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Celtic sink Steaua in friendly

Celtic will resume their Scottish Premier League campaign on a high note after beating Steaua Bucharest 2-1 in a friendly in Marbella on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 15/01/13 at 21:27 Post Comment

Georgios Samaras: Scored the equaliser for Celtic in Steaua friendly

Georgios Samaras: Scored the equaliser for Celtic in Steaua friendly

The Hoops trailed at half-time to Stefan Nikolic's strike but goals early in the second period from Georgios Samaras and Mohamed Bangura earned victory for a team overseen by assistant manager Johan Mjallby.

Bangura had an early effort blocked after chesting down Adam Matthews' excellent cross, moments after a mix-up between Thomas Rogne and goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska almost let in Steaua for an opener.

The Romanian side took the lead in the 13th minute, though, when Adrian Popa set up Montenegro forward Nikolic to finish powerfully past Zaluska from the edge of the penalty area.

Rogne blocked Alexandru Chipciu's goalbound effort and Popa hammered in a fierce shot which crashed off the crossbar and out of the ground.

Rusescu went close early in the second half but within minutes, Celtic were 2-1 up.

One substitute, Samaras, equalised before another, Kris Commons, provided the cross for Bangura to superbly head the Scots in front.

Zaluska saved sharply to prevent Iasmin Latovlevici's deflected cross flashing inside the near post and also denied Adi Rocha, while Nouioui Lassad missed a good chance for Celtic after Charlie Mulgrew's free-kick was fumbled.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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