Celtic 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk: Mykhaylo Mudry’s stunner ends the hosts’ European hopes


Mykhaylo Mudryk’s wonderful equalizer earned Shakhtar an equaliser

A stunning strike from Shakhtar Donetsk forward Mykhaylo Mudry denied Celtic their first Champions League win and ended their hopes of European football after Christmas.

Mudry – who has been linked with Europe’s top clubs – charged on the counter-attack and broke a wonderful equalizer for the Ukrainians, who could still reach the last 16.

Giorgos Giakoumakis had been chasing Celtic’s first home goal for more than five hours but was unable to find another.

Kyogo Furuhashi had his best chance to get back in front, but the forward shot wide when clear as Celtic threw the kitchen sink at Shakhtar as they looked to find the win they needed to have a chance of finishing third in the group. F and falling into the Europa League.

Instead, Shakhtar secured a draw, which ensures they will finish at least third, and potentially second, and the visitors also had the best shot of the winner when Mudry burst through and slotted past Danylo Sikan, who made no mistake.

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic will finish last in the section but will look to make their mark in their final game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, while Xakhtar host RB Leipzig in their last-16 clash.

Celtic’s slump during the group stage has been an inability to convert chances after the frenzied press in games.

But there were fewer clear-cut scoring chances at Celtic Park, and Giakoumakis’ close-range finish was more clinical.

But a well-organised Shakhtar side showed their threat on the stroke of half-time through Mudryk, who was only denied when he arrived at half-time with the outstretched arm of Joe Hart.

Shakhtar and Mudryk have been one of the stories of the competition that has exceeded expectations, with all of the visitors’ chances coming at a blistering pace from the 21-year-old.

His goal was a stunning moment as he cut around Cameron Carter-Vickers before cutting inside and firing the ball into the top corner, and he showed the same quickness when he put Sikan’s ball on the crossbar as he narrowly missed a goal. heavy first touch.

Celtic huffed and puffed until the end, but Matt O’Riley’s side-footed effort off the post after Kyoko shot straight at the keeper was the best chance they could muster after some well-worked play.

It has been a tough learning curve for the Scottish champions, but they expected better from them.

Player of the match – Mykhaylo Mudryk

Mykhaylo Mudryk

The Celtics struggle to make their mark

Celtic’s campaign has been marked by passion, but this was not a case of the Scottish champions missing chance after chance.

Kyogo’s miss was the only gilt-edged chance missed at Celtic Park. Instead, the moves were broken on the last pass or cross.

Part of the credit for that has to go to a well-organised Shakhtar who, with all their documented war-related problems in their hometown, have been a pleasing story this season.

They got along well, and Mudryk has such a dangerous superstar on the break.

Postecoglou has spoken of testing his style at the highest level to improve, and Celtic will certainly need to do that if they are to return to this stage next season.

If they can find a more clinical edge and improve their pressure on the ball to suffocate teams without leaving gaps, they will make more marks.

But there are no guarantees against the best sides, and it relies on keeping the best players and adding quality.

what they said

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou: “It was a tight game. A lot at stake for both clubs. I thought we were pretty much in control. They caught us on the counter and scored.

“With Kyogo we had a chance, we lost. They had a big chance, they lost. It was a close and typical Champions League game, but we couldn’t get the result we wanted.”

What’s next?

Celtic are away at Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday (12:00 GMT) ahead of their final group game against Real Madrid on Wednesday (17:45).

The eleven

celtic

training 4-4-2

  • 1Get it
  • 88Juranović
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 6ate
  • 3taylor
  • 11foreverreplaced byForestin 66′minutes
  • 33O’Riley
  • 41the hatereplaced byTurnbullin 84′minutes
  • 9Haksabanovicreplaced byMaedain 65′minutes
  • 8Furuhashireplaced bythe kissin 65′minutes
  • 7Giakoumakis

replacements

  • 13the kiss
  • 14Turnbull
  • 16McCarthy
  • 25to Barnabas
  • 28Abildgaard
  • 29But
  • 31winner
  • 38Maeda
  • 49Forest
  • 56Ralston

Shakhtar Donetsk

training 4-1-4-1

  • 81Trubin
  • 23Maia Reis
  • 5bumble beeBooked in 50 minutes
  • 22MatviyenkoBooked in 31 minutes
  • 15Mykhailichenko
  • 6StepanenkoBooked in 56 minutes
  • 11ZubkovBooked in 90 minutes
  • 21Bondarenko
  • 8Sudakovreplaced byKrivtsovin 90′minutes
  • 10Mudrykreplaced byPetryin 90′minutes
  • 2Traorereplaced bySikanin 57′minutes

replacements

  • 1Shevchenko
  • 4Krivtsov
  • 7Totovytskyi
  • 14Sikan
  • 16Cross disk
  • 17Djuras
  • 19Kulakov
  • 20Topalov
  • 26Cannabis
  • 30Piatov
  • 32Kozik
  • 34Petry

Judge:
Serdar Gozubuyuk

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