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Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Celtic: Mudryk shines again as Bhoys held in Warsaw

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 14 Sep 2022

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Celtic’s five-year wait for a group-stage victory in the Champions League was extended following a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw on Wednesday.

A dominant first half saw Ange Postecoglou’s side take the lead courtesy of an own goal from Artem Bondarenko, but Mykhailo Mudry’s impressive campaign continued as he netted the equaliser.

That Celtic opener came after just 10 minutes when Josip Juranovic’s clearance reached Sead Haksabanovic, who teed a pass through to Reo Hatate. His attempted cutback earned a deflection of Bondarenko and squirmed past Anatolii Trubin.

However, Shakhtar equalised against the run of play before the half-hour mark, with Celtic caught out defensively as Heorhii Sudakov sent Mudryk clear to smash high past Joe Hart, adding to his goal and two assists last week against RB Leipzig.

Four minutes later, Mudryk turned provider for ex-Bhoys man Marian Shved to convert, but the linesman’s flag was raised as the ball had already gone out of play on the goal line.

Celtic were back on top in the second half but squandered a series of chances to take all three points, settling instead for at least temporarily moving off the foot of Group F.

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