NAKAMURA, BORUC GIVE CELTIC A WIN IN BRITISH REUNION
Green and white stripes crowd at Celtic Park waving when Shunsuke Nakamura curled a free-kick into the net at nine minutes left. The Scotish side's victory over the Engilsh side Manchester United quarified the birth of last sixteens at the match day 5 of UEFA Champions League.
Like match day 1 at Old Tradfford, the United dominated gradually the field to create the chance at first half but attackers including matchday one's man-of-the-match Louis Saha wasted it delivering Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Celtic coach Gordon Strachan put on right midfielder Nakamura at the left to limit attacks from Cristiano Ronaldo, but moved the Japanese to the usual position into the second as the Portuguese came back to life to threaten the Celtic. Such a powerful red dominance. Ronald and the visitors rolled comfortably but finished wide and offside calls when Reds coach Sir Alex Ferguson moved nothing yet for the United, who had gone through the group stage in even draw this night.
Edwin van der Sar streching to the left, Nakamura broke the deadlock to stun Reds again. That was one and only chance to score for Celtic in the second. The home team, however, had long and winding road to win. Three minutes to end, Neil Lennon fouled Scholes to force Ronald's free-kick in front of the box, which was as same a point as Nakamura made success. Ronald hit the wall but the referee called Shaun Maloney's handling to point the penalty spot. The rest job was Saha. Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc was another hero this night. The Polish keeper saved superbly French striker's ball just when Celtic beat the United to confirmed going through the group. The United and Benfica will chase last quarification at Manchester on last matchday, 6 December.
UEFA Champions League 06-07
Group F, Match Day 5 (21 Nov)
Manchester Utd 0-1 Celtic
*Celtic into Final Phase Next Feb.
*15/Dec. Draw Gives Celtic a Tie with Milan in 1st KOR