Sports

Motherwell and Celtic Tie 1-1

Source link

Jon Obika’s late goal earned Motherwell a point against Celtic, who both missed and scored a penalty.

His equaliser came just four minutes after David Turnbull’s penalty looked like it would consign his former club to another defeat.

But the visitors, who had not won in nine games, piled on some late pressure and took advantage as Obika headed home Blair Spittal’s corner.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Celtic, who saw Luis Palma’s penalty saved by Liam Kelly and Matt O’Riley’s late header deflected past the post.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are now nine points ahead of Rangers, who have two games in hand, while Motherwell are eighth.

Celtic frustrated by Motherwell

Image:
Celtic’s Mikey Johnston looks dejected after Motherwell equalise

Motherwell survived 10 minutes of stoppage time to get their second draw in succession at Parkhead and only a third point in their last 10 matches.

Stuart Kettlewell’s side also came within seconds of getting a point against Celtic at Fir Park during that run, only for O’Riley to net moments after Spittal had equalised.

Kelly made two good stops early on, from O’Riley’s first-time strike and a header from team-mate Stephen O’Donnell as he defended Palma’s inswinging corner.

Team news

Celtic only made one change from the side that beat Aberdeen 6-0, with Anthony Ralston coming in for Canada right-back Alistair Johnston

Motherwell lined up with Calum Butcher in midfield ahead of a three-man central defence,with Mika Biereth up front on his own.

The visitors generally protected Kelly for the majority of the first period, though, and grew in confidence towards the end of the half.

O’Donnell had an effort cleared from the goalmouth by Cameron Carter-Vickers, with Joe Hart stranded after a ball over the top, before Dan Casey fired over from the loose ball.

The Celtic goalkeeper then produced a diving parry from Harry Paton’s well-struck effort from 20 yards.

Rodgers decided a half-time change was needed and brought on striker Hyeon-gyu Oh for midfielder Odin Thiago Holm, although Kyogo Furuhashi dropped deeper as a result.

After a scrappy start to the second half, Furuhashi sparked the move that led to Celtic’s first penalty in the 66th minute when he won the ball on the halfway line and drove forward before releasing Palma.

The winger’s low delivery was nearly turned into his own net by Bevis Mugabi,only for Kelly to save, and the defender’s sliding challenge brought down Oh as the South Korean prepared to convert the rebound.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Celtic are awarded a peanlty as Bevius Mugabi fouls Oh Hyeon-gyu in the box . during a cinch Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park, on November 25, 2023, in Glasgow,  Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Image:
Celtic’s first penalty came after Mugabi brought down Oh

Mugabi escaped with a yellow card from Steven McLean after making a genuine attempt to play the ball and Motherwell survived the spot-kick as Kelly dived to his right to stop Palma’s effort after the Honduran had halted his run-up.

Palma had scored from the spot against Aberdeen but became the third Celtic player to miss a penalty this season following Reo Hatate and Turnbull.

Celtic brought on Turnbull and Mikey Johnston in the immediate aftermath of the miss.

It was one-way traffic now and Johnston set up a glorious chance for Hyun-jun Yang as the South Korean ran into the middle to meet the winger’s cross. However, he sent his free header wide of a post.

Liam Scales soon came close with a more difficult header as his effort drifted wide of the far post from Turnbull’s corner, but the danger was not over for Motherwell as replays showed Butcher had held back Johnston as he followed in the header.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: David Turnbull scores to make it 1-0 Celtic  during a cinch Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park, on November 25, 2023, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Image:
David Turnbull fired Celtic ahead from the penalty spot

McLean pointed to the spot after taking a look at the incident on the monitor.

With Palma off, Turnbull stepped up and dispatched the ball right into the bottom corner for his seventh goal of the season.

Kettlewell immediately brought on two strikers to join fellow substitute Obika up front and the extra bodies paid dividends as they won a corner which sparked the equaliser from their only second-half effort at goal.

What’s next?


Sunday 3rd December 11:00am


Kick off 12:00pm


Celtic’s attention turns to the Champions League with a game away to Lazio on Tuesday night.

Their next Scottish Premiership match is away to St Johnstone on December 3, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 12pm.

Motherwell’s next league game is at home to Dundee on December 2.

(The following story may or may not have been edited by NEUSCORP.COM and was generated automatically from a Syndicated Feed. NEUSCORP.COM also bears no responsibility or liability for the content.)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button