Greece World Cup winger GEORGE SAMARAS (9) of Glasgow Celtic shoots past past Holland reserve World Cup goalkeeper MICHEL VORM (1) of FC Utrecht to double the lead for the home side at Celtic Park in the Parkhead region of Scotland’s largest city. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Europa League
Playoff round, first leg
2 – Glasgow Celtic (SCT) —— Juarez 19′, Samaras 34′
0 – FC Utrecht (HOL)
After being unceremoniously dumped out of the UEFA Champions League competition, GLASGOW CELTIC post am impressive 2-0 victory over visiting Dutch outfit FC UTRECHT in the first leg of the UEFA Europa playoff round.
Mexico World Cup midfielder EFRAIN JUAREZ, acquired this summer from Mexican club Pumas de la UNAM, scored his first-ever goal for Celtic FC after latching onto a long pass on the ground from Israel international midfielder BERAM KAYAL that was dummied by Greece World Cup winger GEORGE SAMARAS.
Samaras, who has been with the Bhoys since arriving on loan from English club Manchester City in January of 2008, doubled the advantage in the 34th minute after controlling a long cross on the left from South Korea World Cup right back DU-RI CHA, who was purchased by Celtic this summer from German side SC Freiburg.
GLASGOW CELTIC : Zaluska ; Ledley, Loovens, Majstorovic, Cha ; Kayal (Forrest 69′), Brown, Juarez ; Samaras, Fortune, Maloney
FC UTRECHT : Vorm ; Cornelisse, Schut, Wutytens, Nesu ; Asare, Silberbauer, Lensky (Nijholt 82′) ; Mertens, Mulenga (Duplan 17′), van Wolfswinkel