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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Lennon holds his hands up

Neil Lennon praised referee Bobby Madden for correctly booking Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre for diving during the Hoops' 1-0 Scottish Premiership win over Hibernian at Parkhead.

In the 76th minute, with the home side leading through a Teemu Pukki strike, Izaguirre went tumbling in the opposition box after going past Hibs stopper Michael Nelson.

After Madden reached for the yellow card instead of pointing to the spot, the Celtic boss threw his jacket off as he moved down the touchline in rage and was given a talking to by the official. Afterwards Lennon was contrite when asked about the referee. "I got it wrong, he quite rightly booked Emilio. It was an excellent refereeing decision and I thought he had a good game."


Leeds ended a poor run of results away from home to maintain their top-six challenge with a resounding 3-0 victory at struggling Yorkshire rivals Doncaster.

The scoreline flattered the visitors after Doncaster had dominated the second half and were denied an equaliser by a controversial late offside flag.

Leeds grabbed the lead when Matt Smith headed home a free-kick from Alex Mowatt in the 20th minute. Ross McCormack then grabbed his 11th goal in the last seven games against the run of play in the 76th minute before Rodolph Austin rubbed salt into Rovers' wounds with a third three minutes from time.


Birmingham boss Lee Clark has set his sights on catching the teams in the play-off spots after Andrew Shinnie and Nikola Zigic fired the Blues to a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Shinnie opened the scoring after three minutes when he swept an Oliver Lee cross high past Lee Camp. Serbia striker Zigic then doubled the lead on 33 minutes. Clark now wants to keep the momentum going. "Confidence is high and they are now believing in each other."


QPR returned to the top of the Championship winger Matt Phillips among the scorers in their 2-0 victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Phillips, who moved to Rangers in the summer for a reported £5m, paid some of his fee back with a second-half strike before Charlie Austin sealed the points on 73 minutes.

The deadlock was broken just past the hour mark as Phillips' 25-yard shot sent Matt Gilks the wrong way before nestling in back of the net. More good play from Phillips saw the Scotland international find the head of Austin, six yards out, and the striker made no mistake.


Jamie Ward and Craig Bryson provided the cutting edge for Derby at Charlton as Steve McClaren's side secured a 2-0 victory, their sixth successive league win.

Ward scored the 32nd-minute opener and Bryson added a second three minutes from time to inflict a fifth defeat in a row on the Addicks. Ward's free-kick took a wicked deflection and left Charlton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick wrong-footed. Midfielder Bryson took advantage of the space left by Charlton going forward and snatched his ninth goal of the season.


Leaders Bayern Munich made sure they will go into the winter break top of the table with a 3-1 win over Hamburg SV to go seven points clear in the Bundesliga and stretch their unbeaten run in the league to a staggering 41 games.

Mario Mandzukic struck at the right time when he nodded in after 42 minutes. Mario Götze's superb control and volley seven minutes after the restart gave them a two-goal cushion before Xherdan Shaqiri managed to kill off the game in stoppage time. Hamburg had briefly cut the deficit in the 87th minute through Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Borussia Dortmund battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Hoffenheim but dropped further points.


A construction worker died after falling off the roof of the Arena Amazonia in Brazil yesterday, FIFA confirmed.

Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira's death highlighted the safety concerns surrounding Brazil's ability to host the 2014 World Cup as he was the fifth worker to die while building Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums. Ferreira died in hospital after falling nearly 35 metres. Fatal accidents have occurred in Manaus, Brasilia and in Sao Paulo, where two people died after a crane collapsed in the arena that is to host the opening game on June 12.

Irish Independent

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