Gorgeous Celtic Street squandered missed chances against Shakhtar

Celtic couldn’t build on their dominant start to their Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk as they drew a frustrating 1-1 draw in Poland.

Rio Hatat’s superiority outside the team’s defense led to an early lead for Celtic, but Mikhailo Modric equalized in the 29th minute.

Ange Postecoglou’s men survived more pressure before reasserting their supremacy after the break.
However, substitute Giorgos Giacomakis lost the best of a string of chances for Celtic to claim their first European win of the season.

Having also squandered chances during their opening defeat to Real Madrid, Celtic now face another trip to RB Leipzig.

The positive starting point continued for Shakhtar in Group F after their surprise victory over Leipzig last week.
The Ukrainian side, who have been homeless since 2014, drew a crowd of nearly 30,000 at the Legia Warsaw stadium, but the vast majority of the noise came from the visiting fans.

There was no minute’s silence for the Queen after discussions between both clubs and UEFA, but both teams wore black armbands.

Outside the stadium, some visiting fans voiced their anti-monarchy views. A sign at the Celtic end reads “F*** the Crown” while another reads “Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan,” a reference to the intruder who broke into the Queen’s Buckingham Palace bedroom in 1982.

Early in the game there was a chant of “If you hate the royals, clap your hands” but soon Celtic fans had some positive play for late.

Matt O’Reilly played in Kyogo Furuhashi in the first minute but Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoly Tropin rebounded to the striker’s shot to turn it wide.

Kyogo Furuhashi kicked a shot on goal

Greg Taylor’s cross veered too far in front of the Japan striker and O’Reilly saved an effort before Celtic took the lead in the 10th minute.

The slash found Josip Juranović, master Haksapanovic, who was in his prime for the club. The winger contributed to Hatat’s attacking line, and the midfielder’s shot deviated from Artem Bondarenko and entered. Furhashi could have netted it but chose to leave it only to be counted as an own goal.

Celtic continued to cause many problems for Shakhtar in passing and movement, but the Ukrainian side regained its balance.

A pass into former right-back Legia Juranović put left winger Modric ahead of goal and he shot wide into the net.

The goal gave Donetsk a major boost and former Celtic winger Marian Schved quickly netted the ball. And Shevid, who has only made three matches for Hobbs, was denied a dream goal with an offside flag against provider Modric.

Then Joe Hart parried Schwedd Curling’s effort before Celtic got a chance to regroup at halftime.

They started again well and Jota’s curling effort scattered seconds into the second half but Shakhtar eliminated the danger.

The Portuguese winger twice came close to scoring unforgettable goals but was blocked at the end of the impressively impressive kicks.

O’Riley threatened on a number of occasions and behind him, David Turnbull, shot at close range of 25 yards.

Daisen Maeda saw an acrobatic volley on goal and another substitute, Giacomakis, missed Celtic’s best chance to win five minutes from time. Taylor’s pass picked the Greek striker’s usually accurate pass unchecked but he fired a left-footed shot from 14 yards.

Maeda also had a chance but the Japanese striker fired wide as he slipped to meet Juranović’s cross.

Giacomakis then beat the goalkeeper with a cross but saw him not have enough strength to move away from the retreating Shakhtar defender, who prevented her from crossing the goal line.

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