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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Griffiths raging after defeat by Aberdeen

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Leigh Griffiths claims Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine should have seen red after conceding a penalty against the Celtic striker in Aberdeen's 2-1 win over the Hoops at Pittodrie. Griffiths gave Celtic the lead in the 35th minute from the spot after Considine pulled him back inside the box, with referee Craig Thomson deeming it not an obvious goalscoring opportunity. Dons Irish striker Adam Rooney levelled with a penalty early in the second half, before Jonny Hayes was shown a straight red for a tackle on Hoops right-back Mikael Lustig.

However, Paul Quinn popped up with a late winner for Aberdeen to take the Dons two points clear of the champions at the top of the Premiership. Afterwards Griffiths admitted he was surprised Considine only got a yellow. "I was going to score, there was no doubt about it," said Griffiths. "If it's up the other end I'm positive, I'd put my mortgage on it, that the referee sends one of our players off."

Antenucci springs to the rescue for Leeds

Half-time substitute Mirco Antenucci saved Leeds' unbeaten start to the season with a fine equaliser as Brentford were pegged back for a 1-1 draw at Elland Road. Italian striker Antenucci was sent on at the break as a reaction to a woeful first half from United which saw Marco Djuricin deservedly put Brentford ahead.

Uwe Rosler's decision to send Antenucci on paid off and got Leeds a point their second-half show deserved.

Late penalty spares rusty Bayern's blushes

Bayern maintained their 100 per cent start to the Bundesliga campaign, but lacked sharpness ahead of their Champions League game, at Olympiakos next week. Despite dominating, they failed to make it count, until Douglas Costa stumbled into an Augsburg defender and was awarded an 87th-minute penalty with the visitors furious over the decision.

Thomas Mueller scored from the spot to provide some relief. Augsburg took the lead through Alexander Esswein before the break and Robert Lewandowski levelled on 77 minutes.

Ronaldo hits five to break Real record

Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals and became Real Madrid's all-time top scorer in the Primera Division as he inspired Los Blancos to a thumping 6-0 win at Espanyol.

His impressive haul saw him amass 229 goals in 203 matches. Ronaldo needed just seven minutes to open his account, he scored again from the penalty spot, and then completed his hat-trick on 20 minutes. Karim Benzema added a fourth, and Ronaldo struck his fourth to make history, before converting again on 80 minutes.

Messi steps in to snatch win for Barca

Lionel Messi came off the bench to earn Barcelona a 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid. Champions Barca fell behind after a tight first half at the Calderon when Fernando Torres scored in the 51st minute.

Neymar levelled four minutes later when he curled a free kick into the top corner. Neymar was also involved in the winner before the ball fell to Luis Suarez, and he slipped a pass into space for Messi to dink it past goalkeeper Jan Oblak with 13 minutes remaining.

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