Sunday, December 2, 2007

Celtic FC Settle For Uninspired Draw At Tynecastle

Scottish Premier League
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

(Velicka 91 pen.)

(McDonald 72)

HEARTS (4-5-1) Basso; Neilson, Berra, Tall, Goncalves; Driver, Kingston, Zaliukas (Elliot 79), Palazuelos (Mikoliunas 79), Ksanavicius; Nade (Velicka 71).
Subs: Banks, Wallace, McGowan, Ivaskevicius.

CELTIC (4-4-2) Boruc; Caldwell, Pressley, McManus, O’Dea; McGeady, S Brown, Hartley, Jarosik; Vennegoor of Hesselink (Killen 87), McDonald.

Subs: M Brown, Zurawski, Donati, Sno, Riordan, Caddis.

CELTIC left Tynecastle with a point after Andrius Velicka scored a late penalty to cancel out Scott McDonald’s 72nd minute opener.

The Australian’s opportunistic strike after an error from Anthony Basso looked to have handed Celtic the win, that was until Gary Caldwell conceded a spot-kick in the 91st minute to allow Hearts a share of the spoils.

Trips to Tynecastle are rarely quiet affairs, with the crowd packed in close to the touchline and within three minutes of kick-off the home sections were in full voice with Audrius Ksanavicius screwing the first clear chance wide of the target.

It was a great opportunity for the Hearts man, but as it transpired, not the signal for an explosive opening 45 minutes.

Instead this was a cagey, slow-burning half that was largely devoid of any sustained pressure or clear cut chances from either side.


Not the best result, but perhaps they were thinking ahead to Milan during the week. Thankfully they do maintain one point lead over Rangers, though.


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