The Scottish champions were on the brink of being dumped out of the
competition after Lars Stindl's first-half goal looked to be enough to send the
travelling Celtic supporters home disappointed, but Julian Korb was sent off
when he felled Dembele in the box 15 minutes from time.
Dembele made no mistake in scoring his fifth Champions League goal of the
season to help his side salvage superfly
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To do so, Rogic's Celtic will have to take points from their remaining games
against Manchester City and Barcelona and it might yet be that third place in
Group C – and a place in the UEFA Europa League – will be the best they can
realistically achieve.Gladbach, meanwhile, will regret failing to attack Celtic
with the flair and verve on display in Glasgow two weeks earlier when they ran
out 2-0 winners.
The hosts made a confident start, and Celtic struggled to get out of their
own half while Thorgan Hazard orchestrated a string of early chances for the
Just as Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong started to show what Celtic can do
with the ball, Gladbach broke quickly out of defence and only a good save from
Craig Gordon prevented Tobias Strobl from making it 1-0.
Having weathered the early pressure, Celtic went within a whisker of the lead
when Cristian Gamboa's cross found Scott Sinclair, who curled an elegant shot
onto the inside of the post – only to see it bounce clear of Yann Sommer's
Gladbach have struggled to score in the Bundesliga recently, but they looked
every bit the clinical attacking outfit when Christoph Kramer's pass fed Hazard,
whose cross mercurial
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Victory VI black no chance.
Moussa Dembele forged a chance to equalise before half time, but Armstrong
blasted his shot well over the crossbar to leave Celtic trailing at the
Stindl fluffed his lines when put clean through by Stobl early in the second
v grey half and Fabian Johnson put a great chance wide when a Scott
Brown error allowed Gladbach a clear run in on goal.
Andre Hahn rattled the post after Gladbach pounced on an Armstrong error and
put together a fluent attacking move, the hosts looking on course for three
Dembele had other ideas as he gave Sommer his first real test of the season
with a powerful shot that the goalkeeper did well to parry away.
And the game turned after 75 minutes, when Korb dragged the striker to the
floor as the Celtic striker advanced on goal.
He duly converted from the spot to rescue the point, and keep Celtic's hopes
alive with two games to play.
The equaliser and the man advantage came too late for Celtic to snatch a
dramatic victory, though, with substitute Callum McGregor missing a golden
opportunity to make it 2-1 at the death.