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McDonald nets in Celtic's Champions League qualifier win

Scott McDonald scored in Celtic's Champions League third round qualifier win over Dinamo Moscow overnight. The Scottish giants went into the away tie 1-0 down after losing at home last week but managed to fight their way back into the second leg and eventually take it out 2-0 (2-1 on aggregate).

Socceroos striker McDonald leveled the two-leg tie moments before half-time with a well-taken header at the back post from an Andreas Hinkel cross.

McDonald almost added a second in the 62nd minute but his 20-yard strike went wide of the mark.

It seemed like the match was headed for extra-time until Georgios Samaras came to the rescue for the Hoops after being substituted on for McDonald in the 79th minute.

The Greece international received a pass from Hinkel inside the box, weaved past three defenders and slotted past Dinamo goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov for a 90th minute winner and Celtic's first away win in Europe for six years.

McDonald's Socceroos teammate, Luke Wilkshire, could not inspire the Russian outfit despite playing a full 90 minutes.

Andrew Slevison
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