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Highlights - Hibernian 0-2 Rangers

Nikica Jelavic's second-half double gave Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers a victory that proved a nightmare for Hibernian's Michael Hart.

Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths missed the only clearcut opportunity of a dour first half at Easter Road.

But the game came to life after the break and Jelavic scored from the spot on 61 minutes after Hart had fouled Lee Wallace.

Defender Hart was at fault as Jelavic headed the second eight minutes later.

Rangers' dogged display ensured a win that stretched their lead at the top of the table to seven points, at least until Celtic faced Hearts in their fixture in Glasgow later in the afternoon.

And it meant that Pat Fenlon began his spell as Hibs manager with a defeat.

The former Bohemians boss was denied a victory last Friday after the Edinburgh side's game at Motherwell was abandoned with Hibs leading 1-0 and it was no surprise that his starting line-up showed no changes.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist made three, one being forced on him following the controversial two-match ban handed to recent signing Sone Aluko after the forward was ruled to have dived during last week's narrow win over Dunfermline Athletic.

Fit-again Carlos Bocanegra and Lee Wallace came in along with Lee McCulloch, with Thomas Bendiksen and Kirk Broadfoot dropping to the bench.

Rangers have struggled to score from open play since losing Steven Naismith for the rest of the season through injury.

Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths Griffiths missed an excellent chance to give Hibs the lead

Also denied the services of Aluko and the injured Kyle Lafferty, it left only Jelavic up front and, with both sides adopting formations with two holding midfielders, a stuffy match was ensured.

Rangers nevertheless started brightly and dominated the early possession but were held at bay by some timely interceptions inside the home box.

It was Hibs who were first to seriously threaten, although Lewis Stevenson's low 20-yard drive flashed across the face of goal wide.

Rangers were unfortunate to have Wallace pulled back for offside as the full-back was found in acres of space by a fine Gregg Wylde through ball.

Hibs should have taken the lead in stoppage time after Wallace failed with his attempt to clear Ivan Sproule's cutback from the bye-line and the unmarked Griffiths fired weakly straight at goalkeeper Allan McGregor from 14 yards.

The home side took heart from that and Sproule sliced a long-range effort wide from the edge of the penalty area before the half-time whistle sounded.

Hibs came out with fresh fire in their bellies and immediately peppered the Rangers penalty box with dangerous crosses.

Rangers manager McCoist had seen enough and brought on Bendiksen for the ineffectual Kyle Bartley.

The Norwegian, who made his first start last weekend, immediately injected some extra thrust and creativity into the visiting midfield.

He was heavily involved in the move that led to Wallace winning the ball on the bye-line inside the penalty box and hitting the deck after having his arm grabbed by Hart.

Jelavic slotted in the resulting penalty kick inside the post with ease.

Hibs responded by putting the Rangers defence under intense pressure, with Paul Hanlon heading just over when he rose unchallenged 12 yards out to meet a Sproule free-kick.

However, Rangers snuffed out the threatened comeback when Jelavic lost marker Hart and stooped to finish off an inswinging Wylde corner.

McGregor scooped a deflected cross from Hanlon off the goal-line after the ball looped over the goalkeeper's head, with Isaiah Osbourne slicing wide with the close-range follow-up as Hibs even failed to secure a late consolation.

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 0-2 Rangers FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Jelavic (pen) 61
    • Jelavic 69

    Hibernian

    • 01 Stack
    • 02 Hart (Galbraith 71)
    • 04 Hanlon
    • 05 O'Hanlon
    • 20 Stephens
    • 07 Wotherspoon yellow card
    • 16 Stevenson
    • 17 Sproule
    • 24 Osbourne
    • 09 O'Connor (Sodje 88)
    • 28 Griffiths (Caldwell 88)

    Substitutes

    • 31 Brown,
    • 25 Towell,
    • 11 Galbraith,
    • 14 Scott,
    • 19 Palsson,
    • 23 Sodje,
    • 29 Caldwell

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 02 Goian
    • 12 Wallace
    • 16 Whittaker
    • 18 Bocanegra yellow card
    • 22 Bartley yellow card (Bendiksen 56)
    • 06 McCulloch
    • 07 Edu yellow card (Ortiz 88)
    • 08 Davis
    • 27 Wylde
    • 09 Jelavic

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 04 Broadfoot,
    • 32 Perry,
    • 17 Ortiz,
    • 20 McKay,
    • 33 Bendiksen,
    • 15 Healy
    Ref: BrinesAtt: 11,380
    HIBERNIAN
    RANGERS

    Possession

    • Hibernian 43%
    • Rangers 57%

    Attempts on target

    • Hibernian 4
    • Rangers 2

    Attempts off target

    • Hibernian 4
    • Rangers 2

    Corners

    • Hibernian 4
    • Rangers 4

    Fouls

    • Hibernian 13
    • Rangers 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:50 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+1:37 The ball is sent over by Ivan Sproule, clearance made by Dorin Goian.
    • 90:00+1:21 The ball is sent over by Lewis Stevenson, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance.
    • 89:55 Thomas Bendiksen challenges Ivan Sproule unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ivan Sproule crosses the ball in from the free kick, Nikica Jelavic makes a clearance.
    • 87:28 Substitution Maurice Edu leaves the field to be replaced by Juanma Ortiz.
    • 87:28 Substitution Garry O'Connor goes off and Akpo Sodje comes on.
    • 87:28 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Ross Caldwell coming on for Leigh Griffiths.
    • 81:31 Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball.
    • 80:34 Nikica Jelavic fouled by Sean O'Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Bocanegra takes the free kick.
    • 79:57 Effort from inside the area by Isaiah Osbourne misses to the right of the target.
    • 79:50 The ball is crossed by Paul Hanlon, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:34 The ball is crossed by Daniel Galbraith, Carlos Bocanegra makes a clearance.
    • 79:18 Centre by Ivan Sproule, clearance made by Maurice Edu.
    • 78:09 Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
    • 77:35 Maurice Edu challenges Daniel Galbraith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
    • 76:38 The assistant referee flags for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 75:01 Lee Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on Isaiah Osbourne. Sean O'Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:50 Centre by Daniel Galbraith.
    • 72:51 Corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Garry O'Connor.
    • 72:36 The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde.
    • 70:46 Substitution Michael Hart goes off and Daniel Galbraith comes on.
    • Correction - 68:11 Gregg Wylde provided the assist for the goal. Blocked by Dorin Goian.
    • Correction - 68:11 GOAL - Nikica JelavicHibernian 0 - 2 Rangers Nikica Jelavic scores a headed goal from inside the area. Hibernian 0-2 Rangers.
    • 68:11 Gregg Wylde provided the assist for the goal.
    • 68:11 GOAL - Nikica JelavicHibernian 0 - 2 Rangers Nikica Jelavic grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Hibernian 0-2 Rangers.
    • Correction - 67:36 Lewis Stevenson sends in a cross, inswinging corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line,
    • 67:36 Centre by Lewis Stevenson, Steven Davis takes the inswinging corner,
    • 64:15 Isaiah Osbourne crosses the ball, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Ivan Sproule from the left by-line, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance.
    • 61:14 Handball by Nikica Jelavic. Ivan Sproule produces a cross, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Paul Hanlon goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 60:20 GOAL - Nikica JelavicHibernian 0 - 1 Rangers Penalty taken right-footed by Nikica Jelavic and scored. Hibernian 0-1 Rangers.
    • 59:05 Lee Wallace fouled by Michael Hart, the ref awards a Penalty.
    • 58:26 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, clearance by David Stephens.
    • Correction - 55:29 Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick. Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
    • Correction - 55:29 Substitution Thomas Bendiksen comes on in place of Kyle Bartley.
    • Correction - 55:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Ivan Sproule.
    • 55:29 Steven Davis takes the free kick. Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
    • 55:29 Substitution Ross Perry comes on in place of Kyle Bartley.
    • 55:29 Ivan Sproule gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu.
    • 54:31 Lewis Stevenson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Carlos Bocanegra makes a clearance.
    • 54:31 Booking The referee shows Carlos Bocanegra a yellow card.
    • 54:25 Carlos Bocanegra challenges Isaiah Osbourne unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 53:12 The referee blows for offside. Lee Wallace takes the free kick.
    • 50:03 The official flags Leigh Griffiths offside. Lee Wallace takes the free kick.
    • 46:14 Inswinging corner taken by Ivan Sproule, Nikica Jelavic makes a clearance. David Wotherspoon has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Maurice Edu gets a block in. Ivan Sproule is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 45:37 Corner taken short by Leigh Griffiths. The ball is delivered by Leigh Griffiths, clearance made by Nikica Jelavic.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:11 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:52 Long range shot by Ivan Sproule goes wide right of the goal.
    • 44:55 Ivan Sproule produces a cross, Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
    • 43:42 Ivan Sproule is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 42:06 Corner taken by Steven Davis, free kick awarded for a foul by Dorin Goian on David Stephens. Indirect free kick taken by Graham Stack.
    • 41:19 David Stephens concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. Gregg Wylde crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Sean O'Hanlon makes a clearance.
    • 39:14 Lewis Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Maurice Edu. Carlos Bocanegra restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:27 David Stephens takes the free kick.
    • 38:27 Booking Kyle Bartley is shown a yellow card.
    • 38:18 Unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Kyle Bartley results in a free kick.
    • 35:07 Foul by Lewis Stevenson on Lee McCulloch, free kick awarded. Carlos Bocanegra restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:20 Lee McCulloch takes the free kick.
    • 33:20 Booking David Wotherspoon goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 33:08 Foul by David Wotherspoon on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded.
    • 32:21 The ball is crossed by Maurice Edu, clearance by David Stephens.
    • 29:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Ivan Sproule. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:04 Isaiah Osbourne takes a shot. Lee Wallace gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Isaiah Osbourne, Dorin Goian makes a clearance.
    • 27:40 Lee Wallace is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graham Stack.
    • 25:53 Steven Davis takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
    • 22:33 Nikica Jelavic crosses the ball, clearance by Ivan Sproule.
    • 19:31 Foul by Garry O'Connor on Steven Whittaker, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 18:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Stevenson on Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
    • 17:46 A cross is delivered by Gregg Wylde, clearance made by Lewis Stevenson.
    • 12:04 Steven Davis has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 11:32 The ball is delivered by Maurice Edu, Michael Hart manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:38 Sean O'Hanlon takes the free kick.
    • 9:38 Booking The referee shows Maurice Edu a yellow card.
    • 9:31 Unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Maurice Edu results in a free kick.
    • 7:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Dorin Goian. Ivan Sproule crosses the ball, Lewis Stevenson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 6:22 A cross is delivered by Gregg Wylde, Effort from inside the area by Steven Whittaker misses to the right of the target.
    • 6:03 Centre by Lee Wallace, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:29 The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
    • 3:52 Gregg Wylde sends in a cross, save by Graham Stack.
    • 3:14 Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, clearance made by Sean O'Hanlon.
    • 2:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Sean O'Hanlon. Indirect free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.
    • 1:21 Foul by Garry O'Connor on Dorin Goian, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 0:30 David Wotherspoon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gregg Wylde. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Davis. The official flags Nikica Jelavic offside. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 10 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 18 26 45
    2 Celtic 18 22 41
    3 Motherwell 17 5 33
    4 St Johnstone 17 4 26
    5 Hearts 18 2 22
    6 Kilmarnock 17 -2 22
    7 Dundee Utd 18 -5 21
    8 St Mirren 18 -6 21
    9 Inverness CT 18 -12 15
    10 Aberdeen 17 -6 14
    11 Hibernian 17 -12 14
    12 Dunfermline 17 -16 14

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