Celtic wins 1-0 against Blackburn

Celtic score a 1-0 win over Blackburn in the UEFA Cup's matchup between British teams in Glasgow, Scotland.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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Celtic scored a 1-0 win over Blackburn in the UEFA Cup's matchup between British teams in Glasgow, Scotland. The late goal from Swede Henrik Larsson gave Scottish champion Celtic the edge in the "Battle of Britain" against English League Cup winners Blackburn. Larsson scored in the 85th minute, tapping in the rebound after John Hartson's leaping header was parried by Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel. The match was the first time an English team had played a Scottish team in European competition in five years. In Istanbul, the first match between a Turkish and Greek team in European competition was marred by violence and tension before it even started. Panathinaikos skipper Basinas had opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a low drive from 30 meters past Turkey's World Cup star goalie Rustu Recber. Washington equalized two minutes before halftime with a shot past Greek keeper Antonis Nikopolidis from close range. Angry Greek fans threw pieces of plastic chairs and bottles of ayran, a yogurt drink, at Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his Turkish counterpart Sukru Sina Gurel. Two Greek fans were slightly injured by flying objects before the kickoff after they unfurled a banner of Fenerbahce's archrival, Galatasaray. Angry Fenerbahce fans threw plastic bottles and other objects at them. Elsewhere, both Italian clubs won Thursday. Title favorite Lazio won 1-0 at home over Red Star Belgrade with a first-half goal by midfielder Stefano Fiore. Adrian Mutu scored to give Parma a 2-1 win over Poland's Wisla Krakow. Wisla's Maciej Zurawski had earlier equalized Massimo Donati's drive. Spain's Celta de Vigo, another touted for champion, had cruised to a 3-0 win over Viking, with goals from Saenz Jose Ignacio, Luis Edu and Benedict McCarthy. Julio Cesar Dely Valdes scored the winner as Malaga beat Poland's Amica Wronki 2-1. Amica's Grzegorz Krol had opened the scoring, and Malaga's Marcelo Romero equalized. Alaves salvaged a 1-1 draw with Turkey's Besiktas with Fernandez Artuna Abelardo's 90th minute goal. Apart from Blackburn, other English clubs did well. Harry Kewell scored for Leeds in its 1-0 win over Israel's Hapeol Tel-Aviv, last season's surprise quarterfinalist. Fulham's Portuguese striker Luis Boa Morte scored for the first time in 14 months as the London club beat Dynamo Zagreb in Croatia. Steve Marlet and Barry Hayles also scored for the Fulham, which had a one-man advantage for 67 minutes after defender Kristjan Polovanec was sent off. And first division Ipswich scored a 1-0 win over Czech champion Slovan Liberec through 18-year-old substitute Darren Bent. It was the first game for new manager Joe Royle and a boost for the club which is struggling after being relegated from the Premier League last season. Ipswich has now also gone undefeated in 31 straight European home games over 40 years. In Bucharest, Romania, Paris Saint-Germain beat National Bucharest 2-0 with goals from Laurent Leroy and Andre Luiz Moreira. Leroy was sent off in the 65th minute for retaliating after he was fouled in midfield. (AP)