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Celtic draw keeps qualification hopes alive

Moussa Dembele scores a penalty

Moussa Dembele scored his third Group C goal to draw Celtic level in Germany

Celtic kept their Champions League hopes alive by battling back to draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Scott Sinclair curled a shot against the post for the visitors before Lars Stindl volleyed Gladbach ahead.

Andre Hahn fired off the crossbar as the hosts pressed for a second and Celtic’s Moussa Dembele drew a save from goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Dembele was then fouled by Julian Korb, who was sent off, and the striker converted the resulting penalty.

Brendan Rodgers’ side, who face Barcelona in Glasgow on 23 November, move on to two points at the bottom of Group C, trailing Gladbach by two points and final group opponents Manchester City by five.

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Deadly Dembele

Though Celtic’s Champions League fate is all but sealed, Dembele’s cool penalty ensures they can still overtake Borussia in third and secure a Europa League berth.

Having missed a spot-kick in Camp Nou at a crucial stage of the group opening 7-0 defeat by Barca, the French striker showed great confidence to step up in another intimidating atmosphere and earn his side a potentially crucial point.

It was his 16th goal of the season and third in the Champions League group stage.

He has been an outstanding acquisition by Rodgers and at the age of 20 already looks an accomplished performer at the highest level.

His evening could have been even better had Sommer not kept out an earlier effort on a night when Celtic could conceivably have nicked a victory.

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Celtic’s attackers finished strongly at Borussia-Park

Missed opportunities

With the scoreline goalless, Sinclair’s curling shot came within inches of ending up in the back of the net, ricocheting away off the inside of the post.

And in the dying moments, greater composure from Callum McGregor should have led to the substitute scoring or creating a late winner rather than drag his shot wide.

That is one lesson Celtic have to learn if they are to become a “last-16 side” as Rodgers desires.

Too often Celtic got in to promising positions, only for the move to break down because of a poor choice or inaccurate pass.

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Sinclair (right) gave the home fans an anxious moment in the first half

Lethal lapse

As Rodgers had noted pre-match, the Champions League is an unforgiving environment and a lack of precision in a pass or a momentary lull in concentration is likely to be punished.

So it was as Borussia constructed a fine passing move, begun by Jannik Vestergaard’s raking diagonal pass to Korb, linked by Christoph Kramer to Thorgan Hazard, and emphatically finished by Stindl.

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Stindl (second from left) opened the scoring, as he did in last month’s 2-0 win at Celtic Park

But the space afforded to Korb and more damagingly Stindl underlines what Celtic still have to improve upon.

Further carelessness as they tried to play their way out of defence could have seen them fall two goals behind, but Andre Hahn’s guided shot came clattering back off the frame of the goal.

But there was much to be pleased about for Celtic, their manager and supporters who can go into the final matches in the knowledge they still have much to play for.

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Match ends, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1, Celtic 1.

Second Half ends, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1, Celtic 1.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Roberts (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

Foul by Scott Sinclair (Celtic).

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Henderson (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick Roberts with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

Substitution, Celtic. Liam Henderson replaces Cristian Gamboa.

Offside, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Yann Sommer tries a through ball, but Patrick Herrmann is caught offside.

Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Raffael (Borussia Mönchengladbach) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jannik Vestergaard.

Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Raffael replaces Lars Stindl.

Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

Attempt missed. André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lars Stindl.

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Patrick Herrmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Tony Jantschke replaces Tobias Strobl.

Goal! Borussia Mönchengladbach 1, Celtic 1. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Julian Korb (Borussia Mönchengladbach) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Julian Korb (Borussia Mönchengladbach) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Celtic. Moussa Dembele draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Cristian Gamboa (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Patrick Herrmann replaces Thorgan Hazard.

Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces Tomas Rogic.

Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).

Attempt blocked. Cristian Gamboa (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

Offside, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Fabian Johnson tries a through ball, but André Hahn is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Julian Korb (Borussia Mönchengladbach) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lars Stindl.

Attempt missed. Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37825915