Celtic wins 3-2 at Spartak in Champions League

Associated Press Modified: October 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm •  Published: October 2, 2012
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MOSCOW (AP) — Georgios Samaras scored in the 90th minute to give Celtic a 3-2 win at 10-man Spartak Moscow in the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Greece striker leapt above a defender to head a cross from into the net from left back Emilio Izaguirre, giving the Scottish club four points in Group G after two matches.

It is the second straight loss for Spartak in a group that also contains Benfica and Barcelona.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hailed his players for their spirit in coming back to win after trailing 2-1 shortly after halftime.

"I can't speak highly enough of the players. They were magnificent and they played magnificent football at a very tough venue against an excellent side," Lennon said.

The visitors sat inside their own half for much of the first half, content to launch incisive counterattacks.

Against the flow of play, Celtic right back Mikael Lustig set up lone striker Gary Hooper, who slipped between two Spartak defenders to deftly put the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard box in the 12th minute.

The goal re-energized the Scottish side, but a goal either side of halftime from Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike put Spartak 2-1 ahead.

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