Celtic 2-1 Barcelona hailed as club's standout score of all time - but do you agree?'

Asia's Tech News Daily

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1, November 7, 2012

“This was one of the greatest nights in the club’s recent history. It is up there with anything I have done in my life.”

The words of Celtic manager Neil Lennon and, perhaps, the perfect summary of a remarkable occasion.

Of course, for as long as Celtic plays, there will never be a day to top May 25, 1967.

That sunny afternoon in Lisbon’s Estadio Nacional when Jock Stein’s men became the first British club to place their hands onto the European Cup and, at the same time, open the eyes of a continent to a swashbuckling style.

Inter Milan’s defensive and rugged Catenaccio approach was taken to its knees by an attacking team whose entire squad was born within a few miles of Celtic Park.

Goals from Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers to claim victory which saw Billy McNeill hold aloft the silverware. That achievement will ever be surpassed.

But there’s a romance about Celtic which makes other moments special. Occasions are often marked in style. For example, when the club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1988, they won a Centenary Double with a goal in injury-time in the Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United to secure it.

And, when it came to their 125th birthday, the beating of Barcelona on November 7, 2012 in the group stages of the Champions League was heard in every corner of the globe.

Defeating the Catalan giants was not something that was unusual for the club. Just eight years earlier under the management of Martin O’Neill, they had also done so.

In the knockout phase of the UEFA Cup, a goal from Alan Thompson won the first leg of the tie and a glorious performance from young goalkeeper David Marshall in the return clash in the Nou Camp secured a 0-0 draw which earned aggregate progression.

Barcelona had quality in that team with the likes of Ronaldinho leading their line.

However, the Catalan side which arrived in Glasgow’s East End almost a decade later were on a different level from the Brazilian’s vintage.

Touted by many to this day as the greatest club side who have ever graced the game.

Real Madrid, Juvenrus, AC Milan and Manchester United have all perished at the home of Celtic in European competition throughout the years, yet this success carried even more weight due to the standards being set on a weekly basis by their opposition.

Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta. David Villa, Alexis Sanchez. Gerard Pique, Victor Valdes. Quality dripping from every position.

The Tika-Taka verve of play had captured the hearts of everyone who loved the game. They hadn’t lost a game in any competition before travelling to Glasgow and, strangely enough, Lennon did not even have a full team at his disposal.

Already without key men Gary Hooper, Emilio Izaguirre and James Forrest, Celtic suffered another shattering pre-match blow with the news that captain Scott Brown was out with a virus.

What happened next will live long in the memory and, in fairness to Lennon and his troops, they had already placed warning markers to Barcelona.

Just a fortnight beforehand, Celtic had led in the Nou Camp through a Georgios Samaras goal and victory was only assured for the illustrious hosts when Jordi Alba scored a winner at the back post in injury time.

It was a cruel blow and the Spaniards also scored in stoppage time at the end of the return game in Glasgow through Messi.

This time, though, it was too late for them to avoid a stunning loss. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster’s heroics earned him the tag of The Great Wall in Spain which lives until this day.

Down the other end, an opening goal in the first-half scored by a young Victor Wanyama with a back-post header from a Charlie Mulgrew corner kick.

The second, and eventual winner, coming from the right boot of an 18-year-old local teenager who was making his debut in the competition in the shape of Tony Watt.

Lennon captured the moment ideally when he explained: “Barcelona will feel very unlucky to have lost as they hit the bar and the post.

“But the difference is Tito [Vilanova, Barca’s manager] could bring on Cesc Fabregas and Villa as substitutes. I threw on Tony, an 18-year-old kid who cost £50,000 from Airdrie.

“As a player I won things, had a special 10 years under Martin and played in some great teams, beating Manchester United and getting to the last 16 of the Champions League. As a manager, I don’t know if I will top this.” He hasn’t, although that’s hardly a shock given the magnitude of the success.

Fairytales don’t happen like this with most clubs. But, when it comes to Celtic and the romantic moments which have constantly infiltrated their history, it should really have come as no surprise.

Nothing will top Lisbon. But for a different generation of supporters, the Barca win of 2012 will be their own iconic evening.

Of course, there are more in Europe. The wins over Zurich, Nantes, Vojvodina Novi Sad and Dukla Prague to reach Lisbon in 1967 are special.

A record crowd of 136,505 jammed into Hampden Park to see Celtic defeat Leeds United in the semi-finals to reach the 1970 European Cup Final.

In 1980, goals from George McCluskey and John Doyle provided the aforementioned Real Madrid win. Shunsuke Nakamura’s magnificent free-kick downed Manchester United in November 2006.

Less than a year after those heroics from the Japanese playmaker, European champions AC Milan were sunk 2-1 with Aussie striker Scott McDonald bagging a 90th minute winner.

Beforehand, away victories over Blackburn, Liverpool, Stuttgart and Boavista which drove Celtic towards an outing against Jose Mourinho’s Porto in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final in Seville stand out due to their combined significance.

Domestically, countless league successes including two runs to nine successive flags.

Scottish Cup memories are evoked from Frank McGarvey’s diving header to win the 100th Final of the competition over Dundee United at a packed Hampden in 1985 to the National Stadium being empty when Lennon’s team sealed an unprecedented Quadruple Treble by defeating Hearts on penalties in the Covid-delayed 2019-20 Final.

And, in the League Cup, there are still songs about “Hampden in the Sun” in reference to the club’s memorable and record-breaking 7-1 win over Rangers in the 1957 Final.

There’s bound to be loads we’ve missed out! What’s your favourite/most significant/memorable Celtic match?

Add your comments in the form below

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Unilever to weigh raising offer for GSK's consumer assets - Bloomberg

© Reuters/Brendan McDermid FILE PHOTO: The company logo for Unilever is displayed on a screen on the floor of the NYSE (Reuters) – Unilever Plc has held talks with banks ... Read more »

Video: TALK OF THE TOWN: Diana Vickers on her stage husband Tom Chambers: It was Dial M for Mismatch!

Read more »

FlyQuest snip through 100T's defenses, cement their first win of 2022 LCS Lock In

© Provided by Dot Esports Just one game from securing their first flawless weekend in the LCS, 100 Thieves fell to FlyQuest on day three of the LCS Lock In ... Read more »

DR MAX PEMBERTON: If I can fall for a dating scam, then beware, you could, too

Study in 2020 found over a quarter of dating website users had been scammedDr Max Pemberton confronted a catfish he spoke to for about six weeks Warns singletons who are dating, that things online aren't always as they seem Read more »

'He went to A&E with stomach pains and ended up in theatre': Tamzin Outhwaite reveals beau Tom Child rushed into surgery after falling ill

Tamzin Outhwaite has revealed her partner of four years Tom Child was rushed into surgery to have his appendix removed over the weekend. Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the former ... Read more »

Jorgie Porter steps out with fiancé Ollie Piotrowski in first public outing since revealing she lost quadruplets in devastating miscarriage

If you have been affected by the subject of this story please call the Miscarriage Association Helpline on 01924 200799  Read more »

How to dress like a grown up with Shane Watson: Only piece to snap up in the sales? A pea coat

Shane Watson shares advice for embracing this season's pea coat trend Recommends sticking to navy wool and claims thigh-length is best UK-based fashion expert takes inspiration from Gigi Hadid in a khaki coat Read more »

Video: Scott Disick and new girlfriend Hana Cross rock matching black jackets as they are spotted arriving together at a nightclub in Los Angeles

Read more »

Video: Former Dancing On Ice skater Sean Rice dies aged 49 as stars of ITV show lead tributes to 'larger than life great'

Read more »

The one lesson I've learned from life: Countryfile's John Craven says make the most of the lucky times

John Craven, 81, who lives in Oxfordshire, is best known for CountryfileDuring his 50 years on TV, presenter has learnt to make most of an opportunity Remembers getting the job on Newsround after auditioning as a young reporter  Read more »

The botanical bubbles that are booze-free: Tired of Dry January? Try fizz that's been foraged from the forest

Sales of alcohol-free alternatives are expected to grow by 17 per cent this year From pine trees to mushrooms, sustainably foraged ingredients are all the rageUK-based writer Helen McGinn puts booze-free botanical drinks to the test   Read more »

Melbourne Stars stay alive for BBL finals 

Glenn Maxwell’s allround genius and Joe Clarke’s outstanding strokemaking have powered the Melbourne Stars to a comprehensive eight-wicket BBL dismantling of the Brisbane Heat at the MCG. In keeping their ... Read more »

Hannah Betts's Better...not younger: Joyful beauty treats to banish Blue Monday

Hannah Betts shares beauty therapy advice for the gloomiest day of the yearUK-based beauty columnist reveals a selection of rosy upliftersScientia Ceramide Skin Rescue Moisture Barrier Balm is cosmetic craving  Read more »

Randall hurt as Crows beat Roos in AFLW 

Adelaide believe captain Chelsea Randall has avoided serious injury after a scare during her AFLW side’s 13-point victory over North Melbourne. Randall was put on ice after landing awkwardly following ... Read more »

Miller stars as Fremantle sink GWS in AFLW 

The feats of captain Hayley Miller and a second-term purple patch have propelled Fremantle to a 32-point AFLW win against GWS. The Dockers booted four goals in a 10-minute burst ... Read more »

Former executive at online luxury fashion platform Farfetch is contender to become next boss of Asos

A former executive at Farfetch, the online luxury fashion platform, is a contender to become the next boss of Asos, the £2.3billion digital retailer.  Andrew Robb, who left Farfetch in ... Read more »

The day we tested sex aids at Good Housekeeping: As Britain's best-selling glossy turns 100, an ex-editor celebrates its fearless features - and insists that in this feminist age, women still want to know how to be domestic goddesses

Good Housekeeping is a trusted source on everything to million of womenMagazine provided their readers with information about sex aids in early 2000s Lindsay Nicholson who edited for 18 years, is delighted with record sales figures Read more »

Video: 60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown suffers a VERY unfortunate wardrobe malfunction as her top bursts open while she's interviewing a 9/11 survivor

Read more »

Sixties icon swings back into style: At 80, Celia Birtwell has scored a hit with her new range for Next

Patti Boyd, Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithful all wore Celia Birtwell print Aged 80, the iconic Lancashire-born artist still feels as relevant as ever Designer's latest 20-piece collection in sizes 6-22 comes courtesy of Next Read more »

Barcelona aware of Man Utd, Liverpool attempts to snatch ideal Chelsea target

Ronald Araujo has become of interest to Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea amid a contract stand-off with FC Barcelona, according to reports. Araujo joined Barcelona in 2018 from Boston River ... Read more »

We 'signed' Barcelona's Sergino Dest for Chelsea in January and the Blues won silverware

Barcelona defender Sergino Dest is reportedly a Chelsea transfer target this month, after both Ben Chilwell and Reece James suffered long-term injuries. Thomas Tuchel could look to sign the American ... Read more »

Reisen ohne Reue: 7 Tipps für einen nachhaltigen Urlaub

© Petmal/iStock Weltkarten-Modell aus Moos Der Klimawandel veranlasst viele Menschen dazu, nachhaltiger werden zu wollen. Das gilt auch fürs Reisen – und wir haben die passenden Tipps dazu! Nachhaltigkeit gewinnt ... Read more »

“Just another Paul Pogba” – Journalist drops huge claim on £58m Man Utd transfer target

Journalist and Italian football expert Conor Clancy believes Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is ‘just another Paul Pogba’ amid speculation he could depart Lazio in the January transfer window.  The ... Read more »

Real holt erste Trophäe des Jahres

© KEYSTONE/AP/Hassan Ammar Real Madrid gewinnt den Final des spanischen Supercups gegen Athletic Bilbao 2:0. Die Madrilenen überstehen in Dschidda eine turbulente Schlussphase. Real Madrid sichert sich den ersten Titel ... Read more »

Nalanda hooch tragedy: Death toll mounts to 11, 6 FIRs registered

Nalanda hooch tragedy: Death toll mounts to 11, 6 FIRs registered District Magistrate of Nalanda, Shashank Subhankar, on Sunday confirmed the deaths of 11 people in Nalanda district from the ... Read more »

Eric Adams insists subways still safe and there is only ‘perception of fear'

Mayor Eric Adams insisted Sunday that Big Apple subways are safe, arguing there is just a “perception of fear” — but try telling that to riders after Saturday’s fatal random ... Read more »

IOCL to spend Rs 7,000 crore on new CGD areas

© Provided by The Financial Express The PNGRB recently invited bids for five new GA for the second tranche of the 11th round of bidding. State-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) ... Read more »

Why does everyone say widows like me should rush to find new love? She lost her husband at the start of the pandemic. Now, in a surprisingly uplifting book about grief, CATHERINE MAYER rails against those who — within days — told her she'd find another man

Catherine Mayer's husband succumbed to a pneumonia two years next monthInconclusive investigation suspects Andy, 64, one of earliest UK Covid fatalitiesCatherine had been window less than a week when someone talked of new love  Read more »

Aussie kids could be allowed ANOTHER Covid vaccine as Dr Nick Coatsworth reveals a major change is coming to the booster program too

Children aged six to 11 to soon be given access to a second vaccine optionAge group is currently only eligible to Pfizer vaccine with 300,000 jabbedModerna could be soon providing its vaccine with data provided to the TGA  Read more »

Nursing home COVID deaths double to 645 and cases hit new records at 32,000 within one week as Omicron spreads across US

US nursing homes are seeing an increase in infections and deaths as cases reach record-breaking numbers amid the surge of the contagious Omicron variantNursing homes reported a record of about 32,000 COVID cases among residents over the course of last week In addition, 645 deaths were also recorded for that same week with a 47 percent increase reported since the last periodHealth experts continue to urge nursing home residents to be vaccinated as 87 percent are reportedly fully jabbed and 63 percent have received the booster  Read more »

Quebec returns to in-person classes Monday, but parents denounce lack of safe measure

MONTREAL — Thousands of elementary and high school students are set to return to in-person learning across Quebec on Monday, but parents say they’re concerned the province hasn’t done enough ... Read more »

Renowned Bengali theatre personality Saoli Mitra passes away at 73

© Provided by Pinkvilla Saoli Mitra, a well-known theatre figure and famed performers Sombhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra’s daughter, passed away due to heart problems at her home in South ... Read more »

easyJet slashes 25 percent off flights in January sale with prices from £14.99

© Getty easyJet Want to escape the cold weather and visit a sunny island or a European city? easyJet has launched its big January sale and slashing prices off flights ... Read more »

Fever-Tree overtakes Schweppes as America's leading tonic water brand in huge success for UK firm

Fever-Tree has overtaken Schweppes as America’s leading tonic water brand in a huge success for a UK firm.  The breakthrough comes just over three years after Fever-Tree set up operations ... Read more »

'People don't misremember sexual abuse by a prince': Virginia Roberts's furious lawyer hits back over Andrew's 'false memory' defence in sex abuse case as Duke of York is criticised for attempt at 'victim shaming'

Prince Andrew was accused of a 'tone-deaf' defence by Virginia Roberts' lawyer The duke's lawyers suggested she may have 'false memories' of encounters Miss Roberts' lawyer responded that she 'wouldn't misremember sexual abuse'  Read more »

GlaxoSmithKline's consumer arm could be thrust into a full-blown bidding war after rejecting three offers from Unilever at the end of last year

It is understood Unilever is preparing a fourth offer for the business Leading analyst says rival bids could emerge  Bidding war could attract private equity firmsGSK boss Emma Walmsley is planning to list the consumer healthcare arm  Read more »

Survey says manufacturers face battle to attract and keep staff, causing some to hike wages by up to 14%

Manufacturers face a battle to attract and keep staff, causing some to hike wages by up to 14 per cent, according to a survey.  Make UK, which represents 20,000 companies, ... Read more »

The Queen will NOT help Prince Harry in his demand for Met Police bodyguards

THE Queen will not help Prince Harry in his demand for Met Police bodyguards. He plans to sue the Government to give him back the protection he lost after quitting ... Read more »

Davina and I are both mad and have the same sense of humour…so it was love at first sight

HE’S the excitable Spanish co-host of Channel 4’s The Language of Love, where lonely Brits and Spanish singles try to prove love can overcome a language barrier. And it seems ... Read more »

Family spent whopping £140,000 over two years building their very own plane – in their garden shed

IT’S air smiles all round after this family spent two years building their own plane — in their garden shed. Ashok Aliseril, 38, his wife Abhilasha Dubey, 35, Tara, six, ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic