Pep Guardiola dropped his first points since becoming the Manchester City manager as they were held to a 3-3 draw in a thrilling encounter at Celtic Park by Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The dropped points notwithstanding, City showed great character as they came back from behind THRICE to draw the game, with Celtic looking very inspired in front of their home fans.
Celtic, still smarting from the embarrassing loss to Barcelona on matchday 1, began this game with more gusto and intesity, which paid off just only two minutes in, as Dembélé converted a first-time cross to give them the lead.
If you thought they were going to sit back and protect that goal, you thought wrong, as former City captain Kolo Toure benefited from a nick off Clichy to spin and shoot towards goal but Bravo was on hand to keep the scoreline at 1-nil.
That save would turn out to be very important, as Celtic kept the pressure up with City chasing.
But Guardiola’s men were level with only their first real attack as Aleksander Kolarov’s shot found Fernandinho, who scored to level the score.
The Bhoys would however go ahead again when Tierney’s effort deflected off Sterling and beats Bravo to restore their lead.
Sterling would make amends shortly after, however, as he found a neat pass after a fine run into the Celtic area, beating one defender before slotting home.
A breathtaking first half of football it was, as Celtic looked determined not to go down easily.
The second half began just like it did in the first for Celtic, as Kolarov, having lost possession put City under pressure and Dembele capitalized to score his second and Celtic’s third with a beautiful bicycle-kick to put them ahead again.
City pressed on after going down again, with Aguero forcing a save from the Celtic goalkeeper, but it was Nolito who got them back into the game as he scored in the 55th minute to bring City level once more.
It is however instructive to note that Celtic continued to make attacking forays and were huge threats to City despite having fewer possession.
City kept pushing still, as Celtic began to look like they would settle for the point, as Guardiola’s charges controlled the game more at this point.
As much as they pressed however, it just wasn’t enough as Guardiola failed to win for the first time since he replaced Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad in the summer.