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Glasgow Celtic Beat 'best team in the world' 2-1

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By jillian joyce
Posted Nov 11, 2012 in Sports
One day after celebrating their 125th anniversary, Glasgow Celtic marked another historic moment when they beat Barcelona F.C. 2-1 at home on Wednesday night.
While Lionel Messi might maintain that the underdogs got lucky, no-one can deny that the Glasgow team were deserving of their victory over the European giants. A combination of nerves of steel in the face of the Barca onslaught and an ability to spot weaknesses in their defence led to 2 spectacular goals; the first from Kenyan Victor Wanyama, at 21 minutes into the game, the second from Glasgow teenager Tony Watt with just 7 minutes to go. Even Messi's extra-time goal couldn't dampen the spirits of the uproarious Celtic supporters who Watt described later as "..like a twelth man."
As someone who two weeks previously watched the initial Champions League game between the teams on the big screen of an Irish pub in the middle east, I know what it is to experience the collective vibe among supporters. Even among the fairly subdued group of supporters I found myself in the disappointment was palpable - but then at Camp Nou Celtic had buckled under pressure in the second half, which made Jordi Alba's last minute goal all the more crushing when it finally came.
Back on home ground and with the help of that twelfth man, the crowd, Celtic held out for victory and a place in the last 16 - as well as a place in football history. As one ecstatic supporter observed "We're busy making our own history right now."

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