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Oct 1, 2015 at 8.05pm UK at ​Celtic Park
Celtic
2-2
Fenerbahce
Griffiths (28'), Commons (32')
Johansen (57'), Forrest (64'), Boyata (74')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Fernandao (44', 48')
Meireles (19'), Alves (67'), Kjaer (90')

Result: Celtic let two-goal lead slip in Fenerbahce draw

Celtic let a two-goal lead slip against Fenerbahce to record a 2-2 draw in Thursday night's Europa League Group A clash at Celtic Park.

Celtic have relinquished a two-goal lead against Fenerbahce to record a 2-2 draw in their Europa League Group A clash at Celtic Park.

Fernandao of Fenerbahce celebrates after he scores during the UEFA Europa League match between Celtic FC and Fenerbahce SK at Celtic Park on October 01, 2015© Getty Images

The hosts were first to threaten when, just three minutes in, Mikael Lustig crossed from the right and James Forrest's effort flew just wide of the bar.

Fenerbahce countered in the 10th minute through Ozan Tufan, who sent an incisive cross into the Hoops' box that had to be scrambled to safety for a corner, which came to nothing.

Despite this, Celtic continued to push forward and went on to open the scoring in the 28th minute, as a Commons corner fell to Griffiths, who bundled home after several attempts.

Just four minutes later Ronny Deila's charges doubled their lead, with Commons edging into space inside the box, latching on to a Forrest ball and slamming a shot into the top left corner.

Fenerbahce, however, pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time, courtesy of Fernandao making the most of an Efe Ambrose error in the Celtic backline to rifle home from the edge of the box.

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates scoring during the UEFA Europa League match between Celtic FC and Fenerbahce SK at Celtic Park on October 01, 2015© Getty Images

It would get even worse for the hosts as, just four minutes after the restart, the 28-year-old Brazilian leapt highest to get onto Nani's corner and thump a header past Craig Gordon to nullify the visitors' deficit.

The pendulum had well and truly swung the way of Fenerbahce, as they piled forward and laid siege to the Hoops' goalmouth through Hasan Ali Kaldirim and Diego, but Gordon was equal to both their efforts.

Celtic, however, had a sterling chance to retake the lead in the 70th minute, with Commons fashioning a long-range chance which Fabiano repelled convincingly.

Despite the hosts' best endeavours, they could not get themselves back in front, and the final whistle signalled a sharing of the points between themselves and Fenerbahce.

Celtic sit second in Group A following the result, while Fenerbahce slip to the foot of the table despite their point.

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Leigh Griffiths of Celtic celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play off First Leg match between Celtic and Malmo FF at Celtic Park on AUGUST 19, 2015
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