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  1. Premier League - Celtic kids stun Liverpool thanks to Balde winner

    Premier League - Celtic kids stun Liverpool thanks to Balde winner

    Amido Balde's first-half goal proved the difference as Celtic's kids battled to a 1-0 friendly win over Liverpool in Dublin. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Celtic
    • Liverpool
    • - Celtic fans: how pleased are you with the victory? Liverpool fans, get in touch - I want to know your thoughts on the forthcoming season. Twitter: @DarrenBeatz
    • - A string of fantastic saves from Lukasz Zaluska denied Liverpool in the first-half and Kolo Toure thought he had finally equalised in the second period but his header was ruled out for offside.
    • -- FULL-TIME: Amido Balde's 12th minute goal is the difference between the two teams as Celtic win here in Dublin with a single goal victory.
    • 94' It looks like the SPL side are going to hold on for a victory here.
    • 93' Liverpool continue to pressure and win a third corner but Celtic clear.
    • 92' Cleared for another corner..
    • 92' Henderson wins a corner for Liverpool...
    • 91' Four minutes will be added on here.
    • 90' Liverpool have two corners but can't find the net and Celtic hold on.
    • 89' CHANCE for LIVERPOOL! Ibe has caused havoc in Celtic's penalty box and his effort forces Foster to make a fantastic save.
    • 88' Nearing the full-time whistle at the Aviva. Liverpool will be disappointed with this score-line, Celtic will be delighted.
    • 86' So close! Sturridge's rasping effort from distance just flashes narrowly over the bar. He's done well since he's came on, considering he's missed the most of pre-season.
    • 84' CHANCE for LIVERPOOL! Coutinho's wonderful ball picks out Sturridge but his lob goes the wrong side of the post.
    • 83' Watt looks like he's in some pain following Enrique's late tackle. Neil Lennon will hope the injury isn't too serious.
    • 82' Watt is struggling here following a heavy challenge.
    • 81' It was Findlay's block which stopped Ibe and the full back has also had a good game since he came on.
    • 79' IBE! Only a last ditch tackle prevents the youngster from smashing home an equaliser. He looks a real talent.
    • 78' Ibe has looked quite dangerous for Liverpool here and wins a corner for his side which is cleared.
    • 76' Celtic are holding a good shape here and frustrating Liverpool.
    • 75' 15 minutes left in this Dublin decider. Liverpool are still trailing.
    • 74' Henderson breaks through on the left hand side of midfield but his shot is poor and easily collected by Foster.
    • 73' The corner doesn't come to anything and Liverpool will go on the attack once more.
    • 72' Full-back Findlay is very far advanced and only a challenge from Glen Johnson stops him. Corner for Celtic.
    • 71' Jordan Ibe comes on for Stewart Downing. Can the youngster provide a spark for Liverpool?
    • 70' Twenty minutes to go - Celtic still lead here. If Liverpool can get an equaliser, this game could go to penalties.
    • 69' CHANCE! A wonderful flick from Sturridge takes two Celtic defenders out of the game and Coutinho collects but his effort goes wide. Should have done better.
    • 68' Liverpool build from the back and eventually Downing's cross is collected by Foster. Still no way through for the Reds.
    • 67' Henderson is flagged for offside as he meets Coutinho's pass. The linesman has got it wrong here.
    • 66' Stuart Findlay replaces Emilio Izaguirre for Celtic.
    • 65' Toure almost connects with a header from the resulting corner - he looks like he will be dangerous from set-pieces this season.
    • 64' Downing's been lively today and wins another corner.
    • 63' Sturridge easily pushed off the ball here, maybe a sign of some rustiness?
    • 62' Celtic clear and Liverpool prepare to come forward again through Johnson.
    • 61' Downing's deflected effort goes for a corner.
    • 59' So, almost an hour played and it's still 1-0 to Celtic. Will Liverpool's unbeaten pre-season come to an end just before the start of the Premier League?
    • 57' Jordan Henderson replaces Joe Allen.
    • 56' Toure's just offside replays show. So close to getting his first goal for the Reds.
    • 55' UNLUCKY! Sturridge fires straight at the goalkeeper from a tight angle after he latched onto Coutinho's through ball.
    • 54' GOAL DISALLOWED! Toure thinks he's scored as he meets Gerrard's free-kick and his header hits the back of the net but it's been ruled out for offside.
    • 53' Coutinho travels past two players but is chopped down by Lustig. Free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 52' Celtic are looking dangerous on the counter attack as Watt breaks but the Reds clear his cross.
    • 50' Brilliant individual play from Downing who plays the ball back only for Coutinho to miss the ball! Good chance.
    • 49' The Reds just keeping possession at the moment.
    • 48' Liverpool will want to grab a quick equaliser here and they nearly done so through Sturridge.
    • 47' SO CLOSE! Sturridge almost makes an instant impact. His left footed effort just goes wide of the far post.
    • 46' Wisdom has been dispossessed and the cross comes in with Stokes ready to pounce but up jumps Toure to clear.
    • 46' And we're off for the second-half.
    • - Sorry, it's Aspas off to Sturridge, not Downing.
    • - Fraser Foster replaces Zaluska in goals - will he be as influential as the Polish goalkeeper was in the first-half?
    • - The second-half is about to get underway. Liverpool fans will be pleased as Daniel Sturridge makes his way onto the pitch to replace Stewart Downing. The striker has missed pre-season through injury.
    • - So, Liverpool have been unable to convert any of their chances thus far. Is this something that will continue into the season if Luis Suarez gets his move? Have your say, tweet me @DarrenBeatz
    • 45' The referee has blown for half-time. Somewhat surprisingly, Celtic lead 1-0 after an early Balde goal. Liverpool have responded well and Celtic's Zaluska has been on top form with some cracking saves.
    • 45' A moment later Countinho is up and back at it. His chip in the box is cleared. No stopping this magician.
    • 44' Anthony Stokes lunges in on Couthino and receives a yellow card. It was a nasty tackle and Lucas isn't happy.
    • 43' Still 1-0 to Celtic as we approach half-time. A lively first-half.
    • 41' Some nice football by Liverpool. Johnson plays a one-two with Allen from a throw-in but the right back's shot is deflected for a corner.
    • 40' Bit of pushing and shoving in Liverpool's penalty box from the resulting free-kick and Balde concedes a foul for a push on Toure.
    • 38' Great run from right-back Adam Matthews for Celtic but he's pulled back by Lucas - silly challenge.
    • 37' It's like a game of ping-pong in the Liverpool penalty area but Wisdom eventually clears for the Reds.
    • 36' The Polish goalkeeper has had a terrific game so far, denying Liverpool three or four times now.
    • 35' Aspas is played through and Celtic's goalkeeper makes another great save - the referee blew for offside but Zaluska didn't know that.
    • 34' Terrific ball 30 yard pass from Downing finds Aspas but his delivery is poor.
    • 33' Celtic seem happy to keep men behind the ball in an effort to frustrate the Reds.
    • 32' Gerrard sees his effort go over the bar. A wild attempt. He has notched up three goals so far in pre-season and he will be looking to add another here today.
    • 30' Coutinho has showed some nice glimpses so far but his final ball has been disappointing.
    • 29' Coutinho drifts one way then the other but his attempted pass to Downing is too far.
    • 28' Celtic still leading 1-0. It's very messy here in the middle of the park with either team able to keep the ball.
    • 26' Nothing too friendly about this match - both sides are getting stuck in.
    • 25' Liverpool with all of the possession here in Dublin.
    • 23' Liverpool fans: it doesn't look as though Luis Suarez will be sold judging by the club's stance. If he apologised, would you forgive him? Get in touch on Twitter @DarrenBeatz
    • 21' It was Downing's through ball which put his fellow English man through. Celtic are still ahead, somehow.
    • 20' Glen Johnson should have really scored there - he found himself through on goal but a tame shot is saved by Zaluska.
    • 19' Andre Wisdom will be disappointed with Celtic's opener.
    • 17' Liverpool are throwing everything at Celtic here in an effort to produce an equaliser. Coutinho sees his effort go wide after leaving his marker for dead.
    • 16' ANOTHER save from Zaluska, this time he produces a one-handed stop from Stewart Downing's effort.
    • 15' Zaluska save denies Coutinho here. Good response from Liverpool to falling behind. Still 1-0 to Celtic.
    • 13' Mouyokolo has made a couple of important challenges now as Downing went very close there.
    • 13' CHANCE for Liverpool! Downing's shot from a tight angle is blocked for a corner.
    • 12' The Portuguese man showed tremendous power there to shove the inexperienced Wisdom a fresh pair of heels.
    • 11' GOAL! Balde outmuscles Wisdom and he sees his shot saved by the Mignolet but the ball loops in under the crossbar.
    • 10' Coutinho wins the ball in an advanced position but his ball just evades Aspas.
    • 8' Liverpool kick off their Premier League campaign next weekend with a tough opener against Stoke City. Celtic, of course, have already began their season and they beat Ross County 2-1 in their first fixture of the SPL.
    • 7' Joe Allen and Aspas play a one-two but no one is in the box to find the Welshman's delivery.
    • 6' Coutinho was a relevation in Liverpool's last pre-season friendly with Valerenga and the Reds will look to get him on the ball early here.
    • 5' Celtic are pressing very high up the pitch and putting Liverpool under a lot of pressure.
    • 4' Liverpool hold onto possession well here as they look to settle down a little.
    • 3' Downing has been caught in possession here and Liverpool have made a sluggish start.
    • 2' Lucas gives the ball away here virtually straight from kick-off and Amido Balde pounces on possession but Joe Allen makes a strong tackle.
    • 1' And we're off. The pitch is like a carpet here at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
    • - Fantastic atmosphere with both teams joining in with the famous You'll Never Walk Alone.
    • - LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Enrique, Wisdom, Toure, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Allen, Downing, Aspas, Coutinho. Substitutes: Jones, Alberto, Assaidi, Henderson, Sturridge, Coates, Borini, Sterling, Kelly, Flanagan, Ibe. /// CELTIC: Zaluska; Matthews, Lustig, Mouyokolo, Izaguirre; McGeouch, Kayal, Irvine, Stokes; Balde, Watt. Substitutes: Forster, Findlay, Fisher, Herron, Henderson, Atajic, George.
    • - Hello there and welcome to the LIVE commentrary of Celtic vs Liverpool.
  • Summary

    • 89' CHANCE for LIVERPOOL! Ibe has caused havoc in Celtic's penalty box and his effort forces Foster to make a fantastic save.
    • 86' So close! Sturridge's rasping effort from distance just flashes narrowly over the bar. He's done well since he's came on, considering he's missed the most of pre-season.
    • 84' CHANCE for LIVERPOOL! Coutinho's wonderful ball picks out Sturridge but his lob goes the wrong side of the post.
    • 79' IBE! Only a last ditch tackle prevents the youngster from smashing home an equaliser. He looks a real talent.
    • 69' CHANCE! A wonderful flick from Sturridge takes two Celtic defenders out of the game and Coutinho collects but his effort goes wide. Should have done better.
    • 55' UNLUCKY! Sturridge fires straight at the goalkeeper from a tight angle after he latched onto Coutinho's through ball.
    • 47' SO CLOSE! Sturridge almost makes an instant impact. His left footed effort just goes wide of the far post.
    • 20' Glen Johnson should have really scored there - he found himself through on goal but a tame shot is saved by Zaluska.
    • 16' ANOTHER save from Zaluska, this time he produces a one-handed stop from Stewart Downing's effort.
    • 15' Zaluska save denies Coutinho here. Good response from Liverpool to falling behind. Still 1-0 to Celtic.
    • 13' CHANCE for Liverpool! Downing's shot from a tight angle is blocked for a corner.
    • 11' GOAL! Balde outmuscles Wisdom and he sees his shot saved by the Mignolet but the ball loops in under the crossbar.

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  1. I find it amazing that Cetlic fans and armchair fans­ really believe that they are Premiership material, aww­ bless..

    From MICHAEL, on Wed 14 Aug 9:42
  2. Sounds like Sean was enjoying a drink last night. :)

    From Mark, on Mon 12 Aug 17:14
  3. spfl 1 epl 0 ..,.#$%$

    From Sean, on Sun 11 Aug 23:20
  4. celtic are the best supported club in Britain,maybe 2nd­ to man u, the epl would be a far better place with­ celtic

    From Sean, on Sun 11 Aug 23:12
  5. Celtics support / average gate would increase by 20 to­ 30 k if playing in English premiership

    From Sean, on Sun 11 Aug 23:06
  6. celtic would finish in the top 4 of the English­ premiership easay every year

    From Sean, on Sun 11 Aug 23:03
  7. Brenda is the best talker in town shame about the team

    From mike, on Sun 11 Aug 11:31
  8. An apology to quiet the ego of the Liverpool's­ current manager. In my opinion, gentlemen earn­ respect, they do not demand it or if they want, they go­ to pray for it from the city church. It is ludicrous­ that professionals will act so arrogantly to deny­ player's option that he deserves and football­ deserves such respect from both the manager, club and­ owner. Suarez must be given a choice to play for­ Liverpool or in any other club. Slavery or hostage­ taking ended centuries ago and Liverpool, by denying­ his player to leave, is playing the role of a slavery­ master.

    From Jack C, on Sun 11 Aug 0:02
  9. Why turn a sporting event into a political debate..­ GROW UP !!!!!

    From GARETH, on Sat 10 Aug 23:50
  10. Apparently Liverpool did not line up Suarez to receive­ the blame. If a team depends on one player to win a­ game, it is deemed not to go very far. If Suarez wants­ to leave, wish well and bake him a sent-off cake to be­ served with the best champagne from France.

    From Jack C, on Sat 10 Aug 20:53
  11. Id just like to say that Celtic have both Protestant­ and Catholic fans as well as other religions .Celtic is­ not a sectarian club never have been and never will be­ . Im not Catholic and i am a season ticket holder and­ so are many of my friends and we are all Celtic through­ and through HAIL HAIL .

    From JAMES, on Sat 10 Aug 19:50
  12. we see how smug celtic r when the champions league­ gets going top d group yeah rite they can hardly beat­ hearts or ayr never mind win d champions league all ill­ say is 5 euro cups 3 uefa 2001 2005 n final 2007 never­ mind all the quarter and semis

    From Keith, on Sat 10 Aug 19:46
  13. Never mind Celtic moving to England, Looserpool should­ consider joining the Spl next season... at least that­ way they'd have an outside chance of qualifying for­ Europe.

    From Sam, on Sat 10 Aug 19:28
  14. rangers have no culture just support rangers cause­ their prods and would not sign a catholic till the late­ 80s even schoolboys pure dirt they are celtic always­ signed players of any religion race or creed fact

    From Keith, on Sat 10 Aug 19:27
  15. Yeah right!!! good shout Yahoo. Bumping your ratings­ figures up to make this thread look good by repeating­ comments numerous times doesn't wash! Amatuers.

    From Paul, on Sat 10 Aug 19:22
  16. Depends who we draw in our champions league group this­ year. Maybe Barcelona again? How far did Chelsea go?­ How far did man city go? Where were Liverpool? Money­ can't buy you class boys

    From Michael, on Sat 10 Aug 19:21
  17. Lol Paula is getting brave half way through a bottle of­ black tower

    From Michael, on Sat 10 Aug 19:20
  18. can any tel me the manure result ..... hahahahahahaa­ ..... oh oh I need the toilet go to go ... pmsl

    From John, on Sat 10 Aug 19:19
  19. well wigan beat city in cup final so r city #$%$ 2 get­ real it was only a game to warm the players up and get­ some cash by playing it where there is lots of support­ 4 both teams and who have celtic 2 worry bout beating­ this year motherwell or hibs ha come on get real fools

    From Keith, on Sat 10 Aug 19:18
  20. Champions league we've beat them all! First team to­ win the big cup in Britain! Hail hail

    From Michael, on Sat 10 Aug 19:18
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