Celtic U19's 1-3 Barcelona U19's: Filip Twardzik v Jean Marie Dongou face-off

Written by Andrew Southwick.

Celtic U19's 1-3 Barcelona U19's: Player watch

By ANDREW SOUTHWICK at Celtic Park

Barcelona's youth team descended on Glasgow, with the home support keen to see the potential stars of the future.

Two stand out men for both sides are Filip Twardzik and Jean Marie Dongou.

The Away End kept an eye on both men throughout the 90 minutes to assess each man's performance and contribution.

Filip Twardzik

Impossible to mark, because he was everywhere. Began on the right hand side of midfield, but sat behind the strikers at times, and was happy to move back to defence and help get the passing moves going.

Showed fantastic range of passing. Neat flicks kept the play moving, and long passes found team-mates in space.

Didn't get sight of goal too often and the two efforts he did have were blocked, but was intrumental in most of Celtic's moves.

Shots on:0
Shots off/blocked:2
Passes completed:33
Passes uncompleted:9
Challenges won:3
Challenges lost:3
Headers won:0
Headers lost:1
Fouls won:1
Fouls conceded:2
Corners:0
Free-kicks: 2

Moment to remember: Played a lovely interchange of passes on own half, before switching it over to the left hand side, beginning the move that led to Celtic's equaliser.


Jean Marie Dongou

Wasn't in the action too often, but a sign of a good striker is the ability to score even when having a quiet game. Had just the three efforts – two were blocked, the third nestled in the net.

Movement was slower than expected, however only wasted a pass once, played a lot of good link-up play when he had his back to goal, and it was a wonderful pass from him that led to the first goal; perfectly judging a forward pass into the box for his team-mate to run on to.

Shots on:1
Shots off/blocked:2
Passes completed:9
Passes uncompleted:1
Challenges won:0
Challenges lost:1
Headers won:0
Headers lost:2
Fouls won:0
Fouls conceded:1
Corners:0
Free-kicks:0

Moment to remember: Left alone in the box, he took full advantage by picking his spot and firing his effort beyond the goalkeeper to score.

Timeline: Significant moments involving Twardzik and Dongou.

8 – Neat backheel from Twardzik raises cheers from the home crowd.

9 – Twardzik flicks ball to Rhys Murrell-Williamson, who shoots wide of right hand post.

10 – Dongou gets onto through ball on right, fires wide.

15 – GOAL 0-1: Dongou receives ball in middle, holds off defender, lays through a perfectly weighted ball for Eduard Campabadal Claros who finishes from a tight angle.

20 – Twardzik hits free-kick on target but keeper equal to it.

22 – GOAL 1-1: Twardzik involved in a series of passes in his own half, ball is eventually played up towards the edge of the box. Anthony Watt steadies himself and picks his spot well, low beyond keeper.

24 – Twardzik gets foot in to direct ball to team-mate. Collects return ball and tries to jink past two players. Keeps possession, passes to team-mate.

29 – Dongou goes down in box, no foul, but  manages to get ball to team-mate. Miguel Angel Sainz-Maza tries to play him back in but Dongou misreads pass; in fairness it was closer to keeper than striker.

36 – GOAL 1-2: Dongou passes out wide to Pol Calvet, whose cross appears to be meant for the in running Dongou but ends up with Ernesto Cornejo, who heads down to Patricio Gabarron, and he is able to finish at the second attempt.

45 – Dongou appears to trip John Herron with both players no-where near the ball. Ignored by referee.

Half-time: Celtic 1-2 Barcelona

47 – GOAL 1-3: Dongou given too much time and space in box on left hand side, finishes well beyond Nicholas Feely.

52 – Dongou brings down cross into box, turns to shoot but shot is blocked and cleared.

58 – Twardzik gets sight of goal outside area, shoots wide and over.

86 – Dougou beats offside trap but poor pass forward to him gives him no chance.

90 – Dongou substituted, replaced by Alexandre Moreno.

90 (+1) – Twardzik attempts shot from outside area, blocked by defender.

Full-time: Celtic 1-3 Barcelona

Match summary: Celtic passed the ball well, but didn't look dangerous enough to trouble their visitors.

Barcelona took their goals well, and it was obvious they had genuine class in their side, but the Hoops will be disappointed that Barca never had to step up to top gear to beat them.

Man of the match: Filip Twardzik


Celtic(4-4-2): Feely, Fraser, Chalmers, Jones, Toshney, Irvine, George, Herron(Gormley 88), Watt (Atajic 69), Twardzik, Murrell-Williamson (Alabi 82).

Subs: Thomson, Fisher, Miller, McNally.

Barcelona(3-4-3): Anton, Claros, Olivan, Bagnack, Ayala, Gabarron, Cornejo, Samper, Dongou (Moreno 90), Calvet (Quintilla 61), Sainz-Maza (Herrera 69).

Subs: Julio, Tienda, Bakoyock, Quesada.

Referee: Steven McLean

Attendance: 5,500
 

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