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  • Date:29 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:12:00
  • Venue:Fir Park Stadium
  • Murphy - pen (72)
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90mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Jamie Murphy. Booking for Scott Brown. Cross/shot by Ross Forbes.

89mins

Shot by Patrick McCourt. Save by Darren Randolph.

88mins

Foul by John Sutton on Glenn Loovens, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.

87mins

Joe Ledley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

85mins

Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

84mins

Patrick McCourt challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Keith Lasley.

82mins

Glenn Loovens concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Hateley from left channel, save by Fraser Forster.

81mins

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Daryl Murphy goes wide of the right-hand upright.

80mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance made by Emilio Izaguirre.

78mins

Patrick McCourt has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

77mins

Foul by Keith Lasley on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joe Ledley.

75mins

Unfair challenge on John Sutton by Du-Ri Cha results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from left wing, clearance by Daryl Murphy.

72mins

Steven Saunders challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a Penalty. The referee shows Steven Saunders a red card. Penalty taken left-footed by Daryl Murphy and scored. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic.

72mins

Ross Forbes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Humphrey.

71mins

Shot by Shaun Maloney from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

71mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Forrest on Jonathan Page. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Page.

70mins

Effort on goal by Daryl Murphy from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

69mins

Volleyed left-footed shot by Nick Blackman. Save by Fraser Forster.

67mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Daniel Majstorovic. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Georgios Samaras leaves the field to be replaced by Patrick McCourt.

65mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Daryl Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.

64mins

Keith Lasley has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63mins

Georgios Samaras challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Georgios Samaras for unsporting behaviour. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

62mins

Daryl Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.

61mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Emilio Izaguirre, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.

60mins

Unfair challenge on James Forrest by Jonathan Page results in a free kick. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.

59mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Emilio Izaguirre, Darren Randolph makes a save.

58mins

The referee blows for offside. Glenn Loovens takes the indirect free kick.

55mins

John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.

51mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Humphrey, Stephen Craigan has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Blocked by Daniel Majstorovic.

50mins

Nick Blackman is ruled offside. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

49mins

Shot by Georgios Samaras. Save made by Darren Randolph.

47mins

Inswinging corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Daniel Majstorovic goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

46mins

Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Steven Saunders results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.

46mins

Foul by Keith Lasley on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Glenn Loovens restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Steve Jennings goes off and Nick Blackman comes on.

45mins

Shot by Shaun Maloney from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

42mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Forrest. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Steven Saunders is caught offside. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.

40mins

Corner taken by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.

38mins

Du-Ri Cha delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Daryl Murphy goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

36mins

The referee gives a free kick against Keith Lasley for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

34mins

Jonathan Page comes on in place of Stevie Hammell.

34mins

Shot from long distance by Du-Ri Cha goes over the bar.

34mins

Inswinging corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre from the right by-line, Darren Randolph makes a save.

33mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic by John Sutton. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

32mins

Georgios Samaras gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Steven Saunders is booked. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.

27mins

Daniel Majstorovic challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

Georgios Samaras gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

The ball is sent over by James Forrest, Header from close range by Shaun Maloney misses to the right of the goal.

22mins

Scott Brown takes a shot. Mark Reynolds gets a block in.

20mins

Daryl Murphy is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

18mins

Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.

11mins

James Forrest takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

10mins

Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Steve Jennings.

10mins

Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Reynolds.

8mins

The offside flag is raised against Daryl Murphy. Stephen Craigan takes the indirect free kick.

6mins

Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.

5mins

Jamie Murphy is caught offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.

4mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Stephen Craigan. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Shaun Maloney.

3mins

Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a brilliant save.

2mins

Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Scott Brown results in a free kick. Tom Hateley delivers the ball, Close range header by John Sutton goes wide of the left-hand post.

The referee gets the match started.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

The second half has started.

The ref blows to end the first period.

Match Preview

Well at full strength Motherwell should have a full squad for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of Celtic. Steve Jennings returns from suspension after missing the Europa League defeat by Odense. Esteban Casagolda is also back in contention after being ineligible for the midweek loss. Like Celtic, Motherwell also crashed out of the Europa League but fared slightly better than Neil Lennon's men, with a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Odense that failed to truly reflect their efforts over the two games. But, with their European campaign over, boss Craig Brown has told his players their Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign can now begin. "We've had six games in Europe and two in the league," he said. "Now I've told them the SPL starts on Sunday. Celtic here is the start of the season and then we've got to try to do what we did last season and get back into this level of competition. "It's the best game after that disappointment. Celtic can freshen up their team, we haven't got the resources to make many changes. "But I thought our level of fitness was great. I was so pleased with the performance and attitude and I can't ask for any more from the players." Fraser Forster could make his debut in goal for Celtic after completing his loan move from Newcastle. Emilio Izaguirre, the Honduran left-back, has declared himself fit to play if selected. Gary Hooper, Charlie Mulgrew, Mark Wilson, Thomas Rogne and Andreas Hinkel are all still out. Izaguirre has revealed that Celtic is the move he feels like he has been waiting his whole career for. The 23-year-old Honduras left-back has long sought a move to British football, but until he completed his Celtic switch, that ambition kept being frustrated. Izaguirre secured a trial at Ipswich back in 2008, but problems with a work permit meant a move could not be completed. This summer he entered talks with Wigan about another transfer to England from his Honduran club, Motagua, but again saw his hopes foiled. Izaguirre said: "Coming to a club like Celtic is a dream come true at last for me. "I will put the effort in during training every day and play each match here as if it's the last game of my life. "There was a chance I could have joined Wigan, but it was only going to be possible if [existing left-back] Maynor Figueroa left and he didn't. "It's true that when I was younger I went to Ipswich, but I couldn't get the work permit at that time."

Formation:442Manager: Craig Brown

Motherwell

Formation: 433Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

  • Darren Randolph
  • Steven Saunders
  • Stephen Craigan
  • Mark Reynolds
  • Stevie Hammell
  • Chris Humphrey
  • Steve Jennings
  • Tom Hateley
  • Keith Lasley
  • John Sutton
  • Jamie Murphy
  • SUBS
  • Lee Hollis
  • Robert McHugh
  • Marc Fitzpatrick
  • Ross Forbes
  • Jonathan Page
  • Nick Blackman
  • Esteban Casagolda

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Match Report

Murphy makes the difference Daryl Murphy's second-half penalty allowed Celtic to bounce back from their Europa League humbling in Utrecht as they edged past Motherwell 1-0 at Fir Park. A much-changed Celtic side had the better of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash but struggled to get past Darren Randolph before the influential Shaun Maloney won a penalty from Steven Saunders. Saunders was sent off and Motherwell failed to recover from the blow as Murphy stroked home the 73rd-minute spot-kick. Neil Lennon made five changes to the team that were dumped 4-0 in Holland on Thursday as he handed debuts to Fraser Forster and Emilion Izaguirre. On-loan Newcastle goalkeeper Forster had very little to do while Honduras left-back Izaguirre looked agile in defence and attack. Glenn Loovens, Maloney and Murphy also came in and Efrain Juarez, Jos Hooiveld and Beram Kayal dropped to the bench, with Marc Antoine-Fortune having left for West Brom since Celtic threw away their two-goal lead to exit before the group stages. That defeat was the third cup clash Celtic have lost since Lennon took over but he continued his perfect SPL record with an 11th consecutive victory against a Motherwell side who looked jaded following their European exit against Odense, when they did everything but score in a 1-0 loss. Both sides had great chances to open the scoring inside three minutes. John Sutton met Tom Hateley's inswinging free-kick but headed just wide and Randolph pulled off a brilliant one-handed save to deny Maloney from close range following James Forrest's cross. Maloney's free-kick then just cleared the bar after the winger had incurred the wrath of Stephen Craigan for going down on the edge of the box. Randolph made another impressive save to tip over Murphy's deflected effort and the former Charlton keeper then held Forrest's 20-yard drive. Maloney and Forrest's advanced wide positions gave Lennon's formation the look of a 4-2-4 and the visitors were pushing Motherwell back, with the wingers combining for Maloney to head wide of the near post. The home side stemmed the tide for the second quarter and began to enjoy some good spells of possession without ever getting in behind the Celtic defence. Motherwell left-back Stevie Hammell went off with a hamstring injury in the 35th minute with youngster Jonathan Page coming on. They continued to look comfortable but the only time they threatened was when Loovens sliced a clearance over the head of Forster but beyond the far post. Maloney almost made the breakthrough in the final seconds after beating Hateley Saunders inside the box but he shot into the side netting. Motherwell were forced into a half-time change when Steve Jennings, who had been struggling with illness was replaced by Nick Blackman and Well moved to a five-man defence. Celtic soon created two decent opportunities but Daniel Majstorovic headed over from Izaguirre's corner and Randolph got down well to hold a measured strike from Georgios Samaras from 20 yards after a forceful run by Scott Brown. Celtic were again pushing Motherwell back and Paddy McCourt replaced Samaras midway through the half shortly before Forster made his first save, a comfortable one from Blackman's shot. Maloney continued to be at the heart of Celtic's threat after moving inside. His clever pass set up Murphy, who shot wide from a tight angle and the former Aston Villa player shot inches wide of the far post following McCourt's run. Maloney then won the penalty as the Motherwell defence were caught square just inside their own half following Randolph's goal kick as the forward burst clear on to Majstorovic's defensive header. Saunders led the chase but got too close and Maloney went down before Dougie McDonald pointed to the spot and showed the defender a straight red card to add to the yellow he had received in the first half for catching Samaras late. Murphy sent Randolph the wrong way to find the top corner and Celtic held out comfortably while threatening to add a second. McCourt came close on several occasions as the Motherwell defence backed off and also set up Murphy, who finished poorly from inside the box.

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