Anthony Stokes’ late strike seals 1-0 win for Celtic at Dundee United
Anthony Stokes’s 87th-minute free-kick gave Celtic victory over Dundee black canada goose parka United in their Scottish Premiership encounter at Tannadice. The game looked to be drifting towards a draw when the Irishman was brought down by the United defenders Stuart Armstrong and Keith Watson just outside the penalty area.
Stokes, who had set up James Forrest for the Champions League clincher in the 3-0 win against Shakhter Karagandy at Parkhead on Wednesday night, picked himself up and curled the free-kick over the wall and past Radoslaw Cierzniak, with the ball going in off the post.
The only downside for Celtic was the injury to Mikael Lustig, who was carried off on a stretcher early in the second half after appearing to fall awkwardly under a hefty challenge by United defender Gavin Gunning. Neil Lennon said: “I thought the challenge on Mikael was reckless to say the least. There is no fracture thankfully, it might be ligament damage. It is a relief because he is a top player.”
The Celtic manager’s opposite number, Jackie McNamara, pitched in on the issue by saying: “I think he went for the ball and they came together. I think a reckless challenge would be Scott Brown on Stuart Armstrong homesite, I would say that was reckless.”
As a reaction to their Champions League efforts in midweek, it was a good day’s work by the visitors. Celtic were rewarded for getting into the group stages by being pitched into a group with Barcelona, Milan and Ajax. To that end, Lennon strengthened his squad further. The Israel international midfielder Nir Biton’s move to Celtic from FC Ashdod was confirmed on Friday while the Finnish striker Teemu Pukki checked in this morning at Celtic Park from Schalke.
Neither was involved against United but, following their energy-sapping win over the Kazakhstan champions, Lennon made three changes to his starting XI, the defenders Virgil van Dijk and Emilio Izaguirre and striker Derk Boerrigter came in for Charlie Mulgrew, Forrest and Georgios Samaras. McNamara made five changes to the side who beat best mens canada goose parka Dumbarton 3-2 in the League Cup in midweek with Gunning, Watson, Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven and Nadir Ciftci, who scored two goals in the victory, all starting, and John Souttar, Calum Butcher, Ryan Gauld, Mark Wilson and Brian Graham all dropping to the bench.
Celtic started with some purpose, carving out a chance in the second minute through Kris Commons. The Hoops midfielder picked out the advancing Lustig with a perfectly weighted pass but the defender’s shot, after a second best canada goose jacket reddit of hesitation, was blocked by Watson with the home side gratefully clearing their lines. Moments later, Van Dijk slipped all too easily through the United defence and should have scored but instead lifted the ball over the bar from eight yards out. It was further evidence the champions were comfortably in control buy canada goose jacket australia of the play.
In the 17th minute Boerrigter’s cross on the run from the left was only cleared to Stokes at the edge of the area and his volley whistled inches past Cierzniak’s left post. A minute later Van Dijk moved up buy canada goose jacket online cheap to bolster the attack again and sent a powerful drive from buy canada goose jacket nyc 25 yards just wide.
United had their first chance in the 23rd minute when Armstrong planted a cross from the left on to the head of the unmarked David Goodwillie but his weak header canada goose coat – victoria from 10 yards was easily saved by the Celtic keeper Fraser Forster.
Five minutes later the Celtic captain, Scott Brown, hauled down Mackay-Steven 25 yards from goal and from the resultant free-kick by Ciftci, a curled shot heading in at the post, Forster made a good save by diving to his right to punch away.
The start of the second half was tepid but in the 55th minute Lustig signalled furiously after landing beside Gunning and the game stopped as he was strapped up and taken off, to be replaced by the striker Amido Baldé, with canada goose coat 1000 calorie meal plans Adam Matthews moving to right-back. The United defender required treatment before he came back on but the tempo dipped.
In the 73rd minute a fine cross by the United left-back Andrew Robertson just evaded the sliding Armstrong at the back post having bypassed Forster but that aside, the first goal of the game looked far from inevitable.
Balde might have scored from a flighted corner from Commons with eight minutes remaining of the contest buying canada goose jacket online but he headed wide of the target from six yards, before the former Nottingham Forest player drilled wide of are there any canada goose outlet stores the target from just inside the area. But with three minutes remaining Stokes took the points back to Glasgow with a curling free-kick which must have sickened the home side.