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Celtic stopped in their tracks by Fenerbahce's Fernandao

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Celtic were 2-0 up inside 30 minutes and seemingly cruising at home to Turkish club Fenerbahce but their European hoodoo of not seeing about matches came back to haunt them yet again.

Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons scored in four first half minutes to give the Scottish champions the perfect start but Brazilian striker Fernandao struck twice to give his side a valuable point.

The 28 year old Fernandao came on for Volkan Sen in the first half and only a couple of minutes later when Celtic defender Efe Ambrose failed to get enough purchase on his header back to Craig Gordon, allowed the Brazilian to prod home and make his first big impact on the match.

The equaliser was not too far away, the teams went in at half time at 2-1 but in the 47th minute Fernandao had his and Fenerbahce's second goal with a near post header from a Nani corner.

The game ended 2-2 and whilst the press focused on another match where Celtic have thrown away a lead, see Ajax and Malmo this campaign - it was the journeyman striker who was the devilish catalyst.

Fernandao, full name Jose Fernando Viana de Santana grew up in Rio de Janeiro in the footballing fulcrum of Brazil but he has never been able to put down any sort of solid foundations.

He began his turbulent career in Rio with America-RJ in 2006 but was quickly on the move to Tombense where between both clubs the teenager made only two appearances.

What followed was years of instability and transience for the striker who spent five years from 2008 never really finding a home, with the uncertainty surrounding his life at the time it seems the only thing Fernandao could focus on was scoring goals that would get him his next move.

After signing for Atletico Paranaense in 2012 he found himself back on loan, this time to Bahia. However this is when the broad striker started to show some consistent form as he notched 14 goals in 35 appearances for the Serie B side.

This form attracted the attention of Turkish Super Lig side Bursaspor where his career has taken on a new lease of life. During his two seasons in the northwest slopes of Bursa Fernandao lived and breathed goals. His most impressive stats coming as last seasonstop goalscorer in the League with a tally of 22 goals in 32. He matched this with four goals in the cup, most notably in the semi final against Fenerbahce as well as the final versus Galatasary.

This earned him a move to Fenerbahce in the summer as the Istanbul based club revamped their squad, as well appointing ex-Porto coach Vitor Pereira as they look to become a more attractive proposition for players that may ordinarily go to England or Spain.  

He has already began brightly scoring three goals in seven appearances for Fener who with acquisitions such as Robin Van Persie, Nani and the tough defender Simon Kjaer will be hopeful he can start adding some silverware to his name.

 
 

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