Champions League Europe — 08 November 2012

The biggest talking point of Wednesday night’s Champions League games came in Glasgow, as SPL champions Celtic defeated European giants Barcelona 2-1 at Celtic Park.

Barcelona dominated possession as expected, but the Hoops put in a fantastic display to keep the Spanish giants from scoring, until an injury-time Lionel Messi strike.

Celtic took the lead on 21 minutes through a header from Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan was superb in midfield up against the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Alex Song. He didn’t shirk any challenges and kept hold of the ball when possible.


The introduction of teenage striker Tony Watt for Mikael Lustig seemed like a brave move by Celtic boss Neil Lennon. However, the decision paid dividends in the 83rd minute. The 18 year-old out-paced Javier Mascherano before firing past Victor Valdes.

It really was a dream Champions League debut for the exciting young forward. No doubt he will score plenty more goals in Europe’s elite competition.


Celtic’s approach at the Nou Camp in the reverse fixture was criticised in some quarters, especially in Spain. People had labelled them too defensive and stated that they offered little attacking threat.

However, this Barcelona is one of the best club teams football has ever seen. You can’t expect Celtic to try and go to the Nou Camp and try to outplay the Spanish giants. Their performance at Celtic Park could be described as defensive, but it was effective.

Every single player in a Celtic shirt gave his all and with a little bit of luck along the way the Hoops achieved a famous victory. I don’t think many Celtic fans will care that Barca had the majority of possession.

I think most will just be celebrating one of the most famous European night’s that Celtic Park and Celtic fans have ever seen.

Other Champions League results:

Group H

Cluj 1-3 Galatasaray

Braga 1-3 Manchester United

Group E

Chelsea 3-2 Shakhtar Donetsk

Juventus 4-0 Nordsjaelland

 Group F

Valencia 4-2 BATE Borisov

Bayern Munich 6-1 Lille

Group G

Benfica 2-0 Spartak Moscow

Do Barcelona need a plan B after Celtic defeat?


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David Nugent

David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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