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Celtic hold Man City in six-goal thriller

Moussa Dembele scores

Moussa Dembele scored two of Celtic’s goals

Celtic claimed their first Champions League Group C point as Pep Guardiola’s perfect record in charge of Manchester City was ended with a draw in Glasgow.

The hosts led twice in the first half, Moussa Dembele diverting in Erik Sviatchenko’s header and Kieran Tierney forcing an own goal by Raheem Sterling.

Fernandinho’s strike brought City level first time and Sterling showed composure to net the visitors’ second.

Nolito equalised for the visitors again after Dembele had netted on the turn.

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Guardiola (left) watched his side fail to win for the first time this season against Rodgers’ Celtic

Barcelona’s win over Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany keeps the Spaniards top of the group with City two points behind in second. The top two meet in Barcelona on 19 October.

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic hold a one-point advantage over bottom side Gladbach going into their meeting in Glasgow.

The electricity was crackling around Celtic Park even before a ball had been kicked, the home crowd unleashing noise and colour and every ounce of passion in their bodies on the visitors. All of that emotion came thundering in again when Dembele stunned City.

Scott Sinclair’s free-kick, James Forrest’s first-time cross, Sviatchenko’s diving header and in off Dembele – already a Celtic cult hero at the tender age of 20. In attack, and defence, Dembele was terrific.

In those opening minutes City looked like a team that were not ready for Celtic’s intensity. They looked a bit shocked to be involved in a fight. Class will out, though. Fernandinho equalised after latching on to Aleksandar Kolarov’s shot and the epic was truly up and running.

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Fernandinho (left) scored one and threatened again in the second half

Celtic retook the lead with a counter-attack of such quality that it could have carried the Guardiola trademark. Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic did wonderfully to launch it, the Australian setting Tierney free down the left.

The teenager, as beloved a full-back as any in these parts since Danny McGrain was tearing it up, cut in, shot and saw his attempt deflected in off Sterling’s boot. Cue more pandemonium.

Cue City’s brilliance too. Brown was too easily dispossessed and City sliced through, David Silva playing a sumptuous pass to the magnificent Sterling, who finished with all the class of a player reborn under his new manager.

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Sterling finished well minutes after being credited with an own goal

City’s defensive malaise carried on at the start of the second half. Kolarov, playing fitfully at centre-half, was desperately poor in the build-up to Celtic’s third. When Tierney put in a cross, City’s rearguard was in a comatose state. Dembele had time to take it down and hook it behind him and beyond Claudio Bravo.

This was brilliantly bonkers and the atmosphere intensified when Sergio Aguero forced a fine save from Craig Gordon only for the impressive Nolito to put away the loose ball.

City took control, pinning a tiring Celtic back and threatening to sicken them with a winner. Fernandinho launched a rocket that flew just over. Gundogan’s shot hit off Sviatchenko and Gordon and went out. City pressed and pressed.

The heart from the home team was immense. Some of them were out on their feet before the end, but they dug in, throwing themselves in front of shots and crosses, surviving. They deserved to. City could hardly disagree that the underdogs merited their point.

Immense stuff in Glasgow’s east end.

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Match ends, Celtic 3, Manchester City 3.

Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Manchester City 3.

Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Erik Sviatchenko.

Offside, Celtic. Kolo Touré tries a through ball, but Leigh Griffiths is caught offside.

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Nir Bitton.

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces James Forrest.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernando replaces Nolito.

Substitution, Manchester City. John Stones replaces Gaël Clichy.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Offside, Celtic. Stuart Armstrong tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Erik Sviatchenko.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva with a cross.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Substitution, Celtic. Stuart Armstrong replaces Tomas Rogic.

Goal! Celtic 3, Manchester City 3. Nolito (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva with a through ball.

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Celtic).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

Attempt blocked. Nolito (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

Attempt saved. Nolito (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Goal! Celtic 3, Manchester City 2. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Second Half begins Celtic 2, Manchester City 2.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37465107