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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Celtic Park
CelticCelticvHeartsHearts
4
  • Hooper, 2
  • Samaras, 12
  • Hooper, 85
  • Lassad, 90+1
1
  • Holt, 69

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Match ends, Celtic 4, Hearts 1.

90+2 mins:Second Half ends, Celtic 4, Hearts 1.

90+1 mins:Goal! Celtic 4, Hearts 1. Lassad (Celtic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

89 mins:Foul by Victor Wanyama (Celtic).

89 mins:Jason Holt (Hearts) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Corner, Celtic.

86 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Dale Carrick replaces Mehdi Taouil.

85 mins:Goal! Celtic 3, Hearts 1. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Brown.

83 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Thomas Rogne replaces Kris Commons because of an injury.

83 mins:Foul by Biram Kayal (Celtic).

83 mins:Callum Tapping (Hearts) wins a free kick.

78 mins:Foul by Callum Tapping (Hearts).

78 mins:Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick.

78 mins:Offside, Celtic. Kris Commons tries a through ball, but Kris Commons is caught offside.

77 mins:Corner, Celtic.

76 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Lassad replaces Adam Matthews because of an injury.

76 mins:Kevin McHattie (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76 mins:Foul by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

76 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

74 mins:Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts).

74 mins:Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick.

73 mins:Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

73 mins:Hand ball by Andrew Driver (Hearts).

72 mins:Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

72 mins:Jason Holt (Hearts) wins a free kick.

71 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Callum Tapping replaces Dylan McGowan.

71 mins:Darren Barr (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69 mins:Goal! Celtic 2, Hearts 1. Jason Holt (Hearts) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Sutton.

68 mins:Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

66 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Biram Kayal replaces Joe Ledley.

65 mins:Attempt missed. Jamie Walker (Hearts) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

61 mins:Corner, Celtic.

61 mins:Attempt saved. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved. Assisted by Georgios Samaras with a cross.

59 mins:Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Matthews with a cross.

58 mins:Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

58 mins:Darren Barr (Hearts) wins a free kick.

57 mins:Foul by Victor Wanyama (Celtic).

57 mins:Jason Holt (Hearts) wins a free kick.

56 mins:Offside, Celtic. Gary Hooper tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

52 mins:Offside, Celtic. Gary Hooper tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

51 mins:Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

50 mins:Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kris Commons.

49 mins:Corner, Celtic.

49 mins:Corner, Celtic.

46 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Jamie Walker replaces Callum Paterson.

Second Half begins Celtic 2, Hearts 0.

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

44 mins:Corner, Celtic.

43 mins:Corner, Hearts.

42 mins:Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

42 mins:John Sutton (Hearts) wins a free kick.

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

40 mins:Corner, Hearts.

39 mins:Attempt blocked. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

37 mins:Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

34 mins:Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts).

34 mins:Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick.

33 mins:Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Victor Wanyama with a cross.

32 mins:Corner, Celtic.

25 mins:Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

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

23 mins:Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

23 mins:Andy Webster (Hearts) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

19 mins:Mehdi Taouil (Hearts) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

19 mins:Darren Barr (Hearts) wins a free kick.

13 mins:Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

13 mins:Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick.

12 mins:Goal! Celtic 2, Hearts 0. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kris Commons.

3 mins:Corner, Celtic.

2 mins:Goal! Celtic 1, Hearts 0. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Matthews.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Celtic Park
CelticCelticvHeartsHearts
4
  • Hooper, 2
  • Samaras, 12
  • Hooper, 85
  • Lassad, 90+1
1
  • Holt, 69

match report

In-demand striker Gary Hooper scored twice as Celtic won 4-1 at home to Hearts to retain their nine-point SPL advantage.

Neil Lennon confirmed on Friday that the Scottish champions had rejected an offer, reported to be about £5million, from Norwich for the 24-year-old English striker.

Hooper showed why he is attracting attention from south of the border when he slid in an Adam Matthews cross in the second minute for his 19th goal of the season.

Georgios Samaras added a second 10 minutes later but after Jason Holt pulled a goal back in the 68th minute, there was a nervy spell for the home side which only ended five minutes from time when Hooper grabbed a third, before substitute Lassad Nouioui, on for Matthews, grabbed a fourth in added time.

For the early opener, right-back Matthews raced up the wing and got the break of the ball as he attempted a one-two before driving into the box and squaring for Hooper to slide in from a couple of yards out.

The Tynecastle side looked all over the place and there was no surprise when Celtic doubled their lead 10 minutes later.

Again, the danger came down the Jambos' left-hand side. Midfielder Kris Commons pushed his way past Kevin McHattie and turned debutant Danny Wilson before his shot was parried by keeper Jamie MacDonald out to Samaras, who tapped into an empty net.

It looked like a Celtic goal-fest was on the cards but Hearts stabilised, to an extent, while the champions slackened off a bit.

Early in the second half, Hooper had the ball in the net from a Kris Commons cross but was ruled offside.

On the hour mark, with the Parkhead side in complete control, skipper Scott Brown headed a Matthews cross over the bar from eight yards and moments later Hooper set up Joe Ledley, whose drive from 10 yards was well saved by MacDonald for a corner, which was defended.

Five minutes later Jamie Walker again made a chance for himself when he broke past Celtic defender Mikael Lustig before making his way into the Parkhead box but his shot went high over the bar.

Moments after Beram Kayal replaced Ledley, the visitors found themselves back in the game when Jason Holt burst through the middle and unleashed a drive which deflected off Lustig and spun past Lukasz Zaluska.

A game that had been a stroll for the home side took on an edge but in the 85th minute, following determined work by Scott Brown, the ball fell to Hooper and he slammed it low past MacDonald.

Lassad made it four as the game nudged into added time when he converted a cross from Emilio Izaguirre.

team line-up

24Lukasz Zaluska
3Emilio Izaguirre
21Charlie Mulgrew
2Adam Matthews76
23Mikael Lustig
15Kris Commons83
67Victor Wanyama
16Joe Ledley66
8Scott Brown
88Gary Hooper
9Georgios Samaras

substitutes

33Biram Kayal66
11Lassad76
35Robbie Thomson
25Thomas Rogne83
46Dylan McGeouch
10Anthony Stokes
5Rami Gershon

referee

Iain Brines

team line-up

1Jamie MacDonald
4Danny Wilson
6Andy Webster
29Kevin McHattie
5Darren Barr
10Mehdi Taouil86
11Andrew Driver
15Jason Holt
19Dylan McGowan71
9John Sutton
33Callum Paterson46

substitutes

12Gordon Smith
27Callum Tapping71
37Dale Carrick86
13Mark Ridgers
16Denis Prychynenko
18Arvydas Novikovas
14Jamie Walker46

referee

Iain Brines

match stats

possession %6435
shots on target72
shots off target31
corners82
tackles won00
offsides40