Lewis Ferguson’s late penalty earned Aberdeen a dramatic draw with second-placed Celtic as Neil Lennon’s aspect went a 3rd match with out victory.
Ferguson received and scored the opener from the spot however Callum McGregor restored parity.
Ryan Hedges bundled in Aberdeen’s second just for Leigh Griffiths to rifle residence and make it 2-2.
Ryan Christie’s penalty put Celtic forward for the primary time however Ferguson levelled in an enthralling finale.
The 2 sides meet once more in subsequent Sunday’s rearranged Scottish Cup semi-final from the 2019-20 marketing campaign.
Celtic are three factors behind leaders Rangers, who host Livingston later, whereas Aberdeen, who beat Hamilton in midweek, are a degree behind third-placed Hibernian.
The moist and windy situations didn’t lend themselves to flowing soccer and Aberdeen gamers claimed unsuccessfully after Ross McCrorie’s header linked with Diego Laxalt’s shoulder.
Olivier Ntcham flashed a long-range effort bouncing simply previous Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis’s left-hand publish earlier than the hosts’ Dylan McGeouch picked up a knock and was changed by Connor McLennan.
Celtic have been dominant in possession for many of the first half however have been unable to transform that into probabilities, and when Ferguson was bundled over after getting the unsuitable aspect of Ntcham within the field, Aberdeen got the prospect to take a lead into half-time.
Scott Bain had changed Vasilis Barkas in objective for Celtic and the Scotland worldwide went proper as Ferguson drove left to register Aberdeen’s sixteenth profitable penalty in a row.
The house workforce would have been anticipating a response from Celtic and it got here early within the second interval as McGregor, their captain with Scott Brown on the bench, took issues into his personal arms.
The midfielder began the transfer from deep, slipped the ball to Tom Rogic, acquired the return move and stepped away from his defender earlier than ending with a low drive.
The Dons misplaced Marley Watkins and Ryan Edmondson to knocks and Scott Wright and Sam Cosgrove got here on to provide the hosts new impetus in assault.
And it proved very important as Cosgrove held off Shane Duffy to show and shoot within the field with Hedges available for the rebound after Bain blocked.
Brown and Griffiths took over from Ntcham and Albian Ajeti and Griffiths acquired Rogic’s move contained in the field for Celtic’s second equaliser, his rising shot flying previous the helpless Lewis.
Celtic may odor victory and Mohamed Elyounoussi acquired to Kristoffer Ajer’s cross earlier than Tommie Hoban solely to be introduced down, leaving Christie the duty to stroke the ball in from 12 yards.
However the drama was not over as Hedges squared for Connor McLennan, who was tripped by McGregor, and Cosgrove fired in opposition to the bar just for referee Willie Collum to convey play again for the foul. Ferguson stepped up once more and scored his third objective of the week.
Man of the match – Ryan Hedges
What did we study?
Substitutions proved key at Pittodrie with Cosgrove making his first look of the season after a knee harm proving well timed for Aberdeen’s second objective and in preparation for subsequent week’s semi-final.
Griffiths once more staked his declare together with his second objective instead this season which, in Odsonne Edouard’s absence, boosts Lennon.
Celtic had switched from three on the again to 4 throughout their midweek defeat by AC Milan and continued with the latter at Pittodrie.
However the defence frequently struggled to deal with Aberdeen when Derek McInnes’s aspect acquired into the ultimate third, because the lack of two penalties demonstrated. Lennon’s aspect have now conceded eight objectives in three video games, having misplaced to Rangers final weekend.
What did they are saying?
Aberdeen supervisor Derek McInnes: “I am simply glad we acquired one thing out of it as a result of it was not more than we deserved. We stated at half-time we all know Celtic will not lie down. I am disillusioned with a few the objectives.
“The penalty selections, the referee acquired all of them proper. Large selections he acquired proper. The gamers by no means gave it up and so they deserve wholeheartedly their level.”
Celtic supervisor Neil Lennon: “I am disillusioned we’ve not received it. We confirmed loads of character and persona to come back again twice after which we acquired our noses in entrance and I am disillusioned we’ve not seen it via.
“Defensively it is poor from our standpoint. Attacking-wise, notably second half, superb.”
Celtic go to Lille of their second Europa League group match on Thursday earlier than assembly Aberdeen once more at Hampden subsequent weekend.
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Fee gamers out of 10 all through or after the sport. The rater will shut half-hour after the ultimate whistle.
Ranking vary key = Give it up = Pure perfection
- 15McGeouchSubstituted forMcLennanat 26′minutes
- 40McCrorieBooked at 52mins
- 19FergusonBooked at 13mins
- 50WatkinsSubstituted forWrightat 56′minutes
- 32EdmondsonSubstituted forCosgroveat 58′minutes
- 42McGregorBooked at 9mins
- 21NtchamSubstituted forBrownat 70′minutes
- 18RogicSubstituted forTurnbullat 86′minutes
- 10AjetiSubstituted forGriffithsat 70′minutes
Reside Textual content
Match ends, Aberdeen 3, Celtic 3.
Second Half ends, Aberdeen 3, Celtic 3.
Try saved. Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside proper nook.
Try blocked. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Scott Wright.
Purpose! Aberdeen 3, Celtic 3. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside proper nook.
Penalty conceded by Callum McGregor (Celtic) after a foul within the penalty space.
Penalty Aberdeen. Lewis Ferguson attracts a foul within the penalty space.
Try missed. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outdoors the field is shut, however misses to the correct. Assisted by Ross McCrorie.
Substitution, Celtic. David Turnbull replaces Tomas Rogic.
Try missed. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is just too excessive from a direct free kick.
Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).
Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick on the correct wing.
Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).
Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Shane Duffy (Celtic).
Scott Wright (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Purpose! Aberdeen 2, Celtic 3. Ryan Christie (Celtic) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the underside proper nook.
Penalty Celtic. Mohamed Elyounoussi attracts a foul within the penalty space.