Oct 7, 2012 at 12.45pm UK at ​Celtic Park
Samaras (34')
Wilson (25')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Zaliukas (45'), Driver (45')

Result: Celtic 1-0 Hearts

Georgios Samaras
© PA Photos
Georgios Samaras scores the only goal of the game to give Celtic all three points against Hearts.

A first-half strike from Georgios Samaras has handed Celtic all three points in a 1-0 win over Hearts at Celtic Park.

The home side might have taken the lead after six minutes when Kris Commons advanced on goal, but his effort was pushed wide by Jamie MacDonald, before James Forrest fired a chance wide moments later.

The opening period was somewhat marred by an injury picked up by MacDonald following a clash of heads inside the penalty area, with former Aston Villa stopper Peter Enckelman joining the play in the early stages.

It was the home side that continued to dominate possession in the first half, but Hearts passed up a fine opportunity to take the lead when Callum Paterson struck wide from inside the box.

Celtic again came close to taking the lead just before the 30-minute mark, but Georgios Samaras struck the post from close range. However, the Greek striker had his goal less than five minutes later when he converted from close range to secure a half-time lead.

Celtic came close to extending their lead moments into the second period when Mikael Lustig found Samaras in the box, but the Greek headed wide of the target.

Hearts began to enjoy a period of possession as the match approached the hour mark, but they were struggling to create any real chances of note as Celtic mopped up the pressure.

The home side threatened to extend their lead in the latter stages with efforts from Samaras and Joe Ledley, but it remained 1-0 with Celtic extending their lead at the top of the table.

Georgios Samaras
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