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Saturday 24 February 2018

Brown hits spot for Hoops

Goals from Georgios Samaras and Scott Brown eased Celtic impressively past Inverness 2-0 in their Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

The pendulum swung the visitors' way when the Greece striker fired high past Jonny Tuffey in the 33rd minute to give them the interval lead.

In the 67th minute, after defender David Proctor had conceded a penalty, Celtic skipper Brown slotted in the spot-kick for his third goal in three games to seal the win.

Doyle sends Hibs through

A first-half Eoin Doyle strike was enough to earn Hibernian side a place in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Easter Road.

The Irishman's right-footed effort was apt reward for a fine display by the home side during an opening period which also saw James McPake have a goal ruled out, while Tom Soares went close too.

Dalglish ready for revenge

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes memories of his side's chastening experience at the hands of Tottenham earlier this season will come in handy when the two meet at Anfield tomorrow. The 4-0 defeat remains the Reds' heaviest since Dalglish took over in January last year, although it did arrive in mitigating circumstances.

After Luka Modric's brilliant early strike put Spurs ahead, Liverpool had Charlie Adam sent off with less than half-an-hour gone but following the dismissal of Martin Skrtel the visitors were overrun and conceded a further three goals. Dalglish expects a different display when Harry Redknapp's side -- the last team to win a Premier League match at Anfield -- arrive on Merseyside.

"Nothing is completely forgotten about," said Dalglish. "Everything that you have learned and experienced you have in the bank. We went there and lost a wonder goal to Modric and Charlie Adam got sent off early on so it was always going to be uphill from there. It was certainly not a pleasant trip but whatever you have learned you use to your benefit as best you can."

Stalemate at St Andrew's

Promotion rivals Birmingham and Southampton settled for a point apiece as they failed to find the crucial breakthrough amid atrocious conditions at St Andrew's.

Snow and wind hampered the encounter, with the largely uninspiring stalemate leaving second-placed Saints four points adrift of Championship leaders West Ham and Blues, in fifth, five points off the automatic promotion places with a game in hand.

Redfearn gets Leeds victory

Neil Redfearn remained cool on the prospect of being the next Leeds manager after his caretaker spell in charge brought three points at wintry Ashton Gate.

The home side finished with nine men after having defender James Wilson and winger Yannick Bolasie sent off on a treacherous pitch and goals from Robert Snodgrass, Ross McCormack and Luciano Becchio made it a day to remember for Redfearn, who described at as "an honour'' to be in charge of a Leeds team.

"I am capable of doing the manager's job and have the necessary experience in the game,'' said Redfearn. "The decision will be made from aboved.

"I will just keep doing the job the board have asked of me and if I am teeing things up for someone else to take charge then so be it.''

Drogba nets double in Cup

Didier Drogba scored twice and missed a penalty as Ivory Coast reached the African Nations Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over upstarts Equatorial Guinea yesterday.

The 33-year-old, playing at his fourth Nations Cup, saw his penalty saved by Danilo and scored the opener in a seven-minute spell of the first half, then headed another midway through the second.

After Drogba took his overall Nations Cup tally to 10, Yaya Toure completed the scoring with an exquisite free-kick in the 81st minute with the stadium already half-empty after disillusioned fans filed out.

The Ivorians coasted home against the co-hosts, who surpassed all expectations by reaching the last eight despite a modest 151th place in the world rankings.

Madrid pull 10 points clear

La Liga leaders Real Madrid pulled 10 points clear of chasing Barcelona when Sergio Ramos nodded the only goal in a 1-0 win at city neighbours Getafe yesterday.

Ramos rose above the home defence to head a Mesut Ozil corner high into the net in the 18th minute on a bitterly cold and blustery night at the Coliseum stadium and lift Real to 55 points from 21 matches.

Real comfortably held on to their lead against a largely toothless Getafe and it was a sixth straight league win for Jose Mourinho's side since they lost 3-1 at home to Barca in December.

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