A Myhaylo Mudryk second half stunner cancelled out Giorgos Giakoumakis’ strike, to sink Celtic’s European hopes and seal a bottom placed finish in Group F for the Hoops.
Shakhtar Donetsk will leave wondering how they didn’t secure all three points after substitute Danylo Sikan provided a contender for ‘miss of the season’ with the scores level.
Celtic came into match day five of the Champions League aiming to get their first win in Europe this year, whilst also looking to avoid an unwelcome record of being the first team to lose 8 consecutive Champions League home matches.
Shakhtar Donetsk meanwhile still had the last 16 in their sights, after an historic 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last time out in this contest.
Ange Postecoglou sprung something of a surprise with his starting line-up, naming Giorgos Giakoumakis and Kyogo Furuhashi in the starting XI for the first time this season.
A statement of intent from the ambitious Australian.
Matt O’Riley saw a curling effort end up in the stand on the 25-minute mark, in the closest either side came in a relatively tame opening spell.
Minutes after the half hour mark and Celtic had the lead. Giakoumakis vindicating his manager’s decision to give him a start by burying a shot from close range, after Liel Abada’s effort broke loose in the six-yard box.
The Greek forward almost made it two on 38 minutes, his long-range effort palmed out for a corner by Antoliy Trubin.
Mudryk was causing problems for the away side as the first half wound down and should have equalised when he went through one-on-one with Joe Hart, only for the veteran stopper to come out on top.
Shakhtar Donetsk should have been level on 54 minutes as Oleksandr Zubkov lashed a shot into the side netting, after Lassina Tarore’s scuffed effort left the winger with a golden opportunity.
Four minutes later though and the Ukrainians found a breakthrough via a sensational strike from golden boy Mudryk.
The forward drove through the Celtic midfield before lashing a stunning effort past Hart from 25 yards out.
The home side should have re-taken the lead six minutes later when Kyogo found himself free in the box. The Japanese international could only fire his shot straight at Trubin, much to the despair of the home fans.
Daizen Maeda came off the bench and almost immediately found himself free on the left of the box. His driven ball across the box unfortunate to be turned away by the foot of a Shakhtar defender.
Danylo Sikan then somehow contrived to put the ball wide of an empty net after some fine work from Mudryk. The Ukrainian side in disbelief that they weren’t ahead.
Shakhtar saw off some late Celtic pressure as both sides leave with a point and Celtic exit European football until next season.