Wednesday 16 January 2019

Dembele keeps Bhoys' hopes still alive

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Celtic's French striker Moussa Dembele
Celtic's French striker Moussa Dembele

Moussa Dembele's second-half penalty gave Celtic a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach and kept the Hoops' Champions League hopes alive.

In a spirited performance by the visitors, Scott Sinclair crashed a shot off the post in the 23rd minute before home captain Lars Stindl, who had opened the scoring in their 2-0 win in Glasgow, volleyed home on 32 minutes to give the Bundesliga side the interval lead.

Striker Andre Hahn hit woodwork for the hosts after the break but, in the 76th minute, defender Julian Korb was shown a straight red card by Portuguese referee Manuel De Sousa for pulling Dembele down in the box as he shaped to shoot, and the French striker slotted in the penalty.

The Scottish champions finished the game looking for the win but had to be content with the point which took them on to two, with two matches remaining - against Barcelona and Manchester City. City's win over Barca moved Pep Guardiola's side five points ahead of Celtic.

The visitors survived several corners in the opening stages against a home side who took control without looking as purposeful as they had in Glasgow.

The Scottish champions, however, could have been satisfied to a degree with their first-half performance.

Rodgers' side started the second half confidently enough but were cut open again in the 52nd minute by Hahn, but this time Stindl did not connect with his shot properly and the ball trundled through to Gordon.

When Dembele was hauled to the ground inside the penalty by Korb as he skewed his shot wide of the target, De Sousa pointed to the spot and the striker sent the Monchengladbach man packing.

The Parkhead powerhouse sent Sommer the wrong way his spot-kick, much to the delight of the travelling fans - although it could have been even better had substitute Callum McGregor, on for Gamboa, not driven wide of the far post when presented with a late chance to give Celtic victory.

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