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Boruc is Celtic hero

Hoops clinch 4-3 win after penalties

By Stephen Bramley.   Last Updated: 30/08/07 7:03am

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Celtic celebrate win

Artur Boruc was the hero as Celtic beat Spartak Moscow 4-3 on penalties to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

The Celtic keeper saved Maxim Kalinichenko's spot kick to clinch his side a famous win after the game finished 1-1 after extra-time, 2-2 on aggregate.

It was an exhilarating night at Parkhead as both sides missed penalties and Spartak had Martin Stranzl sent-off in the 86th minute before Boruc stole the show.

Hoops striker Scott McDonald took advantage of a mistake by Roman Shishkin to prod the ball home after 28 minutes but Roman Pavluchenko, who had missed an earlier penalty, struck on the stroke of half-time to equalise.

Stranzl was sent off with six minutes to go before Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink hit the bar with a penalty in extra-time.

Compelling

Celtic Park could hardly have witnessed a more compelling match in all its years.

After both sides had gone close it burst into life in the 25th minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty after Boruc's save from Welliton's angled drive bounced off the arm of the prostrate Mark Wilson.

But to Celtic's relief Pavluchenko hammered his spot-kick against the post.

Three minutes later the visitors were punished for the miss when McDonald fired Celtic ahead after Shishkin mis-kicked a clearance straight to the feet of the Celtic striker.

Drama

There was more drama to come. In the final seconds Pavluchenko grabbed an

equaliser when he took a Mozart corner on his chest and volleyed low past

Boruc from close range.

There were amazing scenes at the half-time whistle when Boruc and Naylor had to be separated by Gary Caldwell as they squared up to each other.

The pair were still remonstrating with each other as they came off but peace

appeared to have broken out as the Hoops reappeared for the second half.

In the closing stages of an intriguing second period, Celtic's fitness took

over.

In the 79th minute McDonald should have scored when McGeady put him clean through but the former Motherwell striker's right-footed effort was weak and Pletikosa easily saved.

Shunsuke Nakamura missed another great chance moments later when he was clean through only for the Japan international to drive straight at the Spartak keeper.

In the 84th minute Spartak defender Stranzl was shown a straight red for

a 'last man' tackle on Vennegoor of Hesselink 30-yards from goal.

Excitement

In the 115th minute there was more excitement when Vennegoor of Hesselink

struck the bar with a penalty, after Radoslav Kovac had blocked a Scott Brown

shot, which resulted in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Gary Caldwell, Vennegoor of Hesselink, substitutes Maciej Zurawski and Derek Riordan scored for Celtic with Shunsuke Nakamura hitting the crossbar.

Mozart netted as did Pavlyuchenko and Florin Soava with Titov's effort saved by Boruc.

Then Boruc saved Spartak's fifth penalty from substitute Kalinichenko to spark

off wild scenes of delight.

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CelticTeam StatisticsSpartak Moscow
1Goals1
11st Half Goals1
6Shots on Target6
14Shots off Target6
5Blocked Shots4
8Corners6
27Fouls20
5Offsides3
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards1
80.7Passing Success79.7
28Tackles25
75Tackles Success84
52Possession48
57.5Territorial Advantage42.5

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