Tuesday 20 February 2018

Delighted Deila targets Inter

Ronny Deila watched his Celtic side confirm their treble-winning credentials with an impressive 2-0 Scottish Cup fifth-round victory over Dundee at Dens Park and then turned his sights on Inter Milan.

Striker Leigh Griffiths headed the Hoops into the lead in the seventh minute and Celtic doubled their lead through midfielder Stefan Johansen at the start of the second half before cruising to the final whistle.

"I'm really looking forward to those matches against Inter now," said Deila. "We'll have a big test against them but it's something I'm excited about."

Hendrick bursts Bolton's bubble

JEff HENDRICK struck twice and Tom Ince scored his first league goals for a year as Derby stayed joint top of the Championship with a convincing 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the iPro Stadium.

Ince celebrated his Derby debut with a superbly struck free-kick and another clinical finish and Hendrick spun away from Josh Vela before firing low past Lonergan from 12 yards on the half-time whistle before adding a second from close range in the 68th minute. The Rams were just too good for Bolton who could only reply through Filip Twardzik.

Cherries cash in on lucky break

Eddie Howe felt Bournemouth deserved the lucky break they got from the officials after overcoming Wigan 3-1.

Wigan had enjoyed the best of the opening 30 minutes at the DW Stadium, but Callum Wilson looked offside when he latched on to Yann Kermorgant's flick to slip the ball past Ali Al Habsi, before Kermorgant quickly made it 2-0 after a mistake by Chris McCann.

Wilson's second goal shortly after the restart rendered Leon Clarke's debut goal on the hour mark scant consolation, and Howe felt it was a warranted victory despite the "helping hand".

"Although the first goal was controversial and gave us a helping hand, it was no more than we deserved," he said. When pressed on the opening goal, he added: "I was surprised the flag didn't go up. It was a harsh one for them to take."

Referee blamed as Leeds falter

Alex Pritchard ended Leeds' four-match unbeaten run as his goal handed Brentford a 1-0 win at Elland Road.

Referee Graham Salisbury made himself hugely unpopular with the Leeds crowd by rejecting three penalty claims before Brentford midfielder Pritchard pounced beyond the far post, finishing off clever approach play down the right by substitute Jon Toral and Toumani Diagouraga to score the only goal.

Real rocked in Madrid derby

Atletico Madrid destroyed rivals Real Madrid with a 4-0 win which blew the Primera Division title race open. Tiago Mendes opened the scoring at the Vicente Calderon after 13 minutes and Saul Niguez doubled the lead minutes later with an acrobatic goal.

Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic added to the glut in the second half.

The return of Cristiano Ronaldo didn't help Madrid. "We played poorly from start to finish," he said. "Madrid can't lose to any team 4-0."

The win saw Atletico cut the gap to leaders Real to four points. Barcelona can also close to one if they win at Athletic Bilbao today.

Bayern back to winning ways

Leaders Bayern Munich eased past VfB Stuttgart 2-0 yesterday to grab their first win of the year. Arjen Robben notched his 12th league goal this season when he picked up the ball just inside the box and drilled in an unstoppable shot in the 41st minute for the visitors.

Stuttgart went further behind in the 51st minute when David Alaba curled a 35-metre free kick into the top corner. Bayern move up to 49 points with Stuttgart, dropping to last place on 18.

Dortmund climb from bottom

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win at Freiburg to move off the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Aubameyang set up Marco Reus for Dortmund's opener in the ninth minute, and then secured the result by scoring twice in the second half.

The result saw struggling Dortmund climb two places above Freiburg.

"We have to keep believing it can go forward after three of four months in which it didn't - today was a step in the right direction," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, whose team had 22 shots at goal compared to seven from the home side.

Meanwhile, Andre Schurrle starred on his debut as Wolfsburg beat Hoffenheim 3-0 to stay eight points behind Bayern. Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin won 2-0 at Mainz, and Cologne drew 0-0 with Paderborn.

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