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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Christie earns draw to keep Hoops in hunt

Rennes 1 Celtic 1

Celtic's Ryan Christie equalises from a penalty shot during the Europa League Group E draw with Rennes at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, France. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Celtic's Ryan Christie equalises from a penalty shot during the Europa League Group E draw with Rennes at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, France. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Ryan Christie's second-half penalty earned Celtic a 1-1 draw with Rennes in their opening Europa League group game in France after they held on with 10 men in a frantic finale.

The Scottish champions fell behind to a spot-kick after some rash defending from Kristoffer Ajer before James Forrest was fouled in the box and Christie converted in the 59th minute.

Celtic's Jonny Hayes is tackled by Rennes' Hamari Traore during the Europa League clash at the Roazhon Park stadium. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Celtic's Jonny Hayes is tackled by Rennes' Hamari Traore during the Europa League clash at the Roazhon Park stadium. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Neil Lennon's side showed plenty of attacking intent and were well worth their point in Brittany but they had to survive a man down after late substitute Vakoun Bayo received two yellow cards in quick succession.

An unchanged Celtic side showed plenty of ambition and, after a sustained period of possession, Mohamed Elyounoussi was inches away from connecting with Bolingoli's low cross.

The hosts went straight up the park and forced a two-on-two counter-attack but Christopher Jullien produced an excellent tackle.

That was a rare moment of danger before Ajer gifted the hosts a penalty.

The Norwegian panicked as Niang turned him and brought the striker down. Niang waited for Forster to make his move and picked the opposite side of the net.

But Neil Lennon's side only had eight minutes to wait. Christie picked up a loose pass and fed Forrest, who made the most of Damien Da Silva's wild swing to go down. Christie kept his composure to find the corner.

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