Wednesday 24 January 2018

Boyata downs Dons to keep Hoops rolling

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers congratulates goalscorer Dedryck Boyata. Photo: PA
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers congratulates goalscorer Dedryck Boyata. Photo: PA
Celtic's Dedryck Boyata celebrates with teammate Mikael Lustig after scoring his side's winner. Photo: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

Dedryck Boyata headed his second goal in three games to earn Celtic a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen and send the Premiership leaders 25 points clear of closest title rivals Rangers.

Without a recognised striker, Celtic had toiled to break the Dons down before the Belgian defender converted Scott Sinclair's 57th-minute free-kick, but Aberdeen had offered little sign that they could stop their hosts stretching their record unbeaten start to a domestic season to 28 games.

Ciaran Clark's last-minute own goal handed QPR a 2-2 draw and denied Newcastle the win they needed to lift them back to the top of the Championship.

Rafael Benitez's side appeared set to leapfrog Brighton into pole position as they led 2-1 in the final minute, but Ireland defender Clark headed Kazenga LuaLua's cross over stranded goalkeeper Karl Darlow and into his own net.

Jonjo Shelvey gave Newcastle the lead in the first minute before Conor Washington levelled for the visitors just before half-time. Matt Ritchie headed home Newcastle's second soon after the restart and looked to have the three points secured before Clark's unfortunate intervention.

Blackburn earned a 1-1 draw with Leeds after equalising with seven minutes left through Elliott Bennett's spectacular 30-yard effort after Stuart Dallas' first league goal of the season had given the visitors a 74th-minute lead.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.

Antoine Griezmann responded on the hour mark to give the Madrid side hope

Forty-four-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary saved two penalties in help Egypt to a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Bukino Faso in last night's African Nations Cup semi-final. The game finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Irish Independent

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