Wanyama's Celtic Beat Spartak Moscow

Oct 03, 2012
  • Photo:SNA File

Victor Wanyama was instrumental in Celtic's historic UEFA Champions League 3-2 away win over 10-man Russian side Spartak Moscow on Tuesday night.

The Kenyan player was instrumental to the Hoops’ first goal having won possession from the midfield before weaving his way past the Spartak back line to tip Mikael Lustig who was responsible for the assist that Gary Hooper converted into goal.

Spartak fought hard and leveled in the 41st minute through Nigerian international Emmanuel Emenike for a 1-1 halftime score.

Second half began on a low note for the Hoops as they conceded an early goal three minutes after restart when Emenike grabbed his second of the night.

They, however, suffered a major setback when center back Juan Insaurralde was shown a straight red after bringing down Hooper.

Celtic did not lose hope and fighting spirit as they pulled one back through a Dmitiri Kombarov own goal before Georgios Samaras ensured victory for Celtic through a header.

Wanyama lasted only 70 minutes as coach Neil Lennon substituted him with James Forrest for fear of a red card to one of his treasured players. Wanyama was yellow carded his second of the Champions League but is not suspended for Celtic's trip to the Nou Camp. A player need three bookings for a ban at this stage.

Interestingly, he was played at the unusual central defense. Celtic are now second in Group G with four points after Barcelona beat Benfica 2-0 in the other match to go top with six points from two games.

Benfica is placed third with one point while Spartak Moscow has no points and are bottom of the table. The next matches will be played on October 23 as FC Barcelona host Celtic and Spartak Moscow play host to Benfica.

In a related development, Harambee Stars hopes of playing Rwanda in an international friendly match this month has gone up in smoke after Amavubi head coach Milutin Sredojovic Micho said the team will instead face Namibia.

This leaves Harambee Stars head coach Henri Michel with only the Bafana Bafana match to test his players.

Wanyama is one of the players called up for the friendly which comes before the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda and CHAN qualifying match against Burundi.

The New Times of Rwanda quoted Micho saying Kenya was slow to respond to their request leading to the decision.

“We made an initial request to play Kenya but their response did not come fast enough and we could not wait for them to come up with final decision since no decisive agreement was made at the most important time,” he said.


 Francis Marangu

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