Sunday August 7, 2011 Day 3 Finished Pittodrie Stadium

Aberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic

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    Time:90'
    • Aberdeen
    • Celtic
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at Pittodrie, and Celtic have beaten Aberdeen 1-0 courtesy of Anthony Stokes's second-half winner! The win ensures that Neil Lennon's side continue their 100 per cent record at the start of this SPL campaign, but it was marred by an injury to Emilio Izaguirre. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' Celtic ensure that they play out the remaining time sensibly, and Lennon's agitation can be relieved finally!
    • 90+1' Osbourne is booked for a rash lunge on Kayal, and that was just a very sloppy challenge from the midfielder.
    • 90' Three minutes will be added at the end of this second half, with Celtic in possession through Hooper.
    • 89' Brown is furious with his side as the hosts twice give the ball away deep inside the Celtic half, and the quality is poor.
    • 87' Kayal ensures that Celtic keep the ball in midfield as Aberdeen get increasingly frustrated.
    • 86' SUBSTITUTION: Nicky Lowrie enters the fray as Darren Mackie's afternoon is cut short, and Brown makes another change.
    • 85' SUBSTITUTION: The goalscorer Stokes departs to a standing ovation as Georgios Samaras comes on in his place.
    • 84' Matthews and Commons combine once more, but Mulgrew cannot find the required delivery.
    • 83' Vernon continues to be a real nuisance as he puts the Celtic defenders under immense pressure in the final third.
    • 81' Forrest streaks clear of the Aberdeen defence, but his deft dink over the onrushing Gonzalez drops agonisingly over the bar!
    • 79' Stokes careers down the left at pace before drilling over a decent delivery, but no one is on hand to convert.
    • 77' Foster defends stoutly for Aberdeen to repel the onrushing Hooper, and Aberdeen build from deep.
    • 76' The entire Celtic team celebrate the goal in jubilant fashion and Lennon is incredibly buoyant.
    • 74' GOAL!!!!! STOKES BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! Stokes powers forward before exchanging passes with Commons, and the finish is calm and composed as he slots the ball home beyond Gonzalez!
    • 73' Lennon is increasingly animated on the touchline as he waves his side forward.
    • 72' SUBSTITUTION: Aberdeen make their first change as Craig Brown hauls off Pawlett, who was on a booking, and he brings on Michael Paton.
    • 70' Wilson is okay and gets to his feet gingerly, prompting further jeers from the home fans.
    • 69' Wilson goes down clutching his face as the ball ricochets into him, and referee Murray halts play to the anger of the home fans!
    • 67' Arnason again slips under pressure from Commons, but the midfielder drives a very poor shot wide and Celtic are not getting much from him today.
    • 65' Right, Celtic win an attacking free kick on the edge of the Aberdeen box as Considine concedes the set piece - Mulgrew stands over the ball....
    • 63' Commons skips inside Foster before drilling a low shot wide of the far post, and Gonzalez is not remotely concerned by the effort.
    • 62' SUBSTITUTION: James Forrest comes on to replace Joe Ledley, and this will be interesting to see the man called up to the Scotland squad this week.
    • 61' Majstorovic spreads the play superbly with a fine pass outwide to Ledley, but the Welshman is unable to make ground and he ends up simply conceding possession.
    • 59' Gonzalez shows incredible audacity in backheeling the ball past the onrushing Hooper then passing out to Osbourne, and he apologies for his risky approach!
    • 57' Arnason slips on halfway to afford Commons space, but again he has eyes only for the goal and drives a tame shot straight at Gonzalez.
    • 55' Mulgrew whips over a very testing delivery from the left, only for Ki to head agonisingly wide of the far post!
    • 53' Majstorovic is almost caught out as Mackie almost outstrips him, only for the imposing defender to intervene with a last-ditch challenge!
    • 51' Nothing is a lost cause for Hooper, and he chases a long ball from Wilson before driving a low shot wide of the near post.
    • 49' Commons lashes a wild shot over the crossbar, and Lennon is absolutely furious with the midfielder for a rather lazy effort.
    • 47' Mulgrew this time gets down the left and whips over a testing cross into the Aberdeen box, but Foster is on hand to turn the ball away.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Pittodrie, and Matthews immediately surges down the right for the visitors.
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at Pittodrie, and it is goalless between Aberdeen and Celtic with the match clouded by the injury to Emilio Izaguirre, who it is feared, has suffered a broken ankle.
    • 45+1' Pawlett comes back onto the field rather gingerly following that injury, but he looks okay. Commons and Stokes combine once more, but Aberdeen hold firm.
    • 45' There will be two added minutes at the end of this first half as Pawlett stays down following an awkward landing from a headed challenge.
    • 43' Vernon should score! Arnason slips in the forward who challenges with Wilson before drilling a low shot on target, but it's too close to Zaluska and the Celtic keeper saves!
    • 42' Matthews and Commons continue to keep possession solidly, but Celtic are not creating much at all.
    • 41' Milsom hauls down Kayal in the Aberdeen half, but the delivery from Commons from the resulting set piece is very shoddy.
    • 40' Ah, wasteful from Commons! The midfielder takes a long throw from Zaluska down into his stride superbly, only to shoot speculatively straight at Gonzalez with Hooper screaming for the pass!
    • 38' Kayal fouls Arnason in midfield, and now Aberdeen have an opportunity to get a delivery into the Celtic box.
    • 36' Magennis heads into the box from a long ball from McArdle, but he cannot find Vernon.
    • 34' Arnason brings a high ball down with very impressive composure as he has Hooper for company, and he brings the ball forward for Aberdeen.
    • 33' Lennon is extremely agitated on the touchline as he looks to inject some urgency into his side's play.
    • 32' Mackie is really struggling to get on the end of deliveries from deep, and another long ball from Foster cannot pick him out.
    • 31' Gary Hooper flies forward for Celtic as a long ball comes over from Matthews, but the delivery was always slightly too strong for him.
    • 29' More fine work from Wilson sees the defender find Stokes outwide, who cuts inside before firing a fierce shot straight at Gonzalez - a very decent effort.
    • 28' Wilson takes a safety first approach as he heads back to Zaluska under pressure from Vernon, and that's good solid defending.
    • 27' Kayal takes a touch to bring a high ball down on the edge of the Aberdeen box, before lashing a very dangerous shot narrowly over the crossbar!
    • 26' Commons drifts inside to link up the play for his side, and he continues to look good for Celtic.
    • 25' Mulgrew makes ground down the left, and Celtic continue to keep the ball effectively with Kayal at the centre of everything.
    • 24' Lennon is furious with Kayal for giving the ball away needlessly on halfway, but Milsom cannot capitalise with an early pass.
    • 23' Commons skips between two challenges before winning a throw in down the right, and Celtic are keeping the ball well.
    • 22' Celtic stroke the ball around at the back patiently as they build from defence, but Mulgrew gives the ball away with an attempted punt upfield to Hooper.
    • 21' Magennis does very well to beat Wilson deep inside the Aberdeen half and he brings the ball down the left to make good ground.
    • 20' Pawlett is booked for a late challenge on Kayal, and Craig Brown is furious with referee Murray on the touchline.
    • 19' Mackie charges down the left and is furious with the referee as a free kick goes the way of Majstorovic at his expense.
    • 17' SUBSTITUTION: Izaguirre is hauled off on a stretcher, and that is a very sorry sight for Celtic. Mulgrew comes on in his place.
    • 16' The defender remains on the ground, and Charlie Mulgrew looks set to come on with Izaguirre stricken on the floor.
    • 15' Izaguirre hurtles down the left at pace once more but Pawlett intervenes superbly. The defender holds his Achilles and looks in real trouble!
    • 13' Milsom and Kayal get into a tussle on halfway as both players scrap for the ball tirelessly before the referee gives a free kick to the hosts.
    • 11' Vernon storms down the left at pace for Aberdeen, before winning a corner kick at the expense of Majstorovic and Celtic are suddenly under the cosh.
    • 9' Kayal and Ledley each attempt long-distance drives, but Aberdeen get in good blocks on both occasions.
    • 8' Gonzalez commands his box effectively to claim a loose ball before launching a long kick upfield towards Magennis.
    • 7' Wilson shows good composure to head back to Zaluska with Vernon putting him under real pressure, and that's fine defending.
    • 6' Stokes holds the ball up solidly before releasing Commons on his outside, who cuts in from the right and dinks a tame shot straight at Gonzalez.
    • 5' Celtic enjoy a good spell of pressure as Matthews and Ledley exchange passes, and Aberdeen are struggling to get into this match.
    • 4' Kayal launches a wild shot way over the bar as the ball breaks to him outside the Aberdeen penalty area following Sung-Yueng's corner.
    • 3' Commons swivels sharply on unleashes a fierce strike from 30 yards which draws Gonzalez into a fine save down low to his left to tip the ball away for a corner!
    • 2' Izaguirre storms down the flank at pace before drifting over a deep cross in the direction of Stokes, but McArdle intervenes.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Pittodrie, and Celtic are in their away strip which looks almost exactly the same as their home strip.
    • 12:10 Lennon is without defensive duo Glenn Loovens and Mark Wilson, while Scott Brown is omitted as he serves the final match of his two-game suspension.
    • 12:05 TEAMS - Aberdeen: Gonzalez, McArdle, Arnason, Considine, Foster, Mackie, Osbourne, Milsom, Pawlett, Magennis, Vernon. Subs: Jason Brown, Robertson, Paton, Megginson, Low, Shaughnessy, Jordan Brown /// Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Kelvin Wilson, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Ki, Ledley, Kayal, Commons, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Cervi, Samaras, Maloney, McCourt, Mulgrew, Forrest, Wanyama
    • 12:00 TEAM NEWS: Hoops skipper Brown will serve the second of his two-match ban against the Dons. Defenders Glenn Loovens (hamstring), Thomas Rogne (calf) and Mark Wilson (hip) are out.
    • 11:55 TEAM NEWS: Ryan Jack is suspended for the clash. The teenager serves the second game of his two-match ban following his red card for serious foul play against St Johnstone. Chris Clark (knee), Youl Mawene (hamstring) and Fraser Fyvie (groin) are all doubtful.
    • 11:50 Celtic travel to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen with boss Neil Lennon looking to build on an opening day victory.
  • Summary

    • 81' Forrest streaks clear of the Aberdeen defence, but his deft dink over the onrushing Gonzalez drops agonisingly over the bar!
    • 74' GOAL!!!!! STOKES BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! Stokes powers forward before exchanging passes with Commons, and the finish is calm and composed as he slots the ball home beyond Gonzalez!
    • 55' Mulgrew whips over a very testing delivery from the left, only for Ki to head agonisingly wide of the far post!
    • 43' Vernon should score! Arnason slips in the forward who challenges with Wilson before drilling a low shot on target, but it's too close to Zaluska and the Celtic keeper saves!
    • 3' Commons swivels sharply on unleashes a fierce strike from 30 yards which draws Gonzalez into a fine save down low to his left to tip the ball away for a corner!
    • 12:05 TEAMS - Aberdeen: Gonzalez, McArdle, Arnason, Considine, Foster, Mackie, Osbourne, Milsom, Pawlett, Magennis, Vernon. Subs: Jason Brown, Robertson, Paton, Megginson, Low, Shaughnessy, Jordan Brown /// Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Kelvin Wilson, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Ki, Ledley, Kayal, Commons, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Cervi, Samaras, Maloney, McCourt, Mulgrew, Forrest, Wanyama

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