Video: Larsson Scores Against Celtic, On This Day 2004

Many Celtic fans associate the words “Barcelona” and “2004” with Alan Thompson’s thumping finish in the famous 1-0 victory at Paradise, or David Marshall’s heroics in the Nou Camp. It was then that the Bhoys eliminated the Catalan giants from the UEFA Cup; however, six months later, the pair did battle again with one key difference in personnel – Henrik Larsson now played for FC Barcelona!

The teams met at Celtic Park on this day (14 September) in 2004. A Champions League group stage match, the occasion was tense and the game hung in the balance for long periods.

Deco gave the visitors the lead in the 20th minute, but Chris Sutton drew Celtic level with a tremendous finish on the hour mark. In response, Frank Rijkaard substituted Ronaldinho for Henrik Larsson, but the match continued to look destined to be drawn until Ludovic Giuly regained the La Liga club’s lead in the 78th minute.

Famed for late goals in Europe, the Celtic faithful held out hope that an equaliser could be on the cards. That was until Henrik Larsson intercepted Alan Thompson’s headed back pass, chested the ball over the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net.

The goal broke Celtic hearts and delivered a first ever home defeat in the Champions League. The fact that the King of Kings struck the killer blow, was the only crumb of comfort for the Celtic support.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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