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Both sides have man sent off as Aberdeen defeat Rangers

Both sides have man sent off as Aberdeen defeat Rangers

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna drills a volley high into Rangers' netRangers relinquished top spot in the Scottish Premiership after Scott McKenna's goal earned Aberdeen their second win at Ibrox in 27 years on a night when both finished with 10 men.McKenna struck after seven minutes, but Aberdeen were on the defensive after Sam Cosgrove received a second booking.Rangers laboured and Alfredo Morelos was dismissed when a stray arm on Graeme Shinnie led to a second yellow.
The defeat saw Kilmarnock replace Steven Gerrard's side at the top.But the Ibrox club stay ahead of Celtic on goal difference.
'Rangers players must show club respect'
Reaction & as it happened
Aberdeen, meanwhile, have avoided defeat against the Ibrox side in four consecutive meetings, and this win was built on resolve and perseverance.McKenna's early strike established a foundation to build on, and the visitors were sufficiently organised to thwart Rangers' attack.Morelos sent a header wide in the first half and another over the bar, while Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis saved from Glenn Middleton.But once Morelos received his third red card of the season - and his second against Aberdeen - the home side lacked a cutting edge.
McKenna marshals Aberdeen
McKenna's first intervention in the game was to show sharp reflexes and composure to steer the ball high into the net after Niall McGinn's free-kick was headed down by Cosgrove.The defender then led his side to only their second win at Ibrox in 27 years with a display of calm authority at the back. He was unflustered, even when a late Kyle Lafferty challenge left him grounded and needing treatment deep into the second half.Rangers will rue the indiscipline of Morelos, but also a lack of purpose to their play that meant they failed to impose themselves on Aberdeen even after Cosgrove saw red in the first-half following a second yellow card for catching Connor Goldson.Aberdeen were dogged, with McKenna at the heart of their rearguard action. It wasn't until the 24th minute that Rangers came close to troubling Lewis, as Morelos nipped in at the front post and sent a header into the side netting.Lewis had to look lively to tip away Middleton's drilled effort, but otherwise Aberdeen were generally sound at the back. Even when Lafferty came on at half-time, closely followed by Eros Grezda, Aberdeen's defence stood strong.Lewis produced a double save to deny Lafferty and Ryan Jack, then Morelos blasted over before being sent off three minutes later for landing an arm on Shinnie.With the game drifting to a close, and Rangers becoming desperate, McKenna provided a final intervention, his last-ditch tackle preventing Lafferty from equalising.Aberdeen's victory moved them into the top six and ended Rangers' spell at the top of the Premiership after just three days.
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Morelos was searching for a record of scoring in eight consecutive league games before he was sent off
'All over the pitch, not good enough' - reaction
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: "We worked on a game plan, every single individual told me they know exactly what they needed to do, but that never happened."It's difficult to win matches when you have too many players off it. We've punched above our weight in certain games and 90 minutes ago we were top of the league."He added: "Alfredo's [Morelos] first yellow for me is a little bit soft but it was probably a foul. The second one he deserves. But it's not important - we've got another red card which is hugely frustrating."We could've had another one. [Kyle] Lafferty's on a yellow but he is giving a foul away and gives away another - you're leaving the referee with an opportunity to make it nine."Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "The game was competitive as you expect. It was maybe a bit difficult to referee. But that said, really disappointed with the second yellow card given to Sam Cosgrove."I didn't think it was a foul by him, I thought he won the ball. How the referee and the linesman deem that a yellow card offence, I find astonishing."In Glasgow, when the fans are right behind the home team, there were a lot of questions asked of my team but we defended admirably and we were very good for our three points."
Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Rangers
1McGregorBooked at 89mins[/i]
2Tavernier
36McAuley
6Goldson
15FlanaganSubstituted forLaffertyat 45'minutesBooked at 49mins[/i]
8Jack
21Candeias
23CoulibalySubstituted forGrezdaat 52'minutes
10Ejaria
40Middleton
20MorelosBooked at 64mins[/i]
Substitutes
3Worrall
11Lafferty
13Foderingham
16Halliday
17McCrorie
18Rossiter
35Grezda
Aberdeen
1Lewis
2Logan
5McKenna
4Considine
29Lowe
21Ball
3ShinnieBooked at 53mins[/i]
10McGinnSubstituted forWrightat 83'minutes
19Ferguson
27McLennanSubstituted forMayat 73'minutes
16CosgroveBooked at 34mins[/i]
Substitutes
8Gleeson
9Wilson
15Wright
17May
20Cerny
24Campbell
25Anderson
Referee:Steven McLeanAttendance:49,711
Match Stats
Home TeamRangersAway TeamAberdeenPossessionHome64%Away36%ShotsHome11Away3Shots on TargetHome4Away2CornersHome9Away1FoulsHome21Away16
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Match ends, Rangers 0, Aberdeen 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+5' Second Half ends, Rangers 0, Aberdeen 1.Posted at 90'+4' Attempt saved. Gareth McAuley (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 90'+4' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott McKenna.Posted at 90'+4' James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Scott Wright (Aberdeen).Posted at 90'+3' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Max Lowe.
Booking
Posted at 89' Allan McGregor (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 84' Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Connor Goldson.
Substitution
Posted at 83' Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Wright replaces Niall McGinn.Posted at 81' Foul by Eros Grezda (Rangers).Posted at 81' Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 78' Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 77' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Max Lowe.Posted at 76' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Max Lowe.
Substitution
Posted at 73' Substitution, Aberdeen. Stevie May replaces Connor McLennan.Posted at 72' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Max Lowe.Posted at 68' Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).Posted at 68' Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 65' Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 65' Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).
Dismissal
Posted at 64' Second yellow card to Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) for a bad foul.Posted at 64' Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).Posted at 64' Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 61' Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.Posted at 59' Foul by Connor Goldson (Rangers).Posted at 59' Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 58' Attempt missed. Connor Goldson (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.Posted at 57' Attempt saved. Eros Grezda (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.Posted at 54' Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).Posted at 54' Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Booking
Posted at 53' Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 53' Gareth McAuley (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 53' Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).
Substitution
Posted at 52' Substitution, Rangers. Eros Grezda replaces Lassana Coulibaly.Posted at 51' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Joe Lewis.Posted at 51' Attempt saved. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 51' Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Booking
Posted at 49' Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 49' Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.
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