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Celtic 3-3 inter Milan

John Guidetti’s stunning added-time goal earned Celtic a draw against Inter Milan and gives them belief they can progress in their Europa League tie.They conceded cheap early goals to Xherdan Shaqiri and Rodrigo Palacio but levelled through Stuart Armstrong’s finish and Hugo Campagnaro’s own goal.

Palacio pounced on Craig Gordon’s error to hand Inter a half-time lead.The second half did not look like yielding any further goals until the Swede’s first strike since November.It is a goal which keeps the tie in the balance and they play the second leg at the San Siro on 26 February.


Celtic had rightfully approached the first leg in a confident state of mind, with eight successive wins since the turn of the year and the sense that the team are really beginning to gel under manager Ronny Deila.

But that run of victories was secured domestically, against teams with only a fraction of the ability of their Italian opponents.

It looked in the early stages as though the mid-table Serie A club would prove to be too great a step up in class for the Scottish champions to handle.

Rodrigo Palacio capitalised on Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon’s fumble to put Inter 3-2 in front

Defensive slackness, which would often go unpunished in the league, by Jason Denayer gifted Inter possession and when Zdravko Kuzmanovic’s clipped ball over the top of the defence was met on the volley by Shaqiri, Gordon parried the effort, unaware the ball was heading wide.

The second chance was lapped up by the Swiss, who tucked the rebound into the net from a narrow angle.Shaqiri caused Gordon problems again shortly afterwards – a dipping volley forcing the keeper to punch to safety, but the respite was brief.

The Inter forward helped the ball back into the box when the subsequent corner was cleared, Emilio Izaguirre’s hacked clearance cannoned off Virgil van Dijk into the path of the grateful Palacio, who slid the ball through Gordon’s legs.

Celtic were looking distressed and with Inter’s confidence increasing, the tie appeared all but over inside the opening 15 minutes.

But that was to reckon without Celtic’s own attacking abilities, which came to the fore twice within the space of a minute.Stefan Johansen squeezed a return pass through to the marauding Adam Matthews, whose cutback was perfect for Armstrong to side-foot in.

Moments later he was celebrating an equaliser as he pressurised Campagnaro into knocking Johansen’s lobbed pass past his own goalkeeper, with Celtic Park in raptures.Unbelievably, though, there was a further twist before the break. Gary Medel’s hopeful through-ball looked like being safely gathered by Gordon, but he unfathomably allowed it to squirm from his grasp, allowing Palacio to tap into the unguarded net.


The irony that Celtic would, in all likelihood, be out of Europe were it not for some of Gordon’s heroics in previous games was not lost on the home crowd, who chanted the keeper’s name before the teams departed at the interval.

Unsurprisingly, the second half could not match the first for drama, yet both teams created opportunities.

Gordon earned some redemption by pushing another Shaqiri effort away, but Celtic were the more dangerous team and only good goalkeeping by Juan Pablo Carrizo denied Gary Mackay-Steven and Leigh Griffiths from close range.

Guidetti was introduced as a late substitute and despite seeing little of the ball, his late volley into the top corner, after Liam Henderson’s chipped pass, had the home fans in ebullient mood by the final whistle.



Celtic opened their Europa League Group D campaign by drawing with Salzburg at the Red Bull Arena.On-loan Rubin Kazan winger Wakaso Mubarak drilled home the opener in his first Celtic appearance.

Brazilian Alan levelled with the aid of a deflection as the visitors were caught short in defence.

Ramalho Silva diverted Scott Brown’s volley in for Celtic’s second but a superbly struck Jonathan Soriano free-kick levelled matters once again.

And, with Dinamo Zagreb beating Astra Giurgiu, Celtic and Salzburg trail the Croatian side by two points after the first round of matches.

Wakaso had waited several weeks to make an impact with the Scottish Premiership side after manager Ronny Deila was frustrated in his attempts to have the player signed before their Champions League play-off defeat by NK Maribor.

The Ghana international provided a taste of what was to come when he struck low past Peter Gulacsi’s goal.And with his next effort the 24-year-old arrowed the ball across the goalkeeper and into the corner from Kris Commons’ pass.

Such an early set-back was the last thing Salzburg needed after three successive domestic defeats and there was little to encourage the home fans until Ramalho got on the end of a teasing Soriano free-kick.The Brazilian peeled off to the back post and rose unchallenged to send his header goalwards, Gordon getting a vital touch to knock the ball wide.

Celtic’s early season defensive struggles – no clean sheets in their previous six games – were apparent as Jason Denayer slipped at the vital moment for Salzburg’s leveller.Alan was allowed to run on to Kevin Kampl’s pass and though Efe Ambrose got across from the right the defender succeeded only in redirecting the eventual shot past Gordon.

Salzburg’s confidence grew and Marcel Sabitzer fired wide before Gordon was given more work to do in the second half.Alan’s strike was blocked and the Scotland international produced a double save to keep out Sabitzer’s shot and Alan’s rebound header.

However, the hosts had Celtic opened their Europa League Group D campaign by drawing with Salzburg at the Red Bull Arena.

On-loan Rubin Kazan winger Wakaso Mubarak drilled home the opener in his first Celtic appearance.

Brazilian Alan levelled with the aid of a deflection as the visitors were caught short in defence.

Ramalho Silva diverted Scott Brown’s volley in for Celtic’s second but a superbly struck Jonathan Soriano free-kick levelled matters once again.

And, with Dinamo Zagreb beating Astra Giurgiu, Celtic and Salzburg trail the Croatian side by two points after the first round of matches.

Wakaso had waited several weeks to make an impact with the Scottish Premiership side after manager Ronny Deila was frustrated in his attempts to have the player signed before their Champions League play-off defeat by NK Maribor.

The Ghana international provided a taste of what was to come when he struck low past Peter Gulacsi’s goal.And with his next effort the 24-year-old arrowed the ball across the goalkeeper and into the corner from Kris Commons’ pass.


Such an early set-back was the last thing Salzburg needed after three successive domestic defeats and there was little to encourage the home fans until Ramalho got on the end of a teasing Soriano free-kick.

The Brazilian peeled off to the back post and rose unchallenged to send his header goalwards, Gordon getting a vital touch to knock the ball wide.Celtic’s early season defensive struggles – no clean sheets in their previous six games – were apparent as Jason Denayer slipped at the vital moment for Salzburg’s leveller.

Alan was allowed to run on to Kevin Kampl’s pass and though Efe Ambrose got across from the right the defender succeeded only in redirecting the eventual shot past Gordon.Salzburg’s confidence grew and Marcel Sabitzer fired wide before Gordon was given more work to do in the second half.

Alan’s strike was blocked and the Scotland international produced a double save to keep out Sabitzer’s shot and Alan’s rebound header.

However, the hosts had their own defensive vulnerabilities and Stefan Scepovic had tried to take advantage with an ambitious dipping shot from wide on the right that landed just past the near post.

And Salzburg were slow to close down Brown when he hit the 25-yard shot that Ramalho’s outstretched boot would carry into the right-hand corner of the net.Again Celtic’s lead did not last, however. Emilio Izaguirre fouled Sabitzer around 30 yards out and Soriano curved the ball expertly over the wall and into the top corner.

Near-misses at either end permeated the closing stages but neither side looked convincing in attack as the clock ran down.


 

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Ghana international Wakaso netted 14 minutes into his Celtic debut

 

Keeper Craig Gordon made several fine saves to keep Celtic in the match

 

But the Celtic man was wrong-footed by the deflection on Alan’s shot for Salzburg’s first equaliser

 

Scott Brown (centre) played his first full match since returning from a hamstring injury

 

 

their own defensive vulnerabilities and Stefan Scepovic had tried to take advantage with an ambitious dipping shot from wide on the right that landed just past the near post.

And Salzburg were slow to close down Brown when he hit the 25-yard shot that Ramalho’s outstretched boot would carry into the right-hand corner of the net.

Again Celtic’s lead did not last, however. Emilio Izaguirre fouled Sabitzer around 30 yards out and Soriano curved the ball expertly over the wall and into the top corner.

Near-misses at either end permeated the closing stages but neither side looked convincing in attack as the clock ran down…

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