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Aberdeen 0 - 2 Celtic

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic

League Cup Final
Celtic scorers: Riseth 16, Johnson 58

19/03/2000 | KO: 15:00

Solberg Off as Celts Lift Cup

Celtic lifted the CIS Insurance Cup after a 2-0 victory over 10 men Aberdeen. The Dons started brightly and more than held their own in the opening 15 minutes. However after 16 minutes, Celtic broke down the left hand side, the ball fell to Vidar Riseth, and he placed it past Jim Leighton to score his first goal of the season.

Moments later, Aberdeen thought they had equalised after Arild Stavrum's looked netbound, but it hit the side netting.

Australian international Mark Viduka was given few chances to get a shot on target, he was being well marshalled by Thomas Solberg.
As the first half dragged on, Celtic started to look more and more likely to score, but the Dons defended well and despite efforts from Viduka and Johnson, Celtic couldn't find a way past Leighton.

At half-time Aberdeen introduced Rachid Balabed in a bid to grab an equaliser.
Into the second half, and the Dons were showing promise. They were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, but Zerouali's effort hit the wall.

The Dons were dealt a blow when Hicham Zerouali was stretchered off after it looked he had pulled a muscle in his leg, he was replaced by Robbie Winters.

The Dons pressurised the Celtic defence, and were caught on the counter-attack, and Tommy Johnson, who had been given a starting position ahead of Mark Burchill, found the net with a neat finish past Leighton.

Celtic pressed for a third to kill off the game, and Thomas Solberg all but made sure of a Celtic win, when he was sent off for a late challange on Vidar Riseth.

A speculative effort from Lubomir Moravcik from 40 yards or more caught Jim Leighton off his line, and dipped down on to the crossbar. Moments later Mark Viduka tried a delicate chip, which was headed off the line by Andy Dow.

Jim Leighton was beaten twice in two minutes, but two superb clearences off the line, the second an amazing clearance from Mark Perry, denied Celtic a third.

Celtic captain Tom Boyd was named man of the match, and he lifted the trophy in front of the 24 000 Celtic fans at Hampden Park.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Leighton, Anderson, McAllister, Solberg, Perry, Guntveit (Belabed 46), Bernard, Dow, Jess (Mayer 74), Zerouali (Winters 53), Stavrum.

Bookings:  Dow,  Bernard,  Solberg (20),  Solberg (61),  Solberg (61).
Celtic Teamsheet
Gould, Riseth, Mjalby, Boyd, Mahe, McNamara, Wieghorst, Petrov, Moravcik (Stubbs 85), Viduka, Johnson (Berkovic 90) Unused Subs: Kerr
Attendance: 50,073
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee: K. W. Clark, Paisley