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Updated Thursday, 30th July 2009
Celtic will travel to Moscow knowing that they have to overcome the away goal scored by Dinamo last night.
Celtic failed to take anything from the home advantage when they met Dinamo Moscow last night in the Champions League qualifiers at Parkhead. Despite being backed by a 99.9% of the 54,184 crowd, they could not come back from the visitors goal in the seventh minute scored by Alexander Kokorin. The much anticipated display by Marc-Antoine Fortune failed to inspire the crowd with a number of chances to score spurning on his home debut. His first game at Parkhead ended on the hour mark when he was replaced by Georgios Samaras. The changes, with Chris Killen coming on for Scott MacDonald, did little to change the score despite Killen being the top pre-season scorer and putting himself about a bit. He eventually earned a yellow card for his troubles.
Tony Mowbray did not want to put any blame on his strike force for the lack of a positive result. Fortune has yet to find the net in four games since signing from Nancy but Mowbray moved to block any pressure going on to his striker, who became his first signing as Celtic manager when he completed his move from the French club for a reported £3.8million. Mowbray said: "We missed numerous chances. Shaun Maloney missed a good opportunity as did Georgios Samaras, so we can't blame one player. The team missed opportunities which could have changed the game but there you go. Marc needs a goal but I have no concerns, he worked very hard for the team. He hit the bar and post in pre-season and if he gets one then he will be away."
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