Glasgow - Manchester City came from behind three times to draw 3-3
at Celtic in a Champions League thriller on Wednesday that ended the English
team's 100 percent start to the season under new coach Pep Guardiola.
winning run stopped at 10 games — one short of matching the English record —
and Guardiola will be relieved at earning a point after his team's dreadful
defensive display at Parkhead.
and Raheem Sterling scored equalizers for City in an action-packed first half
after Celtic went twice ahead through Moussa Dembele, in the third minute, and
a Sterling own goal in the 20th.
restored Celtic's lead barely a minute into the second half after Aleksandar
Kolarov's defensive error, only for Nolito to equalize for City in the 55th.
previously won six matches in the Premier League, three in the Champions League
and one in the English League Cup with a series of free-scoring displays. That
put the team within sight of Tottenham's 11 straight wins to start the season
in the 1960-61 campaign.
furious match saw City go behind for the first time under Guardiola and also
concede more than once for the first time under the Spaniard.
thrashed 7-0 by Barcelona in its first group game — pressed high and forced
errors in possession from City, whose defence — missing rested centre back John
Stones — was shambolic at times.
first example came inside three minutes. James Forrest was left unmarked at the
far post from a diagonal free kick and his volleyed cross was glanced goalward
by Erik Sviatchenko, with the ball deflecting off Dembele into the net.
equalized in the 12th minute when a wayward shot from Kolarov fell into the
path of the midfielder, who controlled and dribbled a left-footed shot into the
came Celtic. Kieran Tierney broke forward down the left and his cross took a
deflection off a sliding Sterling and ricocheted into the net at Claudio
Bravo's near post.
made immediate amends after Celtic lost possession in central midfield. David
Silva played a slide-rule pass behind the defence to Sterling, who turned back
inside a defender and slipped a low shot past goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
third goal also came from a City error, this time by Kolarov, who completely
missed the ball as he attempted a clearance from a left-wing cross. Dembele
reacted by hooking a shot over his shoulder and into the bottom corner.
the hosts couldn't keep the lead. Silva played in Sergio Aguero, his shot was
parried out by Gordon and Nolito scored from the rebound.