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UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Manchester City 1-1 Celtic - Player Ratings

Davis James
ANALYST
07 Dec 2016, 09:32 IST
Celtic Manchester City
Celtic’s best efforts weren’t enough to get them through to the Europa League

In the final Group Stage match of the Group C UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City hosted Celtic at the Etihad Stadium. The match ended in a 1-1 draw after both teams scored early on. Patrick Roberts’ goal for Celtic in the fourth minute was cancelled out by Kelechi Iheanacho three minutes later.

With City having already qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament, Guardiola would have been hoping for a good performance from his side to finish the group stage matches on a high. Celtic's chances of finishing third and making it to the UEFA Europa League, however, ended as the one point they gained was not sufficient to lift them up from fourth spot.

Here are the player ratings for all players who featured in the match:

Manchester City (3-5-2):

Willy Caballero (Goalkeeper): 6.5/10

Caballero made some fumbles early on in the game, one of which ultimately led to Celtic's opener. However, he redeemed himself during the rest of the match making five saves.

Bacary Sagna: 7/10

Sagna was a calm presence at the back for Man City and made important tackles and won aerial battles.

Tosin Adarabioyo: 6.5/10

Adarabioyo, after a dodgy start, looked more self-assured as the game progressed and kept things simple at the centre of the back three.

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Gael Clichy: 6.5/10

Clichy played a vital part in City's defence and linked up well with the midfield. The Frenchman was not able to prevent Roberts from scoring a brilliant goal cutting in from the right flank.

Pablo Maffeo: 6/10

Maffeo put in a decent shift playing as the wing-back. His defensive performance was affected a bit as he was unable to keep Celtic winger, James Forrest quiet during much of the first half.

Fernando: 7/10

The Brazilian midfielder was a rock as the defensive force in midfield as he cut out many Celtic attacks through the middle. He also passed the ball well from defence to attack.

Pablo Zabaleta: 6.5/10

Zabaleta played in the centre midfield position, however, he looked calm and at ease in a position that he usually does not play in. Created a great chance for Iheanacho in the first half that the striker failed to finish.

Ilkay Gundogan: 7/10

Gundogan was brilliant in the midfield as he ran the show for Man City, making incisive passes and creating chances along with carrying out his defensive duties.

Leroy Sane: 6.5/10

Sane played as the left wing-back and had a decent game there. His attacking prowess was hampered as he had to track back to defend. Gave away the ball in a bad position to Celtic that led to their fourth-minute goal.

Nolito: 7/10

Nolito created a few chances for his side with one of them being the assist to Iheanacho's equalising goal. Had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half.

Kelechi Iheanacho: 7.5/10

Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho showed his potential once again

Iheanacho made a great finish to level things for Man City three minutes after they conceded. The 20-year-old could have had a few more goals had he kept a cool head in front of goal.

Substitutes:

Jesus Navas: 6/10

Navas came on as a sub for Maffeo for the last 30 minutes and helped his side in not letting in more goals.


Celtic (4-2-3-1):

Patrick Roberts
Patrick Roberts’s early strike gave Celtic hope

Craig Gordon (Goalkeeper): 6.5/10

Gordon did not have a lot to do as he made only save throughout the game. The 33-year-old could have made a better effort in trying to parry away Iheanacho's strike that became a goal.

Mikael Lustig: 7/10

Lustig was good for Celtic at right-back defensively as well as during attack. He provided the assist to Roberts for his goal.

Jozo Simunovic: 6.5/10

Simunovic was good with the ball as he passed well, however, was not able to stop Iheanacho from getting his shot away to score for Man City.

Erik Sviatchenko: 6/10

Sviatchenko did not have a great game at centre-back for Celtic as he did not make a single tackle.

Emilio Izaguirre: 6.5/10

Izaguirre put in a good shift through the left flank for Celtic constantly helping in attack and sending in crosses.

Scott Brown: 6.5/10

The Celtic captain played in front of the defence and made a few important tackles and interceptions to cut out City's attacks.

Tom Rogic: 6.5/10

Rogic was lively in the midfield and was not afraid to shoot from distance. He also made a few tackles showing his defensive side.

Stuart Armstrong: 6/10

Armstrong did not have a lot of impact in the midfield for Celtic. The 24-year-old took the set pieces for his side and could have done better with his delivery.

Patrick Roberts: 7.5/10

The Man City loanee took the one chance he had and made it count as he dribbled past the City defence to score a brilliant goal for Celtic.

James Forrest: 7/10

Forrest was unlucky to have come off after 50 minutes with an injury as he was the most energetic player for Celtic for much of the first half. The winger tormented Maffeo as he ran consistently at the Man City defence.

Moussa Dembele: 6/10

Moussa Dembele
A frustating night for the youngster

Dembele had a relatively quiet game up front for Celtic. The 20-year-old failed to score from the chances that were created for his with a header in the first half being his best chance.

Substitutes:

Gary Mackay-Steven: 6.5/10

Although he might not have had the same impact as Forrest, who he replaced, Mackay-Steven had a golden opportunity to score that was thwarted by Caballero during the last 10 minutes of the match.

Leigh Griffiths: 6/10

Griffiths came on as a sub for Dembele for the last 15 minutes or so. Few minutes after he came on, Griffiths had a chance to score, one that he missed by a whisker.

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