Sunday July 24, 2011 Day 1 Finished Easter Road

Hibernian 0 - 2 Celtic

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    Time:90'
    • Hibernian
    • Celtic
    • 90+4' It is game over! A mix-up there as Loovens kneed the ball back to Zaluska. No free-kick to Hibs as the referee waves play on after changing his decision. The final whistle sounds seconds later and Celtic have completed a 2-0 win. An impressive victory.
    • 90+1' Four minutes to be added to a match that is surely all over.
    • 90' Some exciting play from Forrest since he's come on. Booth booked for a late pull on Kayal. First booking of the match.
    • 89' Shaun Maloney takes over from Hooper for Celtic. The visiting side with plenty of options on the bench.
    • 88' Ian Murray departs to be replaced by David Crawford for Hibernian.
    • 87' Wotherspoon floats the ball into the box, but easy take for Zaluska in the goal. Sums up the home side's day really.
    • 86' Kayal penalised for a late push on Galbraith. Didn't look a free-kick, but Hibs have the chance to apply some pressure.
    • 85' Motherwell top of the table with that 3-0 win over Inverness on Saturday, but Celtic will be second on goal difference with this 2-0 victory. Celtic showing why they are favourites for the title.
    • 84' Samaras almost on the end of Ledley's cross before he is found falling about moments later. Zaluska has yet to make a save in this match.
    • 83' Ki thumps in a shot from 35 yards out. Hits Stephenson before Celtic pick up seconds later.
    • 82' Celtic trying to keep the ball, but Sproule takes out Ki late. Celtic back on the ball. No booking in this match yet.
    • 81' Stokes departs to be replaced by Georgios Samaras for the visting side. A pat on the back from boss Lennon. Job well done by the young Irish striker.
    • 80' O'Connor caught offside. Has been a frustrating day for him.
    • 79' Wotherspoon is guilty of foul play on Kelvin Wilson. Impressive stuff from Kelvin Wilson.
    • 78' Galbraith goes beyond Mark Wilson, but Loovens is well positioned to clear the cross from the Hibernian youngster. Lovely play from the home side.
    • 77' Ki's corner met by Loovens with Kelvin Wilson in there. Ball bobbles past before Hibs are awarded a goalkick.
    • 76' Celtic keeping the ball. Knocking it around well as Murray comes across to block the cross by Forrest.
    • 75' Palsson heads out the ball from Forrest. Celtic looking dangerous on the break when Hibs lose the ball on the attack. The home side forced to take a few chances.
    • 74' Booth picks up for Hibs before picking out Thornhill. Sproule on the charge, but he can't keep the ball in play under pressure from Izaguirre.
    • 73' Hooper doing really well to work back and close down space. Terrific closing down work by the English striker. Lennon demanding more of his men.
    • 72' Ledley finds Izaguirre, but his long, looping ball flies beyond Hooper and ends up out of play. Poor delivery from the left-back.
    • 71' Loovens with a long ball down the middle, but Stephenson nods it back to Stack in the Hibernian goal. Cool defending.
    • 70' Danny Galbraith replaces Lewis Stevenson for the home side. Hibs remain with an outside chance of salvaging something from this one with 19 minutes left on the clock.
    • 69' Lennon looking a bit perplexed on the bench after that miss. Golden chance for Celtic, but no goal. Hibernian set to make a couple of changes.
    • 68' SAVED BY STACK! What a stop by the Hibs keeper. Touched it onto a post down to his right and then threw an arm to get the ball away on the rebound. Life in this game yet.
    • 67' Izaguirre going to need a bit of treatment here. Gary Hooper is going to take this one for the Glasgow side. Chance here to make this count for a 3-0 lead....
    • 66' Celtic keeping the ball with some relish. Confidence levels are up. Penalty to Celtic! Izaguirre fouled by Sproule and that is a certain spot kick!
    • 65' Great cross from Sproule into the box, but O'Connor fails to convert under pressure from Loovens. Didn't connect with the ball. Should have been a goal. Loovens needing a bit of treatment
    • 64' Lewis Stevenson gave the ball. Poor play from Hibs, who look in all sorts of bother now. Celtic going for a third to put this one to bed.
    • 63' GOAL FOR CELTIC! Ki Sung-Yueng slams the ball home from 25 yards with his left foot. Fine finish with Stack failing to get a touch to it.
    • 62' The day is also over for O'Hanlon with David Stephenson brought on for the home side. Central defender for central defender.
    • 61' Forrest takes over from Commons for Celtic. Must be carrying a niggle.
    • 60' Looks like James Forrest is going to be brought on for Celtic. Hibernian defender Sean O'Hanlon needing a bit of treatment. He is on the deck with a foot injury.
    • 59' Ledley almost o the end of a super cross from Izaguirre before Commons can't control the ball in the box. Great chance for Celtic to make it two.
    • 58' Mark Wilson clear for Celtic before Ki supplies Hooper. Fine pace and cross, but Stack is out to collect the cross.
    • 57' Floated in from deep, but O'Hanlon fouls Ledley and Celtic can clear the ball up the park through Zaluska.
    • 56' Booth can't keep the ball in out wide. Another disappointing pass from Hibs before Kayal fouls O'Connor. Hibs with the free-kick around the halfway line.
    • 55' Celtic manager Lennon not looking over excited by this performance. Hooper caught offside from Commons' pass.
    • 54' Hanlon back to knock the ball to O'Hanlon, but that is a poor, poor ball. All a bit scrappy at the moment.
    • 53' Thornhill whacks the ball clear after Loovens had headed Ki's corner downwards. Frantic defending.
    • 52' Wilson drives the ball into the middle, but it takes a deflection and Celtic have their fifth corner of the match.
    • 51' Sproule drives through the middle, but a fantastic tackle by Kelvin Wilson. Great defending from Booth's pass. Lovely stuff from Hibs.
    • 50' Commons goes for a lob attempt at the edge of the box, but just a bit too much pace on it as it flies over the bar of Stack. Very intelligent stuff from Commons.
    • 49' Sproule runs into Izaguirre, but never a foul as the seagulls scatter the pitch. Celtic looking for a second goal to kill this match off.
    • 48' Ledley on the ball for Celtic. Good possession football by the visiting team.
    • 47' A crowd of 13,500 in for this one. Another superb piece of defending by Kelvin Wilson to deal with O'Connor's cross. He finds a team-mate.
    • 46' Hibs get the second half underway. O'Connor tackled immediately by Ledley.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break! Not the best half of football, but Celtic doing enough to protect their 1-0 lead.
    • 44' Commons throws in Celtic's third corner of the day, but Stoke heads wide under pressure.
    • 43' Don't think there is going to be much time added to this half.
    • 42' Ki's corner picks out Mark Wilson, who hits it against a home shirt for another corner.
    • 41' Celtic with another corner-kick late in the half.
    • 40' The other game in the SPL sees Dundee United take on Kilmarnock later this afternoon.
    • 39' Booth with the free-kick into the box. O'Hanlon comes up, but he is pushing the back of Ledly and Celtic have another free-kick in their box.
    • 38' Loovens stand up well to Booth. Solid defending. Celtic have the throw-in deep in their own half with Mark Wilson.
    • 37' Hooper is penalised for a push on Hanlon. Didn't look too much in that one.
    • 36' O'Connor continues to be tracked with some relish by Kelvin Wilson. O'Connor has scored just four goals in two seasons. He needs to rediscover his early promise.
    • 35' Celtic making some nice triangles with the passing movement in their own half, but not really going anywhere with the ball.
    • 34' Great delivery from Commons at the corner, but a bit of fouling in the box and Hibs have the free-kick in their own area.
    • 33' Ki's ball is headed out, but Booth tackles Commons and Celtic have another corner.
    • 32' Izaguirre has not been seen too much in this half as he tries to dash onto a pass from Ledley. Celtic win a corner seconds later. First corner of the match.
    • 31' Commons and Ki trying to win possession in the middle of the park as Celtic try to take the heat out of the match.
    • 30' Celtic with 60% of the possession, but Hibs look just as dangerous in attack. Wotherspoon again on the ball for the home team.
    • 29' Commons tries to pick out a route to goal, but he is outnumbered. Celtic regain the ball seconds later.
    • 28' Izaguirre fouls Sproule and Hibs have a free-kick. O'Connor was calling for advantage there as Hibs tried to launch a break.
    • 27' Both teams winning the ball, but not holding on to it for any length of time. O'Connor feeds Sproule, but his cross fails to pick out Wotherspoon. Really sharp move.
    • 26' Ki penalised for handling after going to ground. Celtic pick up seconds later with Kelvin Wilson knocking the ball back to Zaluska.
    • 25' Murray tries to join the party. O'Connor wins a header from Booth's ball, but Celtic can break up the park now.
    • 24' Ledley tries to play in Stokes, who is offside again. Needs to time his runs a bit better than that.
    • 23' Celtic's new signing Wanyama gives the travelling fans a wave as he goes for a jog at the back of the goal. Kayal takes no chances as he clears from deep.
    • 22' Wotherspoon throws over another expertly delivered cross. Evaded everybody, but could have easily landed in the net. Great cross.
    • 21' Wotherspoon pouring forward at every opporunity. Celtic look dangerous on the break as Stokes is ruled just offside. Risky game for Hibs.
    • 20' Hibs manager Colin Calderwood looks like he is draped in a cardigan. Hot day for a cardy and will be even hotter if Celtic score a second goal.
    • 19' Zaluska comes to collect the cross from Wotherspoon. Good cross. Hibs not lacking heart after losing that early opener.
    • 18' Wilson slams the ball into the net. Great finish, but offside. Was not offside. Celtic should be 2-0 ahead. Great play involving Commons there.
    • 17' Hooper tries to make a dash down a flank, but too much pace on the ball as it races out of play.
    • 16' Palsson fouls Kelvin Wilson and Celtic have a free-kick. Wilson has made a superb start to this match for the Glasgow side.
    • 15' Celtic fans in party mood on a sunny day in Leith as they start giving a few renditions of the Human League's "Just can't get enough"....real test of Hibs' mettle.
    • 14' Great finish from Stokes from a tight angle, but what was the Hibs keeper doing? If he was going to come that far out of his goal, he has to claim the loose ball.
    • 13' GOAL FOR CELTIC! Stokes slams the ball into net. Fine finish from the forward after Stack missed the free-kick from Commons from out wide.
    • 12' Some more superb defending from Wilson as he wins the header in the area five yards out. Had to win that header with O'Connor poised to nod that into the net.
    • 11' Kelvin Wilson wins a high ball from O'Connor after a long ball into the area by Wotherspoon. Hibs pouring bodies forward.
    • 10' Mark Wilson tries to pick out Stokes with a hopeful long ball, but straight through to Stack in the Hibernian goal.
    • 9' A lot of fans still struggling to get into this match, which is a shame as Joe Ledley gets caught offside out wide on the left hand side.
    • 8' Sproule using his pace to some effect early on, but a nice piece of defensive work by Kelvin Wilson to tidy up.
    • 7' Celtic wearing their garish yellow away shirt. Wilson then Izaguirre can't hit the mark with a cross before Zaluska takes a cross from Booth. Good break by Hibs.
    • 6' Booth throws in another free-kick that Celtic don't deal well with before Wotherspoon overhits a cross from out wide that flies past the visiting goal.
    • 5' Thornhill fouled by Ki and Hibs have a free-kick chance here about 35 yards from the Celtic goal, but the ball is knocked out of their box by the visiting side.
    • 4' O'Connor with the ball in the middle of the park, but he plays a loose pass to Mark Wilson. Poor pass really into no man's land.
    • 3' Game yet to settle. No chances at either end as Kris Commons just fails to pick up a loose ball.
    • 2' Celtic have never lost a game on the opening weekend of the SPL, winning 10 and drawing three. Thanks for that OptaJoe. Last time they tasted defeat was 2-1 at Hibs in the old Premier League in 1997 when Henrik Larsson set up Chic Charnley for the winner.
    • 1' We are off and running at Easter Road. What a day and pitch at Easter Road. Made for football.
    • 12.27 Teams on their way out. Sparkling day in Edinburgh. Lovely conditions for football.
    • 12.25 Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits it will be tough to wrestle the title away from Rangers. "Rangers will be formidable opponents as the season goes on," says Lennon. "From the footballing point of view, there is not much difference with Rangers. Ally (McCoist) knows the club inside out."
    • 12.22 The referee is Iain Brines.
    • 12.20 Celtic: Lukasz Zaluska, Emilio Izaguirre, Kelvin Wilson, Glenn Loovens, Anthony Stokes, Mark Wilson, Kris Commons, Joe Ledley, Ki Sung Yueng, Beram Kayal, Gary Hooper. Subs: Dominic Cervi, Adam Matthews, Georgios Samaras, Shaun Maloney, Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest, Victor Wanyama
    • 12.20 Full teams and substitutes: Hibernian: Graham Stack, Victor Palsson, Sean O'Hanlon, Paul Hanlon, Callum Booth, David Wotherspoon, Matt Thornhill, Ian Murray, Lewis Stevenson, Ivan Sproule, Garry O'Connor. Subs: Mark Brown, Martin Scott, David Stephens, Scott Taggart, David Crawford, Edwin de Graaf.
    • 12.15 Hibernian go with a 4-4-2 formation with Ivan Sproule and Garry O'Connor playing up front together as Victor Palsson fills in at right-back.
    • 12.10 Kelvin Wilson makes his competitive debut for the visiting side in central defence after his move from Nottingham Forest. Kris Commons starts on the right with Lukasz Zaluska given the nod in goal. Victor Wanyama is on the bench along with fellw summer signing, full-back Adam Matthews.
    • 12.05 Celtic will move two points clear of Rangers after the champions and Glasgow rivals were held to a 1-1 draw by Hearts on the opening day of the season before 49,000 fans at Ibrox. Read about that match here.... McCoist's first match ends in draw
    • 12.00 TEAMS FOR TODAY: Celtic: Zaluska; M Wilson, K Wilson, Loovens, Izaguirre; Commons, Ki, Kayal, Ledley; Hooper, Stokes Hibernian: Brown, Palsson, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Booth, Wotherspoon, Murray, Stevenson, Thonrhill, Sproule, O'Connor.
    • 11.55 HIBERNIAN TEAM NEWS: Hibernian are without four players for the match. Akpo Sodje (knee) and Sean Welsh (cheekbone) are likely to miss about four to six weeks of the season. Martin Scott is out with an Achilles injury and Michael Hart will not play despite returning to training following an ankle injury.
    • 11.50 CELTIC TEAM NEWS: Celtic skipper Scott Brown is suspended for their match against Hibernian at Easter Road on Sunday. New signing Victor Wanyama could make his SPL debut after coming on as substitute against Cardiff in the midweek friendly. Paddy McCourt, Darren O'Dea (both knee), Thomas Rogne and Jos Hooiveld (both calf strain) are all out.
    • 11.45 Good morning and welcome to live coverage of Hibernian against Celtic from Easter Road. This is the opening match of the SPL season. The match kicks off at 12.30pm.
  • Summary

    • 68' SAVED BY STACK! What a stop by the Hibs keeper. Touched it onto a post down to his right and then threw an arm to get the ball away on the rebound. Life in this game yet.
    • 66' Celtic keeping the ball with some relish. Confidence levels are up. Penalty to Celtic! Izaguirre fouled by Sproule and that is a certain spot kick!
    • 65' Great cross from Sproule into the box, but O'Connor fails to convert under pressure from Loovens. Didn't connect with the ball. Should have been a goal. Loovens needing a bit of treatment
    • 63' GOAL FOR CELTIC! Ki Sung-Yueng slams the ball home from 25 yards with his left foot. Fine finish with Stack failing to get a touch to it.
    • 59' Ledley almost o the end of a super cross from Izaguirre before Commons can't control the ball in the box. Great chance for Celtic to make it two.
    • 51' Sproule drives through the middle, but a fantastic tackle by Kelvin Wilson. Great defending from Booth's pass. Lovely stuff from Hibs.
    • 27' Both teams winning the ball, but not holding on to it for any length of time. O'Connor feeds Sproule, but his cross fails to pick out Wotherspoon. Really sharp move.
    • 22' Wotherspoon throws over another expertly delivered cross. Evaded everybody, but could have easily landed in the net. Great cross.
    • 13' GOAL FOR CELTIC! Stokes slams the ball into net. Fine finish from the forward after Stack missed the free-kick from Commons from out wide.
    • 12.20 Celtic: Lukasz Zaluska, Emilio Izaguirre, Kelvin Wilson, Glenn Loovens, Anthony Stokes, Mark Wilson, Kris Commons, Joe Ledley, Ki Sung Yueng, Beram Kayal, Gary Hooper. Subs: Dominic Cervi, Adam Matthews, Georgios Samaras, Shaun Maloney, Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest, Victor Wanyama
    • 12.20 Full teams and substitutes: Hibernian: Graham Stack, Victor Palsson, Sean O'Hanlon, Paul Hanlon, Callum Booth, David Wotherspoon, Matt Thornhill, Ian Murray, Lewis Stevenson, Ivan Sproule, Garry O'Connor. Subs: Mark Brown, Martin Scott, David Stephens, Scott Taggart, David Crawford, Edwin de Graaf.
    • 12.00 TEAMS FOR TODAY: Celtic: Zaluska; M Wilson, K Wilson, Loovens, Izaguirre; Commons, Ki, Kayal, Ledley; Hooper, Stokes Hibernian: Brown, Palsson, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Booth, Wotherspoon, Murray, Stevenson, Thonrhill, Sproule, O'Connor.

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