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Published: 20:52 | 28/9/16

Celtic and Man City play out thrilling draw; Arsenal beat Basel

Two goals from Moussa Dembele helped Celtic to a thrilling 3-3 draw against Manchester City in the Champions League at Celtic Park.

A goal either side of half-time for Dembele, followed by an own-goal from Raheem Sterling helped the Hoops hold an in-form Manchester City side, despite strikes from Fernandinho, Nolito and Sterling.

Celtic’s European reputation was tarnished after they were ripped apart by Barcelona in the opening group game, but Brendan Rodgers and his players produced a famous European night that will live long in the memories of their fans.

Pep Guardiola will be disappointed that his players conceded three goals but will take comfort in the fact that his side came from behind three times, despite losing their 100 percent start to the season.

The hosts opened the scoring with three minutes played when in-form striker Dembele nodded home from close-range after James Forrest cut-back a Scott Sinclair free-kick.

Guardiola’s side struggled to deal with the Hoop’s pressing and high tempo, but they drew level ten minutes later when Aleksandar Kolarov’s scuffed shot fell to teammate Fernandinho who fired his shot past Craig Gordon.

Celtic fans would have feared a City backlash after the Blues equalised in the 20th minute, but it was the Scottish champions who deservedly re-took the lead when Sterling deflected the ball into his own net after a great run and shot from young left-back Kieran Tierney.

City started to settle into the game and they quietened the Parkhead crowd in the 28th minute when David Silva played a clever ball to Sterling before the former Liverpool man showed great feet to put the ball beyond the helpless Gordon.

Rodgers’ side displayed great character throughout the first-half and they showed it again two minutes into the restart when Dembele scored a spectacular over-head kick which proved too tricky for Bravo to deal with.

Spanish maestro David Silva started to dictate the pace of the game and it was his ball to Sergio Aguero which allowed the Argentinian to get a shot before Gordon clawed the ball in the direction of Nolito who cooly fired in from close-range in the 54th minute.

Celtic will look to register their first Champions League win of this campaign when they face Borussia Mönchengladbach on October 19, while Manchester City and Barcelona will meet in a mouth-watering clash on the same date.

Arsenal built on their draw away to PSG in their opening game of their group with a solid 2-0 win over Basel at the Emirates.

Two goals from Theo Walcott complimented a sturdy performance for the Gunners who now sit on four points, only behind PSG on goal difference.

The striker linked up twice with in-form man Alexis Sanchez to maintain the home team’s momentum after their impressive 3-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League.

PSG overcame Ludogorets 3-1 in the other game in group A, after goals from Blaise Matuidi and a brace from Edinson Cavani hand the French outfit victory in Bulgaria.

Arsène Wenger’s side will look forward to their next game against Ludogorets at the Emirates on October 19.

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