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Defoe wins runners-up medal in cup


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Jermain Defoe came on as a second-half substitute as Rangers suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park.

Defoe replaced Glen Kamara in the 71st minute and after Christopher Jullien had netted the only goal – with Celtic’s only shot on target in the 60th minute.

Celtic were reduced to 10 men just three minutes later when Jeremie Frimpong was sent off after fouling Alfredo Morelos in the box.

However, man of the match Fraser Forster saved the Colombian’s penalty, one of a series of crucial stops by the Celtic goalkeeper.

Victory earned Celtic their fourth Scottish League Cup in a row and a 10th consecutive domestic trophy.


Asmir Begovic was an unused substitute as leaders Qarabag were held to a 2-2 draw by second-placed FC Inter Baku at Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium.

Dani Quintana opened the scoring for the hosts after four minutes before an own goal from Hacıağa Hacılı made it 1-1.

Although Mahir Emreli restored Qarabag’s lead, Tural Bayramlı completed the scoring in the 47th minute, the final three goals all coming in the space of seven minutes.


Sam Surridge netted what proved to be a consolation goal in Swansea City’s 5-1 defeat by West Brom at the Hawthorns in the Championship.

Surridge stabbed home from close range to halve the deficit six minutes before the break after goals from Semi Ajayi and Matheus Pereira had put the Baggies 2-0 ahead.

It was his third goal in the Championship, the 21-year-old striker having netted six times in 19 appearances in all competitions for the Swans.

But further strikes from Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards saw West Brom register a sixth successive win and reclaim pole position in the table.

Mikael Ndjoli was an unused substitute as Gillingham registered a 1-0 win over League One rivals Sunderland at Priestfield.

Defender Connor Ogilvie grabbed the only goal of the game a minute from time, the left-back netting after Sunderland had failed to clear Olly Lee’s corner.

Kyle Taylor looked on from the bench as Forest Green Rovers went down 2-0 against League Two rivals Scunthorpe at the New Lawn.

Second-half goals from Alex Gilliead and Abobaker Eisa sealed the points for the Iron who had Levi Sutton sent off in injury time for picking up a second booking.


Honours finished even when Cherries team-mates Charlie Seaman and Tyler Cordner lined up on opposite sides as Eastleigh drew 1-1 with Ebbsfleet United.

Although a share of the spoils saw Ebbsfleet move off the foot of the table, they were kicking themselves for not taking all three after missing two penalties.

Myles Weston drew first blood for the Silverlake Stadium visitors after five minutes before Eastleigh levelled through Scott Rendell six minutes from the break.

Josh Umerah fired Ebbsfleet’s first penalty over the crossbar in the 71st minute before former Cherries player Joe Partington was sent off for conceding a second spot-kick after fouling Alfie Egan.

But Spitfires goalkeeper Max Stryjek guessed correctly and kept out Frankie Sutherland’s resulting penalty four minutes from time.

Eastleigh visit Crewe in their FA Cup second round replay tomorrow (7.45pm) with the winners hosting Barnsley.


Calum Ward, Brennan Camp and Shaun Hobson all started for Weymouth as their 11-game unbeaten league run came to an end at Dorking Wanderers.

Jimmy Muitt’s seventh-minute header settled a tight contest in favour of the Isthmian League champions at their Meadowbank Stadium headquarters.

The Terras, who won the Southern League last season, will be looking to bounce back when they visit Hemel Hempstead tomorrow (7.45pm).

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