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19 Aug 2010 22:00:31

Hoops claim healthy advantage

Goals from Efrain Juarez and Georgios Samaras against Utrecht allowed Celtic to take a step closer to the group stages of the Europa League with a 2-0 victory over UtrechtWith the disappointment of their Champions League qualifying defeat to Braga still fresh in the memory, the Hoops were well aware a positive reaction was required against the Dutch side.Juarez, who also netted against Braga at Parkhead, is clearly enjoying the European nights in front of a home crowd and bagged the opener, before Samaras added a second to put Celtic in the driving seat ahead of next week's return in Holland.Neil Lennon`s side opened the scoring in the 19th minute, Juarez lashing the ball high into the back of the net after Samaras had cleverly dummied Beram Kayal`s pass.Celtic were celebrating again when they doubled their advantage with 34 minutes gone. Cha Du-Ri was the supplier with a cross from the right, picking out Samaras on the corner of the six-yard box who gratefully rammed home.A massive drop in tempo in the second half meant there was no third goal for Celtic, with the Hoops now hoping they can finish the job in Holland next week.


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