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Aberdeen   2 - 3   Rangers

Aberdeen v Rangers

Highlights - Aberdeen v Rangers

By Clive Lindsay

Kenny Miller scored twice as Rangers came from two goals down to beat Aberdeen and go top of the table.

Scott Vernon fired in from 16 yards to give the Dons a 10th-minute lead.

Chris Maguire turned in the second from close range, but Miller pulled one back from the penalty spot and blasted in the equaliser after the break.

Nikica Jelavic rolled in the third for Rangers before Aberdeen forward Chris Maguire was sent off for a second yellow card after 86 minutes.

Rangers' first victory in the Granite City since Walter Smith returned to Ibrox as manager three years ago meant that his side edge ahead of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premier League thanks to a superior scoring count.

And top scorer Miller took his tally to 10 goals in six league games after returning to the starting line-up in place of Kyle Lafferty despite the Northern Ireland international's hat-trick in the 7-2 Co-operative Insurance Cup demolition of Dunfermline.

Aberdeen celebrate after taking the lead
The Dons were delighted after going 2-0 ahead against the champions

Smith restored five other first-team regulars, but it was the changes made by opposite number Mark McGhee that proved significant in the early stages.

Aberdeen were rewarded for a more adventurous system than had been expected, with Rory McArdle playing in midfield in place of the injured Paul Hartley instead of joining the recalled Nikola Vujadinovic as part of a five-man defence.

Maguire's lovely through ball allowed Vernon to beat the offside trap and the in-form striker fired low past advancing goalkeeper Allan McGregor from 16 yards and into the far corner.

Rangers looked shaken and they were making little impression on Aberdeen until Steven Naismith manufactured a chance with which he ought to have restored parity.

The Scotland forward played a one-two with Jelavic that took him behind the Dons defence, but Naismith's shot on the half volley from 12 yards squirmed across the face of goal.

Aberdeen swept up to the other end and immediately went further ahead when Whittaker allowed Darren Mackie, who had started ahead of young striker Mitchel Megginson, the freedom to cross into the six-yard box, where Maguire nipped in front of Davie Weir to prod the ball home after 30 minutes.

Whittaker signalled to the bench that he had not recovered from an earlier clash of heads with team-mate Weir. But, within four minutes and while Kirk Broadfoot was waiting to come on as a replacement, Rangers pulled a goal back.

Vladimir Weiss weaved his way into the penalty box and, after he was tripped by Jerel Ifil, defender Zander Diamond was booked for aggressively accusing the winger of diving and Naismith was shown yellow for his role in the melee that formed around referee Willie Collum.

Miller kept cool amid the heated exchange to despatch the resulting 34th-minute penalty past Langfield.

It was the Scotland striker who struck again six minutes after the break when Naismith broke clear, slipped the ball through to Steven Davis and the midfielder's cross to the back post was fired high into the net by Miller from 12 yards.

Having looked all at sea in the first half, Rangers were now on a crest of a wave and a curling Jelavic drive from the edge of the box struck the outside of the post.

The comeback was complete when a Lee McCulloch flick over the advancing Dons defence put Naismith clear and the forward unselfishly rolled the ball into the path of Jelavic to place the ball into the unguarded net.

Maguire sent a powerful drive just wide of Rangers' far post and Aberdeen pressed for an equaliser despite his subsequent departure, but the reigning champions held on to win a typically exciting and enthralling Pittodrie encounter between these two old rivals.

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 2-3 Rangers FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Vernon 10
  • Maguire 30
  • Miller (pen) 34
  • Miller 52
  • Jelavic 67

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 McArdle
  • 05 Diamond yellow card
  • 06 Considine (Magennis 75)
  • 13 Vujadinovic (Megginson 89)
  • 16 Ifil
  • 04 Folly
  • 14 Young (Jack 79)
  • 07 Maguire two yellow cards, red card
  • 09 Vernon
  • 10 Mackie

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard,
  • 37 Shaughnessy,
  • 22 Jack,
  • 35 Hansson,
  • 41 Brown,
  • 20 Magennis,
  • 23 Megginson

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac
  • 16 Whittaker (Broadfoot 35)
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 08 Davis (Edu 74)
  • 20 Weiss (Lafferty 81)
  • 09 Miller
  • 14 Naismith yellow card
  • 18 Jelavic

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 04 Broadfoot,
  • 22 Webster,
  • 07 Edu,
  • 11 Lafferty,
  • 29 Little,
  • 41 Hutton
Ref: CollumAtt: 15,307
ABERDEEN
RANGERS

Possession

  • Aberdeen 45%
  • Rangers 55%

Attempts on target

  • Aberdeen 4
  • Rangers 8

Attempts off target

  • Aberdeen 2
  • Rangers 5

Corners

  • Aberdeen 4
  • Rangers 4

Fouls

  • Aberdeen 20
  • Rangers 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:13 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:17 Mitchel Megginson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 90:00+1:50 Zander Diamond challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:14 Nikica Jelavic challenges Jerel Ifil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 90:00+0:24 Effort on goal by Nikica Jelavic from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 90:00+0:16 The ball is sent over by Kenny Miller, Ryan Jack manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:32 Substitution Mitchel Megginson comes on in place of Nikola Vujadinovic.
  • 86:13 Free kick taken by Sasa Papac. Steven Naismith takes a shot. Nikola Vujadinovic gets a block in.
  • 86:13 Sent off Chris Maguire shown a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 86:04 Chris Maguire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith.
  • 84:04 Corner from right by-line taken by Steven Naismith.
  • 82:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Magennis on Kirk Broadfoot. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 81:35 Corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire to the near post, Steven Naismith makes a clearance.
  • 80:29 Substitution Kyle Lafferty replaces Vladimir Weiss.
  • 78:57 Substitution Ryan Jack on for Derek Young.
  • 75:10 Madjid Bougherra fouled by Josh Magennis, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:13 Substitution Josh Magennis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Considine.
  • 73:36 Substitution Maurice Edu is brought on as a substitute for Steven Davis.
  • 72:24 Chris Maguire has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 70:53 Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:39 Chris Maguire takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Sasa Papac.
  • 66:50 Assist by Steven Naismith.
  • 66:50 GOAL - Nikica JelavicAberdeen 2 - 3 Rangers Nikica Jelavic finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-3 Rangers.
  • 66:06 Corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 65:56 Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Blocked by Yoann Folly.
  • 65:12 Effort on goal by Derek Young from 12 yards. Lee McCulloch gets a block in. Darren Mackie is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 62:30 Yoann Folly takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 61:58 Corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Sasa Papac.
  • 61:14 Vladimir Weiss takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Yoann Folly manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:39 Jerel Ifil concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Scott Vernon. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:17 Nikica Jelavic has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.
  • 55:54 Steven Naismith takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 54:43 The referee blows for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 52:51 Unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Derek Young results in a free kick. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:16 Sasa Papac produces a cross, blocked by Jerel Ifil.
  • 51:02 Steven Davis provided the assist for the goal.
  • 51:02 GOAL - Kenny MillerAberdeen 2 - 2 Rangers Kenny Miller finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-2 Rangers.
  • 50:04 Madjid Bougherra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.
  • 48:49 Chris Maguire sends in a cross.
  • 46:33 Kirk Broadfoot produces a cross, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 45:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:23 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+1:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory McArdle on Vladimir Weiss. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Vladimir Weiss.
  • 45:00+0:56 Shot from just outside the box by Steven Davis misses to the left of the goal.
  • 45:00+0:31 Vladimir Weiss sends in a cross, clearance made by Yoann Folly.
  • 44:27 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire from the right by-line, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:36 Centre by Kenny Miller, Sasa Papac takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 42:25 A cross is delivered by Sasa Papac, clearance by Jerel Ifil.
  • 42:16 A cross is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 40:35 Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Yoann Folly.
  • 40:35 Booking The referee shows Chris Maguire a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 40:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Maguire on Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 40:15 Sasa Papac takes a shot. Blocked by Zander Diamond.
  • 38:46 Madjid Bougherra challenges Scott Vernon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Derek Young.
  • 36:00 The offside flag is raised against Nikica Jelavic. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 35:01 Nikica Jelavic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Langfield. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:13 Substitution Kirk Broadfoot on for Steven Whittaker.
  • 34:03 Assist on the goal came from Vladimir Weiss.
  • 33:38 GOAL - Kenny MillerAberdeen 2 - 1 Rangers Kenny Miller scores a placed penalty. Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers.
  • 32:52 Booking The referee cautions Zander Diamond for unsporting behaviour.
  • 32:34 Booking Steven Naismith receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 31:53 Jerel Ifil gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss.
  • 29:48 The assist for the goal came from Darren Mackie.
  • 29:48 GOAL - Chris MaguireAberdeen 2 - 0 Rangers Chris Maguire fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers.
  • 28:43 Steven Naismith has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 28:11 Steven Whittaker delivers the ball, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.
  • 27:18 Chris Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
  • 25:06 Unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jerel Ifil.
  • 24:44 Lee McCulloch fouled by Derek Young, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
  • 23:56 The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, blocked by Sasa Papac.
  • 23:20 Rory McArdle fouled by Madjid Bougherra, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 22:49 Derek Young challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from right channel, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.
  • 20:55 Chris Maguire challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:06 Steven Naismith challenges Andrew Considine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 18:12 Foul by Rory McArdle on Sasa Papac, free kick awarded. Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
  • 17:43 Kenny Miller takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 17:27 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 16:27 Darren Mackie concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:26 Vladimir Weiss produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 11:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Maguire on Lee McCulloch. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 9:43 The assist for the goal came from Chris Maguire.
  • 9:43 GOAL - Scott VernonAberdeen 1 - 0 Rangers Goal scored by Scott Vernon from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers.
  • 6:00 Steven Whittaker delivers the ball, save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 4:43 Yoann Folly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:22 Scott Vernon challenges David Weir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 2:15 The offside flag is raised against Nikica Jelavic. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
  • 1:20 Kenny Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:49 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 0:23 Kenny Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Zander Diamond. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Scottish Premier results

26 Sep 2010 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 6 11 18
2 Celtic 6 11 18
3 Motherwell 6 3 10
4 Hearts 6 1 8
5 Dundee Utd 6 -5 8
6 Aberdeen 6 1 7
7 Inverness CT 6 1 7
8 Kilmarnock 6 -1 7
9 Hibernian 6 -4 5
10 Hamilton 6 -8 5
11 St Johnstone 6 -4 4
12 St Mirren 6 -6 4

see also
McGhee pained by Aberdeen defeat
26 Sep 10 |  Aberdeen
Smith offers Davis European hope
27 Sep 10 |  Rangers
Gers' Miller 'in form of my life'
26 Sep 10 |  Rangers
Sunday's Scottish football as it happened
26 Sep 10 |  Scottish Premier


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