Liverpool 0-1 Celtic

Balde goal sees Celtic beat Liverpool

August 10, 2013
By ESPN staff

Amido Balde scored with Celtic's first chance of the game as the Scottish champions beat Liverpool 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Liverpool controlled a huge amount of possession and created enough chances to have won but could not break through Celtic's defence.

The Hoops already have five competitive matches behind them thanks to Champions League qualifiers, while Brendan Rodgers' side are still a week away from opening their Premier League campaign.

Liverpool went into Saturday's game on the back of six friendly victories, conceding just once against Valerenga on Wednesday, with Daniel Sturridge returning from an injured ankle to play a promising 45 minutes in the second half for Liverpool.

Amido Balde goal Celtic v Liverpool
GettyImagesAmido Balde slides the winning goal under Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

He replaced summer signing Iago Aspas, who looked lightweight up front and gave Reds supporters more reason to fret over the looming departure of Luis Suarez.

Balde gave young centre-back Andre Wisdom -- deputising for Daniel Agger who was left on Merseyside -- a tough time for over an hour before he was substituted having done the hard work.

In the 13th minute, the Portuguese striker easily turned Wisdom after being put through by Anthony Stokes and drilled in a low shot which caught the underside of Simon Mignolet's body but bounced up and over the line.

Stewart Downing almost equalised immediately with a shot which was blocked while Philippe Coutinho latched onto Glen Johnson's through-ball only for Lukasz Zaluska to save.

The goalkeeper was also required to palm Downing's shot around a post after the winger had cut in from the right and he also denied Johnson.

 

Sturridge was sent on for the second half in place of Aspas and within three minutes he did what the Spaniard had failed to do in 45 by producing a threat with an early shot.

Coutinho somehow managed to completely miss Downing's cross and shoot wide having created an opening for himself either side of Sturridge forcing a near-post save from substitute goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Late on, Sturridge's lob from another inch-perfect Coutinho pass drifted wide of the far post and a fierce strike from the edge of the area rippled the side-netting.

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