Thursday 22 August 2019

Christie on mark to keep Bhoys 13 clear

Celtics Ryan Christie celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game. Photo: PA
Celtics Ryan Christie celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game. Photo: PA

Celtic took another step closer to the Scottish Premiership title but they made hard work of overcoming St Mirren 2-0 last night.

Striker Timothy Weah headed in the opener after 14 minutes before Buddies 'keeper Vaclav Hladky saved an Olivier Ntcham penalty.

The visitors had been wasteful and also allowed a much-changed side a few chances to draw level but substitute Ryan Christie sealed the win with a deflected shot with five minutes remaining to keep the Hoops 13 points clear of Rangers, who defeated Hearts 3-0 at Ibrox, with just six fixtures remaining.

Jermain Defoe and Connor Goldson put Rangers two ahead inside 21 minutes, and Scott Arfield finished off the contest two minutes after the break.

In Spain, Real Madrid slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Valencia. Goals from Goncalo Guedes and a late second from Ezequiel Garay gave Valencia a cushion before Karim Benzema struck for Real in stoppage time. Real remain in third place in La Liga, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski scored twice off the bench to send 10-man Bayern Munich into the German Cup semi-finals as his late penalty secured a 5-4 home win against second division Heidenheim.

Lewandowski came on for the second half and netted the winning penalty six minutes from full-time for Bayern, who had Niklas Suele sent off after 15 minutes.

The Bundesliga champions took the lead through Leon Goretzka's 12th-minute opener, but goals from Robert Glatzel and Marc Schnatterer put the visitors ahead. Thomas Mueller equalised eight minutes into the second half, before Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry gave the home side a two-goal cushion. Yet Heidenheim did not give up and Glatzel netted twice more, including a penalty, in the space of four minutes to level.

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