BY the time Celtic set about getting rid of Liverpool from Europe in 2003 the membership had performed a complete of ten aggressive fits towards English facets courting again to the primary assembly towards Liverpool within the 1966 Cup Winners Cup semi-final.
On this CQN collection which started final week we have now been taking a look again at Celtic’s English warring parties in Europe and thus far have coated the primary 5 ties, one a decade within the 60s, 70s, 80s 90s after which into the 21st century once we knocked Blackburn out of the UEFA Cup on our solution to Seville.
We’ll additionally take a look at our video games towards Spanish and German facets over the following few weeks.
In those ten fits towards English facets in Europe Celtic have gained five, drawn three and misplaced 2 however have been eradicated on 3 out of 5 events. All fits have been shut affairs with Celtic particularly enjoying smartly within the away ties.
Hyperlinks to the options at the previous ties are under.
LIVERPOOL, THIRD TIME LUCKY
Celtic have been drawn towards Liverpool for 3rd time in Europe within the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup in 2003. This might be Celtic’s 2d “Struggle of Britain’ fixture on this UEFA Cup Marketing campaign. Like the former events towards Liverpool, the primary recreation used to be at Celtic Park and Celtic have been hoping it will be 3rd time fortunate, following the very slender defeats in 1966 and 1997.
As same old, the ambience used to be electrical, because the groups covered up on Thursday March 13th. Gerry Marsden had led the 60,000 crowd in a rousing rendition of ‘You’ll By no means Stroll On my own.’ Celtic’s attacking intentions have been glaring with Martin O’Neill, as he had achieved at Ewood Park, enjoying Sutton as an alternative of Lambert. Celtic were given off to a flying get started and, after simply 20 seconds, Hartson latched directly to a Sutton knock-down and clipped the highest of the bar with a thundering shot. In a while after that, Larsson put Celtic 1 up. Larsson had astounded everybody through recuperating from a damaged jaw in not up to five weeks.
Unusually, Celtic appear to height too early and began drifting out of a recreation that that they had utterly managed within the opening mins. It used to be no wonder when Liverpool, having discovered their rhythm, equalised within the 17th minute. Younger Jamie Smith, a wonder selection at proper again, confirmed his inexperience. He lunged at John Arne Riise, did not get the ball then the Norweigan discovered Emile Heskey, who equalised. Not anything used to be going presently for Celtic and Alan Thompson, a key performer in Ecu fits, used to be taken off injured and changed by way of Steve Guppy.
Seven days later, the motion resumed with Celtic realising they must assault as they had to rating in an effort to steer clear of removal. Celtic confirmed, from the beginning, that they have been ready to head at the offensive. Early on, Thompson intercepted a stray Hamann move in a perilous space however his shot went over the bar. Larsson curled a loose kick from 30 yards, which Liverpool goalkeeper Jersey Dudek acrobatically became around the submit. Hartson used to be tormenting the Liverpool rearguard and got here tantalisingly shut with 2 headers.
Liverpool were given off to a torpid get started when play resumed. Their entire recreation were in line with qualifying at the again of a Zero-Zero draw they usually discovered it tricky to regulate to the brand new fact. On the other hand, 7 mins into the second one part, Gerrard used to be put thru by way of Owen and it took Rab Douglas to rescue Celtic. Each groups endured to make probabilities, that have been squandered. Then again, with not up to 10 mins last, John Hartson put the outcome past all doubt. He exchanged a one-two with Larsson, beat Hamann and brilliantly despatched a 25 backyard shot previous Dudek.
The celebrations may just start. Most effective eight mins remained and Liverpool required to attain three times.
This outcome, greater than the Blackburn win, introduced to Europe that, after virtually 30 years, Celtic have been once more a pressure in Ecu soccer. Unusually, in the ones 2 ties in addition to the semi last towards Boavista, Celtic’s maximum spectacular presentations got here within the away video games.
Against this, in Ecu Champions’ League fits, each prior to and after the fantastic run to Seville, Celtic were very good at house however had a notoriously dangerous document in away fits. The victories towards each Blackburn and Liverpool noticed moderate presentations at house, with super 2-Zero wins in each away video games.
And on the finish of the Liverpool tie Celtic’s report in Ecu competitions towards English facets used to be gained 6, drawn four and misplaced 2.
Extra to apply subsequent week…
Written through Hugh Gallagher for CQN.
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