A very nervous Celtic performance against the always unpredictable French outfit finished 2-0 as two second half goals saw the hoops crawl over the line despite finishing the match with 10 men.
It was clear that the humidity and heat levels around Beijing had sharply risen on the morning of Celtic’s penultimate league match. These harsh playing conditions evidently effected the speed of the match as Celtic struggled to maintain their high intensity counter attacking style and resorted to a slower tempo which suited the French outfit.
Neither team managed to light up the game in the first half and clear cut chances were few and far between. With the half time whistle looming Celtic were granted a golden opportunity from a breaking ball inside the six-yard box however the ball was fired well over the bar from close range by one of the Celtic players which I’m unsure of, however it was most likely Chris Liu or Paul Fogarty considering their combined total of 1 goal between them this season.
The second half was all about one man. Killer Kelly, AK-47, Alan from The Hangover, whatever you may call him Alan Kelly was determined not to let this match slip away from his team. With 60 minutes on the clock Aaron Pu took off down the right wing leaving a trail of French escargots in his path.
He got the ball the into the danger area where Alan Kelly controlled it, kept his composure, and drilled the ball under the keeper into the far corner. 10 minutes later a dangerous cross from the wing found its way between the French Central defense which was pounced on by Alan Kelly like a hairy lion before he squeezed it over the line from a tight angle.
Unfortunately, 90 minutes of football isn’t quite in Mr. Kelly’s vocabulary anymore and with no signs of anyone warming up on the bench he took the liberty of kicking one of his opponents “slightly” after they played the ball granting him a second yellow and an early beer. 2 goals and a red card, the Alan Kelly hat trick was complete.
Celtic did their best to hold on to their lead which could have been halved if it wasn’t for a spidermanesque reflex save from David O’Connor. The final whistle went and a sigh of relieve was exhaled as Celtic now put their mind on their final game of the season against Kozo