Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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Celtic 1-2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen came from behind to shock Celtic and reach the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.

The hosts led through Anthony Stokes's cool finish, but Russell Anderson's acrobatic effort and Peter Pawlett's angled drive gave the Dons victory.

Celtic pushed for a leveller, but the visitors came closest when Adam Rooney blasted over in injury time.

Derek McInnes's side had not won at Celtic Park since a quarter-final victory in the Cup in 2008.

Celtic took the lead with their first chance of the game. A beautifully flighted ball from Georgios Samaras found Stokes who took one touch and finished through the legs of Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

The home side almost doubled their advantage shortly after when defender Virgil Van Dijk's free-kick was deflected into the side-netting.

Celtic's forwards kept pressuring the Aberdeen backline in an effort to force mistakes but chances were few and far between in the opening 20 minutes.

Neil Lennon's side had not conceded a goal in 12 domestic matches, a run which began in their last Scottish Cup match against Hearts at the start of December.

Aberdeen's first opportunity to end that run came after almost 30 minutes with Pawlett swinging in a teasing cross but neither Niall McGinn nor Rooney were able to connect.

That gave McInnes's side confidence and they began to grow into the game as Scott Brown was booked for a crude challenge on Jonny Hayes.

Rooney came close to levelling the scores on the half-hour mark but his effort deflected off Emilio Izaguirre and over the crossbar.

Celtic's defensive record ended in the 38th minute as Aberdeen drew level. The home side were unable to clear the ball after a corner and Anderson acrobatically hooked the ball home.

Aberdeen started the second half as they ended the first. Barry Robson flicked through to Pawlett who angled the ball past Fraser Forster in the Celtic goal to put the Dons ahead.

The visitors' lead should have been short-lived but Van Dijk headed over from inside the six-yard box.

With Celtic pushing for an equaliser they were almost left exposed at the back, Pawlett was once again the catalyst but it was cleared to safety after rebounding off the post.

Shortly after the hour Celtic introduced new £1m signing, Leigh Griffiths, but there was no immediate impact from the former Hibernian and Wolves striker and the next chance fell to the League Cup finalists but Hayes dragged his shot wide.

Celtic were creating little and they were almost caught on the break following a corner, but good work from another of Lennon's January signings, Stefan Johansen, saved the day.

With seven minutes to go James Forrest found Griffiths who squandered the chance to be an instant hero by dragging his shot wide of the upright.

Aberdeen had the final chance when Rooney blazed over deep into injury time.

The miss made no difference as Aberdeen held on to triumph and progress to the quarter-final.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Forster
  • 2MatthewsBooked at 73mins
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 8BrownBooked at 28mins
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 49Forrest
  • 25JohansenBooked at 79mins
  • 10StokesSubstituted forBaldeat 76'minutes
  • 15CommonsBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBoerrigterat 84'minutes
  • 9SamarasSubstituted forGriffithsat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Biton
  • 11Boerrigter
  • 17Balde
  • 20Pukki
  • 24Zaluska
  • 28Griffiths
  • 41Fisher

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 29Logan
  • 5Considine
  • 8Flood
  • 4Anderson
  • 6Reynolds
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forShaughnessyat 90+2'minutes
  • 15Robson
  • 17Rooney
  • 16PawlettBooked at 45minsSubstituted forVernonat 77'minutes
  • 11HayesBooked at 48mins

Substitutes

  • 2Shaughnessy
  • 7Zola
  • 9Vernon
  • 14Smith
  • 18Low
  • 20Weaver
  • 28Tate
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
30,413

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 1, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Aberdeen 2.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Joe Shaughnessy replaces Niall McGinn.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jonathan Hayes.

Attempt saved. Amido Baldé (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Derk Boerrigter replaces Kris Commons.

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Vernon replaces Peter Pawlett.

Attempt blocked. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Anthony Stokes.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Adam Matthews (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Georgios Samaras.

Booking

Kris Commons (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) header from the right side of the box is too high.

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