Japan forward Kyogo Furuhashi scored in a second straight Champions League match and Daizen Maeda had an assist as Celtic drew 2-2 at home against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, earning their first point after three games in Group E.

Furuhashi, who opened his Champions League account in a 2-1 home loss to Lazio on Oct. 4, slotted in the opener just four minutes into action at Celtic Park.

Receiving the ball down the right flank, Furuhashi passed the ball across the edge of the box, ran behind the Atletico backline to receive a precise first-time return ball from Matt O'Riley and found the far bottom corner with his left foot.

Celtic's Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates after scoring against Atletico Madrid during the first half of a Champions League Group E match at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oct. 25, 2023. (Kyodo)

"The ball came to me nicely following a one-two," said Furuhashi, who failed to score in any of the six group-stage matches he played in last season. "I could break the duck (with the goal against Lazio) and overcome the fact I hadn't scored. That finally had me on the starting line."

Antoine Griezmann leveled for Atletico in the 25th minute when the France forward saw his penalty tipped onto the post by Joe Hart but tucked in the rebound.

Maeda helped Celtic restore their lead only three minutes later when his left-wing cross reached Luis Palma at the far post, with the Honduras attacker taking a touch before drilling in a low effort off the far upright.

But the Scottish champions let the Spanish giants level again eight minutes after the interval. Marcos Llorente whipped in a low cross from the right which was met by a diving header from Alvaro Morata on a bounce.

Celtic's Daizen Maeda (L) vies for the ball with Atletico Madrid's Javier Galan during a Champions League Group E match at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oct. 25, 2023. (Kyodo)

Furuhashi came off with 10 minutes to go and Maeda played the full 90 minutes, but midfielder Reo Hatate was taken off seven minutes into the match with an apparent hamstring injury.

While Celtic failed to find the winner despite Atletico going down to 10 men after Rodrigo De Paul was shown his second yellow in the 82nd minute, Furuhashi said the result is a step forward for his team.

"We should take it positively," the 28-year-old said. "I want to become a player who can score two, three goals (in these matches)."

Atletico are second in Group E on five points, a point behind leaders Feyenoord who beat Lazio 3-1 at home on the night. Ayase Ueda came on in the 78th minute for the Dutch champions, while Daichi Kamada remained on the bench for Lazio as they stayed on four points.


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