Celtic secured a surprise 1-0 victory over Liverpool, thanks to Amido Balde's strike at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, in front of over 40,000 fans. 

The atmosphere was spectacular, from both sets of fans, and this was beautifully marked with the entire stadium - even the Celtic fans- singing along to "You'll Never Walk Alone". 

Both teams were desperate to win this game and this was shown by the squads picked by the managers, fielding their best sides in an attempt to win this highly anticipated match.

Having won every game so far in pre-season, Liverpool were looking for a seventh straight win of the summer, however, with Celtic only winning one of their six pre-season games already played, they were looking to improve.

The match itself was very entertaining and the fans loved it, a fierce battle between two of the biggest clubs in the history of world football.

Celtic made a flying start to the game, a goal from Balde in the 12th minute. A mistake from Liverpool winger Stewart Downing, who was attempting a tackle on Celtic captain Anthony Stokes, sent the ball through the defence and onto the incoming path of Balde. 

Balde then took a simple touch to get the ball away from defender Andre Wisdom and a simple tap of the ball in combination of a deflection from advancing Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for the ball to easily drop into the Liverpool net to give Celtic the only goal of the game.

The remainder of the game was fairly box-to-box with neither team really having a great chance to score, a lot of the game after that was played in the middle of the pitch.

A great ending for Celtic's pre-season, but not for Liverpool who not only went behind in a game for the first time in this year's pre-season period, but also lost their first game of pre-season. 

This was a fairly balanced game with Celtic taking the victory from a somewhat fortunate goal. 

With two wins from seven games for Celtic it hasn't been the greatest pre-season ever for the Glaswegian club but to finish off with a win will give them confidence, ahead of their Champions League play-off tie. 

And for Liverpool, it wasn't the ending they were hoping for but positives can be taken from the loss and previous to this defeat it was a very successful pre-season. The Reds will hope to continue their run of good form into the new Premier League season which kicks off this weekend. 


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