8 November, 2012 - 08:06

UEFA Champions League: Celtic sparked furor thrashing Barca, Galatasaray surged forward

UEFA Champions League: Celtic sparked furor thrashing Barca, Galatasaray surged forward

Group G

Celtic 2-1 Barcelona

Celtic sparked furor at Celtic Park yesterday as they snap up a dazzling victory over powerhouse Barca. The Scottish reigning champions celebrated their 125th anniversary the day before the clash and the thumping win, turning into a stupendous present on the occasion, couldn’t have come at better time.
Victor Wanyama opened the scoring with a brilliant header in the first half. However, Neil Lennon’s men got a lot of sweat before striking the other goal as the visitors ran riot and were not intended to lose ground. The Catalonians hit the woodwork twice before Neil Lennon’s revelation Tony Watt doubled the Scottish lead in the 83d minute. The match was the UEFA Champions League debut for 18-year-old Watt who came on the pitch as a substitute midway through the second half and put it in a star turn with a terrific goal. The Spanish visitors had nothing to do but to seek for an equalizer and Lionel Messi was the man to make Barca’s sole response.

Benfica 2-0 Spartak Moskva

Benfica clinched their first win in Group G after beating Spartak Moskva 2-0. Benfica’s Óscar Cardozo came on the pitch as the second-half substitute and immediately rushed into dangerous incursion. The Paraguayan striker opened the scoring in the 55th minute and completed a brace 14 minutes afterwards wrapping up a comfortable win for his side, so necessary to keep their hopes alive.

Group H

Braga 1-3 Manchester United

Manchester United cemented their pole position in Group H with the fourth win stretching the lead to 8 points. Alan’s goal early in the second half seemed to have earned a pulsating win for the hosts to reinforce their hopes. But the Red Devils came back from behind via Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernández goals in the last ten minutes.

CFR Cluj 1-3 Galatasaray

Galatasaray made a barn burner as the Turkish side leapfrogged to the second place in Group H beating Cluj on their home soil. Burak Yılmaz raised eyebrows at Romania with his terrific hat-trick against a sole goal from Cluj’s striker Modou Sougou in the 53d minute.

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Author: Kate Kozz

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