Month: September 2016

Celtic and Man City fights to stalemate in six goal thriller

Celtic managed to get their first point in the UEFA Champions League group stages as the Scottish Champions fought with Manchester City to a thrilling 3-3 stalemate.

The hosts took the lead twice in the first half in front of a fervent home crowd in Celtic Park. They went ahead just after 3 minutes as Moussa Dembele diverted Erik Sviatchenko’s header, and again at 20 minutes after Kieran Tierney forced an own goal by Raheem Sterling.

Fernandinho’s strike brought City’s first equalizer, before Sterling made amends by showing composure and drilling home for his team’s second.

As Dembele netted his second for Celtic on the turn after half-time, Nolito equalized for the visitors with the last goal of the match.

The game would earn Celtic their first point in Europe’s premier tournament. They lead one point in Group C ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach, who suffered two straight defeats in the group after Barcelona came from behind to beat the Bundesliga club by 2-1.

Meanwhile, Manchester City stays at second place with four points ahead of their meeting against Barcelona on 19 October, just two points behind the Spanish champions.

But it also meant that their perfect record under Pep Guardiola’s leadership came to an end, and just one win short of equalling Tottenham’s 11 wins at start of the 1960-61 season.

However, the Spaniard claimed that he was satisfied, lauding the “amazing effort” of his side to comeback thrice, and also added that City has learned a lesson from the game.

“Thinking about the performance, how they fight, how they tried until the end to win the game, it doesn’t matter about the mistakes, I was so satisfied.”

“We scored three goals away in Europe and created three or four [more] clear chances. That’s the best way to learn. In Europe you can’t concede because they [the opposition] are a machine, they are there to punish you.”

“Against Barca it will be tough but now we analyse what we did, of course we are now second, we are going to recover well and we have time to think about Barca.”

Manchester City to miss vital trio in Celtic match

Manchester City will miss a trio a key players as they travel to meet Celtic in Group C of the Champions League.

Manchester City midfielders Fabian Delph, Kevin de Bruyne and, plus defender Vincent Kompany and goalkeeper Angus Gunn, all miss out for City through injury. The latter two are set to miss out on three weeks’ worth of action.

Delph suffered a muscle issue, while Belgian playmaker De Bruyne limped out of City’s Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Swansea City with a hamstring injuty. Club captain Kompany suffered a groin injury in last Wednesday’s EFL Cup third-round win over the same opponent.

On the other, Celtic sees the return of goalkeeper Craig Gordon into their starting lineup. He will be starting only his second game of the month for the Scottish Champions, as first choice and summer sigining Dorus de Vries was not fully fit.

“He trained yesterday and today. He’s still a bit sore, but he’s fine,” said Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. “There’s no need for us to take any risk when I’ve got an outstanding goalkeeper beside him.

City has 3 points in hand ahead of their match in group C of the Champions League, while Celtic looks to shake off their ignominy of their 7-0 thrashing at the hands Spanish Champions Barcelona and pick up their first points in the tournament.

Prediction:

Celtic (1) – Manchester City (2)

La Liga: Atletico rises to third as Valenica defeats Leganes

Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann (R) celebrates a goal with teammates during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs RC Deportivo de la Coruna at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on September 25, 2016. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN        (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid rose to third place in La Liga after a slim 1-0 victory against Deportivo La Coruna.

The hosts were denied on numerous occasions despite playing against 10-men in the second-half. Deportivo midfielder Faycal Fajr had been sent off for a second bookable offence in first-half injury time.

However, French forward Antoine Griezmann was on point for the Madrid giants again as he scored the winner by sidefooting Kevin Gameiro’s cross in the 70th minute.

The result lifts Diego Simeone’s side to third after Barcelona and Real Madrid, overtaking Villareal on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Luis Nani scored his first goal for Valencia to defeat Leganes and lift his club out of the danger zone.

Valencia had fell to the relegation zone after four defeats five matches, leading to the sacking of coach Pako Ayestaran.

They looked headed for another loss as hosts Leganes took the lead after Oscar Ramos set up the chance.

Nani scored the equaliser 13 minutes later when play was allowed to continue after it appeared goalkeeper Jon Serantes had been fouled in the buildup.

Nani then crossed for Mario Suarez seven minutes after the break to score what turned out to be the winner. Their lead was preserved thanks to Los Che keeper Diego Alves, who saved his record 17th La Liga penalty to deny Alexander Szymanowski an equaliser.