UEFA Champions League

November 5, 2003



3 - 1


Group A

19:45 +00:00, November 5, 2003

Celtic Park, Scotland

Referee: Kyros Vassaras

  • 90'

    Celtic have a real chance of going through. They need a win and draw from their remaining games. A great win for the Bhoys!

  • 90'

    Time ticks on and Celtic preserve their unbeaten record at home in the Champions League. And the final whistle signals that preservation.

  • 90'

    Hedman gets a touch on Hasi's cross. Respite for Celtic. They're almost home as we reach time added on.

  • 90'

    Off comes Maloney, who's taken a knock in his short spell on the pitch.

  • 89'

    Balde fouls Mornar. A theatrical scream wins a chance to get the ball in the mixer.

  • 89'

    Balde smashes away as that man Aruna looked to get on the end of a cross.

  • 88'

    Time ticks on. Celtic look assured of that win. They're seeing out time. Letting the Belgians hold the ball but not letting them do much with it.

  • 86'

    Lennon has to run hard to win the ball and lose a throw.

  • 86'

    Maloney knocked off the ball by Wilhelmson. Lennon fouls Kola. The free-kick is shepherded back to Hedman.

  • 85'

    Aruna is the man to threaten once more. But Balde stays on his feet and forces him into conceding a goal-kick.

  • 84'

    Wilhelmson does well only to give the ball straight to Larsson. Celtic need to keep the ball away from danger.

  • 83'

    Anderlecht having more possession now. And Michael Gray comes on as defensive cover.

  • 82'

    Off goes Hartson. Shaun Maloney on for him. The youngster will run at the tired legs in the Anderlecht defence.

  • 81'

    Balde gets back to chase and win a throw. No need for anxiety for Celtic. They need this win desperately.

  • 80'

    Larsson releases Sutton and the Englishman crosses deep. Hartson swings at it but scuffs wide. Petrov was behind him and perhaps had the better chance to score.

  • 80'

    Surely the Belgians can't force a draw? Celtic need to take the sting out. Aruna booed. And Lennon has to get back to cover.

  • 78'

    Mornar penalised for baulking Varga. Hedman gets a chance to get the ball up away from the danger are.

  • 77'

    Mornar booed as he takes....Hedman saves. Wilhemson gets in a shot on the rebound. No-one back to help Hedman and Aruna smashes home. 3-1 now. Hedman heroic but he must be angry that his defenders were so slow to react.

  • 76'

    Aruna shows Balde a clean pair of heels and is clearly fouled. Penalty!

  • 74'

    'Only one Liam Miller'. Apparently.

  • 74'

    No chances to be taken with him and he limps off. There'll be a substitution. Miller gets a standing ovation for a glittering show.

  • 72'

    Larsson holds the ball up until he errouneously runs the ball out. Martin O'Neill contested that decision. Miller is down with what looks like cramp.

  • 71'

    Sutton and Miller get back to chase hard. Anderlecht finding it hard to get through.

  • 70'

    Hartson hustled out by Tihinen. They've had quite a battle.

  • 69'

    Aruna gets space but across comes Balde to get the ball away. Celtic resolute in defence tonight.

  • 68'

    Celtic's fans choose to goad Rangers now. Contrasting fortunes for the two clubs over the past two days.

  • 66'

    Sutton back in defence to head away. Petrov runs out of room as Celtic go on the counter.

  • 65'

    Crowd frustrated as Hartson is penalised for a foul on Tihinen. Varga booked now for lashing out at Aruna. The African is a wind-up merchant par excellence.

  • 63'

    Mornar looked to swipe at Varga. He's booed. The atmosphere turning into a continual boo.

  • 62'

    Lennon fouls Baseggio. A chorus of boos. A bitty game now.

  • 61'

    Aruna thwarted and the ball is smacked away. On will come Martin Kolar for Marc Hendricx of Anderlecht.

  • 59'

    Larsson charges down the right. But Kompany gets it clear with a hack.

  • 59'

    Larsson gets his angle wrong and gets too much bend and height on it. They'll forgive him here at Parkhead.

  • 58'

    Wilhelmson hand-balled as Sutton came on his blind-side. Chance for Larsson to shoot?

  • 56'

    Hartson fouled. But Celtic aren't being too adventurous with that massive lead.

  • 56'

    And again Balde stops Aruna. Petrov holds the ball up at the edge of the box. Hartson gets space to shoot and clatters a shot. Zitka gets down well to stop it.

  • 54'

    Hartson shakes off Tihinen. But the ball is cleared as numbers were getting forward. Balde has to stop Aruna.

  • 53'

    Petrov heads away as Aruna lurked. And Agathe mounts a charge.

  • 53'

    Aruna takes down a chipped ball. But Hedman and a group of defenders stop him in his tracks.

  • 52'

    Poor ball evades Agathe. Not much fluidity going on. Nor is there any as Hartson wanders offside.

  • 51'

    Larsson wins a throw. Celtic keep working hard. He gives away a free-kick now.

  • 49'

    A foul on Hartson. But Miller can't create anything.

  • 48'

    Anderlecht have the ball to a chorus of boos. Tihinnen comes to get to a cross but Agathe just does enough to put him off.

  • 47'

    Drop ball and it's back to Hedman. Hartson can't find Petrov with his flick-on.

  • 46'

    A knock to Hasi and the ref stops play because it's a head injury.

  • 45'

    Off we go again...and McNamara has a chance to launch in a free-kick. For once the head of Hartson misses.

  • 45'

    That's the last real action of the half and the three goal salvo for the Bhoys has given them a lifeline in their group. The flair of Larsson and Miller especially has destroyed Anderlecht.

  • 44'

    Liam Miller again in space down the right and the keeper Zitka just gets it clear. Miller has been outstanding. A real find is the Irishman.

  • 44'

    Ball played out to Agathe. Hartson heads behind him and Varga slashes wide of goal.

  • 43'

    Larsson holds off one heavy challenge but then Kompany clatters him. Free-kick thirty yards out. Zewlakow booked for the first tackle.

  • 43'

    Hasi gets tround the back. Varga clears. And Hedman sweeps up at the back.

  • 42'

    Anderlecht listless as they fail to mount an attack. Celtic press hard and force a mistake. Miller out wide and his ball comes in. Larsson can't direct it in with his heel. It's cleared before Sutton can get to it.

  • 40'

    Hedman claims the ball with ease. Celtic sitting back deep. They've been disciplined tonight. And great going forward too.

  • 38'

    Aruna and McNamara tangle. The African shows his anger. He'll need to calm down. Meanwhile, Larsson strays offside from Hartson's ball.

  • 36'

    Aruna weaves to a chorus of boos - he plays in Baseggio but his shot is blasted wide. The jeers ring out.

  • 35'

    The play is bitty now. Celtic's job is all but done. Anderlecht all but done in already!

  • 34'

    The boos still ring out for Anderlecht. They didn't endear themselves a couple of weeks ago.

  • 33'

    Hartson joins Sutton and Aruna in the book. It's degenarating from the flowing stuff of the first 25 minutes.

  • 31'

    Chaos in the box as a long chip finds Varga unsure of where he is. Aruna in there but handballs clearly. He's booked and will miss the game with Lyon - good news for the Celts.

  • 30'

    Larsson takes a knock. Anderlecht won't put the ball out. Aruna and Sutton clash. Miller involved too. Henrik finally gets some treatment.

  • 29'

    Martin O'Neill delighted! And rightly so. It's been a good couple of days for the Bhoys - what with Rangers' gubbing in Manchester!

  • 28'

    But now a corner...Hartson flicks and Sutton is on the back post to head in unchallenged. 3-0 to Celtic. They're back in business!

  • 27'

    Great skill from Larsson. He feeds Miller who bursts out wide and delivers a hanging ball for Petrov. He rattles the bar.

  • 25'

    Agathe stops Aruna - a man not well liked by the Parkhead faithful for his acrobatics in Brussels. Agathe is cheered.

  • 24'

    A mis-kick by Zitka but Celtic can't capitalise. But suddenly Miller gets out wide to play in a cross from the right. Zitka flaps but Larsson can't get the ball to head for goal. Nearly 3-0!

  • 22'

    Miller and Petrov cause havoc on the left. Sutton's cross is knocked away by Tihinnen.

  • 21'

    Hartson penalised for a knockdown. Celtic defending deep now.

  • 20'

    Anderlecht gain some respite in mounting an attack. Free-kick to be bent in by Bassegio - Hedman calls and claims.

  • 18'

    Sutton and Kompany collide. That hurt both of them but they'll keep going.

  • 17'

    What a fantastic goal. Liam Miller showing his undoubted potential with a calm finish. Celtic in dreamland.

  • 17'

    Larsson linking well. And the ball is played into Hartson...Miller down the left-hand side of the box and drills a shot into the back of the net. 2-0 to Celtic. O'Neill does the jack-in-the-box!

  • 14'

    Miller on the burst now. But he too is profligate in possession.

  • 14'

    Petrov had a chance to break but couldn't find Hartson. Lennon wins the ball back with a crunching challenge.

  • 13'

    Balde climbs to head away. The Celtic fans belt out the song that celebrates Larsson and denigrates Alan Shearer.

  • 12'

    Who else but Henrik? Martin O'Neill does the pogo on the sideline.

  • 11'

    Nice ball out wide to Agathe. A nice cross too and Larsson stoops to angle a header down and to the keeper's right. 1-0 to Celtic!

  • 11'

    Corner again to Celtic. The ball is cleared and Varga's header can't find a team-mate. The Belgians so far resolute in defence.

  • 9'

    Miller run out in the corner after a nice knock-down by Hartson.

  • 9'

    Larsson is fouled as he leaps. Balde tries to win a corner but fails.

  • 8'

    An Anderlecht attack launched by Mornar. Good cross is nodded away by McNamara but a warning sign to Celtic.

  • 7'

    Hedman kicks long. Hartson's flick is collected by Zitka as Larsson lurks.

  • 6'

    Aruna has an injury and is making the most of it. He hobbles off after some wait.

  • 5'

    Blade hacks Hasi's kick away. Now the Belgians exert some pressure. McNamara nearly made a mistake but was alert in clearing.

  • 4'

    Anderlecht yet to get out of their half. But then Varga fouls Mornar who shakes him off with a neat touch.

  • 3'

    Overhit, as is Lennon's shot on the rebound. It drifts into the stand.

  • 2'

    Larsson hounds keeper Zitka. Sutton forces a corner.

  • 2'

    Celtic dominating early possession. A free-kick chance is cleared.

  • 1'

    Sutton gets a chance to release Larsson but his pass is rather askew.

  • 1'

    Long ball is collected by Stanislav Varga. Hedman takes his time.

  • 1'

    The Belgians will kick off. The atmosphere is bouncing. Ninety minutes of European destiny.


    Anderlecht: 1-Daniel Zitka; 3-Olivier Deschacht, 6-Michal Zewlakow, 27-Vincent Kompany, 30-Hannu Tihinen, 10-Walter Baseggio, 14-Marc Hendrikx, 15-Besnik Hasi, 17-Christian Wilhelmsson, 19-Ivica Mornar, 26-Aruna Dindane,


    Anderlecht have lost skipper De Boeck after that dismissal a fortnight ago and 17-year-old Vincent Kompany continues to marshall their defence alongside former West Ham man Hannu Tiheninen.


    Celtic: 21-Magnus Hedman; 17-Didier Agathe, 4-Jackie McNamara, 23-Stanislav Varga, 6-Bobo Balde, 43-Liam Miller, 18-Neil Lennon, 19-Stilian Petrov, 7-Henrik Larsson, 9-Chris Sutton, 10-John Hartson


    Celtic really need a win - they need revenge for that defeat in Belgium. They're without Alan Thompson but gifted Irishman Liam Miller steps in.


    Celtic know they must win to stand a real chance of progressing to the knock-out stages. Join us from 19.45 GMT for live commentary