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Hibernian 2-2 Celtic

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Highlights: Hibernian 2-2 Celtic

Hibernian scored twice in a breathtaking final 15 minutes as they came from 2-0 down to hold Celtic.

Two Scott Sinclair goals within five second-half minutes appeared to have put Celtic on their way to victory.

The winger pounced after Odsonne Edouard's effort came off the post, then had a shot deflected in off Hibs midfielder Marvin Bartley.

But former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose's shot deflected in off Scott Brown and Oli Shaw fired the equaliser.

It was end-to-end action thereafter, with chances missed at both ends and Celtic relying on Mikael Lustig's clearance off the line from another Shaw attempt in the final seconds to extend their domestic run without defeat to 68 games.

Hibs had also been close to ending that run before drawing by the same scoreline in Glasgow in September - then lost to Brendan Rodgers' side in a thrilling Scottish League Cup semi-final.

The latest draw means the champions end the weekend with their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership from Rangers and Aberdeen reduced to five points, although Celtic have a game in hand.

Celtic's Scott Sinclair scored against Hibs
Scott Sinclair scored twice to put Celtic 2-0 ahead at Easter Road

This was an epic tussle that got better and better as the day wore on. The closing stages were so frenetic it rendered the biting cold an irrelevance.

It was bonkers and utterly brilliant. Maybe - probably - the game of the season.

It was embodied in the personal joust between John McGinn and Brown. McGinn is not the sort to be cowed by anybody and Brown, obviously, is not a man to back away from a challenge from a young dog.

It was an excellent feature of an afternoon that looked all Celtic and then, in a blur, became all about Hibs.

Interestingly, it was a day that came and went without Leigh Griffiths. Edouard, ineffective up front, started the game and, later on, Moussa Dembele came on. Griffiths, back in his old stomping ground, remained on the bench.

Celtic have played some big games in the past six weeks - Champions League matches against Anderlecht, PSG and Bayern Munich, a cup final against Motherwell and high-profile league matches against Aberdeen and this one against Hibs.

Griffiths, the one-time go-to man, has not started any. It would appear that, at the moment, the Scot has fallen to third in Rodgers' pecking order.

The visitors really should have gone ahead early on when Dylan McGeouch had a hair-brained moment in defence, gifting the ball to James Forrest, who was immediately one-on-one with Ofir Marciano.

Given Forrest's fine goalscoring form this season, you would have lumped every last penny on him scoring, but he did not. It was as if he was shocked to get the opportunity then lost all composure when pulling it wide.

Celtic turned the screw slowly. They began to dictate the tempo and Hibs dropped deeper and deeper to survive. Eight minutes into the second half, Sinclair got away from Steven Whittaker and Marciano stopped his shot with his feet, but that opening goal would come soon enough.

It could - and should - have been claimed by Edouard, who hit the inside of a post from close range, but the ricochet off the woodwork fell kindly for Sinclair, who rifled it home.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon looks shocked against Celtic
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon thought his Hibs side had clinched a famous win

Four minutes later, Sinclair scored again when the space opened up in front of him and his shot was deflected beyond Marciano.

That looked to be that. But no.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon thought about bringing on Simon Murray, then changed his mind and launched Shaw instead. Some McGinn excellence was the catalyst for Ambrose's goal.

These were madcap moments. An Ambrose blunder allowed Dembele in and only a Marciano save rescued Hibs.

Marciano saved again within minutes, this time from the hat-trick-seeking Sinclair. Then, the equaliser. Easter Road went berserk.

Celtic got themselves in a disorganised mess at the back and Hibs made them pay. Anthony Stokes and Lewis Stevenson set it up for Shaw. who scored just as he had when coming off the bench against Celtic in the semi-final.

What a thrilling comeback it was - and what a frenetic and sensational endgame too. Dedryck Boyota was fortunate to avoid a second yellow with a late foul and then popped up in the Hibs box to almost head the winner, his effort flying over.

With seconds left, Gordon inexplicably dropped a high ball and, for a moment, it looked certain that Celtic's 67-game winning run was about to end.

Shaw - what a prospect this boy looks - was on to it in a flash and drilled his shot goalwards. Just as the Hibs fans were about to rejoice, Lustig flew in and blocked it.

Even then, there was another thrust. Celtic broke free and Sinclair had yet another chance.

This time, his shot was blasted over to the accompanying gasps of every last man, woman and child in Easter Road. An astonishing, breathless game. Wonderful.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 3WhittakerSubstituted forMcGregorat 83'minutes
  • 25Ambrose
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Boyle
  • 10McGeouch
  • 6BartleyBooked at 66minsSubstituted forShawat 72'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 20BarkerSubstituted forSlivkaat 82'minutes
  • 28Stokes

Substitutes

  • 8Slivka
  • 9Matulevicius
  • 15Murray
  • 24McGregor
  • 32Shaw
  • 36Porteous
  • 41Dabrowski

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 5Simunovic
  • 20BoyataBooked at 34mins
  • 63Tierney
  • 21NtchamBooked at 85minsSubstituted forArmstrongat 86'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forHayesat 80'minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 11Sinclair
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forDembeleat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 9Griffiths
  • 10Dembele
  • 14Armstrong
  • 15Hayes
  • 24de Vries
  • 35Ajer
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
20,193

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 2.

Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Jonny Hayes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Moussa Dembele (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Jonny Hayes (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Stuart Armstrong replaces Olivier Ntcham.

Booking

Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Ntcham (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Darren McGregor replaces Steven Whittaker.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Vykintas Slivka replaces Brandon Barker because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Jonny Hayes replaces James Forrest.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Celtic 2. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Stevenson.

Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Celtic 2. Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Marvin Bartley.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Moussa Dembele replaces Odsonne Edouard.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Tierney (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 0, Celtic 2. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Hibernian).

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 10th December 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic16115038102838
2Rangers17103435191633
3Aberdeen1710342520533
4Hibernian178632619730
5Motherwell167272222023
6Hearts175661519-421
7St Johnstone166371723-621
8Kilmarnock174671924-518
9Hamilton174582327-417
10Dundee1743101727-1015
11Ross County1743101526-1115
12Partick Thistle162591329-1611
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