Europa League - Group A
FenerbahçeFenerbahçe1CelticCeltic1

Fenerbahce 1-1 Celtic

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium
Kris Commons scores for Celtic against Fenerbahce
Commons' diving header restored parity for Celtic

Celtic ended their Europa League campaign without a victory but at least salvaged some pride with a draw.

They looked to be heading for a fourth straight European defeat when Lazar Markovic slid in the only goal of the first half.

But Diego's red card for a petulant kick at Stefan Johansen with a quarter of the game to go gave Celtic the lift they needed.

And substitute Kris Commons headed in to earn his side point.

An unwanted record

The result was enough to ensure progress to the last 32 for Fenerbahce, while Celtic finish bottom on three points.

It marks the first time Celtic have gone through a group stage of a European competition without recording a single victory.

Fenerbahce manager Vitor Pereira had noted before the match that Celtic had been unlucky in Group A.

But fortune was on their side as Diego's dismissal allowed them back into a game in which they had not been able to muster a shot on target.

Diego and Stefan Johansen
Diego and Johansen clashed early on and the Brazilian was eventually sent off for kicking the Norwegian

The hapless Nadir Ciftci, starting his first match since the middle of October, typified that as he laboured over Celtic's best chance, allowing Abdoulaye Ba to recover when a fit and in-form striker would have allowed him no such chance.

Commons showed far more clinical instinct as he made a late run into the box to head Mikael Lustig's cross into the top corner and send the visiting fans into delirium.

Self-inflicted damage

Yet as so often has been the case during this campaign, Celtic's principal problem was their failure to keep the opposition at bay.

Individual errors have contributed to dropped points in every match, though the guilty party on this occasion had already kept his side level with stunning saves from Mehmet Topal and Josef de Souza.

So it was all the more remarkable to see Craig Gordon misjudge Gokhan Gonul's through ball, missing it entirely, allowing Markovic the opportunity to roll the ball in from a tight angle despite the despairing efforts of three defenders on the line.

Lazar Markovic scores for Fenerbahce against Celtic
Markovic finds the net after evading goalkeeper Gordon

To Celtic's credit, they refused to buckle after that setback and though unable to create a great deal, they did not allow the Turks to inflict greater damage on their goal.

Lessons learned

Ronny Deila had spoken of the need not to simply go through the motions in this match, but rather to learn from it.

Deila will certainly have learned that he remains short of striking options in the absence of Leigh Griffiths, with nothing on the bench to allow him to replace the struggling Ciftci.

Kieran Tierney again showed remarkable maturity at left-back and is the one shining light for Deila and Celtic in this campaign.

More generally, Celtic still display a propensity to give the ball away in dangerous situations - a trait that will have to be cut out if they are to make headway in next season's Champions League.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila
Deila has now had two Europa League group campaigns as Celtic manager

Line-ups

Fenerbahçe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 40Ribeiro de Freitas
  • 77Gönül
  • 53BaBooked at 51mins
  • 22Bruno Alves
  • 3Ali Kaldirim
  • 6De Souza Dias
  • 5Topal
  • 10Ribas da CunhaBooked at 67mins
  • 50MarkovicSubstituted forTufanat 83'minutes
  • 9Viana de SantanaSubstituted forErkinat 86'minutes
  • 26Potuk

Substitutes

  • 1Demirel
  • 8Tufan
  • 15Zeybek
  • 19Ozbayrakli
  • 24Kadlec
  • 28Civelek
  • 88Erkin

Celtic

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigBooked at 90mins
  • 20BoyataBooked at 83mins
  • 5SimunovicBooked at 14mins
  • 63TierneyBooked at 90mins
  • 6Bitton
  • 25JohansenBooked at 5minsSubstituted forRogicat 74'minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 19AllanSubstituted forCommonsat 74'minutes
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forForrestat 63'minutes
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 4Ambrose
  • 15Commons
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 18Rogic
  • 26Bailly
  • 49Forrest
Referee:
Serge Gumienny
Attendance:
35,372

Match Stats

Home TeamFenerbahçeAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fenerbahçe 1, Celtic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fenerbahçe 1, Celtic 1.

  3. Booking

    Mikael Lustig (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Celtic. Kris Commons tries a through ball, but Nadir Ciftci is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

  7. Booking

    Kieran Tierney (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Alper Potuk (Fenerbahçe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Caner Erkin (Fenerbahçe).

  11. Post update

    Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Alper Potuk (Fenerbahçe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Fenerbahçe. Caner Erkin replaces Fernandao.

  15. Post update

    Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

  17. Post update

    Abdoulaye Ba (Fenerbahçe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

  19. Booking

    Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Fenerbahçe. Ozan Tufan replaces Lazar Markovic.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 10th December 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde6321107311
2Fenerbahçe62317619
3Ajax61416607
4Celtic6033812-43

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool624064210
2FC Sion62315509
3Rubin Kazan61326606
4Bordeaux604257-24

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar641194513
2B Dortmund6312105510
3PAOK Salonika61413307
4FK Qabala6024212-102

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli66002231918
2FC Midtjylland6213612-67
3Club Bruges6123411-75
4Legia Warsaw6114410-64

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna6501106415
2Villarreal6411126613
3Viktoria Plzen6114810-24
4Dinamo Minsk6105311-83

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga641174313
2Marseille6402127512
3Slovan Liberec621368-27
4FC Groningen602428-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6420136714
2Saint-Étienne623110739
3Dnipropetrovsk621368-27
4Rosenborg6024412-82

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow6321127511
2Sporting63121411310
3Besiktas62317619
4Skenderbeu6105413-93

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411105513
2Fiorentina6312116510
3Lech Poznan612326-45
4Belenenses612328-65

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham6411126613
2Anderlecht631286210
3Monaco613259-46
4FK Qarabag611448-44

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke64201531214
2Sparta Prague6330105512
3Asteras Tripolis6114412-84
4Apoel Nicosia6105312-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao6411168813
2Augsburg6303121119
3Partizan Belgrade63031014-49
4AZ Alkmaar6114813-54
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