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  • CHAMPIONS FIGHT BACK TO EDGE SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER

    CHAMPIONS FIGHT BACK TO EDGE SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER

    By: Mark Henderson on 03 Dec, 2016 14:31

  • Scottish Premiership
    Fir Park, Motherwell
    Saturday, December 3, 2016

    MOTHERWELL...3
    (Moult 3, 35, Ainsworth 71)

    CELTIC...4
    (McGregor 48, Roberts 70, Armstrong 72, Rogic 90)

    TOM Rogic’s sensational last-gasp goal saw Celtic complete a stunning second-half comeback against Motherwell at Fir Park to edge an extraordinary seven-goal thriller.

    The Hoops trailed 2-0 at the interval through Louis Moult’s double but they rallied superbly in the second half to draw level thanks to Callum McGregor and Patrick Roberts.

    Just moments after Roberts had equalised, however, Lionel Ainsworth put the hosts back in front but, remarkably, Stuart Armstrong restored parity again almost straight from the restart.

    Roared on by the travelling support, Brendan Rodgers’ side piled on the pressure in the closing stages and got their rewards as Rogic curled into the far corner, sealing an incredible victory which stretches their lead at the top of the table to 11 points with two games in hand.

    Kolo Toure made his appearance in around seven weeks in the only change to the side that triumphed against Aberdeen in the League Cup final six days ago.

    The central defender, who had not featured since the UEFA Champions League meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach on October 19 due to injury, replaced Erik Sviatchenko in the heart of the backline for the league clash in Lanarkshire.

    Before the match got underway a minute of silence was impeccably observed by both sets of supporters in memory of the Chapecoense football team following the tragic plane crash in Columbia earlier this week.

    Craig Gordon had not been beaten in his previous eight domestic matches but it only three minutes for that record to come to an end as the home side opened the scoring.

    A raking pass over from the top from former Celtic skipper Stephen McManus picked out Moult, who lobbed the ball over the Hoops goalkeeper with a first-time shot.

    Celtic responded with a wave of pressure, with Roberts embarking on some mazy runs, one of which almost led to an opening for Moussa Dembele, but the Steelemen held firm.

    At the other end, they remained a threat on the counter and Jozo Simunovic had to make an important block from Chris Cadden’s cutback.

    Although the Hoops were struggling to find their normal fluency, they still worked their way into a number of promising positions, with Roberts having a shot blocked and Forrest firing wide from Dembele’s return pass.

    Moult flicked Cadden’s cross wide of the far post before a slick interchange of passing from the Bhoys allowed Forrest to find some space in the box. His low delivery found Roberts but the winger was unable to release a shot under pressure from a host of Motherwell defenders.

    The lively Armstrong had a couple of attempts, one from which distance which whizzed inches wide, and Dembele was unable to get the ball under control when racing into the box as the champions’ frustrations continued.

    And 10 minutes before half-time, they found themselves two goals adrift. Ross MacLean delivered a pinpoint cross from the left and Moult was on hand to volley home at the far post.

    In order to spark a resurgence from his side, the manager made a tactical switch for the start of the second half, moving to a back-three, with Roberts and James Forrest providing the width.

    And there was an instant response as McGregor, on as a first-half substitute for Emilio Izaguirre, reduced arrears. Darting into the box, the midfielder collected a return pass from Dembele and lashed a shot into the corner.

    Playing with greater purpose and tempo, Celtic roared forward, with Rogic and Forrest coming closest as the Motherwell defence desperately threw themselves in front of a series of shots and Samson made a number of smart saves.

    Eventually the intense pressure paid off. Armstrong did well to reach the byline and his cross was headed in at the far post by Roberts.

    That was the cue for an astonishing 60 seconds as first Motherwell restored their lead through substitute Ainsworth, who volleyed in at the far post, and then Armstrong steered a shot beyond Samson to tie the game up at 3-3.

    It was all Celtic now as they launched wave after wave of attack and in the 90th minute they completed the turnaround.

    Collecting a pass in the box, Rogic cut inside and then found the far corner with a stunning finish to send the away support into raptures.

    CELTIC (4-1-2-3) Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Toure, Izaguirre; Brown (McGregor 30); Rogic, Armstrong; Roberts (Bitton 90 +1) Dembele, Forrest (Gamboa 90 +3)
    Not Used: De Vries, Mackay-Steven, Christie, Boyata

    MOTHERWELL (4-4-1-1) Samson; Tait (Bowman 90 +1) Heneghan, McManus, Hammell; Cadden (Ainsworth 69), Lasley, Clay, MacLean (McMillan 73); McDonald, Moult
    Not Used: Brill, Thomas, Ferguson, Campbell

    Website Man of the Match: Stuart Armstrong

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