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Former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore of comic own goal fame hits wonder strike

Djimi Traore once scored a comedy Liverpool own goal, but now he's struck a superb effort (and it went in at the right end!)

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

10:22 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:25 GMT, 13 March 2013

He doesn't score many great goals, or many goals for that matter, but Djimi Traore yesterday hit one of the strikes of the year to help his Seattle Sounders side reach the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals.

Best remembered for his comical own goal for Liverpool against Burnley in the FA Cup third round in 2005, this time Traore hit a rocket from 30 yards to put Seattle 2-1 up in the tie against Mexican side Tigres.

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Better times: Traore (above left) in action Seattle Sounders yesterday, but his own goal against Burnley (below) is what he will be remembered for

Better times: Traore (above left) in action Seattle Sounders yesterday, but his own goal against Burnley (below) is what he will be remembered for

Liverpool's Djimi Traore looks back as he knocks the ball into his own net

Better times: Traore celebrating with Luis Garcia during his time at Liverpool

Better times: Traore celebrating with Luis Garcia during his time at Liverpool

The spaghetti-legged defender, who played for Liverpool, Charlton,
Portsmouth and Birmingham City fans during his time in England, saw the
ball bounce perfectly for him on the half volley, before hitting an
unstoppable shot past Jorge Diaz de Leon, and in off the crossbar for
good measure.

Seattle went on to win the match 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate), making history in the process by becoming the first MLS team to beat a Mexican club since the launch of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008.

The Mali defender is also remembered for being one of the most average players to win a Champions League medal, starting for Liverpool against AC Milan in the 2005 final in Istanbul.

Just four months after his mistake at Turf Moor, he gave away a free-kick in the first minute of the famous final, from which Milan scored through Paolo Maldini.

But he later atoned for his error with a crucial goal-line clearance, and picked up a winners medal after Liverpool's heroic comeback.

In his seven years at Anfield, the 33-year-old also won the FA Cup in 2006 and the League Cup in 2003.

His wonder strike for Seattle is only his fourth ever senior goal.

Traore has also appeared in European competition 35 times throughout his career.

And to think Matt Le Tissier, who scored goals like this for fun, didn't make a single appearance on the continent…

What was he thinking With no player surrounding him, Traore rolled the ball into his own net with a Zidane-esque spin then got tangled up in the net, just for good measure

What was he thinking With no player surrounding him, Traore rolled the ball into his own net with a Zidane-esque spin then got tangled up in the net, just for good measure

Djimi Traore of Liverpool

VIDEO: Traore's wonder strike for Seattle

Traore wonder goal

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VIDEO: Traore's less than wonderful own goal for Liverpool

Schalke 2 Galatasaray 2 (agg 3-3) match report: Didier Drogba"s Champions League dream still on

Schalke 2 Galatasaray 3 (agg 3-4): Drogba's Champions League adventure goes on

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21:42 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 12 March 2013

Galatasaray held off a gallant Schalke comeback to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after battling to a 3-2 victory in Gelsenkirchen.

With the tie evenly poised after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul, Schalke took 17 minutes to take the lead on the night. Roman Neustadter kept his head in the area after a corner prompted a goalmouth scramble, sidefooting home through a raft of bodies.

Hamit Altintop then cracked home an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 30 yards against his former club to level the scores.

And the Turkish champions doubled their lead through Burak Yilmaz, who lead a breakaway for the visitors before lifting a shot over Timo Hildebrand, scoring his eighth goal in the competition in the process.

But Schalke were not done, and after Marco Hoger smashed the crossbar with a 20-yard effort, Galatasaray failed to clear their lines and Atsuto Uchida squared across the box for Michel Bastos to slot home.

And with Schalke pressing for a winner, Umut Bulut added the winner on the counter-attack.

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Follow me: Galatasaray players run to congratulate Altintop

Follow me: Galatasaray players run to congratulate Altintop

Match facts

Schalke: Hildebrand, Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Hoger (Meyer 86), Neustadter (Fuchs 46), Farfan, Draxler, Michel Bastos, Pukki (Obasi Ogbuke 85). Subs not used: Fahrmann, Metzelder, Barnetta, Moritz.

Booked: Hoger, Kolasinac.

Goals: Neustadter 17, Michel Bastos 63.

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Kaya (Zan 78), Nounkeu, Riera, Felipe Melo, Altintop, Sneijder (Amrabat 70), Inan, Drogba, Burak Yilmaz (Bulut 86). Subs not used: Iscan, Balta, Kurtulus, Sarioglu.

Booked: Drogba.

Goals: Altintop 37, Yilmaz 42, Bulut 90+4.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).

Attendance: 52,000.

No mistake: Roman Neustaedter keeps his head in a crowded Galatasaray penalty box to give Schalke the lead

No mistake: Roman Neustaedter keeps his head in a crowded Galatasaray penalty box to give Schalke the lead

On target: Roman Neustaedter

On target: Roman Neustaedter

Unstoppable: Hamit Altintop

Remember me Hamit Altintop lets fly from 30 yards to level matters on the night against his former club

Remember me Hamit Altintop lets fly from 30 yards to level matters on the night against his former club

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Going down: Didier Drogba turns his ankle while celebrating with Yilmaz, prompting Felipe Melo to check up on his team-mate (below)

Going down: Didier Drogba turns his ankle while celebrating with Yilmaz, prompting Felipe Melo to check up on his team-mate (below)

Cause for concern: Felipe Melo checks up on Didier Drogba

Back in the hunt: Michel Bastos sidefoots home to give Schalke hope of progression

Back in the hunt: Michel Bastos sidefoots home to give Schalke hope of progression

Late hope: Michel Bastos (left) made it 2-2

England U21 4 Sweden U21 0 match report

England U21 4 Sweden U21 0: Ince scores twice as young guns shine in Walsall

– is an ideal
way to start the calendar year for coach Stuart Pearce, who will be
gunning for success at June's Euro 2013 finals in Israel, with talks
over his own future put on hold until after the tournament.

Injuries robbed Pearce of Raheem
Sterling, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw but it was still a strong line-up
which took to the field, skippered by Henderson – on Sunday voted Under
21s Player of the Year.

Liverpool team-mate Shelvey blazed
over a good chance early on after a lively burst from Ince before
Henderson himself planted a free header wide.

Double: Jonjo Shelvey scored England's second goal in the 30th minute

Double: Jonjo Shelvey scored England's second goal in the 30th minute

Relieved: Shelvey missed a header from two yards out just before scoring

Relieved: Shelvey missed a header from two yards out just before scoring

It was no surprise when a dominant England opened the scoring after 10 minutes.

Shelvey found marauding right-back
Smith with a delightful ball and he in turn sent a teasing low cross
into the box which was slotted home by Ince.

England were in complete control and
it should have been 2-0 after 18 minutes as the impressive Shelvey
somehow headed wide Henderson's cross with the goal at his mercy.

Cruising: Shelvey celebrates his goal with Josh McEachran

Cruising: Shelvey celebrates his goal with Josh McEachran

But Shelvey soon made amends as he
doubled the hosts' advantage, slotting home Ince's miscued shot off the
underside off the crossbar at the far post after Smith had again been
found in space down the right.

It was 3-0 just before half-time as
Sweden centre-back Filip Helander brought down Ince in the area, Josh
McEachran saw his penalty saved by keeper Andreas Linde but Ince swept
home the rebound.

With his side already in the driving seat at the break, Pearce introduced Wickham, Will Hughes and Henri Lansbury.

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Ince was denied his hat-trick on the hour mark following a great save from close range by replacement stopper August Stromberg.

Goalscoring opportunities dried up
after the break as both managers made a host of changes although the
Young Lions remained comfortable, with goalkeeper Jason Steele still to
make a meaningful save of note.

But the home side did register a fourth in the 77th minute, Wickham heading home Lansbury's deep cross.

Wickham was denied a fifth by Stromberg but England still ran out easy winners in front of a healthy sell-out crowd of 9,758.

Rout: Connor Wickham rises to head in England's fourth goal

Rout: Connor Wickham rises to head in England's fourth goal

Impressive: Stuart Pearce's side were dominant

Impressive: Stuart Pearce's side were dominant

Spurned: Derby's Will Hughes rues a missed chance

Spurned: Derby's Will Hughes rues a missed chance

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina acts out pre-match rituals

Reina's rituals: Liverpool No 1 acts out pre-match superstitions on TV show… but will it be enough to stop Van Persie

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

10:31 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:37 GMT, 10 January 2013

As a goalkeeper coming up against the Barclays Premier League's most in-form striker this weekend, Liverpool's Pepe Reina will need all the help he can get.

Thankfully, the Spaniard will be very thorough in his preparations as he bids to thwart Manchester United's Robin van Persie at Old Trafford.

The superstitious keeper talked through his elaborate pre-match rituals on a Spanish television show this week, proving that he leaves absolutely nothing to chance.

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Superstitious: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina goes through an elaborate series of rituals before kick-off and showed them on a Spanish TV show

Superstitious: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina goes through an elaborate series of rituals before kick-off and showed them on a Spanish TV show

To howls of laughter from the studio audience, Reina acted out the routine he will perform when he reaches the goalmouth ahead of kick-off on Sunday afternoon.

He touches the turf and then crosses himself, knocks both posts and the crossbar, before pacing out four strides into his six-yard area.

Reina then limbers up with some squat thrusts and a couple of shimmies to get the muscles warm.

But as he revealed in his autobiography last year, Reina's rituals start the evening before when he eats two ham and cheese toasties and drinks a glass of wine to help him sleep.

Driven: Reina ensures his car is full of petrol before every home matchday

Driven: Reina ensures his car is full of petrol before every home matchday

But it's on home match days that things start to get a little weird. He wrote: 'I get up and have a shower, put my suit on and then head out to the car to buy petrol that I usually don't need.

'Six hours before kick-off at Anfield, and before I can even think about the game, I have to get to a petrol station.

'After getting in the car, I turn the engine on and look at the fuel gauge.

'It was almost full. I still need petrol, though, so I head to the same garage that I always go to when Liverpool are at home, a small filling station almost exactly halfway between my home and the stadium.

Success: Reina is a World Cup winner, so perhaps his elaborate rituals do work

Success: Reina is a World Cup winner, so perhaps his elaborate rituals do work

'I get there, open the petrol cap and begin to refuel. I am only at the pump for 20 seconds or so before the tank is full, so I go in to pay. The cashier gives me a bit of a funny look.

'To be fair, I cannot blame him. I have just pulled on to his forecourt, queued up for five minutes behind other motorists and all for 8 worth of petrol, just so my tank is full to the brim.

'He does not know it, but I do the same thing before every home game. It's one of countless rituals I have to perform to make sure I am in the right frame of mind to play for Liverpool.

'My desperation for success makes me superstitious.'

VIDEO: Reina acts out his pre-match routine on TV show (in Spanish)

Saracens 17 Northampton 16: Stephen Myler misses penalty with last kick

Saracens 17 Northampton 16: Myler miss is a kick in the teeth for Jim's beaten Saints

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19:40 GMT, 30 December 2012

Stephen Myler and Northampton were left shattered in Milton Keynes as the fly-half’s last-minute, long-range penalty to win a pulsating game hit the crossbar and bounced out, giving Saracens a dramatic reprieve.

The Saints No 10 was presented with a shot for glory from his own half, with just seconds remaining, in controversial circumstances. Saracens prop Rhys Gill was penalised by referee JP Doyle for kicking the ball away from a ruck, when replays suggested that the ball was out and he was entitled to do so.

Then, some back-chat from one of the home players prompted the official to march forward 10 metres, leaving Northampton with a penalty on the limit of kicking range.

Close call: Myler hit the crossbar with the final kick of the game

Close call: Myler hit the crossbar with the final kick of the game

Putting the boot in: Farrell

Putting the boot in: Farrell

Myler, who had already registered 11 points with the boot, took aim at the posts, some 57 metres away. He let fly and the ball soared towards the target, only to glance off the centre of the bar, allowing Brad Barritt to clear into the stands to clinch the narrow win which sees his side go into the new year second in the Aviva Premiership, one point behind champions and leaders Harlequins.

Back by the halfway line, Myler was left on his haunches, with his head in his hands. Jim Mallinder, Northampton’s director of rugby, turned and strode down the tunnel, frustrated by the agonising manner of this latest defeat against a top-four team and incensed by Doyle’s refereeing.

Afterwards, he said: ‘Should have won, could have won. If Stephen Myler had kicked that goal at the end, we’d all be in there now celebrating a great away victory.

‘To be honest, I didn’t think he could get it. I was definitely wondering if they had made the right decision but you have to leave it to the players. Stephen knows best if he has a realistic chance of kicking it or not. It was left up to him and I think he probably did make the right decision to go for it.’

In a tense final quarter, a few of Doyle’s decisions came in for close scrutiny, particularly a penalty awarded to Saracens at a ruck in the closing minutes. Ben Foden, the Saints and England full back, exploded with rage when the whistle sounded and vented his fury on the nearby touch judge. Mallinder, in slightly calmer fashion, echoed his sense of indignation.

‘The majority of the decisions early on were probably just, but the referee has got to be consistent,’ he said. ‘If he is going to penalise Dylan Hartley for going off his feet, quite rightly, then he has to do Barritt at the end of the game for the same offence. In the final 10 or 15 minutes, there was some decision-making by us which we’ll need to look at, and we’ll look at a couple of the referee’s decisions as well, because they can be the difference between winning and losing close games like that. He got a number of those decisions wrong today.’

For the first quarter of this game, it merely appeared a question of how many points Saracens would win by against their bitter rivals, whose supporters dominated the large festive crowd. The nomadic Hertfordshire club immediately appeared at home in a stadium where their opponents have staged matches in the past, and were ahead in the seventh minute.

Try time: Phil Dowson crossed for Northampton

Try time: Phil Dowson crossed for Northampton

From an attacking line-out on the left, George Kruis took a clean catch and the Saracens pack drove forward with great conviction, on and on over the line until John Smit touched down. Charlie Hodgson missed the conversion, but he was on target with an 11th-minute penalty and his side continued to dominate proceedings on the back of clear superiority in the scrum.

Yet, that set-piece advantage gradually faded as the Saints forwards rallied and in the 24th minute the visitors hit back.

From a scrum near halfway, Ken Pisi broke clear on the right, Courtney Lawes stormed on and when quick ball was delivered to Phil Dowson, the flanker burst through three tackles to score a try which Myler converted to make it 11-7.

Saracens retaliated with gusto to this renewed challenge and after David Strettle so nearly went clean through the middle in the Northampton 22, Will Fraser and Ernst Joubert drove strongly at the line but the ball went loose, Samu Manoa pounced on it and eventually a clearance kick by Lee Dickson alleviated the sustained pressure.

Cast adrift: Northampton are eight points behind Saracens

Cast adrift: Northampton are eight points behind Saracens

Moments later, the scrum-half’s dart forward brought a penalty to the Saints which Myler struck to narrow the deficit to one point at the break. After half-time, the visitors’ No 10 maintained his assured goal-kicking to establish a 16-11 lead for his team, while Hodgson missed three successive shots at the other end. Owen Farrell, who had replaced Joel Tomkins at outside centre, took over kicking duties and calmly dispatched two successive penalties to push Saracens in front again and they clung on with a little help from the crossbar which denied Myler.

Mark McCall, Sarries’ director of rugby, was relieved by the outcome of that last-gasp kick, saying: ‘I felt the same as everyone else felt. It was out of our hands. We knew it was a very difficult kick. It was an unbelievable strike in fairness. He had his kicking boots on today, so we are grateful to have come away with a narrow victory.’

In a measured reaction to Doyle’s officiating, McCall added: ‘There are always going to be things that you are not happy about. There was some frustration in our side from time to time and I am surprised they (Northampton) feel as strongly as they do about it.’

This defeat for the Saints leaves them sixth in the Premiership table but Mallinder remained bullish about their prospects of mounting a convincing title challenge. ‘We know we’re a good side and today proved that,’ he said.

‘There’s not a lot between the top teams and although we’re now mid-table, we’re not out of the running, by any means. There are a few people who have written us off already but there’s a long way to go. We won’t give up, we’ll be back.’

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0 match report

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0: Boro bounce back and pile the pressure on Berg

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:44 GMT, 26 December 2012

Lukas Jutkiewicz struck the game's
solitary goal midway through the second half as Middlesbrough bounced
back from Saturday's npower Championship defeat at Leeds to keep their
automatic promotion hopes alive.

Polish striker Jutkiewicz struck for
the second successive game with a clinical low finish from the edge of
the penalty area to lift Tony Mowbray's side up to third, within a point
of second-placed Hull.

Christmas cracker: Lucas Jutkiewicz scores the winner

Christmas cracker: Lucas Jutkiewicz scores the winner

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Woodgate, Bikey (Rhys Williams 46), Hoyte, Ledesma, McEachran (Smallwood 56), Leadbitter, Emnes (Bailey 72), Jutkiewicz, McDonald. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Halliday, Miller.

Booked: Ledesma

Goals: Jutkiewicz 67.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Grant Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Rosado (Dunn 79), Murphy, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Kazim-Richards (Rochina 83). Subs Not Used: Usai, Givet, Pedersen, Etuhu, Vukcevic.

Booked: Henley.

Att: 22,882

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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Blackburn, who have now won only once under manager Henning Berg in 10 matches, were made to pay for missed chances and continue to slide down the table after securing just one point from their last six fixtures.

Rovers' late substitute Ruben Rochina was denied a late equaliser when Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele kept out his free-kick, but the home side were also guilty of some wasteful finishing.

Defender Andre Bikey and Argentinian striker Emmanuel Ledesma returned for Boro, while Portugal Under-21s international Diogo Rosado made his first start for Blackburn with midfielder Danny Murphy and defender Grant Hanley also recalled by Berg.

Middlesbrough made the brighter start as Jutkiewicz and Ledesma both fired over the crossbar from inside the penalty area before 16-goal Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes fired a shot just off target at the other end.

Rosado then tested Steele with a swirling, angled drive from 35 yards that was well held by the Boro goalkeeper and in a see-saw opening Jutkiewicz's header from Ledesma's cross was gathered by Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean.

Close call: Jordan Rhodes is kept out by Boro defence

Close call: Jordan Rhodes is kept out by Boro defence

Middlesbrough defender George Friend and midfield team-mate Grant Leadbitter both fired in shots from outside the area, but the home side were given a let-off in the 24th minute when Rhodes spurned a gilt-edged chance from close range.

Boro continued to rain in shots from long range. Rosado, again from more than 30 yards, striker Scott McDonald and Ledesma all tried their luck from distance before the break, the latter's well held by Kean in the 35th minute.

Both sides went in search of the game's opening goal in an even contest, but the score remained goalless at the interval.

Mowbray replaced Bikey with Rhys Williams during the interval and the latter was straight into the action, blocking Rovers striker Josh King's goalbound effort before Murphy's 20-yard shot was well held by Steele.

Jutkiewicz was next to waste a golden opportunity when he headed wide from six yards from McDonald's telling cross in the 50th minute, while Rovers striker Colin Kazim-Richards saw his header saved by Steele before blazing the rebound over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

Jutkiewicz dragged an angled shot wide and forward team-mate Marvin Emnes arrowed a 25-yard effort off target, but in the 67th minute Boro broke the deadlock.

McDonald pulled the ball back towards the edge of the penalty area from the left and Jutkiewicz buried a low, right-footed shot into the bottom corner for his seventh goal of the season.

Blackburn boss Berg replaced Rosado with David Dunn in the 78th minute before fellow midfielder Jason Lowe fired a low angled shot just wide and moments later visiting goalkeeper Kean denied Boro a second when tipping McDonald's close-range effort over the crossbar at full stretch.

Rovers almost snatched a point in the final minute, but Rochina's goalbound free-kick was brilliantly saved by Boro keeper Steele.

Rangers 3 Clyde 0 – Match report

Rangers 3 Clyde 0: Templeton inspires McCoist's men to ninth win in a row

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18:33 GMT, 26 December 2012

David Templeton stole the show as Rangers secured a comfortable win over Clyde in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

The winger set up Lee Wallace for the opener, before grabbing a lovely goal of his own.

Substitute Dean Shiels then put the gloss on the Glasgow giants' ninth win in a row, as they moved 12 points clear at the top of the table.

Man of the moment: David Templeton (second right) is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the second goal for Rangers

Man of the moment: David Templeton (second right) is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the second goal for Rangers

Match facts

Rangers: Alexander, Hegarty, Perry, Emilson Cribari (Cole 78), Wallace, Little (Shiels 26), Hutton, Macleod, McKay, Templeton (Crawford 83), McCulloch.

Subs not used: Currie, Sandaza.

Goals: Wallace 21, Templeton 38, Shiels 76.

Clyde: Barclay, John Kane, Gray, Lanie, Brown, Fitzharris (Sweeney 71), Hay (Neill 81), Scullion, McColm, Gilfillan (McCluskey 88), Watt.

Subs not used: Rajovic, Oliver.

Booked: Hay, Scullion, Neill.

Attendance: 47,463

Referee: Crawford Allan

Rangers made one change from the side who defeated Elgin City at the weekend, with Ross Perry drafted into the starting line-up and Anestis Argyriou missing out with a knock.

Clyde tried their luck early on when Kevin Watt surged into the box from the left before unleashing a shot that fell well over the crossbar and did little to trouble Neil Alexander.

At the other end, Bully Wee goalkeeper Jamie Barclay was called into action to make a decent save from a thunderous Lee McCulloch strike.

Wallace then slotted into the path of Lewis Macleod, who cut across the face of goal for Andy Little but he connected awkwardly and the chance was lost.

Rangers continued to press for the opener and a McCulloch cut-back found Templeton but his powerful strike from distance was straight at Barclay and easily smothered.
However, the Clyde goalkeeper was unable to prevent the home side from opening the scoring with 21 minutes gone.

Wallace raced on to a Templeton pass before bearing down on goal and slotting between the legs of Barclay and into the back of the net.

Easy does it: Lee Wallace opens the scoring for Rangers

Easy does it: Lee Wallace opens the scoring for Rangers

Rangers manager Ally McCoist was forced to make a change seven minutes later when Little limped out of the action and was replaced by Shiels, who missed the last two games through injury.

Rangers went in search of a second goal and a sequence of neat passes ended with Kyle Hutton's 25-yard effort fizzing inches past the upright.

Hutton had to settle for being the provider instead as the Light Blues doubled their lead in style after 38 minutes.

In the goals: Dean Shiels makes it 3-0 during the second half

In the goals: Dean Shiels makes it 3-0 during the second half

Templeton collected from the midfielder and demonstrated excellent control to skip past his marker before curling past the grasp of Barclay with a superb finish.

McCulloch had the net bulging two minutes later after dinking over the keeper but he was denied a goal of his own by the offside flag.

Rangers continued to dominate after the restart and Barrie McKay set up Hutton for a shot that squeezed past several bodies in the box before Barclay gathered.

All smiles: Rangers manager Ally McCoist enjoys the win

All smiles: Rangers manager Ally McCoist enjoys the win

McKay then teed up a shot for Templeton but he failed to add to his tally with a strike that cannoned off the body of Gavin Brown and out for a corner.

Hopes of a Clyde comeback were shattered when Rangers claimed their third of the day after 76 minutes.

McKay delivered the pass to the feet of Shiels, who turned and dispatched a low drive into the far bottom corner to secure the points.

Birmingham 2 Burnley 2 – match report

Birmingham 2 Burnley 2: Zigic leaves it late to snatch point for Blues

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17:54 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 22 December 2012

Nikola Zigic's 89th-minute equaliser salvaged a point for a youthful Birmingham against Burnley at St Andrew's.

Blues had gone behind in 15 of their previous 22 npower Championship matches before today but it was they, fielding seven teenagers in their starting XI, who took the lead on the half-hour mark courtesy of Curtis Davies' header.

A contentious moment arrived just before the hour as Charlie Austin saw a goal chalked off when advantage could and should really have been played, but Burnley deservedly got their rewards soon after with two goals in three minutes.

Pure delight: Nikola Zigic celebrates after he scores the second and equalizing goal for Birmingham

Pure delight: Nikola Zigic celebrates after he scores the second and equalizing goal for Birmingham

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Packwood, Caldwell, Davies, Hancox, Hall (Elliott 76), Mullins, Reilly, Morrison (Burke 71), Redmond, Zigic.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Gomis, Delfouneso, Hawker.

Booked: Morrison, Hancox, Davies, Mullins.

Goals: Davies 30, Zigic 89.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills, Wallace, Marney (Vokes 90), McCann, Paterson (Treacy 63), Ings (Bartley 88), Austin.

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Stanislas, Edgar, Long.

Booked: McCann, Mills.

Goals: Ings 66, Wallace 68.

Attendance: 17,284

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

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Danny Ings levelled with a well-taken finish before almost straight from kick-off Ross Wallace, also with his first goal of the season, converted a stunning free-kick off the underside of the crossbar.

But Serbian striker Zigic popped up to hammer home his second goal in as many games late on.
It ensured a point apiece for two struggling sides, who have now won just one of their last eight respectively.

City manager Lee Clark was hampered severely by injury and suspension, most notably the loss of 13-goal top scorer Marlon King.

And matters went from bad to worse in the build-up to kick-off as he lost the services of Peter Lovenkrands, Nathan Redmond stepping in.

Blues' naivety was showing in the opening stages as Martin Paterson wasted two great chances.

Ings and Chris McCann both threatened before Paterson was then presented with his third clear-cut opening within the first 12 minutes but was denied by a super stop from Jack Butland, with Blues' young full-backs struggling to cope.

But Birmingham got a grip on proceedings after their early struggles and it was they who took the lead with 30 minutes on the clock.

Joseph Mills was lucky to escape with a yellow card for his foul on Robert Hall on the right wing, and from the resulting free-kick Hall delivered a great cross which was headed home by Davies.

Michael Duff should have levelled for Burnley in the 38th minute but he could only fire over the bar from close range after Butland had parried Dean Marney's header.

Lee Grant then saved twice from Redmond and Hall before half-time.
Redmond again threatened at the start of the second period but it was Burnley who, largely, dominated.

A moment of controversy arrived in the 57th minute as Austin headed home Kieran Trippier's right-wing cross, but play had been halted for a late foul on Trippier by Mitch Hancox, with referee Eddie Ilderton not playing the advantage.

Burnley, however, did not have to wait long for their leveller as they deservedly equalised through Ings, who took a great touch before firing home from close range.
And no sooner had they levelled than the visitors took the lead.

Blues lost the ball straight from kick-off, Davies conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area and Wallace converted a stunning set-piece.

Birmingham applied plenty of late pressure in search of an equaliser and it finally came in the 89th minute as Zigic blasted home from 12 yards.

Brighton 0 Nottingham Forest 0 – match report:

Brighton 0 Nottm Forest 0: Hoskins and Calderon spurn chance to steal win in bore draw

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17:40 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:40 GMT, 15 December 2012

Brighton and Nottingham Forest missed the chance to move into the npower Championship play-off positions as they played out a goalless draw at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls had plenty of opportunities to break the deadlock, with Inigo Calderon – replacing the injured Bruno – almost marking his return to the side with an early goal, only to see his shot come back off the post.

Will Hoskins wasted a trio of chances and Brighton were almost made to rue their failure in front of goal when Billy Sharp, who brushed the crossbar, and Dexter Blackstock went close either side of half-time.

Goalless: Neither side could take their chances at the Amex

Goalless: Neither side could take their chances at the Amex

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Calderon, Bridge, Greer, El-Abd, Crofts, David Lopez (Barnes 77), Bridcutt (Hammond 84), Hoskins (LuaLua 69), Mackail-Smith, Buckley.

Subs Not Used: Brezovan, Dunk, Dobbie, Harley.

Booked: LuaLua.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Harding (Halford 46), Collins, Moussi, Hutton, Guedioura (Lansbury 59), Cohen, Reid (Gillett 90), Ayala, Blackstock, Sharp.

Subs Not Used: Darlow, McGugan, Majewski, Ward.

Booked: Reid, Halford.

Attendance: 26,684

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

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Kazenga LuaLua, a 69th-minute change
for Hoskins, and Will Buckley almost netted winners late on in a second
half starved of chances, but goalkeeper Lee Camp was on top form to deny
the duo.

The stalemate leaves Gus Poyet's side without a win in three games now and one spot above ninth-placed Forest in the table.

Brighton boss Poyet made three
changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Charlton last week as Calderon,
David Lopez and Andrew Crofts started in place of Bruno, Stephen Dobbie
and Dean Hammond.

Despite beating Burnley 2-0 in their
last outing, Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll made four alterations to his
team with Guy Moussi, Chris Cohen, Adlene Guedioura and Daniel Ayala
playing.

The hosts almost opened their account
in the eighth minute but Calderon saw his left-footed shot from Craig
Mackail-Smith's cutback hit the post.

Brighton went close again shortly
afterwards when Hoskins shot wide from six yards before former England
full-back Wayne Bridge, given space down the left, drilled into the side
netting.

Poyet's outfit continued to dominate
and Hoskins wasted another two opportunities to net the opener,
volleying and heading over from crosses.
Forest midfielder Andy Reid failed to keep an effort down, while
Mackail-Smith went up the other end and fired across goal from a tight
angle after Hoskins set him free.

Camp had to be alert to tip over
Calderon's effort in the 39th minute, but the Seagulls almost went
behind on the stroke of half-time when Sharp clipped the bar from
Cohen's cross.

The visitors started the second half
like they finished the first and were close to netting the opening goal
as Blackstock poked substitute Greg Halford's cross wide.

Camp was on hand to save Calderon's
third effort, while Henri Lansbury – a 59th-minute replacement for
Guedioura – tested Tomasz Kuszczak from 12 yards.

LuaLua almost found the all-important
first goal nine minutes from time when he collected the ball on the
left and cut inside before unleashing a shot which the diving Camp
pushed to safety.

Camp was then on hand to deny Buckley, who had burst through after latching on to a Halford mistake.

William Gallas fears Champions League blow for Tottenham

Gallas fears Spurs will miss out on Champions League after late Everton defeat

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15:08 GMT, 10 December 2012

William Gallas believes Tottenham must learn to close out matches or it will cost them a shot at the Champions League.

If Premier League matches ended at 80 minutes this season Spurs would be top of the table, but once again Spurs let a lead slip this time against Everton.

Tottenham conceded two goals in injury time that turned a 1-0 victory into a cruel 2-1 defeat and David Moyes’s side replaced them in the crucial fourth spot.

Late show: Nikica Jelavic stunned Spurs to clinch a last-gasp win for Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday

Late show: Nikica Jelavic stunned Spurs to clinch a last-gasp win for Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday

Yellow peril: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris stands dejected after his side lose the game in the dying moments

Yellow peril: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris stands dejected after his side lose the game in the dying moments

The Spurs defender told the Evening Standard: 'Football is a bit funny — I’ve seen the good quality at Tottenham but for some reason, we lose the funny games at home or away and I can’t explain it.

‘We have to pass one more step to be on the [same level as the] top three and I don’t know when it is going to happen. I hope it will this season but it is a shame because when we get very near, something always happens and we draw or lose.

‘In our squad, we have some players that have experience now so I don’t think it is about a lack of maturity. For example, yesterday we did almost everything right but they scored that goal which killed us. It is difficult to explain but sometimes you need luck.

‘When I was at Chelsea, we had that luck to win some games even if we were not playing good. But Tottenham is different. I hope it will change this season or next.

Words of warning: William Gallas has called for improvement at Spurs or risk losing out on a top four place

Words of warning: William Gallas has called for improvement at Spurs or risk losing out on a top four place

‘We gave everything yesterday and had no luck. If you go back, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson hit the crossbar and it would then have been 2-0 but it didn’t happen. They scored late and it is very difficult to accept. When we came here, our target was to take the three points and at the beginning of the game, we played well.

'Maybe in the last 10 minutes in the first half, Everton pushed a lot but we went back to the dressing room with a 0-0. In the second half we played better and we scored.

‘What we have to know is that the game is never finished until the referee blows his whistle. Yesterday showed that we have to be much more focused at the end of the game.’