NAKAMURA MUST BE THE DIFFERENCE BUT FALLS INTO LOSER
Shunsuke Nakamura and Celtic FC, who leads the Scotish Premier League after playing six games this season, stood at Old Trafford in the first group stage match of UEFA Champions League. Manchester United, who is now on the top of the four played English Premiership table, declared to have the right of Euro Champ when the Reds earned a 3-2 win with Louis Saha's double and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's third goal. But the Celtic had threatened the United enough.
Yan Vennegoor of Hesselink, new comer Dutchman recieved from GK Artur Boruc's punt past Reds defender Rio Ferdinand and fired opennig goal past countryman Edwin Van der Sar. Minutes later Boruc touched Ryan Giggs in the box and was called penalty before Saha made it for the United. Gradually the English team controlled the field when Paul Scholes fed Saha to lead the game. Thomas Gravesen worked hard as new hearts of Scots team but no one supplemented his part in the Dane's losing the ball. Saha's second and Solskjaer's winner both was produced by such a situation. But Nakamura save the Celtic when the Japanese curled over the wall on the edge of the United box. Van der Sar just looked the equalizer into the net. The game went to rally to end the half.
After the Norwegian's goal in the start of the second, Vennegoor, Gravesen and Nakamura were fighting cooly with superbly organized United but the Celtic had little chance to level until the end of the game. I wish that the Scotish team survives the group stage as long as possible and go through it. Good Luck, Nakamura and the Celtic!
UEFA Champions League 06-07
Group F, Match Day 1 (13 Sep)
Celtic 2-3 Manchester Utd