- Dembele nets twice
- Celtic led 1-0, 2-1, 3-2
- Sterling scores for, against City
- Fernandinho, Nolito also score
Moussa Dembele scored a brace, but Manchester City came back from a trio of deficits to draw Celtic 3-3 at Celtic Park in UEFA Champions League action on Wednesday.
Raheem Sterling had a goal and an own goal for Man City, while Fernandinho and Nolito also netted for the visitors.
The draw means Pep Guardiola remains unbeaten at City through 11 matches in charge, but City falls behind Barcelona in Group C. City is three points ahead of third-place Celtic after two matches.
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What a start we had at Celtic Park, with four goals coming in the first 28 minutes as Brendan Rodgers‘ Scots have opened up a pair of leads.
Moussa Dembele‘s was a bit offside for his third-minute redirection of a Erik Sviatchenko attempt, but Celtic had its surprise 1-0 lead nonetheless.
Fernandinho leveled things for Man City when he in the right place at the right time to turn a low left-footer home for 1-1.
It was then Sterling’s turn, as he first deflected Kieran Tierney’s cross into his own goal before scoring a goal of his own eight minutes later.
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Celtic found a third lead through Dembele, and this one was onside and deliberate. Aleksandar Kolarov made a horrible attempt at a trap, and Dembele trapped, turned, and fired by Claudio Bravo to make it 3-2.
Believe it or not, there were stops in this one, too. Craig Gordon dove left to parry a good free kick from Ilkay Gundogan. Gordon then made a solid palm save on Aguero before Nolito found the rebound and deposited into the gaping goal.
It would be wrong to say Celtic looked a threat to retake the lead, but the Bhoys were resolute at the back to keep things 3-3. Gordon stopped Gundogan just into stoppage time.
Man City now turns its attention to Sunday’s Premier League showdown with second-place Spurs. City next faces Barcelona on Oct. 19 in the Champions League.