John Sutton's injury-time tap-in earned Motherwell a crucial point against Celtic on a day of drama at Fir Park.

Sutton scored early and, after Gunnar Nielsen saved a Kris Commons spot-kick, Zaine Francis-Angol made it 2-0.

Anthony Stokes replied and Georgios Samaras squared it after the break before substitute Leigh Griffiths looked to have won it for Celtic.

The hosts hit back through Sutton, though, to narrow the gap on second-placed Aberdeen to three points again.

Motherwell went into this Premiership encounter having failed to score against Celtic this season, but they snapped that run in the opening stages as Sutton hit his 20th league goal of the campaign.

The striker capitalised on hesitant defending from Efe Ambrose, latching on to a long ball forward from Stephen McManus and smashing a left-foot drive through goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Henri Anier passed up a great chance to double Well's lead following a bad error in midfield by Beram Kayal.

Samaras goal

Georgios Samaras draws Celtic level

The Israeli fell to gift possession to the home side, but after beating Virgil van Dijk to get himself into the box, Anier took too long to pull the trigger and eventually his effort was blocked by Ambrose.

Celtic were awarded a spot-kick when Iain Vigurs downed Stokes in the area, but Nielsen produced a superb save to keep out Commons' effort, diving low to his left to turn it round the post.

Well doubled their tally when a hopeful ball into the box from deep caught out the Celtic defence. Anier raced in on goal and, when the ball broke to Francis-Angol, he slid it between Forster's legs from close range.

Neil Lennon's side replied immediately, with Stokes lifting the ball into the top corner from the tightest of angles after swapping passes with Scott Brown.

The hosts had the first real chance of the second half, but Sutton's glancing header was cleared off the line by Kayal.

It was 2-2 soon after when a long throw from Commons eventually fell to Stokes, whose shot was turned in by Samaras from close range.

Griffiths entered the action for the visitors with Kayal making way, and Amido Balde came on for John Herron, who had made his first start for the Glasgow club.

Commons blazed well over the bar from 10 yards, but Celtic's third was merely delayed as Griffiths found the bottom corner with a left-foot shot after the ball broke to him in the box.

Well were not finished, though, and they secured a point in injury time when Sutton finished at the back post after a great run and pass from substitute Lionel Ainsworth.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Motherwell

  • 12 Nielsen
  • 02 Reid
  • 03 Hammell
  • 20 Kerr
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 06 McManus
  • 26 Leitch (Ainsworth - 89' )
  • 11 Vigurs
  • 24 Anier (Moore - 89' )
  • 09 Sutton
  • 17 Francis-Angol

Substitutes

  • 01 Hollis
  • 19 Erwin
  • 22 Moore
  • 23 Murray
  • 25 Ainsworth
  • 30 Thomas
  • 34 Cadden

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 31 Herron (Balde - 74' )
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 33 Kayal (Griffiths - 66' Booked )
  • 04 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 08 Brown
  • 25 Johansen
  • 10 Stokes
  • 15 Commons
  • 09 Samaras

Substitutes

  • 17 Balde
  • 19 Fridjonsson
  • 20 Pukki
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 28 Griffiths
  • 34 O'Connell
  • 53 Henderson
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 7,493

Match Stats

Shots

10 18

On target

5 8

Corners

6 8

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Motherwell 3, Celtic 3.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Celtic 3.

90:00 +1:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 3, Celtic 3. John Sutton (Motherwell) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Ainsworth with a cross.

89:57

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

89:26

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

89:26

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Moore replaces Henri Anier.

88:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Jack Leitch.

87:40

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gunnar Nielsen.

87:07

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

87:07

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 2, Celtic 3. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

81:07

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

81:07

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:39

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

80:14

Attempt saved. Henri Anier (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

77:56

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

74:05

Henri Anier (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:05

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

73:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces John Herron.

72:34

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

72:34

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:49

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

68:47

Jack Leitch (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:47

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

66:44

Foul by Henri Anier (Motherwell).

66:44

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Beram Kayal.

64:55

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

64:41

Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

63:51

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

62:58

Attempt saved. Scott Brown (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

61:51

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:51

Foul by John Herron (Celtic).

61:38

Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

60:22

Attempt missed. Jack Leitch (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

59:00

Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:55

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

58:00

John Herron (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:55

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Motherwell).

56:58

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

56:40

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

55:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 2, Celtic 2. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

53:27

Attempt blocked. Fraser Kerr (Motherwell) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

52:36

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

51:31

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:31

Foul by John Herron (Celtic).

51:15

Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

50:18

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

50:18

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:20

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

48:48

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by John Sutton.

45:00

Second Half begins Motherwell 2, Celtic 1.

45:00 +1:22 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Motherwell 2, Celtic 1.

45:00 +0:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 2, Celtic 1. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Brown.

43:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 2, Celtic 0. Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

41:17

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

40:19

Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:19

Foul by John Herron (Celtic).

38:52

Attempt missed. Beram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

32:33

Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

30:06

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Iain Vigurs.

29:47

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Craig Reid.

29:15

Attempt blocked. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:13

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:13

Foul by John Herron (Celtic).

25:45

Attempt missed. Jack Leitch (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

24:55

Hand ball by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

24:02

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

23:06

Hand ball by Kris Commons (Celtic).

22:41

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

22:00

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gunnar Nielsen.

21:03

Penalty saved! Kris Commons (Celtic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

20:27

Penalty Celtic. Anthony Stokes draws a foul in the penalty area.

19:56

Penalty conceded by Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) after a foul in the penalty area.

18:00

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

15:39

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

13:56

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

13:38

Attempt blocked. Henri Anier (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

9:24

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jack Leitch.

7:05

Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

7:05

Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 1, Celtic 0. John Sutton (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen McManus.

1:58

Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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