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Friday 17 November 2017

Sutton strikes to foil Celtic

A dramatic late strike from John Sutton gave Motherwell a share of the spoils in an enthralling 3-3 Scottish Premiership encounter against Celtic at Fir Park.

Goals from Sutton and Zaine Francis-Angol either side of a Gunnar Nielsen penalty save from Hoops forward Kris Commons gave the home side a two-goal lead before Anthony Stokes reduced the deficit just before the interval.

Georgios Samaras levelled 10 minutes after the break before Leigh Griffiths grabbed a third in the 84th minute, but as the game moved into injury-time Sutton grabbed his second to take the Steelmen to within three points of second-placed Aberdeen.

NUGENT INCHES FOXES CLOSER

Leicester edged closer to the Championship title with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over QPR at the King Power Stadium.

David Nugent struck in the 67th minute with a fine finish for his 21st goal of the season. Riyad Mahrez began the move with a ball to Danny Drinkwater, who then slipped a lovely pass for Nugent to run onto and the striker rounded things off with a blistering shot from a narrow angle. Leicester now need just three more points from their last three games to go into the Premier League as champions.

HORNETS DENT IPSWICH HOPES

Watford boosted their faint play-off hopes and put a dent in their opponents' by continuing their superb form at Vicarage Road with a 3-1 win over Ipswich.

Albert Riera set Beppe Sannino's men on their way, but they were pegged back by an Anthony Wordsworth goal early in the second half. The hosts did what was required thanks to two goals in three minutes from Gabriele Angella and Lewis McGugan.

LEEDS PLUNDER DERBY POINTS

Ross McCormack's first-half goal gave Leeds a 1-0 win at Barnsley to deliver a blow to the home side's Championship survival hopes.

Barnsley were looking for another three-point haul to boost hopes of pulling off a late-season rescue act, but they never seriously threatened to drag themselves back into this Yorkshire derby after falling behind to McCormack's early goal.

PUYOL RULED OUT FOR BARCELONA

Carles Puyol has joined a long list of Barcelona absentees after feeling pain in his knee during training yesterday, ahead of today's game at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Coach Gerardo Martino is also without regulars including Neymar, goalkeeper Victor Valdes, centre-back Gerard Piqu and left-back Jordi Alba for the match against fourth-placed Bilbao at the Nou Camp. Midfielder Sergio Busquets is suspended but Marc Bartra, another centre-back, has shrugged off a thigh problem and is in the squad.

BAYERN BANISH LOSING STREAK

Bayern Munich ground out a hard-fought 2-0 victory over bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig yesterday to end the champions' three-game winless streak in the Bundesliga.

Claudio Pizarro broke the deadlock in the 79th minute, when Mario Goetze sent the Peruvian through, and Mario Mandzukic secured the win with three minutes remaining, as the home side pushed for an equaliser.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had started his strongest available side to fine tune for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Real Madrid.

DORTMUND BOOK EUROPEAN SPOT

Borussia Dortmund made sure of Champions League action again next season after securing a top-three finish, tightening their grip on second place with a 4-2 victory over Mainz 05 to open a six-point lead over third-placed Schalke 04, who take on VfB Stuttgart today.

Dortmund, who hit the post through Marco Reus in the third minute, did better two minutes later with Milos Jojic's deflected shot.

Twice Mainz 05 recovered with goals from Shinji Okazaki but twice the hosts hit back almost instantly with Robert Lewandowski's 18th goal of the campaign and another from Lukasz Piszczek.

Lewandowski then forced Niko Bungert to use his hands to stop the ball in the box. Bungert was sent off and Reus converted the spot-kick to clinch their fourth consecutive league win.

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