Sunday 22 April 2018

Celtic plunder last-gasp draw

A dramatic header in injury-time by Charlie Mulgrew gave Celtic a share of the spoils in a 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw against Dundee United at Parkhead.

The Tannadice side looked to be heading for their first win in the east end of Glasgow for 21 years as they resolutely defended a lead given to them in the 38th minute by midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

That long-awaited win would have been almost certain had striker Brian Graham not missed a sitter in the 65th minute when he made a hash of a Nadir Ciftci cross, and the visitors were made to pay in the second minute of three added on as Mulgrew rose to flick home a cross from Emilio Izaguirre.

BURNLEY GRAB PRECIOUS POINT

Shane Lowry's own goal ensured Championship leaders Burnley extended their unbeaten run to 10 league games in an absorbing 2-2 draw with Millwall at the Den.

Goals from Scott McDonald and Danny Shittu put the Lions two goals to the good but the Clarets hit back through Sam Vokes and Lowry's second-half own goal. It is a third straight draw for Steve Lomas' side and it means Burnley were unable to make it eight consecutive league wins, failing to keep up with their best ever start to a season, back in 1897.

MCCORMACK BAGS A BRACE

Ross McCormack's second-half goals lit up an otherwise drab Leeds performance against Yeovil at Elland Road. McCormack was twice put through by captain Rodolph Austin to improve his goals tally to eight for the season and four in five games.

The home crowd were roused by a goal three minutes into the second half when McCormack pulled the trigger from just outside the right corner of the six-yard box. The Austin-McCormack combination worked its magic again after 67 minutes when Austin's pass found McCormack whose 18-yard shot flew past Hennessey into the centre of the goal.

MCDERMOTT STUNG BY LOSS

Charlton boss Chris Powell was ecstatic with the crucial 1-0 win at Birmingham but Blues boss Lee Clark was so disappointed he chose not attend the post-match press conference, instead leaving his deputy Terry McDermott to express his "devastation" at the result.

"We are devastated with the result. No one is happy that we are in the bottom three at the moment," McDermott said.

DERBY UNDONE AT LOFTUS ROAD

QPR struck a second-half winner to ensure it was an unhappy return to Loftus Road for Derby manager Steve McClaren.

QPR sealed a 2-1 win after restoring their lead in the 63rd minute when the ball ended up in the back of the net as Clint Hill, Jenas and visiting defender Jake Buxton challenged for Alejandro Faurlin's free-kick. Jenas had the simple task of scoring into an unguarded net. But the visitors hit back in the 23rd minute when Dawkins volleyed home. Derby found themselves behind again following Faurlin's delivery which led to the winning goal.

POGBA STRIKE SINKS PARMA

Paul Pogba moved Juventus to within two points of AS Roma at the top of Serie A with the only goal at Parma.

The French midfielder struck in the 76th minute of a scrappy affair, finishing well after Fabio Quagliarella's brilliant looping shot rebounded to him off the bar.

RONALDO DOUBLE AS REAL HANG ON

Unconvincing Real Madrid survived a huge scare against bottom side Rayo Vallecano when they conceded two second-half penalties but held on to secure a nervy 3-2 victory in La Liga.

Real were flying when a Cristiano Ronaldo double and a goal from Karim Benzema put them 3-0 ahead shortly after half-time at Rayo's Vallecas stadium.

However, Carlo Ancelotti's expensively-assembled side were unable to control the match against their lowly city neighbours and were left reeling when Jonathan Viera struck twice from the spot in three minutes after fouls by Pepe and Marcelo.

BAYERN RETURN TO TOP OF TABLE

Bayern Munich struggled past Hoffenheim 2-1 to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga and equal a 30-year-old league record with their 36th straight game without defeat.

Thomas Mueller scored the winner to send last season's treble winners to 29 points, one ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

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