Varga, 9-Chris Sutton, 8-Alan Thompson, 17-Didier Agathe, 18-Neil Lennon, 19-Stilian Petrov, 7-Henrik Larsson, 10-John Hartson

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    Anderlecht: 1-Daniel Zitka; 3-Olivier Deschadt, 5-Glen De Boeck, 6-Michal Zewlakow, 27-Vincent Kompany, 10-Walter Baseggio, 11-Martin Kolar, 15-Besnik Hasi, 17-Christian Wilhelmsson, 19-Ivica Mornar, 26-Aruna Dindane

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    Anderlecht are struggling with injuries and could be there for the taking. They're a typically patient Belgian side.

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    Liam Miller, two goals at the weekend, has to drop for the Bhoys bench as Alan Thompson and Chris Sutton pass fitness tests.

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