Sunday 8 December 2019

Celtic saunter past Terrors

Celtic showed why they are Scottish Premiership champions with a 2-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice. Wantaway forward Georgios Samaras gave the Hoops the lead with a well-taken volley after five minutes, with fellow striker Anthony Stokes adding an even better second after 24 minutes as Neil Lennon's side dominated.

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Leicester cemented promotion to the Premier League after QPR and Derby both lost yesterday. Nigel Pearson's side moved to the brink of a return to the top flight on Friday night with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

That made it 21 Championship games unbeaten – and meant they would be up if QPR lost at Bournemouth (they were beaten 2-1) and Derby failed to beat Middlesbrough (the Rams lost 1-0).

Foxes skipper Wes Morgan said: "It feels fantastic. We did our job on Friday and we still have six games to go, so we just want to concentrate on becoming champions. It's the greatest achievement of my career to get promoted."

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Atletico Madrid remain on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph after Raul Garcia's header secured a 1-0 victory for the leaders at home to Villarreal.

Closest rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid also won.

Lionel Messi scored twice for Barca in a laboured 3-1 home

success against Real Betis to stay a point adrift of Atletico.

Third-placed Real are still in the hunt, two points behind Barca, after Gareth Bale smashed in a brilliant long-range effort and Asier Illarramendi scored against his former club in a 4-0 win.

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GERMAN Champions Bayern Munich suffered their first league defeat in 18 months yesterday when they slumped to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg courtesy of Sascha Moelders' first half strike.

Bayern had not lost in the Bundesliga since their 2-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in October 2012.

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European women's Champions Germany were given their biggest fright since the 2011 World Cup at Tallaght Stadium as they needed a last-minute winner to beat Ireland in this World Cup qualifier.

Ireland led through a Louise Quinn header but a penalty from Simone Laudehr and a controversial goal by Lena Lotzen had Germany ahead. Stephanie Roche looked to have earned a point for Ireland by making it 2-2 in the 88th minute but Melanie Leupolz nicked a winner.

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Massimo Cellino has won his appeal against a Football League decision to block his takeover of Leeds United. The Championship club's owners Gulf Finance House Capital and Cellino agreed a deal two months ago to buy 75 per cent of Leeds' shares.

Cellino was disqualified after being convicted of a tax offence last month.

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Sami Hyypia has been sacked as manager of Bayer Leverkusen. Bayer have won just one of their last 13 games and Friday night's 2-1 loss at struggling Hamburg proved to be the final straw for the former Liverpool defender.

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