Celtic travelled to Leipzig looking to get their first win of their Champions League campaign and put to bed the demons of their last visit to the city in 2018, when they went down to a 2-0 defeat.
Ange Postecoglou was without Cameron Carter-Vickers and Liel Abada, through injury and religious absence respectively.
It was almost a horror start for the visitors when Chritopher Nkunku fired wide from close range. The highly rated forward showing why he has been linked with Chelsea this week, carving out a golden opportunity in just the 2nd minute.
The home side were then dealt a blow, when 10 minutes in they lost their goalkeeper and captain Peter Gulacsi to injury. The veteran Hungarian stopper turned awkwardly in the box and couldn’t continue.
Minutes later and the menacing Nkunku though he had given his side the lead, breaking through the Celtic defence before nonchalantly clipping the ball over Joe Hart. VAR intervened however, and the home crowd were robbed of their celebrations.
Substitute goalkeeper Janis Blaswich done well to save a Kyogo diving header with 24 minutes gone. The Japanese international leading Celtic’s forward charge into the game.
The visitors then had a flurry of chances, the best of which falling to Kyogo whose deflected effort bounced wide.
Only 16 seconds later though and Celtic would be made to rue those missed chances, as the home side took the lead.
Nkunku again breaking away from the Hoops defence, before slipping the ball past Hart at the tightest of angles.
The curse of the captain’s armband struck again, this time Celtic captain Callum McGregor succumbing to injury. He was replaced by Oliver Abildgaard after being unable to run off an injury sustained earlier in the half.