Video: Last Gasp Glory, Samaras Seals Champions League Football On This Day

For much of Celtic’s Champions League history, Celtic Park has been a fortress. Certainly, in 2009 it was strongly regarded as such, with very few home defeats ever taking place in the competition. However, the Bhoys were extremely disappointed to suffer a 1-0 loss against Dinamo Moscow in the qualifiers, leaving themselves with an almost impossible task of needing to win by two goals in Russia if they were to have a chance of reaching the group stages. Nevertheless, it was on this day in 2009 that Celtic travelled to Moscow and did just that!

Scott McDonald’s header levelled the tie just before half time and then Georgios Samaras scored a dramatic late winner to seal a 2-0 victory – Celtic’s first away win in the Champions League since 2003!

The Hoops marched on to the final round of qualification, where Arsenal lay in wait.

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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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