Hero Ge­or­gios snatches first EVER Cham­pi­ons League away vic­tory


GE­OR­GIOS SA­MA­RAS hit a 90th-minute win­ner as Celtic recorded their first EVER Cham­pi­ons League away win in Moscow.

Spar­tak played for the last half-hour with 10 men af­ter Ar­gen­tine Juan In­saur­ralde was sent off.

But the Hoops left it late to grab a vi­tal win, with Sa­ma­ras (right) head­ing in Emilio Iza­guirre’s cross.

Gary Hooper’s neat fin­ish on the run from Mikael Lustig’s pin­point cen­tre had given Neil Len­non’s men a 12th-minute lead.

But two tap-ins from Em­manuel Emenike – ei­ther side of half-time – put the Rus­sians in front and firmly in com­mand. His first came when Brazil­ian Ari was picked out with an ex­cel­lent ball over the top. He knocked the ball first time across for Emenike to fin­ish with ease.

His sec­ond was again set up by Ari af­ter Hoops keeper Fraser Forster had failed to hold a shot. The game turned on the red card. In­saur­ralde at first looked to have got away with clip­ping Hooper when he was the last de­fender.

But af­ter the ref­eree had con­sulted with his as­sis­tants, he dis­missed the Spar­tak de­fender and handed Celtic a huge chance. The Rus­sians re­or­gan­ised as Char­lie Mul­grew’s ef­fort from the free-kick was punched away by Moscow keeper Sergei Pe­si­akov. But Celtic didn’t have too long to wait to haul them­selves level, al­though the goal came in bizarre cir­cum­stances.

Mul­grew’s cross was dum­mied by Sa­ma­ras, leav­ing sub James For­rest with a sight of goal.

His shot was blocked by the foot of Pe­si­akov but ric­o­cheted back into the net off Dmitri Kom­barov.

Celtic could sense this was their big chance and surged for­ward on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf at the Luzh­niki Sta­dium.

Hooper tested Pe­si­akov with a long-range shot be­fore Sa­ma­ras came up with the heroic fi­nal act.

Iza­guirre’s cross gave him the chance and his header looped over Pe­si­akov and into the Spar­tak net.

It was a great night for the Hoops, whose next Euro­pean tie is in the Nou Camp.

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