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  • Date:04 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Tannadice Park
  • Attendance:10,980
  • Hooper (12)
Goal!

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90:32 +0.32

Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.

89:08

Sung-Yeung Ki produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

87:18

Shot from just outside the area by James Forrest misses to the left of the target.

85:32

Gavin Gunning takes a shot.

83:23

Stuart Armstrong produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

82:53

Ryan Dow is brought on as a substitute for Willo Flood.

81:28

The ball is delivered by Johnny Russell, Du-Ri Cha manages to make a clearance.

79:38

Georgios Samaras fouled by Garry Kenneth, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.

78:56

The ball is sent over by Willo Flood.

77:22

Robbie Neilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews. Robbie Neilson goes into the referee's book. Sung-Yeung Ki replaces Anthony Stokes. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

77:15

The ball is swung over by Robbie Neilson, clearance made by Victor Wanyama.

75:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. John Rankin takes the free kick.

74:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Armstrong on Georgios Samaras. Direct free kick taken by Georgios Samaras.

70:12

Corner taken right-footed by James Forrest from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul Dixon.

68:49

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Forrest from the right by-line.

67:17

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood, save by Fraser Forster.

66:14

Scott Brown comes on in place of Glenn Loovens.

65:18

Stuart Armstrong fouled by Gary Hooper, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.

60:04

Johnny Russell fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Mackay-Steven leaves the field to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong. Lauri Dalla Valle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Robertson. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.

59:53

The offside flag is raised against Georgios Samaras. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.

59:07

The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.

58:01

Corner taken right-footed by Du-Ri Cha.

48:48

The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Free kick taken by Willo Flood.

48:29

Unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Jon Daly results in a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.

47:41 +2.41

Centre by Adam Matthews, Gavin Gunning manages to make a clearance.

47:23

Gary Hooper challenges Scott Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.

47:07 +2.07

Corner taken by Adam Matthews from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gavin Gunning.

46:38 +1.38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Russell on Victor Wanyama. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.

45:30

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Matthews from the right by-line played to the near post, Johnny Russell makes a clearance.

41:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Daly by Victor Wanyama. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.

41:00

Du-Ri Cha produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

38:31

Gary Mackay-Steven produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

37:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.

35:21

Georgios Samaras produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

34:24

Effort from the edge of the box by Du-Ri Cha goes wide of the left-hand post.

33:23

Georgios Samaras is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.

28:19

Centre by Garry Kenneth, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.

25:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Stokes on Robbie Neilson. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.

24:23

Scott Robertson takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.

24:11

The ball is delivered by Robbie Neilson.

23:27

Gary Mackay-Steven delivers the ball, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.

22:13

Glenn Loovens takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.

21:02

Foul by John Rankin on James Forrest, free kick awarded. John Rankin receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Du-Ri Cha.

20:23

A cross is delivered by Gary Mackay-Steven.

18:39

John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on Beram Kayal. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.

17:25

Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.

16:40

James Forrest takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.

15:25

Victor Wanyama concedes a free kick for a foul on John Rankin. Robbie Neilson restarts play with the free kick.

14:13

The ball is delivered by John Rankin, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.

12:00

Gary Hooper finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Celtic.Assist by James Forrest.

11:14

The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.

11:06

Anthony Stokes delivers the ball.

9:19

Corner taken by Paul Dixon.

9:02

Robbie Neilson delivers the ball, clearance made by Du-Ri Cha.

8:58

Willo Flood sends in a cross, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.

8:02

Gary Mackay-Steven sends in a cross, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.

7:20

Shot from inside the area by Anthony Stokes clears the bar.

6:53

A cross is delivered by Adam Matthews.

5:05

Foul by Du-Ri Cha on Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.

4:13

Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Dixon.

3:22

Corner taken by Adam Matthews from the right by-line to the near post, Johnny Russell makes a clearance.

0:29

Georgios Samaras delivers the ball.

Match Preview

Houston wary of Brown impact Manager Peter Houston believes his Dundee United side will face a Celtic team boosted by the likely return of Scott Brown on Sunday. Celtic had won five straight games prior to the Europa League loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, cutting their deficit to Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers from 12 points to four ahead of this weekend's matches. With Brown poised to return from an ankle injury for Sunday's game, Houston believes it is an indication of Celtic's squad strength. Houston said: "I don't know if Browny will start the game but I think he might get on the bench. "It's been suggested in the last five games they've missed him and they've won them. "Brown is a loss to any team, I'd have thought. He's a fabulous player and he's actually a better player than a lot of people give him credit for." The Tannadice outfit have no fresh concerns ahead of the clash. Garry Kenneth has a slight knee problem, but should be fit, while fellow defender Sean Dillon returned off the bench following a calf injury in last weekend's draw at Motherwell and is in contention to start. Midfielder Danny Swanson (knee) and utility man Scott Severin (broken leg) remain out. Joe Ledley has ruled himself out for Celtic. The midfielder, who picked up an ankle knock against Atletico Madrid at Parkhead on Wednesday night, revealed on his Twitter account he is still waiting on the results of a scan and will miss the trip to Tayside. Manager Neil Lennon hopes midfielder Victor Wanyama will have recovered from a dead leg while Badr El-Kaddouri is back after being cup-tied against Atletico. Winger James Forrest insists Celtic will not suffer any after-effects from Wednesday night's defeat by Atletico. The Hoops went into the penultimate Group I fixture on the back of five straight wins but a first-half strike by Arda Turan took the points back to Spain and ensured qualification for the visitors. Celtic now need a win away to Udinese in their final fixture in a fortnight's time to qualify in second place. Asked if the loss could have a detrimental impact on Celtic, Forrest said: "Definitely not. "There were a lot of positives to come out of the game. I thought we played really well in spells and we had a few chances. It comes down to one game left in the group. "We played them off the park when they were here and maybe should have got the three points so we will go over there and see what we can do."

Formation:442Manager: Peter Houston

Dundee Utd

Formation: 442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

  • Dusan Pernis
  • Paul Dixon
  • Gavin Gunning
  • Robbie Neilson
  • Garry Kenneth
  • Willo Flood
  • Scott Robertson
  • John Rankin
  • Gary Mackay-Steven
  • Jon Daly
  • Johnny Russell
  • SUBS
  • Steve Banks
  • Sean Dillon
  • Keith Watson
  • Barry Douglas
  • Stuart Armstrong
  • Lauri Dalla Valle
  • Ryan Dow

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Match Report

Hooper hero for Hoops Gary Hooper's first-half strike gave Celtic a 1-0 victory over Dundee United at Tannadice to cut the gap behind Clydesdale Bank Premier league leaders Rangers to four points. The former Scunthorpe striker pounced in the 12th minute, taking a James Forrest pass inside the United box before drilling the ball low past Dusan Pernis. Pernis then made a good save from Forrest to prevent the visitors adding to their lead in a first half which they dominated. The second period was an anti-climax with neither goal really threatened, but it was a deserved win for the Hoops to keep the pressure on the champions with their fifth straight SPL win, which allows them to go into next week's game against Hearts with confidence. Craig Thomson took over refereeing duties from Calum Murray, who reportedly got stuck in traffic and there were also changes in the Celtic side. Midfielder Joe Ledley was ruled out with an ankle injury and was replaced by right-back Cha Du-ri while Hooper returned at the expense of midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, who started on the bench. Skipper Scott Brown, who yesterday signed an extended contract which keeps him at Celtic Park until 2015, also started as substitute. United kept the same starting line-up which drew 0-0 with Motherwell last week with captain Jon Daly leading the line, and he looked an exposed figure for much of the first half as Celtic dominated. Before a minute had elapsed, Georgios Samaras raced into the penalty area past United stopper Garry Kenneth and fired the ball across goal, with Anthony Stokes sliding in and only missing by inches. The next chance came in the seventh minute when Forrest's cross from the right was headed over by Stokes, but the opener from Hooper was on its way. In the 12th minute, as the Parkhead men pressed again, Forrest set up the former Scunthorpe player inside the United box and he rifled a low drive from 16 yards past Dusan Pernis and into the far corner of the net. The only surprising thing was the visitors failed to add to their tally before the interval. With Beram Kayal and Victor Wanyama dominating the midfield for Celtic, the flow of traffic continued towards the United goal and Pernis was called into action when Stokes played in Forrest and the keeper made a decent block from the Scotland winger's close-range drive. Midway through the first-half United right-back Robbie Neilson got a header in from a John Rankin cross after Samaras had earlier conceded possession at the edge of his own box, but Celtic keeper Fraser Forster saved with ease. Celtic again broke swiftly but, from 10 yards out, Stokes took a wild swipe at Forrest's cross and the ball flew high and wide. In the 34th minute United midfielder Scott Robertson's attempted pass back from the halfway line was short allowing Stokes a chance to go through, but the Tannadice defence recovered and ultimately the danger was snuffed out. The start of the second period did little to suggest United were going to come back into the game. Celtic continued to dominate possession, playing at least one gear up from the Tannadice players although the slender advantage the Parkhead men held offered little room for error. Just after the hour mark, Stuart Armstrong replaced Robertson and Lauri Dalla Valle came on for Gary Mackay-Steven as United boss Peter Houston tried another approach. Brown then came on for Glenn Loovens in the 67th minute with Wanyama moving back from midfield to the centre of defence where he continued to excel. United continued to rack up their unforced errors but Celtic could not capitalise and the game was in danger of drifting towards a tighter conclusion than the early stages had promised. Stokes was replaced by Ki in the 77th minute as Lennon tinkered with his formation again. Former Celtic player Willo Flood had an effort from the edge of the bar which flew harmlessly over, before Forrest missed the target from 16 yards at the other end. Celtic's early dominance had disappeared but United could not summon the energy for a late rally and the points deservedly went back to Glasgow.

Form Guide

    LDWLWD
  • Dundee Utd
  • VS
  • Celtic
  • WDWWWW

Last Meetings

  • Celtic
  • 5 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 13/08/2011
  • Celtic
  • 4 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 01/05/2011
  • Dundee Utd
  • 1 - 3
  • Celtic
  • 13/02/2011
  • Celtic
  • 1 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 20/11/2010
  • Dundee Utd
  • 1 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 17/10/2010
  • Dundee Utd
  • 0 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 25/04/2010

Top Scorers

Dundee Utd

  • J Daly 7
  • D Swanson 3
  • L Dalla Valle 3
  • J Russell 2
  • G Mackay-Steven 2
  • S Robertson 1
  • P Dixon 1
  • G Gunning 1
  • B Douglas 1

Celtic

  • G Hooper 9
  • A Stokes 8
  • J Forrest 5
  • S Ki 4
  • J Ledley 3
  • C Mulgrew 2
  • B El Kaddouri 1
  • G Samaras 1
  • D McGeough 1

Goals

Dundee Utd

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 21
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Celtic

    • Total goals 60
    • Goals per game 34
  • 6 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 10 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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