Pep Guardiola’s perfect run at Manchester City has finally ended with a 3-3 draw in Champions League Group play on Wednesday when his club played Celtic to a 3-3 draw. Three times in the match they fell behind by a goal and three times they were able to equalize with one of their own. It started only three minutes into the match when the home team, coming off a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of Barcelona on Match Day One, scored on a header from Dembele.
Fernandinho answered a few minutes later for City with a beautiful left footer just inside the post. Raheem Sterling deflected a cross into the City net for an own goal at the 20 minute mark, but eight minutes later he tied the game up once again with a goal for City.
In the second half, Dembele struck again quickly to put Celtic ahead again. City got the equalizer at 55 minutes from Nicolito, his first City goal. Neither side could score again after that and the match ended at 3-3. With the result and Barcelona’s 2-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, City now trails Barca by two points in the standings with Celtic in third with one point. The two teams meet again at Etihad on December 6th.
Manchester City will no try to get back on the winning side this weekend in a huge Premier League match against second place Tottenham Hotspur. City has a perfect 18 points after six matches and the second place Spurs have 14. A Spurs win would pull them to within one point of the top spot in the standings.
Under Guardiola, City had won 10 matches in a row in all competitions until the 3-3 draw. While disappointing that the win streak is over, a draw on the road is still a good result. City needs only to finish in the top two of their group to advance the the Knockout Stage of the Champions League and they hold a hefty 11 goal lead over Celtic plus their three point advantage. And Celtic still has to come play them at their home.