Rugby Park, a site that finished a title graveyard last season, has lost none of its disastrous, complex threat to Rangers .
With 14 minutes of play, Steven Gerrard's team seemed to be making its way to a critical victory. A challenge that faltered after the points against Hearts and Aberdeen had fallen, looked back on the right track.
But when Rangers travel along the M77, premature assumptions are always unwise. The Ibrox party lost both league games in Rugby Park last season.
And in a stunning, unexpected end of an evening full of drama history title, a controversy reiterated Scotland's roversial equalizer defender Stephen O & Donnell turned the game upside down.
With two minutes of play, Eamonn Brophy hit a stunning winner low in the lower right corner to bring Rangers to eight fallen points in six games since the resumption of the game after the winter break.
A title challenge that promised so much after a festive victory over Celtic now hangs on a thread, a margin of ten points that now seems insurmountable.
In anticipation of the interval, Scott Arfield not only pushed Rangers into the lead. Like in the Scottish Cup victory in Hamilton on Saturday, after 31 minutes the midfielder with a malicious intent struck a swinging strike in the corner of the stamp after 31 minutes for his third goal in two games. their downfall eventually. As so often in recent games, referee John Beaton will be scrutinized because he did not see Rory McKenzie's handball in the run-up to Kilmarnock & # 39; s equalizer with 13 minutes of play.
brought O & # 39; Donnell is swum by his teammates after he gets his side back into play
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However, Rangers cannot have any complaints about the way D & N 39 Donnell Niko Hamalainens shot into the net from ten meters low.
Introduced by the tannoy announcer as Eamonn & Wolf, "Brophy the Scottish striker lived on his nickname when he headed Nicke Kabamba knockdown excellent in the net with minutes to play.
] A team strengthened by Ryan Jack's return Rangers are a lesser side without Borna Barisic Opposite Aberdeen in Pittodrie the loss of the Croatian due to injuries resulted in more fallen points, Rangers were slow to start and the game ended weak. this resembles the form of champions.
Ianis Hagi played to the right of an attacking three and the jury stays out on the Romanian, even if his rare spark of invention gave Rangers his first * real * chance after 23 minutes came a fresh first ball in the path of Joe Aribo, who presented the midfielder an axis of light before he stuck the ball far out of the far post.
Aribo's next contribution was min very promising. Kilmarnock & # 39; s best chance of the 45-minute opening came from a corner after the Englishman didn't feel like a 50/50 challenge with Gary Dicker on the edge of his own territory.
A quick, sharp low-fire by Chris Burke offered Alan Power a great shot and Rangers got cold. The midfielder should have done so much better than an ineffective right foot from 18 meters shot over the bar.
The wake-up call for Rangers seemed to come in half an hour. The visitors with the red shirt won a corner of a smooth attacking counterattack, with Stuart Findlay Morelos denying a crack on goal, while the visitors claimed to have a tug on the attacker's jersey
. From the corner, Andy Halliday shot a square ball to Arfield outside the area. The finish was both brilliant and fairly unstoppable, giving Rangers a precious lead.
The midfielder added another cracker with his left foot a little later and hit a long-distance drive narrowly wide of the post.
A booking for Alan Power after an attack with Ryan Kent was so close that Kilmarnock resisted. Undefeated in their last three, revival under interim manager Dyer was in danger. Nobody could guess halfway how the night would end.
The game could have escaped five minutes in the second half of Kilmarnock. Rangers thought it should have happened when Chris Burke bumped Ryan Kent on the edge of the area while the winger seemed to benefit from an excellent pass behind the home defense by Morelos.
Referee John Beaton's decision was not free-kick, the anger of the Rangers support behind the goal that was further triggered by another Morelos booking for simulation when the striker fell to the ground under pressure from Hamalainen.
Within four minutes on the other side the enigmatic nature of Colombian nature was on display. Racing on a long James Tavernier onto the field, the neck-breaking rush of the goal from Killie keeper Koprivec offered an opportunity to lob the ball from outside the area towards goal.
To the relief of the home team, the ball bounced on the top of the bar and out of play. A few centimeters lower and Rangers would have won the game with another goal of amazing execution.
With half an hour of play, Kilmarnock was still playing in the game. And in veteran-former Rangers winger Chris Burke, they had the best player of the game. The man who did more than anyone else to turn the game upside down.
With 13 minutes of play, Rangers claimed a handball against McKenzie when Burke waved a cross to the Rangers area. On the way to the edge of the area, Niko Hamalainen's thumping volley went well until D & Donnell turned it low in the net past a clambering and helpless Allan McGregor.
Rangers still had opportunities to win – both fall for Alfredo Morelos. The striker blew a glorious unmarked chance to shoot a Tavernier cross into the net from eight meters, without hitting the target.
The celebrations of the Rangers support were short-lived when the Colombian seemed to have nodded the winner with minutes to play, the & # 39; goal & # 39; pulled away for a push.
The night ended in bitterness when substitute Ross Millen collided with Nikola Katic during the time-up, which earned keeper Allan McGregor a yellow card for his involvement.
Anger and frustration was the only thing that Rangers had to hold on to full-time. Another precious three points had disappeared from their grasp.
The point that Fulham won here could still taste the difference in a promotion race that no one seems to want to win.
On the positive side for Scott Parker, they came second with Leeds United, a scenario that seemed highly unlikely when the Yorkshire club had a double-digit points advantage over them before Christmas.
They also used a typical Millwall that refused to nod after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson controversially canceled the early opener of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Lionel Messi produced a hat trick of assists Barcelona came from behind twice to defeat Betis 3-2 and go back to three points behind the leaders Real Madrid.
Nabil Fekir stole the show in the first half, but was sent off in the second period because Betis ran out of gas and ideas and defender Clement Lenglet became the winner of Barcelona
With two broadcasts in the spaces opened in the second period. "We end the game dead at our feet," said Sergio Roberto. "But we end our series of defeats."
REAL BETIS: (4-2-3-1) Robles; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Moreno; Carvalho (Joaquin 70), Rodriguez (Tello 86); Alena, Canales, Fekir; Iglesias (Loren 62)
UNUSED SUBS: Martin Fernandez (GK); Barragan, Sidnei, Gonzalez
OBJECTIVES: Canales (PEN 6), Fekir (26)
RESERVATIONS: Emerson (36), Mandi (36) 45 + 2), Joaquin (72), Fekir (76)
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Granada: the men of Diego Simeone finally get a victory, inspired by returning captain Koke
- Returning captain Koke inspired by a victory that made a barren series of five competitions have ended
- Angel Correa got the sole purpose of the competition early on, and Atletico stopped
- They are now on the fourth place in the La Liga table, three points behind Getafe
The midfielder made his first appearance in the league since mid-December and wasted little time making an impact on his struggling team, making Angel Correa the only goal of the game in the sixth minute.
Atletico was comfortable in the first half, but began to suffer in the second and it took a world class rescue from goalkeeper Jan Oblak to prevent Granada Roberto Soldado leveling with a rear wheel.
& # 39; We needed a win to end this terrible run and we are very happy to take three points home & # 39 ;, said contest winner Correa.
& # 39; But after scoring the goal, we sat back too much and we have to correct it. & # 39;
Koke & # 39; s absence of the team coincided with their sad slide in form, in which they lost to Eibar and Real Madrid, went home 0-0 for struggling Leganes and were beaten out of the Copa del Rey by Cultural Leonesa of the third division.
For the first time in his eight-year period with Atletico, pressure was on almighty coach Diego Simeone, who was named the manager with the most merits in European football this week by the French newspaper L & # 39; .
The Argentinian coach missed eight players from the first team, including club record that Joao Felix, top scorer Alvaro Morata and crucial defenders Kieran Trippier and Jose Gimenez signed.
However, he could count on Koke, his longest-serving player who played an important role in the many successes of the team during his tenure as a coach.
Spain's international international encountered some indecisiveness in the defense of Granada after a throw-in and quickly played in Argentinian Correa, who made no mistake from the area and scored Atletico & # 39; s first league goal since January 4.
however, side did not build on their lead and continued to beg for the full-time flute, which eventually arrived at the sigh of relief from home fans in the Wanda Metropolitano.
Scotland 6-13 England: Mistakes abound and opportunities few and far between in terrible circumstances in Murrayfield as Ellis Genge trying to earn Eddie Jones & Men their first victory of the Six Nations
- ] England managed to withstand some difficult circumstances to win Scotland in the Six Nations
- The only score of the first half was an Owen Farrell penalty , and he missed a few during the match
- Scotland advanced level with a penalty for itself after rest, with chances very hard to find by
- England finally scored an attempt on a rare visit to Scotland 22 when Ellis Genge crossed the line
- Farrell scored an important penalty to put the game out of doubt with just one p to go minutes in the game
It was a stormy day in Murrayfield, making it a tough day for the kickers, as England scored a tough win against Scotland in their second game Six Nations .
] England had the best game of the first half when Scotland struggled with their road holding, but failed to pull away on the scoreboard and scored only a lonely penalty. Scotland then grew into play and had some momentum when they reached the score level after the break.
England finally scored on a rare visit to Scotland 22 with 10 minutes to go, with Ellis Genge crossing the line after winning a scrum from five meters away. Owen Farrell missed a few penalties in the bad circumstances, but put one down to seal England's victory with not going too long.
More to follow.
The side of Andy Farrell led the way, then defended themselves for their lives and snapped for scores like Wales lost in this championship for the first time in nine games.
It was their last trip here in the Six Nations when Wales was defeated earlier – this was not the 37-27 seesaw competition of 2018, but was all grit, determination, and determination.
It was Jordan Larmour who sprinkled the star dust with an attempt from the first half, after which Tadhg Furlong broke a second between Tomos Williams & arrow for Wales.
Josh van der Flier fumbled for an attempt and Andrew Conway achieved the bonus point score with five minutes to go.
Ireland: Lamour, Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale, Sexton, Murray, Healy, Herring, Furlong, Henderson, Ryan, O & # 39; Mahony, van der Flier, Stander
Tries: Lamour, Furlong, van der Flier, Conway Disadvantages: Sexton (2)
Wales: Halfpenny, North, Tompkins, Parkes, Adams, Biggar, Williams, Jones, Owens, Lewis, Ball, Jones, Wainwright, Tipuric, Faletau
Tries: Williams, Tipuric Cons: Biggar, Halfpenny
And aside from Justin Tipruic's consolation score, Wales was wasteful when they besieged the Irish line and the green machine kept strong and then undefeated with England.
Alun Wyn Jones hoped that the predictors who had said that Storm Ciara would collapse would have a Michael Fish moment and they had it.
Windy, at least at pitch level – with Wales initially fighting against it – but there was not a single drop of rain that fell on this green strip in Dublin.
Wales played with early intention, but little accuracy to their attempt, and Ireland largely held it in the narrow stages with a few trips wide to show that they were trying to evolve under Andy Farrell.
When they used their broad men that it had paid off. Trapped in a stalemate after 20 minutes, with Justin Tipuric and CJ Stander fighting for the impulses to spoil the others' momentum, Ireland slowly went through their short punches in the Welsh 22.
They almost crawled with it to a standstill until Conor Murray bubbled a ball to the hot Larmour kick that lit the Aviva Stadium.
France 24-17 England: Eddie Jones & men overpowered in Six Nations opener, fall in duo of Charles Ollivon trying despite one-man fightback from Jonny May
- England kicked off their Six Nations tournament against France on Sunday
- France rushed into a 17-0 lead through the interruption of a stuttering England
- Vincent Rattez and Charles Ollivon were scorers for the hosted hosts
- England was determined but French captain Ollivon added his second attempt
- Individual piece magic of Jonny May gave England two second half attempts
England has their Six Nations ] campaign starts against a disappointing start, falls on a powerful French side despite a one-man comeback attempt in the second half of Jonny May.
Attempts in the first half by Vincent Rattez and Charles Ollivon had it staring the France roaring, as a England ravaged by error.
England came out decisively for the second 40 minutes, but French captain Ollivon added his second attempt to give the visitors a mountain to climb.
Jonny May then took matters into his own hands and used his scorching pace to score two attempts in nine minutes to give England a chance to fight.
More to follow …
Individual glare from Jonny May earned England two attempts, but they had no answer
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Unused substitutes: Brady, Hart, Pieters, Lennon, Bardsley, Vydra, Long
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Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka (Torreira 45); Guendouzi, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Ozil (Willock 63), Martinelli; Lacazette (Nketiah 89)
Unused substitutes : Papastathopoulos, Ceballos, Pepe, Martinez
Bookings: Ozil, Xhaka
Referee : Chris Kavanagh
PC Pivac & # 39; s first job on the Welsh beat went smoothly because the new buyer from the former buyer Italy easily in Cardiff.
Josh Adams scored a hat trick – extending his run to 10 attempts in his last eight tests – Nick Tompkins made another debut and George North added a late fourth when Wales made the perfect start to defend their title .
For them, it was their record expansion of the seventh consecutive home victory in the Six Nations, and a first for new boss Wayne Pivac who knows that more stringent tests are needed.
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Italy was once again disgusted and has since lost 23 games in a row in this championship since 2015.
What was different was that the men of Franco Smith did not record a single point – the first time since they lost 29-0 to Scotland in 2017.
In these uncertain times in Europe, the Six Nations as a consolation – good for some – as the old constants remain.
The grass is green, the sky is blue, the Pope is Catholic, Italy loses and Josh Adams scores a try.
This would always be the 23rd of the Azzurri consecutive defeat in the championship, dating from 2015, and Pivac & # 39; s first as Welsh boss.
And if he was allowed some space, Adams would most likely score. In fact, the winger took two in the first half – both thanks to superassists.
It means that he has now hit the ground nine times in his last eight tests – continuing his extraordinary run of the World Cup.
But the Cardiff Blue had to thank men for both. First it was the uncut Nick Tompkins with a sublime pass wide that Adams founded.
The center of Saracens was turned on for 10 minutes, while the other newbie Johnny McNicholl had checked his head after a boot in the face and during that period was brilliant.
His wide throw to Halfpenny offered the full time and space to put Adams away, and the flyer flew in from the 22 to score in the left corner.
Wales was 9-0 before his attempt, thanks to three Biggar Pena lties, so after 18 minutes and the first score the result was inevitable.
Even more so after the second by Adams. He may have finished it, but the score was about Biggar.
At the goal line, he flashed an extremely extraordinary pass through his legs to Adams quick-as-flash for the assist – probably the best of his career who has had less of a second wind, more a hurricane since his move to Northampton.
It was a skill to summarize a new attacking era.
Biggar converted the second, but not the first, but that didn't matter.
Italy was already ragged and when the ir maul was turned over on the Wales line – in what should probably have been their first visit to the opposite 22 of the half – referee Luke Pearce blew for the break.
At the resumption, it was not as if Italy were completely excluded. They had opportunities, and managed to disrupt the Welsh set piece a few times, but each time they ventured near the red line, they invariably panicked and made mistakes. repeatedly.
With the scrum, a little Pivac struggled against Rob Evans – who was dropped for the World Cup by Warren Gatland – and Cory Hill for Wyn Jones and Jake Ball.
As a result, the effervescence and fire of the first half was replaced by more stodge and silence.
That was until the hour when Tompkins again scored in the middle on his debut.
Tipuric ha d dived on a loose ball, then Hill broke and from the next ruck Tompkins was fast fed and hungry sprinting in to score between the posts. The double fist pumps appeared before the Saracen looked up to the sky to greet his grandmother – born 87 years ago in Wales who allowed him to qualify for such afternoons.
Tompkins has almost added an assist to the cameo, setting North aside for the fourth of Wales, but he had hit the buildup, so the bonus point had to wait.
In the end, however, it did come. North bundled when Wales camped on the Italian line for the fourth score – it was his 20th in the tournament and 40th for Wales. Halfpenny converted.
Immediately among the last Adams, his hat trick, the first Welshman to score at home in this tournament since Maurice Richards in 1969, took a short line. Halfpenny touched that too.
There was no need for an interrogation after the match for Wayne & # 39; s Wales. An easy victory to start for Pivac in his first real test, Wales has a teamless point in this tournament for the first time since 1974, but he knows there will be even more smooth services.
If we are indeed on our way to hell in a handcart, the final destination may come much in sight sooner than the most anticipated.
No one ever expected to confuse this season in Scottish football with an episode of Songs of Praise. But before the first month of the new year is the same, the toxicity that grabs the best green spot is really disturbing.
Only in full time will we know the exact reasons why Alfredo Morelos had to give chase to a person who seemed to mess with his car in his parents' house on Tuesday. In the best case, however, it is suspicious. In the worst case, deeply sinister.
You are afraid to think what is now waiting between May and May – fear is that the most captivating title race will be hijacked in years by the antics of the hard to understand – the most recent outbreak of madness certainly casts a long shadow here.
Struggling with a calf complaint, the Colombian had to make do with a spot on the couch, but you can't help but wonder what part the bizarre – field events of the previous day played in his manager who decided to keep him in reserve.
Without him, Rangers struggled again to hit the belts for 67 minutes, although Steven Gerrard's men have certainly done enough to earn the victory that holds them well in the title hunting, this was rather a continuation of their malaise after Christmas instead of an abrupt departure.
The optimists among the light blue legions naturally hold the view that titles are claimed by parties that win by playing in themselves. The more pessimistic will consider the visits from Aberdeen and Hibernian to Ibrox in the coming week with a sense of any premonition. A rapid improvement is certainly required.
Jermain Defoe & # 39; s intervention on the eve of the rest turned out to be the turning point of a game that threatened to cost Gerrard's party long enough.
EQUAL FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Rangers: McGregor, Polster, Goldson, Katic, Barisic, Arfield, Davis (Jones 74), Kamara, Ojo, Defoe (Aribo 63), Kent (Morelos 68)
Subs not used: Edmundson, Foderingham, Barker, Patterson
Scorers: Defoe (41), Arfield (47)
Booked: Goldson, Polster
Ross County: Baxter, Marcus Fraser, Watson, Donaldson, Sean Kelly, Mullin, Tillson, Vigurs (Spence 72), Cowie (Draper 74), Spittal, McKay (Erwin 78)
Subs not used: Foster, Shaw, Laidlaw, Fontaine
Booked: Spence, Kelly, Fraser
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The night would end cruelly for the veteran, though a hamstring injury arrived just before the hour when he just entered a park behind a long flight of stairs. You have to imagine that Rangers will now redouble their efforts to sign another striker before the transfer window closes tomorrow.
After having received rave reviews from Celtic Park in the weekend following an entrepreneurial approach, the Highlanders began to go here.
The assessment would always leave room for their defense – an open invitation for people like Ryan Kent. Bursting to the left with Rangers & # 39; first targeted appearance, the winger turned Marcus Fraser inside out before forcing Nathan Baxter to keep his strike away from the distant post.
With the visitors who show balance in possession, however, it was not the quick start Gerrard would have demanded.
For Joe Aribo on the right, Sheyi Ojo dragged a speculative attack from far away, but the match was much more even than the supporters expected. News about the quick start of Celtic in Perth did nothing to stop the growing fear in the stands.
Kent always looked the most likely man in blue to change the direction of the game. Another rise won a valuable free kick when Josh Mullin slipped inside and took his legs. Scott Arfield waited patiently for the set piece to play out on the edge of the box, his just-tied strike deflected for a corner outside the frame of Coll Donaldson.
The fact that Allan McGregor was largely limited to catching and kicking practice in the first period concealed the fact that County showed intention and threat – if not a murderous instinct – in the last third.
The mood changed around Ibrox four minutes after the break. The center of Borna Barisic from an advanced position on its left side was hit in the air and found the white shirts of County in two thoughts for the first time. Enter Defoe to make a turn and shoot outside of Baxter's reach. A feeling of relief washed over Ibrox.
Defoe is perhaps the second choice at Ibrox right now, but 17 goals in 30 games underline that the 37-year-old is definitely not second. It is hard to underestimate how expensive his absence would be.
He played a pivotal role in removing all doubt from the outcome just two minutes after the restart.
Ojo & # 39; s pace preceded an intelligent ball in the feet of the veteran. Arfield was already on his way and took a certain first touch before pushing the ball under the advancing Baxter's body.
However, the points had to incur high costs. After a long clearance, Defoe turned back with Donaldson and hit the turf. Home fans moaned as one, with the face of the Englishman who left the field on a stretcher, the lasting image of the night.
Aribo, instead of Morelos, was initially summoned from the bank, but the Colombian replaced Kent late.
Coupled with a move away from Ibrox this week, Jordan Jones also replaced Steve Davis in his second outing of the year. Given the predicament of Defoe, it is unlikely that he will go anywhere.
Morelos looked sharp for a player who didn't kick a ball competitively this year. His attempt to shred Baxter towards the end was smart but a bit heavy.
Gerrard would simply have been happy to get him here on the field to dust the cobwebs after Dubai. With Defoe probably being set aside for at least a while, the importance of the Colombian for the cause simply grew. They have now perhaps played seven games in all non-profit competitions, but just like in Celtic Park last Saturday, there was enough for management to build on.
In a competition that was never more than competitive, Connor Goldson and Matt Polster were warned of industrial challenges and joined County & # 39; s Mullin, Lewis Spence, Sean Kelly and Fraser in referee Don's book Robertson.