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20/2/2022 | 05:50pm
Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Premiership table as they came from behind to win 3-2 at Parkhead on Sunday.
Giorgos Giakoumakis made himself the hero of the match as he scored a hat-trick, including two in the space of four minutes to turn the game around in the first half. He completed his trio of strikes with an 86th-minute winner, with Ange Postecoglou’s side moving three points clear of Rangers.
The Gers were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee United earlier on Sunday and the Hoops were able to seal the win against Dundee FC.
Whilst Giakoumakis may win the headlines for scoring three goals, the real star of the show was Portuguese wide attacker Jota.
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The on-loan forward was sensational from start to finish and was the main threat for Celtic throughout the match, whereas the Greek international was rarely involved but clinical when he was. As per SofaScore, the former VVV-Venlo hitman had just 16 touches of the ball, won one duel, and completed six passes, whilst scoring with three of his five efforts on goal.
Jota, meanwhile, was constantly at the heart of the action on and off the ball. Out of possession, he worked his socks off for the team. Via SofaScore, he won nine of his 12 ground duels as he won an impressive six tackles and made one clearance when asked to defend his own goal.
This shows that he was putting the effort in off the ball in order to stop opposition attacks and create counter-attacking situations for the hoops, allowing the dynamo to then work his magic in the final third.
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Offensively, he was bright throughout, creating an outstanding five chances in the match, whilst also completing three of his four attempted dribbles. He had 105 touches of the ball in the 90 minutes and completed 59 passes, which highlights how active he was in possession for Celtic as he was always looking to get on the ball.
Jota was a thorn in Dundee’s side all afternoon and was the instigator of so many attacks for the Hoops, which is why he was the real star of the show. Giakoumakis deserves credit for being on his toes and providing the finishes when needed, but his Portuguese teammate’s overall performance was the pick of the bunch.
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