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"Spartak" - "Celtic: Celtic question

August 15 2007

Tonight in Russia begins Champions League. The first matches of the third qualifying round held yesterday, and already brought a number of sensations. What is worth at least a draw Italian Lazio and Bucharest Dinamo 1:1. But for us it is still interesting to today's game.

Match against Celtic will be the first serious test for the "Spartacus" under the direction of Stanislav Cherchesova. So far, eight meetings under his leadership, the Red-Whites have not lost once. However, the serious contenders leader of the championship will only include the Zenith.

German referee Herbert Fandel will whistle the start of a meeting between "Spartacus" and Scottish "Celtic." Frequent champion of Scotland and the annual party of the Champions League came to us in the strongest part. True, most likely the match will not join the main goalkeeper of the Celts "Pole Artur Boruc. Last Saturday "Celtic showed he was ready for the Champions League, won a landslide victory over Falkirk with a score of 4:1.

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"Spartacus" in front of this meeting is experiencing a number of problems. Chief among them is broken wrist, produced by Roman Pavlyuchenko. In the absence of leading scorer last year, the entire burden will fall on the shoulders of freshman Welliton. If the Brazilian to score and Spartak win, fans will certainly change their attitude towards this talented player. Ready to play in this match and Vladimir Bystrov.

But the defenders of the "red-white" is still a problem. Because of injuries in two-legged confrontation we will not see the Brazilian Zhedera and Czech Martin Yiraneka.

"Spartacus" and "Celtic" - one of the most powerful couples in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, so the competition is expected serious. Funny, but on the tickets to the first match Spartak in the Champions League is printed, the teams play in the Cup of Russia.

Interest to us and passing later duel "Salzburg - Shakhtar (Donetsk). This year, Shakhtar almost completely replaced the basic structure. They've gone from a team of experienced leaders: Tymoschuk, Sparrow, Aghahowa, Lashtuvka, Matuzalem and Elano. As a result, new players the club has spent more than $ 40 million. Crowned by a table of expensive transfer in Italy striker Cristiano Lucarelli.

But whether novices Donetsk team to beat the seemingly modest "Salzburg". This Austrian team led by Giovanni Trapattoni himself. Under his leadership played a number of long-established European players. Sasha Ilic, Niko Kovac, Alexander Zickler and Vratislav Lokvents.

Flagships of the Austrian and Ukrainian football will fight no matter life and death. Only one of them is destined to break into the Champions League group stage.

Alex Vitvitskiy


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