Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Celtic: Scottish champions played by Ukrainians in Warsaw


Rio Hatate squeezes the ball from the narrowest of gaps to open the scoring

Celtic endured a disappointing night in Warsaw as they were held out in the Champions League draw by a resolute Shakhtar Donetsk.

Rio Hatate’s deflected effort gave the Scots a deserved lead after 10 minutes.

But a terrific run and finish from Mykhaylo Mudryk leveled the score before the break.

Celtic spurned several chances to win in the second half when Giorgos Giakoumakis struck late on.

After losing 3-0 to Real Madrid in their first leg in Glasgow last week and drawing here, Celtic’s tough start continues with their trip to Germany to face RB Leipzig in three weeks’ time.

Celtic were looking for their first Champions League win in almost five years. You have to go back to September 27, 2017 for the last one – against Anderlecht in Belgium – and the Scottish champions paved the way to victory early on.

On the eve of the match, both teams mentioned that Shakhtar, playing their group games in Warsaw due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, would look to sit deep and hit the break as they did against Leipzig last week in a surprise 4-1 victory.

That approach was evident as the Scots pressed forward with the energy and movement that gave Real Madrid a scare last week, as the Ukrainians scuttled their game plan within 10 minutes.

A quick counter-attack saw an orange jersey explode into the Celtic half, with Josip Juranovic spilling a real kick past Sead Haksabanovic. The control and passing of the Swedes were perfect, and the Japanese entered the box through the tightest gaps of the sliding Artem Bandarenko and into the net.

With Celtic bringing on Kyogo Furuhashi and Greg Taylor before the opener, they were firmly in control as defender Mortiz Jenz’s half-volley from a tap-in was saved by Anatoliy Trubin.

But as the Scottish Premiership leaders appeared to dominate, a counter-attack leveled the game. A neat ball inside Juranovic was connected by Mudry. The 21-year-old laced away from the full-back and curled a left-footed shot past a wide Joe Hart.

It could have been a worse moment later when Marian Shved, Parkhead’s forgotten man, hit the ball low under Hart at the second attempt. Fortunately for his old team, Mudry was flagged for offside before a nice cutback.

Celtic dominated most of the game in a disappointing second half. Shakhtar’s record was much tamer, and their goals, thanks to the visitors’ wastefulness in front of goal and Trubin’s sloppiness, had a fascinating life at times.

Jota was denied by the keeper after the break, substitute David Turnbull had a shot narrowly wide, and Jota weaved his way through a crowd of Shakhtar players before curling an off-balance shot into the corner.

As time ticked on, Celtic surged again. Substitute Giakoumakis was unmarked from 14 yards out, and Daizen Maeda buried his head in the grass in frustration after failing to convert a drilled cross in the final minutes.

And with literally seconds to go, Giakoumakis headed the ball past Trubin, only for an orange jersey to be clearly confused.

Man of the Match – Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor
The Scot needed to be on his toes to fend off any opposition from Shakhtar, and he thrived all night.

Dominance must become a goal – analysis

It should not be forgotten that after this tie, this Shakhtar team beat RB Leipzig last week. Not only that, it’s the Champions League against a team much more used to this stage in recent years.

However, Celtic fans slipping into the Polish night here will do so with a sense of frustration. Their team was dynamic, creative and above all, leadership. It was hard to watch them suck. But what Shakhtar did so well.

Let’s be honest, this team is a three-way battle for second place, and Ange Postecoglou will be pressuring his team to be more clinical. There were enough opportunities to get away from the Ukrainians.

One point from two hard-fought games is far from a disaster. But it is vital that Celtic turn their key moments in these games into goals if they are to realize their ambitions for Champions League play-off football.

Match statistics

  • After winning all four home games in the Champions League in 2017-18, Shakhtar have won just one of their last fifteen as the designated home team (D7 L5).
  • Celtic have kept just one clean sheet in 34 away games in the Champions League, the most of any team with one or fewer clean sheets.
  • They have a 4% shot conversion rate in the Champions League this season, including an own goal. In contrast, they have a 20% shot conversion rate in the Scottish Premiership this term.
  • At 21 years and 252 days, Xakhtar winger Mykhailo Mudryk is the youngest Ukrainian to score in consecutive Champions League games since Andriy Shevchenko in October 1997 (21 years 2 days).
  • Moritz Jens completed 109 passes (114 attempts), the most by a Celtic player in a Champions League game (since 2003-04).
  • Jota completed eight dribbles out of nine attempts. This is the most by a Celtic player (since 2003-04) in the Champions League with Aiden McGeady and Benfica in October 2007 (8/12).

What’s next?

Celtic travel to Paisley on Sunday (12pm BST) to take on St Mirren as they look to continue their 100% start to the Scottish Premiership. The next Champions League game will be on October 5 against the Bundesliga side RB Leipzig (17:45).

The eleven

Shakhtar Donetsk

training 4-1-4-1

  • 81Trubin
  • 23Maia Reis
  • 5bumble bee
  • 22Matvienko
  • 26Cannabis
  • 6Stepanenko
  • 9swedishreplaced byPetryin 61′minutes
  • 21Bondarenkoreplaced byDurasin 74′minutes
  • 8Sudakovreplaced byOcheretkoin 78′minutes
  • 10Mudryk
  • 11Zubkovreplaced byTraorein 61′minutes

replacements

  • 1Shevchenko
  • 2Traore
  • 4Krivtsov
  • 14Sikan
  • 15Mykhaylichenko
  • 16Cross disk
  • 17Duras
  • 20Topalov
  • 27Ocheretko
  • 30Piatov
  • 32Kozik
  • 34Petry

celtic

training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Get it
  • 88Juranović
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 6ateReserve in 52 minutes
  • 3taylor
  • 42McGregor
  • 41the hatereplaced byTurnbullin 68′minutes
  • 9Haksabanovicreplaced byMaedain 45′minutes
  • 33O’Rileyreplaced bythe kissin 68′minutes
  • 17Neves Filipereplaced byforeverin 86′minutes
  • 8Furuhashireplaced byGiakoumakisin 68′minutes

replacements

  • 7Giakoumakis
  • 11forever
  • 13the kiss
  • 14Turnbull
  • 25to Barnabas
  • 28Abildgaard
  • 29But
  • 31winner
  • 38Maeda
  • 49Forest
  • 56Ralston
  • 57to Welsh

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