Saturday 20 January 2018

Wohlfarth hits Bhoys at death

Steffen Wohlfarth netted a winner deep into injury-time as Ross County completed an incredible comeback from two goals down against Celtic.

The German beat Kelvin Wilson and Fraser Forster to a long ball to head into the net as the hosts stunned Celtic and consolidated their status as the SPL's form team of 2013.

The win looked highly unlikely on 21 minutes after Charlie Mulgrew had scored direct from a corner and Gary Hooper chipped home as goalkeeper Michael Fraser endured a nightmare six minutes.

But County also scored twice in six minutes. A stunning volley from Grant Munro and Sam Morrow's close-range finish got them level with Neil Lennon's men before the break.

And they emulated their 2010 Scottish Cup win over the Hoops when sub Wohlfarth netted his first County goal.

Pardew toasts Ben Arfa class

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is relishing the opportunity to unleash Hatem Ben Arfa on the Premier League once again as he anticipates a late push from his side.

The 26-year-old France international made his first appearance in 12 weeks in the Europa League against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday evening after recovering from a hamstring tear, and might have marked his return with a vital away goal. Pardew is hoping he can play some part in today's league clash with Stoke at St James' Park.

"It's important that he has come back at a crucial time because we have still managed to stay in the Europa League," Pardew said. "Hatem is a massive player at this level. He's our Suarez – he's that different player, someone who in a tight game can create something out of nothing."

Murray proves Palace saviour

Glenn Murray took his goal tally for the season to 30 and preserved Crystal Palace's unbeaten home run as they battled back to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Leeds.

In the 27th minute Jonathan Williams floated a cross to the far post, where Murray planted a free header into the roof of the net.

Leeds grabbed their equaliser just after the break, Morison slipping home a close-range finish. And Selhurst Park was stunned in the 69th minute when Wales international Morison tucked the ball past Speroni. Palace were not going to give up their unbeaten record without a fight and, with seven minutes remaining Murray arrived at the far post to lash in Damien Delaney's cross.

PSG shrug off

Mourinho talk

Coach Carlo Ancelotti and sports director Leonardo are doing very well at Paris St Germain and will be there next season, the French club's president Nasser al-Khelaifi said yesterday.

Media reports have linked the wealthy Ligue 1 leaders to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho for next season, however, Nasser al-Khelaifi said the Portuguese was not a target and it would be up to Ancelotti to decide if he stays at PSG.

"He will still be here if he wants to be," Al-Khelaifi said, three days after the Italian coach led PSG to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 18 years. "As for Mourinho, I don't know what his situation (at Madrid) is but it's none of my business."

Boateng steals it for Bayern

Schalke 04 survived a second-half fightback to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Ruhr derby yesterday and Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich twice came from behind to beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-2.

Bayern made it 10 wins out of 10 in all competitions as they powered 20 points clear of second-placed Dortmund at the top.

Third-placed Bayer Leverkusen lost 1-0 at Mainz 05 and Greuther Fuerth crashed to a 3-0 loss against Hoffenheim. Freiburg lost 5-2 at home to VfL Wolfsburg in the afternoon's other game. Jerome Boateng scored an 86th-minute winner for Bayern after Mathis Bolly and Andreas Lambertz had twice put promoted Fortuna ahead, with Thomas Mueller and Franck Ribery replying each time.

Hopkirk leaves Gers red-faced

Goals from Ally Love and David Hopkirk gave Annan a stunning 2-1 victory at Ibrox as Rangers, with the words of their chief executive and the boos of their fans ringing in their ears, suffered a first home league defeat of the season. Andy Little pulled a goal back but it was a dismal day for the Third Division leaders.

Two minutes into the second half Annan made the breakthrough. Danny Orsi swept the ball in from the left and Love nudged the ball home.

Incredibly, the Galabank side doubled their lead after 54 minutes. Murray sent a deep cross to the far post and Hopkirk dived to head the ball beyond Alexander.

Four minutes later Little reduced the deficit, but Annan held on to record a famous victory.

Irish Independent

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