Celtic through against Dinamo

by Kevin Coleman

Dinamo Moscow 0-2 Celtic (1-2 agg)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V CELTIC

Celtic ended their away game jinx in Europe by surpassing Dinamo Moscow to win a place in the next Play-Off round.

Scott MacDonald and Georgios Samaras both netted to overcome the 1-0 defecit from the first leg in Glasgow. The Bhoys had failed to

win in their previous 22 away ties in Europe, a run which lasted six years, but Tony Mowbray’s men fought back in fine fashion.

It was the hosts who had the better start in the Arena Khimki, with striker Aleksandr Kerzakhov causing trouble for Celtic on more than one occasion. However his best chance did little to trouble ‘keeper Artur Boruc.

But it was the visitors who made the breakthrough right on the stroke of half-time with a perfectly placed header from Scott MacDonald gave the Hoops the lead, from a perfectly placed Andreas Hinkel cross. Dinamo almost equalized immediately, only for Khoklov’s strike to be stopped on the line by Hinkel.

Andreas Hinkel was in the action early into the second half with a vital goal-line clearance from a Kombarov header. However it looked likely Celtic would go on a win the tie, Shaun Maloney came very close after some quick movement on the ball. The all important second goal came in stoppage time, when Samaras collected a high ball, cut across the box and hit a shot low across Gabulov and into the bottom corner. A great time to net his first goal in Europe for Celtic.

Celtic now look forward to a tie against one of the following: Arsenal, Olympique Lyonnais, Shakhtar/Stuttgart (given Shakhtar win this evening), Panathanaikos or Sporting Lisbon.

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