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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 7:30pm
  • Dens Park
  • Attendance: 9,276
DundeeDundeevCelticCeltic
02
  • Samaras, 16
  • Hooper, 71

live commentary

Match ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 2.

90+2 mins:Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 2.

90+2 mins:Corner, Celtic.

90+1 mins:Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

88 mins:Corner, Dundee.

85 mins:Offside, Dundee. Mark Stewart tries a through ball, but Mark Stewart is caught offside.

83 mins:Substitution, Dundee. Martin Boyle replaces Stephen O'Donnell.

82 mins:Foul by Jim McAlister (Dundee).

82 mins:Patrick McCourt (Celtic) wins a free kick.

80 mins:Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

80 mins:Mark Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick.

79 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Patrick McCourt replaces Tony Watt.

74 mins:Substitution, Dundee. Mark Stewart replaces John Baird.

74 mins:Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Dundee).

74 mins:Fraser Forster (Celtic) wins a free kick.

73 mins:Corner, Dundee.

73 mins:Corner, Dundee.

71 mins:Goal! Dundee 0, Celtic 2. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mikael Lustig.

69 mins:Gary Hooper (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69 mins:Kyle Benedictus (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69 mins:Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Dundee).

69 mins:Gary Hooper (Celtic) wins a free kick.

65 mins:Foul by Gary Hooper (Celtic).

65 mins:Stephen O'Donnell (Dundee) wins a free kick.

62 mins:Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

62 mins:Stephen O'Donnell (Dundee) wins a free kick.

60 mins:Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Biram Kayal.

59 mins:Corner, Dundee.

57 mins:Offside, Dundee. Ryan Conroy tries a through ball, but Ryan Conroy is caught offside.

55 mins:Corner, Dundee.

54 mins:Attempt missed. Kevin McBride (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53 mins:Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

53 mins:John Baird (Dundee) wins a free kick.

50 mins:Attempt saved. Colin Nish (Dundee) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

49 mins:Corner, Dundee.

48 mins:Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

48 mins:Matthew Lockwood (Dundee) wins a free kick.

46 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Mikael Lustig replaces Charlie Mulgrew.

Second Half begins Dundee 0, Celtic 1.

45+2 mins:First Half ends, Dundee 0, Celtic 1.

45 mins:Attempt saved. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

41 mins:Foul by Tony Watt (Celtic).

41 mins:Ryan Conroy (Dundee) wins a free kick.

40 mins:Foul by Tony Watt (Celtic).

40 mins:Matthew Lockwood (Dundee) wins a free kick.

38 mins:Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Dundee).

38 mins:Victor Wanyama (Celtic) wins a free kick.

31 mins:Corner, Dundee.

27 mins:Offside, Celtic. Victor Wanyama tries a through ball, but Victor Wanyama is caught offside.

26 mins:Foul by Matthew Lockwood (Dundee).

26 mins:Tony Watt (Celtic) wins a free kick.

22 mins:Corner, Celtic.

22 mins:Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

20 mins:Corner, Celtic.

18 mins:Foul by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

18 mins:Tony Watt (Celtic) wins a free kick.

16 mins:Goal! Dundee 0, Celtic 1. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Tony Watt with a headed pass.

16 mins:Attempt missed. Tony Watt (Celtic) header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

16 mins:Corner, Celtic.

15 mins:Corner, Celtic.

14 mins:Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

12 mins:Corner, Celtic.

8 mins:Attempt missed. Stephen O'Donnell (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 7:30pm
  • Dens Park
  • Attendance: 9,276
DundeeDundeevCelticCeltic
02
  • Samaras, 16
  • Hooper, 71

match report

Celtic pulled seven points clear at the top of the table after defeating Dundee 2-0 in Boxing Day's late SPL game.

Georgios Samaras sent Celtic on their way to a fifth consecutive SPL victory with an overhead kick 16 minutes into a one-sided first half at Dens Park.

Dundee made a game of it after the break and Colin Nish missed a great chance to equalise but Gary Hooper secured the points in the 71st minute when he lobbed Rab Douglas.

Celtic controlled the final stages as they extended their lead at the top of the table after second-placed Inverness were earlier held by St Mirren.

That result, plus Ross County's win at Hibernian, left Dundee nine points behind at the foot of the table.

Stephen O'Donnell had the first shooting opportunity in the ninth minute when he pounced on Emilio Izaguirre's poor clearance and sent a curling effort just over the top corner from 20 yards, but that was as good as it got for the hosts in the first half.

Charlie Mulgrew swung the set-piece in and Efe Ambrose met it first-time but his shot bounced off the bar from six yards and Victor Wanyama volleyed the rebound over.

Hooper, who started the match at the head of a midfield diamond, shot just wide from 25 yards before Celtic took the lead. Another inswinging corner from Mulgrew caused problems and Watt fired a shot from beyond the back post that Douglas pushed on to the bar. The rebound fell eight yards out and Samaras hooked the ball over his head and into the top corner.

Celtic were in complete control and switched to a 4-3-3 with Hooper pushing forward through the middle but they could not create any more first-half chances despite their superiority in possession.

Dundee showed more signs of attacking intent as the second half started and Nish should have equalised in the 50th minute. The hosts worked the ball from right to left and Ryan Conroy's cross from the by-line was inch perfect for the unmarked Nish five yards out, but the former Hibernian striker could not guide his header far enough away from Fraser Forster.

Dundee kept the pressure on and Celtic manager Neil Lennon made a change in the 61st minute when he brought on James Forrest for Kayal and switched to a more orthodox 4-4-2 with Samaras moving to left midfield.

Douglas denied Celtic a second four minutes later when he stopped an attempted clearance by Kyle Benedictus slicing into his own net following Lustig's near-post cross.

But Hooper was soon celebrating when Lustig's lofted ball up the right bounced over Declan Gallagher's head and the former Scunthorpe striker lobbed Douglas from 16 yards.

team line-up

1Robert Douglas
17Kyle Benedictus
18Declan Gallagher
2Gary Irvine
3Matthew Lockwood
11Ryan Conroy
4Stephen O'Donnell83
8Kevin McBride
20Jim McAlister
10John Baird74
24Colin Nish

substitutes

5Neil McGregor
26Brian Easton
23Martin Boyle83
36Alex Baird
33Jamie Reid
27Mark Stewart74

referee

Iain Brines

team line-up

1Fraser Forster
21Charlie Mulgrew46
6Kelvin Wilson
3Emilio Izaguirre
4Efe Ambrose
67Victor Wanyama
8Scott Brown
33Biram Kayal60
9Georgios Samaras
32Tony Watt79
88Gary Hooper

substitutes

7Miku
11Lassad
20Patrick McCourt79
23Mikael Lustig46
49James Forrest60
24Lukasz Zaluska
25Thomas Rogne

referee

Iain Brines

match stats

possession %3168
shots on target15
shots off target22
corners76
tackles won00
offsides21