Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic: Late Jota goal earns visitors first away league win of the season

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Celtic won its first domestic win on the road after Jota's loss to Jota in February

Jota's winner in the end earned Celtic their first away Scottish Premiership win since February. Aberdeen's winless streak grew to nine.

Kyogo Furuhashi opened the scoring with a well-deserved opener, but the hosts responded by doubling down and drawing level when Lewis Ferguson converted a corner.

But, visitors responded at Pittodrie late as Jota's close finish earned him a long-awaited victory.

This means that Celtic remains sixth while Aberdeen stays ninth.

Ange Postecoglou's team has closed the gap to league leaders Hearts by five points. They have also scored a crucial three points. Rangers and Hibernian are still in action on Sunday.

Aberdeen have not won in any of their nine competitions, including a losing streak of four games in the Premiership. This is their worst run since April 2011.

Pre-match talk of Scott Brown's reunion obscured the fact that both sides needed a morale-boosting victory. Aberdeen struggled to cope with Celtic's approach and pace play for most of the first period.

David Turnbull gave a corner to Nirbitton, but Kyogo made up the difference when Kyogo crossed again to find the Japan forward. The Japanese player was a defender who had just missed a shot at goal.

Celtic clicked, particularly down the right, as young Aberdeen fullback Jack MacKenzie struggled with Turnbull's double-up on his side.

The first-half average positions of Celtic show how Turnbull (14) & Abada (11) doubled down on Aberdeen's left

It was the opposite flank that nearly brought about a second goal. Jota cut inside and unleashed a dipping shot off Gary Woods’ bar.

Although it took the home team a while to get started, they began to come alive as the second half ended.

Celtic's defense was creaking, as Christian Ramirez found himself in a corner with plenty of space and struck a volley into ground. Joe Hart flubbed at the ball before it hit the bar.

Aberdeen maintained that improvement in the second half, with more direct play from Austin Samuels.

When Calvin Ramsay's corner found Ferguson in his corner, the hosts were able to equalize their second-half performance. Ferguson rose highest and was able to divert the ball with his shoulder.

Hart saved a Brown header from close range and a Jonny Hayes strike.

Celtic were calmer in the final stages, and Jota was able to score the winning goal after a neat build-up at the edge of the area.

David Turnbull is the Man of the Match

The Celtic midfielder (right), was crucial to their side's dominance in the first half and provided an excellent assist for Kyogo

What have we learned?

There have been many questions about Celtic's mentality in times of low chips. Postecoglou may have been afraid when Aberdeen equalised.

His side displayed a mental toughness not seen before and the Australian will be hopeful that this is a turning point for his side's campaign.

It looked as though Aberdeen would not be able to capitalize on Celtic's weak backline for long periods in the first half, but Glass' men rallied during a much better second half.

A home defeat to Celtic in isolation is not catastrophic. However, given the current run of the Dons and the mentality Glass' players must be experiencing, this felt like an unsettling moment in the Pittodrie side’s campaign.

What were they saying?

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass: "Overall, we're disappointed. But I'm happy with the second half.

"We are concerned that we aren't getting the points we deserve on this board. It is important that we continue to work hard at getting it right.

Ange Postecoglou, Celtic boss: "The second period was a battle. To the credit of the players we were looking to score the second goal. I'm happy the players got their reward."

"The most important thing is how we did it. We showed great character. This is probably the most important thing people have been asking up to now.

What's next?

After the international break, Celtic will travel to Motherwell (16 October at 15:00 BST), while Aberdeen will travel to Dundee (18:00).

Furuhashi Kyogo Furuhashi was the player of the match with an average 7.64.

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