Manchester City and Celtic played out a low-key 1-1 draw as both teams concluded their Champions League group stage amidst crowd troubles at the Etihad Stadium.
Although City is guaranteed of second place in Group C and Celtic eliminated with no chance of Europa League football, Celtic started in impressive fashion and on-loan winger Patrick Roberts gave them a fourth-minute lead against his parent club with a crisp finish – an advantage that lasted four minutes before Kelechi Iheanacho drove an angled drive high past Craig Gordon.
The goals seemed to slow the game down, as both teams clearly looked satisfied to let it conclude with the goals. Celtic almost lead, but substitutes Leigh Griffiths and Gary Mackay-Steven wasted late opportunities.
On the other hand City could face fresh sanction from UEFA after crowd trouble in their Champions League group game against Celtic on Tuesday night – fighting broke out among several supporters in the 73rd minute before it was contained by a heavy security presence.
It had occurred in the lower tier of the home section closest to Celtic’s fans and is likely to prompt an investigation by European football’s governing body, who last season fined Manchester United £44,342 and Liverpool £43,577 for disturbances during their Europa League meeting at Old Trafford.
There were reports that 13 people were arrested in total. Earlier, Greater Manchester police confirmed a Celtic fan had been arrested in Piccadilly Gardens for throwing a hamburger at a police horse.
However, Superintendent Craig Thompson said the game passed “largely without incident” even as about 30 people were ejected from the stadium – mostly away supporters for sitting in the home end.