Leipzig late show sends Celtic out of Champions League

Timo Werner of RB Leipzig shoots at goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Celtic FC and RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on October 11, 2022 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

A last-gasp header by Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger rescued a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk after the Ukrainian side had taken the lead in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ange Postecoglou and Celtic’s hopes of progression are all but over after a 2-0 home loss to RB Leipzig. Celtic remain anchored to the bottom of Group F with one point, four behind third-placed Shakhtar and nine goals worse off on goal difference.

Elsewhere, Chelsea beat 10-man AC Milan to remain top of Group E, while Paris Saint-Germain are three games without a win in all competitions after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Benfica.

Shakhtar went ahead one minute into the second half in Warsaw when Bogdan Mykhaylichenko found Oleksandr Zubkov unmarked in Real’s box and the midfielder nodded home into the bottom right corner.

However, Rudiger levelled five minutes into stoppage time by taking advantage of a neat pass from midfielder Toni Kroos to deny Shakhtar a famous victory. The late flurry saw German Rudiger bloodied after appearing to cop an elbow from Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin, who was also injured as the match was delayed further after the equalising goal.

The draw did at least stop Real from immediately advancing to the knockout stage, although Carlo Ancelotti’s men can secure their spot in their next group game at Leipzig on October 25.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham came to the rescue to earn a 1-1 draw against visitors Sevilla that sent Manchester City through to the next round and made the Germans wait longer to qualify.

Champions League matchday 4 results

Tuesdays :

Maccabi Haifa 2 Juventus 0

Copenhagen 0 Manchester City 0

PSG 1 Benfica 1

Dinamo Zagreb 1 RB Salzburg 1

Borussia Dortmund 1 Sevilla 1

AC Milan 0 Chelsea 2

Celtic 0 RB Leipzig 2

Shakhtar Donetsk 1 Real Madrid 1

Wednesday fixtures:

Napoli v Ajax, Atletico Madrid v Club Brugge.

Bayer Leverkusen v Porto, Rangers v Liverpool, Barcelona v Inter Milan, Viktoria Plzen v Bayern Munich, Tottenham v Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting v Marseille.

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