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.”