Man City Settle For Draw Against Celtic
Manchester City and Celtic played out a low-key draw as their Champions League group phase concluded at Etihad Stadium.
This was a dead rubber with City as the final positions had already been decided in Group C, with City qualifying second behind Barcelona and Celtic finishing bottom.
City manager Pep Guardiola will, however, have been keen to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea and a 3-3 draw in Glasgow earlier in the season that started a six-game winless run in all competitions for his side.
Celtic started in impressive fashion and on-loan winger Patrick Roberts gave them a fourth-minute lead against his parent club with a crisp finish – an advantage that lasted four minutes before Kelechi Iheanacho drove an angled drive high past Craig Gordon.
And Celtic almost cashed in but substitutes Leigh Griffiths and Gary Mackay-Steven wasted late opportunities.
City boss Pep Guardiola made nine changes from the team that lost at home to Chelsea on Saturday, including teenagers Pablo Maffeo and Tosin Adarabioyo.
Both Guardiola and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers seemed satisfied at the final whistle, with the only dampener on the night being when scuffles broke out between a small number of rival supporters in the second half.
Key Opta stats:
– Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 13 times in 18 starts for Manchester City.
– Celtic’s two quickest Champions League goals have both come against Man City this season (2:23 and 3:51 in this match)
– Manchester City are unbeaten in their last eight Champions League home games (W5 D3), their longest run without a defeat in the competition at the Etihad.
– Celtic are winless in their last nine Champions League games, which is now their longest run without a victory in the competition.
– Celtic have finished the group with three points, their joint-lowest tally in a Champions League group (same as 2013-14). This is the first time they’ve failed to win a group game.
– Tosin Adarabioyo became the youngest Manchester City player to start a Champions League game (19y 73d).