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Motherwell secures 1-1 draw with Celtic with injury-time equalizer

Motherwell secures 1-1 draw with Celtic with injury-time equalizer

Darren Smith scored in injury time to earn Motherwell a 1-1 draw with Celtic on Saturday as the champions bid for a second straight Scottish Premier League title.
Celtic increased its lead atop the standings to 16 points after second-place Aberdeen lost 3-1 at Dundee United and third-place Rangers was held 1-1 at home by next-to-last St. Mirren.
After 22 games, Celtic has 53 points, Aberdeen 37, Rangers 36 and Hearts 34.
Derek Riordan marked his first league start for Celtic with a goal in the 36th minute at Fir Park. The goal maintained Celtic's record of being the only team to have scored in every league game this season.
But Motherwell forced Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc to make a series of standout saves before Smith leveled.
Celtic midfielder Thomas Gravesen had hit the post when the home side created pressure at the other end and Scott McDonald punished a poor pass by Paul Telfer by setting up the chance for Smith to force the ball home.
Aberdeen through Scott Severin's 56th-minute goal, but Collin Samuel equalized for Dundee United. Aberdeen defender Michael Hart was then sent off for a second yellow card, and Terrors captain Barry Robson scored from the penalty spot in the 81st before and Samuel added a third goal in injury time.
At Ibrox, Richard Brittain scored for St. Mirren in the 13th, but Rangers' Kris Boyd leveled before halftime.
Also Saturday, it was: Falkirk 3, Inverness 1; Hibernian 2, Dunfermline 0; and Kilmarnock 0, Hearts 0.


Updated : 2021-04-17 21:45 GMT+08:00