Tuesday 28 February 2017

Bhoys ease past 10-man Partick

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Celtic's Kris Commons (15) celebrates his goal
Celtic's Kris Commons (15) celebrates his goal

Celtic retained their seven-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with an easy win over 10-man Partick at Parkhead.

The home side lay siege to the Thistle defence at the start of the match but had to rely on a Kris Commons penalty a minute before the break to give them the interval lead.

Thistle midfielder James Craigen had been shown a straight red card by referee Willie Collum for a 'last man' foul on Hoops midfielder Stuart Armstrong to concede the spot-kick, leaving the visitors a player down for the second half.

Midfielder Stefan Johansen - stand-in skipper in the absence of suspended Scott Brown - added a second in the 63rd minute as the encounter turned into a Hoops procession.

With second-placed Aberdeen beating Inverness 1-0, Ronny Deila's side maintained the gap over the Dons but also have a game in hand as the title race draws closer to conclusion.

Ash Taylor netted two minutes into the second half for his fourth goal of the campaign as Aberdeen prevailed in a drab encounter at Pittodrie.

That lifted Derek McInnes' men 11 points clear of third-placed Caley Thistle.

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In-form Luis Suarez struck twice to help fire La Liga leaders Barcelona to a 4-0 home victory over struggling Almeria last night to keep their place at the top of Spanish standings.

Barca seized control at the Nou Camp before Lionel Messi, who had not scored in three matches since his double against Eibar three weeks ago, skipped in from the right wing in the 33rd minute and whipped a left-footed effort into the net.

Almeria, who are third from bottom, defended doggedly but conceded again when Suarez netted an almost identical goal 10 minutes into the second half.

Barca centre-back Marc Bartra, one of several second-choice players deployed by coach Luis Enrique, added a third when he nodded in a Xavi corner with 15 minutes left and Pedro set up Suarez to make it 4-0 in stoppage-time.

Real Madrid kept up the pressure on the pace-setters with a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Rayo Vallecano.

Real, who now trail Barca by four points, had three players booked in one frantic second-half spell with Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale all being yellow carded.

At that stage it was still scoreless however Ronaldo struck for his 300th Madrid goal in 288 games. James Rodriquez added a second.

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