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Celtic rue missed chances in Shakhtar Donetsk draw

Celtic picked up their first Champions League point but were once again left to rue missed opportunities as they drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk.

They made a blistering start in Warsaw and took an early lead when Artem Bondarenko turned Reo Hatate’s ball into his own net.

Ange Postecoglou’s side continued to dominate, but a quick counterattack saw Mykhailo Mudryk pull Shakhtar level.

That sparked the Ukrainian side to life and former Hoops winger Marian Shved had the ball in the net again before half-time, but it was disallowed as the ball went out of play before Mudryk’s pass.

Celtic dominated the second half but, just as they did in the early stages of their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid last week, they passed up chances and failed to find a winner.

Postecoglou’s team now have one point from their opening two matches in Group F while Shakhtar Donetsk move onto four.

The Ukrainian side, who have been displaced from their home stadium since 2014, attracted a near capacity crowd of close to 30,000 in Legia Warsaw’s stadium but the vast majority of noise came from the away fans.

There was no minute’s silence for the Queen following discussions between both clubs and UEFA but both sets of players wore black armbands.

Ange Postecoglou made two changes from the starting XI in their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid. Sead Haksabanovic made his first start as Liel Abada dropped to the bench. Kyogo Furuhashi returned in place of Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Matt O’Riley played in Kyogo Furuhashi in the opening minute but Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin got a foot to the striker’s shot to divert it wide.

Greg Taylor’s driven cross was deflected just too far in front of the Japan forward and O’Riley had an effort saved before Celtic took the lead in the 10th minute.

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