Dramatic draw prevents the winner of the Old Firm Derby from being determined

Football news 07 apr 2024, 09:08
Robert Sykes Dailysports's expert Robert Sykes
A high-scoring draw prevents the winner of the Old Firm Derby from being determined Photo: PA Media/Author unknown

Today, as part of the 32nd round of the Scottish Premier League, Rangers hosted Celtic at the Apex Arena.

The rivalry between these two teams is the fiercest in Scotland and has a rich history dating back to 1988. It is for this reason that it garners the attention of many fans.

The guests quickly took the lead, with Daizen Maeda scoring for his team just 22 seconds into the match. Celtic dominated the field and extended their lead further before halftime, with Matt O'Reilly converting a penalty in the 34th minute.

At halftime, the teams went in with Celtic leading 2-0.

After the break, Rangers stepped up their game and managed to equalize just ten minutes into the second half. James Tavernier converted a penalty. The hosts could have leveled the score just two minutes later, but Kyogo Furuhashi's goal was disallowed by the referee after a VAR review detected rule infringements in the attack.

In the 86th minute, Rangers managed to level the score thanks to an excellent strike from Abdallah Sima from outside the penalty area, with the ball finding the net after a deflection.

But the hosts' joy was short-lived, as just two minutes later, Paulo Bernardo provided a superb assist to Adam Idah, who took advantage of the opponents' mistake in the penalty area and scored accurately.

It seemed that Celtic was ready to take all three points, but in the third minute of added time, Rabby Matondo once again equalized with a splendid strike from outside the penalty area.

Although both teams fought for the opportunity to take the lead in the final minutes, the match ended in a draw.

Scottish Premier League
32nd round
Rangers 3-3 Celtic
Goals: Tavernier (penalty) 55’, Sima 86’, Matondo 90+3’ – Maeda 1’, O'Reilly 34’ (penalty), Idah 88’

Thanks to this draw, Celtic's lead over Rangers remains at one point, but Rangers have one game in hand, which they will play on Wednesday.

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