- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) - Celtic fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach through a penalty by Moussa Dembele on Tuesday and keep a slim hope of advancing in the Champions League.

Dembele was pulled down by Julian Korb as the Celtic forward was running toward the goal to earn the penalty, while Korb was sent off. Dembele sent goalkeeper Yann Sommer the wrong way to level the score in the 76th but Celtic could not use the man advantage to score the winner.

Moenchengladbach had taken the lead through captain Lars Stindl in the 32nd.

“We had a lot of chances to score and I think we deserved better than a draw,” Dembele said. “Penalties are a lottery - sometimes you miss, sometimes you score. Tonight I scored and I am happy, but as I said we deserved better from the game.”

The draw left Moenchengladbach at four points after four matches in Group C, while Celtic remained bottom with two points. Manchester City beat Barcelona 3-1 in the other match, but Barcelona remained top of the group with nine points. Manchester City has seven.

Both Moenchengladbach and Celtic have matches against Barcelona and Manchester City remaining and are likely to fight for a slot in the Europa League by finishing third in the group.

“It will be difficult to finish second in the group after Manchester City’s victory, but as long as there’s mathematically still a chance of a second-place finish, we’ll keep trying,” Sommer said.

Moenchengladbach went ahead after Scott Sinclair had hit the post with a curling shot.

“Maybe we should have come away with a better result. Hopefully we can now take that same kind of performance into the last two games,” Sinclair said.

The goal was created by Thorgan Hazard, who ran into space on the right and sent back a perfect cross for Stindl to volley home. Hazard was back after three weeks out with a knee injury.

Stindl could have doubled the lead in the 53rd when he was fed a through ball by Andre Hahn. But his weak shot was smothered by Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Fabian Johnson then had a narrow miss for Moenchengladbach, which was piling up the pressure. Hazard’s attempt from an acute angle was tipped over by Gordon, before Hahn fired against the crossbar.

On the other side, Dembele had a good effort saved by Sommer.

Substitute Callum McGregor’s shot went wide late in the match as Celtic wasted its best chance for a winner.

“I thought we should have won the game,” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said. “We were the best team, but I am really proud of the players tonight. I said we needed to play with personality and the personality we showed was outstanding. We were brave on the ball, had speed on the counterattack and we had chances. An outstanding team performance.”

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