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Samaras finds score sheet in Barcelona
- Updated: October 24, 2012
Giorgos Samaras gave Celtic fans something to cheer about Tuesday night as he put the visiting Scottish side ahead for a short while against Spanish giants Barcelona.
Returning from injury in time for his side’s visit to the Camp Nou for Matchday 3 action in the UEFA Champions League, Samaras put Celtic ahead — with a bit of good fortune thanks to a ricochet off Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano — on theBhoys’first real attack of the night on 18 minutes.
Goals at the end of each half, including a dramatic late winner from Jordi Alba, saw Celtic lose the match 2-1 but the performance from Neil Lennon’s side should put the Scottish Champions in a confident mood ahead of the return leg in Glasgow in a fortnight.
Meanwhile, in Turkey, Cluj striker Pantelis Kapetanos also found the back of the net thanks to a bid of good fortunes and a ricochet off his marker, although in Kapetanos’ case he wasn’t credited with the goal as his side drew 1-1 with Galatasaray.
Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos is the only Greek footballer playing abroad in this season’s UEFA Champions League. The Greek international center-back would have been in the starting line-up against Arsenal on Wednesday night in London, but the former Olympiacos talent has remained in Gelsenkirchen as he continues to recover from the chickenpox. Meanwhile, Lille’s Viktor Klonaridis wasn’t in action as his side lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich at home on Tuesday night.
More Greek footballers playing abroad are expected in action in the UEFA Europa League, including Levante’s Greek pair of Nikos Karabelas and Theofanis Gekas