Super Eagles and Celtic defender Efe Ambrose committed the kind of calamity that has dogged him this season as he gifted a goal just before half-time as Turkish side Fenerbahce staged a superb comeback against the Scottish Champions in Thursday’s Europa League clash.
After a cagey opening Celtic took command with a two-goal burst either side of the half-hour. Leigh Griffiths got the Hoops up and running when he lashed home at the second attempt after Fabiano could only parry the striker’s first effort following a Kris Commons corner.
Four minutes later Commons helped himself to a second, smashing James Forrest’s cutback high into the roof of the net to put Celtic firmly in control.
However, Fenerbahçe were handed a lifeline two minutes before the break when substitute Fernandão who replaced the injured Volkan Şen read Ambrose’s headed back pass to guide the ball beneath the advancing Craig Gordon.
The Brazilian was on target again within three minutes of the restart, nodding in Nani’s corner inside the area. The visitors soon took control of the game and Fernandão went close to a hat-trick after lobbing over the crossbar after Raul Meireles sent the striker through one-on-one against Gordon.
Commons twice went close to snatching a winner with two long-range efforts before both sides settled for a hard-earned draw.
The victory means Ambrose and his team-mates move on to two points, having drawn by the same score line against Ajax in the opening round of fixtures.
Ajax also have two points after drawing 1-1 with group leaders Molde who defeated Fenerbahce two weeks ago.