Aberdeen beat Celtic 3-2 via last gasp goal

Celtic suffered their first defeat of the Scottish Premier League season on Wednesday when they lost 2-3 to Aberdeen.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Celtic suffered their first defeat of the Scottish Premier League season on Wednesday when John Stewart grabbed a goal in injury time to complete a 3-2 win for Aberdeen. Visitors Aberdeen went 2-0 ahead with early strikes from Darren Mackie and Fernando Pasquinelli, only for Celtic to pull level with John Hartson netting goals either side of half-time. But substitute Stewart stole the points for the visitors with his last gasp winner. Scottish champions Celtic sat eight points clear of arch rivals Rangers at the top of the Premiership before Wednesday night's match with third placed Aberdeen. But it was the visitors who stormed into an early lead - Fernando Pasquinelli flicking on Derek Adams' corner kick for Darren Mackie to bundle in at the far post in the fifth minute. Celtic have become accustomed to quickly sealing victories in domestic matches this season, but Aberdeen went 2-0 ahead just one minute after taking the lead. Pasquinelli was the goal scorer this time around, blocking a clearance from Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall before tapping the ball into the empty net. Falling two goals behind spurred the home side into action and only a goal line clearance from Kevin McNaughton denied Chris Sutton a 15th minute goal. Sutton tried his luck from distance in the 34th minute after he had been teed up by strike partner John Hartson, but his effort cleared the crossbar and Aberdeen held on to their lead. The visitors' resistance would eventually crumble though and Celtic pulled a goal back in first half injury time. Sutton this time laid on the chance for Hartson, controlling Neil Lennon's free kick to allow the Welsh international to drive home from 12 yards out. Celtic pulled level in the 69th minute, finally taking advantage of a dominant spell that had started from the second half kick-off. Hartson was once again on target, volleying in a cross from Stanislav Varga that came off substitute goalkeeper Ryan Esson, hit the post and went in. Aberdeen would have to work hard to hang on for a point, but they stole all three with a goal deep into injury time. Substitute John Stewart tipped an Aberdeen clearance over the head of Varga before bursting into the penalty area and rolling the ball inside Marshall's left hand post. Stewart received a yellow card for his celebrations, but it will be of little concern for Aberdeen, who remain in third place, but cut the gap on Celtic to six points after a memorable 3-2 victory. (AP)