On This Day: Late McDonald strike seals win over reigning European Champions

On This Day in 2007, Carlo Ancelotti brought his AC Milan team to Celtic Park. The previous season, Milan had broken Celtic hearts with a late extra-time winner from Kaka at the San Siro in the Last 16 second leg. Ancelotti’s Milan inevitably went on to win the Champions League in Athens that year by beating Liverpool 2-1 in Athens.

However, it would be Celtic’s day thanks to goals from Stephen McManus and Scott McDonald as Gordon Strachan’s side took a step towards qualification for the next round with a famous win. Strachan’s Celtic teams were often pragmatic and robust, on this occasion they controlled the game for an hour, allowing Milan to have the ball and limiting their chances. After 62 minutes, the skipper ‘Big Mick’ got the goal bundling in from a corner.

Unfortunately, the lead under the treacherous Glasgow was short-lived as Lee Naylor was adjudged to have held Massimo Ambrosini. The Italian looked for it but Naylor gave the referee a decision to make which in turn allowed Kaka to equalise from the spot.

Celtic sensed that Milan were there in the dying stages of the game and pushed up the park. Gary Caldwell skirted a shot off the Parkhead surface towards the right corner of the goal only for Dida to dive down and parry it back into the oncoming McDonald, who made no mistake.


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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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