AFTER their humbling 7-0 thumping at the hands of Barcelona, Celtic earned themselves a Champions League night to remember in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Manchester City in Glasgow.
With a roaring standing ovation at the final whistle and an incredible din drowning out the stadium, Celtic defied expectations by racing to an early lead over the re-jigged billionaire team from the south.
City played catch up three times, equalising quickly each time Brendan Rodger’s men took the lead and piling on the pressure as they sought to snatch an away victory.
It was the first time Pep Guardiola’s team have failed to win under his control but the sheer excitement of the game will surely make up for any disappointment City fans, expecting an easy demolition of a faded Celtic, may have felt.
With Barcelona beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 in Germany, the Catalans dominate the table and Celtic will be eyeing at least a Europa Cup finish as the group stages get properly underway.
In London Arsenal worked their way to the top of Group A with a smooth 2-0 demolition of Basel energised by a terrific performance from the erratic Theo Walcott, who was denied a hatrick but has now scored 45 goals at the Emirates.
Wednesday’s other matches saw Atletico Madrid break Bayern Munich’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 home victory, reminding fans of their semi-final dissection of the German champions last season.
The Madrid club now top their group with a perfect record, ahead of Bayern in second and PSV and Rostov, who drew 1-1 in Russia, joint bottom.
Napoli outclassed Benfica 4-2, Besiktas drew 1-1 with Dynamo Kyiv, and PSG beat Ludogorets 3-1.