Celtic get Champions League result away to Spartak Moscow

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Updated: October 3, 2012

Georgios Samaras headed home a last minute winner to give Celtic their first ever win in the Champions League after a pulsating encounter with Spartak Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium that ended 3-2.

Neil Lennon must have thought his side were in for a long night when the home side broke down the Glasgow men on a number of occasions in the opening ten minutes, but it was Gary Hooper who had the first telling impact on the game.

Hooper continued his impressive Celtic career poking home his first attempt on goal after 12 minutes following a quick counter attack.

Celtic will be empowered by the result which broke their away game duck and puts them top of Group G, but Lennon will be wary of the sloppy defending and unfocused possession which gave Emmanuel Emenike both his goals, though much credit must also go to the big Swede Kim Kallstrom who was superb in the Spartak midfield.

When Emenike scored his second early in the second half it looked as though the Russian outfit were going to see out the game until Juan Insaurralde pulled down Hooper who was through on goal.

For a moment it looked as though the referee was going to punish Hooper for simulation but after consulting with his assistant and gave the Argentine his deserved marching orders and in doing so turned the game on its head.

Before Celtic has looked to be lagging under the constant Spartak pressure but now they were allowed room to breathe and within moments of his introduction for Wanyama, James Forrest’s first touch of the game was deflected into the goal by Dmitri Kombarov.

Level on goals and a man up, Celtic grew in confidence and influence for the remainder of the game and when the often maligned Samaras headed home in the dying moments it was as much as Lennon and Celtic deserved.

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