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  • Date:07 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:12:15
  • Venue:Pittodrie Stadium
  • Attendance:12,497
  • Stokes (73)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Effort from outside the penalty area by Nicky Low goes wide left of the target.

92mins

Beram Kayal fouled by Isaac Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Isaac Osbourne is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Foul by Scott Vernon on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

87mins

Darren Mackie goes off and Nicky Low comes on.

86mins

Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball, Header by Georgios Samaras from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

85mins

Centre by Isaac Osbourne, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.

84mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Considine by Georgios Samaras. Richard Foster restarts play with the free kick.

82mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Darren Mackie. Kris Commons produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Josh Magennis goes off and Mitchel Megginson comes on. Anthony Stokes goes off and Georgios Samaras comes on.

81mins

James Forrest takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.

78mins

The offside flag is raised against Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by David Gonzalez.

78mins

The ball is crossed by Josh Magennis, save by Lukasz Zaluska.

78mins

Centre by Richard Foster.

78mins

Michael Paton delivers the ball.

76mins

Michael Paton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lukasz Zaluska restarts play with the free kick.

74mins

Anthony Stokes grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic.Assist by Kris Commons.

72mins

Michael Paton comes on in place of Peter Pawlett.

71mins

Beram Kayal takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

71mins

The ball is sent over by James Forrest, Rory McArdle gets a block in.

70mins

Rory McArdle concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.

68mins

Kris Commons produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

65mins

Shot from just outside the box by Kris Commons misses to the left of the goal. Kris Commons fouled by Peter Pawlett, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Mulgrew.

65mins

Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball, Kris Commons has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Andrew Considine gets a block in.

64mins

Robert Milsom produces a cross, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.

63mins

(Celtic) makes a substitution, with James Forrest coming on for Joe Ledley.

63mins

Sung-Yeung Ki has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63mins

Adam Matthews produces a cross, Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.

61mins

Scott Vernon delivers the ball.

60mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom played to the near post, Sung-Yeung Ki manages to make a clearance.

59mins

The ball is crossed by Scott Vernon, Daniel Majstorovic gets a block in.

57mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon by Daniel Majstorovic. Strike on goal comes in from Kari Arnason from the free kick, Beram Kayal gets a block in.

57mins

Kris Commons takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.

56mins

The ball is crossed by Darren Mackie, Close range effort by Scott Vernon goes wide of the right-hand upright.

55mins

Adam Matthews sends in a cross, Header by Sung-Yeung Ki from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

54mins

Robert Milsom takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.

54mins

Isaac Osbourne produces a cross, blocked by Kris Commons.

54mins

The ball is sent over by Robert Milsom, Sung-Yeung Ki gets a block in.

53mins

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Kelvin Wilson.

51mins

Kris Commons takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Milsom.

50mins

Kris Commons produces a cross, Peter Pawlett makes a clearance.

50mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Beram Kayal on Andrew Considine. Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.

49mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Kris Commons goes wide of the left-hand post.

48mins

Centre by Joe Ledley.

48mins

A cross is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew.

47mins

Isaac Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.

47mins

Gary Hooper takes a shot. Andrew Considine gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

47mins

Josh Magennis fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Peter Pawlett results in a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki crosses the ball in from the free kick.

46mins

Adam Matthews crosses the ball, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.

43mins

A cross is delivered by Gary Hooper, save made by David Gonzalez.

43mins

Scott Vernon has an effort at goal. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.

42mins

The ball is crossed by Richard Foster, Beram Kayal manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Foul by Robert Milsom on Adam Matthews, free kick awarded. Kris Commons delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, David Gonzalez makes a save.

40mins

Adam Matthews sends in a cross, Kari Arnason makes a clearance.

39mins

Centre by Kris Commons, David Gonzalez makes a save.

39mins

Unfair challenge on Scott Vernon by Sung-Yeung Ki results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Milsom. Centre by Rory McArdle, Lukasz Zaluska makes a save.

38mins

Charlie Mulgrew produces a cross, Joe Ledley takes a shot. David Gonzalez makes a save.

37mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Wilson on Darren Mackie. Robert Milsom takes the direct free kick.

36mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Milsom by Daniel Majstorovic. Booking for Daniel Majstorovic. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Considine.

31mins

Sung-Yeung Ki takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Andrew Considine.

29mins

Shot from 20 yards by Anthony Stokes. Save made by David Gonzalez.

27mins

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, Beram Kayal produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

26mins

Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki. Blocked by Andrew Considine.

26mins

Centre by Charlie Mulgrew, Kari Arnason makes a clearance.

23mins

Joe Ledley has an effort at goal. Kari Arnason gets a block in.

19mins

Foul by Peter Pawlett on Charlie Mulgrew, free kick awarded. Peter Pawlett receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from left channel, clearance made by Kari Arnason.

19mins

Daniel Majstorovic fouled by Darren Mackie, the ref awards a free kick. Lukasz Zaluska takes the free kick.

18mins

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the left by-line, Beram Kayal makes a clearance.

13mins

The ball is delivered by Robert Milsom, blocked by Beram Kayal.

12mins

Shot from 20 yards from Kris Commons. Blocked by Andrew Considine. Effort on goal by Sung-Yeung Ki from a long way out goes over the bar.

11mins

Richard Foster produces a cross, clearance made by Joe Ledley.

11mins

Outswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Beram Kayal.

10mins

Darren Mackie produces a cross, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.

9mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Josh Magennis goes wide left of the target.

9mins

Robert Milsom takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Wilson.

8mins

Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, David Gonzalez makes a save.

6mins

Centre by Kris Commons, David Gonzalez makes a save.

3mins

Kris Commons takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez. Kris Commons takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Andrew Considine. Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, Beram Kayal takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar. Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.

3mins

Foul by Robert Milsom on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.

Match Preview

SPL start distorted by friendlies - Brown Aberdeen manager Craig Brown believes the Clydesdale Bank Premier League has been devalued with its "untidy" start. The SPL season started earlier than usual this year but with clubs allowed to postpone a game in the first three rounds of fixtures to play money-spinning friendlies. While the Dons were losing 1-0 at St Mirren last week, Sunday"s visitors to Pittodrie, Celtic, were in Dublin for a glamour tournament. There are more friendly games this weekend including the visit of Chelsea to Ibrox as other SPL clubs take advantage of the "compromise" rule. Asked if that has devalued the league, the Dons boss told RedTV: "I think so. I don't understand that arrangement. "We were tempted to take a friendly (this weekend) but I think the friendlies, in addition to European commitments, distort the start of the season a bit. "I think it is a bit untidy looking. "Financially, of course, it is lucrative and if the Old Firm can get the lucrative friendlies it widens the financial gap between the rest of us and them. "But they are absolutely correct to take advantage if the SPL authorise it. "It is just a bit untidy." Celtic beat Aberdeen five times out of five last season and the Dons have picked up just one point from their first two SPL games. However, Brown is upbeat ahead of tomorrow and urged the Aberdeen fans to come out in force to cheer their side on. "I am always optimistic no matter who we play and what the circumstances," said the former Scotland manager. "I was disappointed last week but we will play better, I am sure of that. "There is no need for Aberdeen fans to be pessimistic. "Come and support us and hopefully we will get the result their support deserves. "Every club is looking for the first win of the season. It gets you up and running and we would like to get that as quickly as possible. "It would be a major boost if we could get that. "And if we do our best it will be a very difficult game for Celtic." Celtic winger Kris Commons will "flick a switch" in his head to get in competitive mode. Since beating Hibernian 1-0 at Easter Road in their SPL opener a almost a fortnight ago, the Hoops have played four challenge matches - the most recent against Swansea in Wales on Wednesday night. But now the 27-year-old is ready to get back into the SPL mindset. "You have to flick a switch in your brain to think that you are back in competitive football now," said Commons. "It is a must-win game and three points are required. "So you do everything you have to do to be prepared for that. "We know they will be fired up and we know it's going to be a tough game. "But, like every game we play in, we want to win and if we play to our potential we will get the three points." Celtic beat the Dons five times out of five last season but Hoops manager Neil Lennon is expecting Craig Brown's side to bounce back from last week's defeat at St Mirren. "I expect a response from them," the Northern Irishman said. "By all accounts they were disappointed with the performance against St Mirren and, as with all teams, they will raise their game against us. "It is a new season and Craig and Archie (Knox) will have had time to work with the players last week. "They will be well organised and will have something up their sleeve for us so it will be a tough game for us and we will have to be at our best. "I think the players will be looking forward to a game with a competitive edge. "But we have needed the challenge games to work on a few things and so they have been worthwhile." Meanwhile, Commons is hoping Celtic skipper Scott Brown, who will serve the second of his two-match ban this weekend, ends any uncertainty about his future by signing a new contract. The former Derby and Nottingham Forest player said: "It is vital. Scott is our captain, he is our leader and leads by example. "He is an international player, he has plenty of qualities, and when you need him in the big games he always shows up. "I'm sure he will get his future sorted sooner rather than later."

Formation:442Manager: Craig Brown

Aberdeen

Formation: 442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

  • David Gonzalez
  • Rory McArdle
  • Kari Arnason
  • Andrew Considine
  • Richard Foster
  • Darren Mackie
  • Isaac Osbourne
  • Robert Milsom
  • Peter Pawlett
  • Josh Magennis
  • Scott Vernon
  • SUBS
  • Jason Brown
  • Clark Robertson
  • Michael Paton
  • Mitchel Megginson
  • Nicky Low
  • Joe Shaughnessy
  • Jordan Brown

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Match Report

Bhoys' win tainted by injury blow Celtic lost Emilio Izaguirre to a suspected broken ankle before a late goal from Anthony Stokes saved them from more disappointment as Aberdeen were beaten 1-0. Izaguirre was carried off on a stretcher early in the game following what looked a fair sliding challenge from Peter Pawlett and Celtic struggled to break down the Dons. But Kris Commons dispossessed Richard Foster before setting up Stokes to net the only goal of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League contest in the 74th minute. Celtic manager Neil Lennon will not remember this day fondly though following the injury to his Honduran left-back, who was the SPL's undisputed player of the year last season. Lennon was already missing three defenders with Glenn Loovens ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury and Mark Wilson joining Thomas Rogne on the sidelines with a hip problem. That meant a competitive debut for former Cardiff full-back Adam Matthews while Daniel Majstorovic partnered Kelvin Wilson in the centre. Celtic, who had played four friendlies since their opening SPL win over Hibernian, began with a 4-1-4-1 formation with Gary Hooper a lone centre-forward and Stokes out wide on the left. There was an air of trepidation among the home fans as they faced a side who put 21 past them in five games last season after their team began the season without a goal in two games. However, Aberdeen had an increased resilience to them and Scott Vernon had a couple of decent chances. Celtic dominated possession throughout though and Commons twice tested home goalkeeper David Gonzalez in the opening stages. Gonzalez first pushed away a powerful 25-yard strike that skimmed off the wet surface and then held the winger's attempted chip. Celtic were moving the ball around quickly but the hosts were able to occasionally relieve the pressure, mainly because of the pace of Darren Mackie. Charlie Mulgrew replaced the stricken Izaguirre in the 17th minute and Pawlett was soon booked for a late tackle on the substitute. Celtic were restricted to long-range efforts in the first half as Aberdeen sat in. Ki Sung-yueng saw one deflected over, Beram Kayal shot just too high after the resulting corner and Gonzales held a Stokes strike after Wilson had brought the ball out of defence. Celtic were struggling to get round the side of Aberdeen and when Mulgrew managed to get a cross in, Joe Ledley was too far out and under too much pressure to give Gonzalez much concern with his downward header. Celtic almost fell behind in the closing moments of the half after Stokes gave the ball away. Mackie combined with Scott Vernon on the break and the latter got a shot away just outside the box, but Lukasz Zaluska parried. Hooper had a shot diverted wide in a crowded penalty box following Ki's injury-time free-kick. The South Korean glanced a header wide from Matthews' cross 10 minutes into the second half but Celtic were almost caught out when Mackie got away from Majstorovic on the left and whipped in a low cross that Vernon could not turn goalwards from eight yards. Celtic were getting more men forward when they attacked but could not fashion a clear opening. James Forrest replaced Ledley as Celtic moved to a 4-4-2 with Stokes pushing inside. Commons soon curled wide from just outside the box but got a free-kick after being caught late by Pawlett's sliding challenge, however Mulgrew could not supply his usual accuracy from the set-piece. The frustration was becoming audible from the Celtic support and evident among the players too as Kayal lashed a shot high and wide. But they got the breakthrough after left-back Richard Foster was caught in possession. Commons slid in to take the ball and exchanged passes with Stokes before laying the ball back to the Irishman to sweep into the bottom corner from 10 yards. Commons cut open the Dons again following a slick move, playing in Forrest, but Gonzalez got enough on the winger's low shot to divert it over the bar. Celtic were comfortable and substitute Georgios Samaras headed wide Mulgrew's cross.

Form Guide

    DL
  • Aberdeen
  • VS
  • Celtic
  • W

Last Meetings

  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 3
  • Celtic
  • 01/02/2011
  • Celtic
  • 1 - 0
  • Aberdeen
  • 22/01/2011
  • Celtic
  • 9 - 0
  • Aberdeen
  • 06/11/2010
  • Aberdeen
  • 4 - 4
  • Celtic
  • 13/02/2010
  • Celtic
  • 3 - 0
  • Aberdeen
  • 05/12/2009
  • Aberdeen
  • 1 - 3
  • Celtic
  • 15/08/2009

Top Scorers

Aberdeen

    Celtic

    • A Stokes 1
    • S Ki 1

    Goals

    Aberdeen

      • Total goals 1
      • Goals per game 0
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins

    Celtic

      • Total goals 3
      • Goals per game 2
    • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
    • 1 (For) Period 61-70 mins

    possession


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