• Champions League
  • 5 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Celtic Park
CelticCelticvSpartak MoscowSpartak Moscow
  • Hooper, 21
  • Commons, pen 82
  • Ari, 39

live commentary

FULL-TIME: CELTIC ARE THROUGH!!! They've done something the likes of Chelsea and Man City couldn't do and qualified for the last 16! Spartak Moscow made it incredibly difficult at times for the Bhoys but they have got the win they needed! A magnificent achievement considering the teams they have had to face in Group G. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stay tuned for the full-match report.

90+4 mins: It's full-time at the Camp Nou which means Celtic just need to hold on here and they are through!

90+2 mins: Celtic are battling for every ball and are heading for the corner flags now with every opportunity.

90 mins:Five minutes are added on at Celtic Park too. The Bhoys are so, so close to reaching the last 16.

89 mins: As Commons still receives treatment, we head over to the Barca game where there are five minutes of stoppage time for Benfica to crush Celtic's dreams.

87 MINS: SPARTAK DOWN TO TEN! Added drama back at Celtic Park as Kallstrom receives a second yellow for a shocking challenge on Commons who is going to need a stretcher by the looks of things.

85 mins: Celtic bring on Ledley for Brown who has been everywhere tonight. Messi has just missed a great chance for Barca by the way.

82 MINS: CELTIC PARK IS ROCKING ONCE AGAIN!!! Phew! That was close! COMMONS takes a deep breath before blasting the ball down the middle via the underside of the crossbar! As it stands, Celtic are heading through!

80 MINS: PENALTY TO CELTIC! HUGE call! Samaras plucks the ball out of the air with chest and goes down very easily in the area. The ref buys it though and all of a sudden Celtic's last 16 hopes are raised once again!

78 mins: Stunning save from Pesiakov! He makes a fine reflex save to tip Mulgrew 's cute header from close range over the bar. At the other end, Emenike nearly pokes from a tight angle.

75 mins: Komborov is shown yellow for a foul that gives Celtic another chance to waste a dead-ball situation.

71 mins: Celtic win a couple of corners in the end with Ambrose heading the latter of those into the side-netting.

70 mins: Hooper's commitment in chasing down the goalkeeper earns Celtic a corner. Before it's taken, the dangerous Lustig has pulled up and is replaced by Matthews.

67 mins: Celtic are getting sloppy and only good defending from Wilson and Ambrose stops Emenike from strutting his stuff inside the area.

64 mins: Another anxious moment for Celtic as Emenike bears down on goal. He has options to his left and right which he ignores, allowing Ambrose to come in and make the block.

61 mins: Spartak make their first change and it's the Celtic old boy McGeady coming on for the goalscorer Ari. The home fans will be hoping he's on his best behaviour tonight!

60 mins: Celtic try their luck down the right wing a couple of times in quick succession but it's just not falling for them in the area. In the Barca-Benfica game, Messi has just come on so maybe he can come to Celtic's rescue

57 mins: Samaras' trickery keeps an attack alive for Celtic but Hooper's flicked header is easy for Pesiakov to gather. Moments later, Kallstrom is yellow carded

52 mins: The ball runs away from Lustig and a rash tackle on Kallstrom means the ref brings out the yellow card for the first time tonight.

50 mins: So close from Samaras! He meets Lustig's cross with the side of his boot and it crashes off the woodwork. That would have been a delicious finish.

47 mins: Insaurralde gets his clearance right this time from Commons' early, teasing free-kick. A minute later, Brown thrashes straight at goal once again. Promising stuff from Celtic.

45 mins: The players come out to another rousing rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' which will gee the Bhoys up a bit. Both sides remain unchanged as Spartak restart us.

HALF-TIME:Celtic's hopes of reaching the last 16 are still in limbo as they head into the break all-square against a dangerous Spartak side. Hooper sent Celtic Park wild with his 21st minute opener but Ari, assisted by the excellent Emenike, has ensured that the celebrations are hold once again. Join me again in 15 minutes for all the twists and turns in the second half.

42 mins: The equaliser puts Benfica, who are still goalless against Barcelona, back into second place in the group. Celtic need to pick themselves up.

39 MINS: SPARTAK ARE LEVEL! A nasty blow to Celtic's hopes just as we approach half-time! This goal is all Emenike as he slaloms his way towards goal before finding ARI who levels things up with a deft lob which the backtracking Wilson cannot stop!

35 mins: Lustig is away down the right wing again and slots the ball back to the edge of the area where Brown fires straight at the keeper.

32 mins: Commons spanks one just wide of the left post from the resulting corner after Spartak make a bit of a mess clearing their lines.

30 mins: I've been really impressed with Emenike so far as he leaves Wilson for dust with a glorious turn. He wins a corner for Spartak which Celtic break from and now have a corner of their own.

27 mins: The visitors are still going to be a nuisance as Emenike fires wide of the right post after a clever run. D Kombarov then looks to have escaped down the left but the ball runs out of play.

24 mins: So as it stands then Celtic are going through to the last 16 but let's not get ahead of ourselves here. We've still a long way to go!

21 MINS: CELTIC TAKE THE LEAD!!!!!! An early Christmas gift from the centre-back Insauralde! He miscontrols Samaras' sweeping ball from the left, leaving HOOPER to smash it through the keeper's legs and into the back of the net. Cue Depeche Mode!

20 mins: Lustig provides the overlap for Hooper and does well to win the Bhoys a corner. Mulgrew's cross is tipped over by Pesiakov, who makes a clean catch the second time round.

17 mins: Back come Spartak Moscow though with Kallstrom curling wide after a slick one-two and Emenike blasting over from an incredibly tight angle

15 mins: The ball shifts out wide to Mulgrew who encourages the Celtic fans with a nice cross towards the near post. Pesiakov gets there just ahead of Samaras.

13 mins: Spartak Moscow are showing signs that they are going to try and spoil the potential party tonight with Emenike in particular looking dangerous. Wilson makes a vital interception to stop a cross finding the pacey striker.

10 mins: Lustig launches the ball into the box from deep and Samaras' determined header nearly falls into the path of Hooper. However the power takes it through to the keeper.

7 mins: Mulgrew's stray pass into his own penalty area produces the first sharp intake of breath from the Celtic fans. Izaguirre is there though and he manages to calmly play the ball out.

5 mins: Plenty of full-blooded tackles flying in from both sides which is making for a very scrappy opening.

2 mins: Commons is a little too giddy in getting involved as he hacks down Jurado. Luckily Kallstrom's long-range shot from the free-kick is miles over.

0 mins: You're not wrong there Paul. Celtic Park is absolutely rocking. The roar when the Champions League music kicked in was incredible! The Hoops kick-off in this huge game.

Paul, Glasgow - " I think the 12th man will have a very big part to play in tonight's game! I'am confident they will help the Bhoys into the last 16."

1924:As Celtic need to better Benfica's result tonight, we'll be having a little cheeky glimpse over to the Camp Nou now and again. As you can see, Barcelona have named their reserves (if they have such a thing); Pinto, Puyol, Villa, Thiago, Montoya, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Planas, Rafinha, Tello. That bloke Messi is on the bench.

Hello and welcome to Orange's live coverage of Celtic's crucial final group game against Russian outfit Spartak Moscow.

Celtic must better Benfica's result in Barcelona in order to progress to the last 16 of the tournament.

Neil Lennon makes three changes from Celtic's last Champions League match against Benfica, as they look to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in four years.

Star midfielder Victor Wanyama is suspended so in comes Kris Commons. There are also starts too for Emilio Izaguirre and Beram Kayal.

Midfielder Paddy McCourt (hamstring), winger James Forrest (hamstring) and Anthony Stokes (ankle) remain out of contention.

Will Celtic qualify for the last 16 this evening? You can let commentator Mark Scott know your thoughts via the text box above.

  • Champions League
  • 5 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Celtic Park
CelticCelticvSpartak MoscowSpartak Moscow
  • Hooper, 21
  • Commons, pen 82
  • Ari, 39

match report

Celtic reached the Champions League knockout phase with a last 2-1 win against Spartak Moscow.

Kris Commons smashed in from the penalty spot after Giorgios Samaras tumbled under a challenge from Spartak defender Marek Suchy in the 81st minute.

Celtic knew they had to better Benfica's result to reach the knockout stage for the first time since 2007/08 and the Portuguese side's goalless draw at Barcelona sees the Scottish champions through.

Everything was going to plan for the Bhoys when Gary Hooper latched on to Samaras's long pass before firing low underneath Spartak goalkeeper Sergei Pesiakov.

But a vociferous Celtic Park was silenced shortly before half-time when Ari equalised for the Russians.

Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike, a constant menace for Celtic throughout, threaded a pass to the Brazilian forward who expertly chipped over stranded home goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

There was a nervous atmosphere as the home crowd were acutely aware of the scoreline between already-qualified Barcelona and Benfica at the Nou Camp.

Samaras cracked the Spartak post with a fierce volley from Lustig's cross shortly after the second-half restart as the hosts tried to find a breakthrough.

Another chance went begging as Charlie Mulgrew's firm header was acrobatically pushed over the bar by Pesiakov with the final whistle looming.

But Neil Lennon's men did score their winner seconds later as Samaras went to ground, under minimal contact, and referee Felix Brych pointed to the spot.

Commons kept his cool under intense pressure to blast his penalty off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

Spartak playmaker Kim Kallstrom was sent off on 88 minutes for a second bookable offence as Celtic held on to defy the critics and join Barcelona in the knockout stage.

More to follow.

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team line-up

1Fraser Forster
6Kelvin Wilson
23Mikael Lustig71
4Efe Ambrose
3Emilio Izaguirre
33Biram Kayal74
8Scott Brown85
15Kris Commons
21Charlie Mulgrew
9Georgios Samaras
88Gary Hooper


16Joe Ledley85
2Adam Matthews71
25Thomas Rogne
32Tony Watt
24Lukasz Zaluska


Dr. Felix Brych

team line-up

30Sergey Pesjakov
17Marek Suchy
7Kirill Kombarov
2Juan Insaurralde
23Dmitriy Kombarov
19José Jurado
6Rafael Carioca
21Kim Källström
10Artem Dzyuba
29Emmanuel Emenike


8Aiden McGeady61
14Pavel Yakovlev
20Demy de Zeeuw
22Aleksandr Kozlov
31Andrey Dikan
5Nicolás Pareja
3Sergei Bryzgalov


Dr. Felix Brych

match stats

possession %4059
shots on target53
shots off target34
tackles won2218