Celtic 2 Villarreal 0
Report of match 10th December 2008
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Match report from tonight's home win in the encounter versus VillarrealCeltic ended a dismal European campaign in style by surprisingly beating ten-man Villarreal 2-0 in Glasgow.
The result wasn't enough to keep Gordon Strachan's side in Europe though as they still finished at the foot of the group despite the victory.
The Yellow Submarine and Manchester United qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League while third-placed Aalborg move into the UEFA Cup.
The Bhoys started well with Scott Brown's cross finding Shaun Maloney whose shot was saved by Viera.
When play swung to the other end, Franco tested Artur Boruc with a fierce shot and Mati Fernandez played a low cross towards the same player who fired wide of the target.
Celtic opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Mark Wilson's cross bamboozled Viera allowing Maloney to head into an empty net.
When Villarreal tried to hit back Edmilson headed a 28th-minute corner wide, but the visitors' cause wasn't helped seven minutes later when they were reduced to ten men.
Swiss referee Claudio Circhetta consulted his assistant before showing Franco a red card for violent conduct following an altercation with Stephen Caldwell.
Aiden McGeady grabbed Celtic's second goal on the stroke of half-time with a superb individual effort. He picked up the ball near the halfway line and ran unchallenged before firing home from 18 yards out.
In the second half, Celtic were unfortunate not to add a third goal as Georgios Samaras almost got on the end of Maloney's cross before Shunsuke Nakamura had a long-range effort saved by Viera.
But Strachan's side had already done more than enough to clinch their first win in the group in their final game in Europe this season.
|Competition: UEFA Champions League Date: Wednesday, 10th December 2008 Kick off: 19:45 Venue: Parkhead|
|2 - 0||Villarreal
|12||Mark Wilson (O'Dea 82)|
|46||Aiden McGeady (McGowan 76)|
|9||Georgios Samaras (McDonald 82)|
|7||Scott McDonald (Samaras 82)|
|48||Darren O'Dea (Wilson 82)|
|55||Paul McGowan (McGeady 76)|
|Mario Sebastien Viera|
|2||Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez Prado|
|19||Marcos Senna (Kahveci 46)|
|21||Bruno Soriano Llido|
|10||Ruben Gracia Calmache|
|11||Ariel Ibagaza (Cazorla 61)|
|8||Santi Cazorla (Ibagaza 61)|
|8||Nihat Kahveci (Senna 46)|
|Celtic cards shown|
|63 mins||Gary Caldwell||Unsporting behaviour|
|77 mins||Paul McGowan||Unsporting behaviour|
|Villarreal cards shown|
|35 mins||Guillermo Franco||Unsporting behaviour|
|38 mins||José Edmílson||Unsporting behaviour|
|41 mins||Marcos Senna||Unsporting behaviour|
|50 mins||Ángel López||Unsporting behaviour|
|58 mins||Ariel Ibagaza||Unsporting behaviour|