A cup quarterfinal match displaying which team could concede the softest goals. Russia won this small battle which in turn resulted them being knocked out of the competition as Celtic managed to score seven.
League form always goes out the window come cup time and the thought of a Russian cup scalp attracted some special fans from the DPK to catch a glimpse of this tasty quarterfinal.
From the beginning Celtic tried to impose themselves early on but were sloppy in the final third. Eventually the deadlock was broken when left back Chris Liu headed in his first Celtic goal from a dipping corner inside the six-yard box. Simon Holland made it 2-0 just before half time in trademark fashion as he dispossessed the defense and blasted home from a tight angle.
Goals were exchanged freely in the second half as Daniel Martin scored a brace with the the score line fluctuating as follows 3-0, 3-1, 3-2, 4-2, 5-2, 5-3, 6-3, 6-4, 7-4. Arguably the goal of the game came from the Russian Centre Back who struck a ball from no man’s land 40 yards out which floated all the way into the far left corner.
Unarguably the worst goal of the match was the 5th goal conceded by Russia. After pulling of a fantastic save the Russia keeper momentarily lost his bearings and in a frantic haste to pounce on the rebound threw the ball into his own net. Following this bizarre occurrence, a steward’s inquiry was launched regarding potentially IFFC inside betting however the Russia FC president released a statement saying their keeper has been “taken care of”.
Celtic kept their cool to avoid this potential banana skin and have cemented a strong position in both the cup and the league going into the final third of the season. Furthermore, fans will be delighted to hear that the “one hit wonder” Sinclair McMath will finally be relieved off his set piece duties and replaced by free kick goal scorer Richie Lenehan.