Celtic’s hopes of qualifying for Europa League over after Shakhtar draw | Champions League

Celtic will not play in European football beyond the World Cup break after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Giorgos Giakoumakis gave the hosts the lead at half-time but a brilliant finish from Mykhaylo Mudryk earned the visitors a point and made it 10 Champions League home games without a win for Celtic, a run which stretches back nine years. The result consigned Celtic to a bottom-placed finish in Group F ahead of their final game against the holders Real Madrid in Spain next week and blocked their escape route to the Europa League.

The Scottish champions did not quite create the quality of chances they had in earlier group games but Kyogo Furuhashi missed an excellent opportunity to put them back in front. However, the visitors subsequently produced a strong contender for miss of the season.

Celtic’s tally of one point and two goals from their opening four matches was scant reward for their attacking ambition and Ange Postecoglou was even bolder in his approach for their final home match in this season’s competition. The Celtic manager employed a 4-2-4 formation with Giakoumakis and Furuhashi starting together for only the second time.

Furuhashi dropped deep to engineer Celtic’s first shooting chance, which led to Giakoumakis hitting a first-time effort over from 25 yards. Shakhtar took the sting out of the game early on and Celtic needed some strong covering from Greg Taylor to stop the visitors’ main threat, Mudryk, dribbling through on Joe Hart.

Giakoumakis headed off target and Matt O’Riley curled wide from 20 yards but Celtic took the lead in the 34th minute through their first real opportunity. Sead Haksabanovic struggled to make set-pieces count in the first half but he made the difference by getting to the byline and driving in a low cross. Liel Abada’s effort was blocked and Giakoumakis turned the ball home from seven yards.

Celtic kept the pressure on and both O’Riley and Giakoumakis forced saves from long range. But the hosts had Hart to thank for going in ahead at half-time. Mudryk was played through by Lassina Traoré and the goalkeeper did well to narrow the angle and block the Ukraine winger’s shot with his chest.

Celtic's players show their disappointment after failing to claim victory
Celtic will finish bottom of their Champions League group after failing to win. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Mudryk was at the heart of another chance for the visitors which ended with Oleksandr Zubkov sliding in to hit the side netting, and the 21-year-old soon did it all himself in the 58th minute.

Celtic lost the ball just inside the Shakhtar half and Mudryk was soon sprinting towards the home box. Mudryk cut inside and made space for himself to fire into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

Celtic had an excellent chance to swiftly regain the lead when Giakoumakis played in Furuhashi but the Japan forward scuffed a weak effort straight at the goalkeeper. The home side had a huge let-off following another blistering break from Mudryk, who squared for what looked like a certain goal for Danylo Sikan. But the substitute casually side-footed wide of an open goal from six yards.

O’Riley forced a decent stop from long range and stroked a first-time effort wide from 15 yards but Celtic were generally lacking in conviction in their passing around the Shakhtar box, despite some decent crosses from the substitute James Forrest. The visitors knew a point would be enough to give them the chance of a second-placed finish despite RB Leipzig’s win over Real Madrid and they soaked up some late pressure.

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Shakhtar Donetsk were denied a memorable win over Real Madrid as Antonio Rüdiger scored a stoppage-time equaliser in their Champions League Group F match in Warsaw, while Juventus crashed to their third group defeat as they lost 2-0 away to Maccabi Haifa.

Oleksandr Zubkov headed Shakhtar, beaten 2-1 by Real in Spain last week, in front at the start of the second half. That had looked to be enough for the Ukrainians to secure a hard-earned victory, but former Chelsea defender Rüdiger headed in a dramatic equaliser in the fifth minute of added time. Real Madrid sit top of the table, now four points ahead of RB Leipzig, who won 2-0 at Celtic.

In Israel, Haifa, secured their first win of the group stage against strugglig Juventus.
Omer Atzili headed the hosts into an early lead and doubled the lead shortly before the break as Juve were dealt another setback following Saturday’s Serie A defeat to AC Milan.

Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica remain locked together at the top of Group H following a 1-1 draw in the French capital. Kylian Mbappé, who is said to be unhappy in the Frech capital and wants to leave in January, converted a penalty late in the first half to give PSG – without Lionel Messi because of injury – the lead, but João Mário equalised from the spot just after the hour.

Kylian Mbappé wheels away after opening the scoring against Benfica.
Kylian Mbappé wheels away after opening the scoring against Benfica. Photograph: Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

In Group E, Dinamo Zagreb and RB Salzburg drew 1-1 at the Maksimir Stadium. Nicolas Seiwald gave Salzburg an early lead before the Croatians equalised through Robert Ljubicic’s deflected effort.

Borussia Dortmund fought back to draw 1-1 against Sevilla at Signal Iduna Park thanks to Jude Bellingham’s fourth goal in successive Champions League matches. Tanguy Nianzou headed Sevilla in front following a free-kick on 18 minutes, but the England midfielder bundled in an equaliser before the break. Dortmund sit second in the table, five points ahead of Sevilla and Copenhagen, who drew 0-0 with leaders Manchester City.