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Scottish Premiership 
04/12/2019
 
Aberdeen 2 - 2 Rangers
Kick Off:  7:45 PM   Gallagher 38, Considine 47.       Arfield 18, Jack 30  
Attendance: 14,790
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Derek McInnes made three changes to the side that defeated St Mirren 2-1 at the weekend. Shay Logan, Ash Taylor and James Wilson coming into the starting line-up with Dean Campbell and Ryan Hedges dropping to the bench, whilst Niall McGinn missed out through injury.

The visitors made two changes with defender Jon Flanagan and former-Don Ryan Jack replacing Glen Kamara and Borna Barisic in the starting eleven.

Rangers started positively and had the first shot of the match after 10 minutes which fell to in-form Alfredo Morelos. Greg Leigh stumbled as he tried to gather a ball through the Aberdeen defence, Morelos pounced on the error and fired a shot from an angle which Joe Lewis did well to parry wide.

A scrappy opening quarter-of-an-hour saw a series of free-kicks awarded with Shay Logan picking up a caution and Sam Cosgrove lucky not to join him in referee John Beaton's book after he clattered Steven Davis.

Morelos again tested Lewis with a speculative shot after 17-minutes which the keeper saved well but Rangers did break the deadlock a minute later. James Tavernier gathered the ball on the right before squaring into the box for an unmarked Scott ARFIELD who clipped a low shot into the bottom corner to give his side the lead.

The closest the home side came to an attempt on goal in the opening 25-minutes came as Lewis Ferguson picked up a loose Ryan Jack pass and tried a speculative effort from 40-yards which was comfortably fielded by Allan McGregor.

The visitors doubled their lead on the half-hour mark and it was former-Don Jack that got the goal. Morelos exchanged passes with Ryan Kent before firing in a shot from just inside the penalty area. The Colombian's effort was too powerful for Lewis to hold on to and JACK was on hand to tap in from close range.

The Dons gave themselves a route back into the match as they scored against the run of play in the 39th minute. A good run by James Wilson took him to the edge of the box where he played in Jon Gallagher. GALLAGHER took the ball round McGregor and his powerful shot found the net despite the best efforts of Tavernier and Helander on the line.

The home-side ended the half in more positive fashion following the goal but they were unable to create any opportunities for an equaliser before the end of a half dominated by the visitors.

HT ABERDEEN 1 RANGERS 2

Aberdeen started the second half on the front foot and created a chance in the opening seconds as McGregor saved at the feet of Cosgrove. They were rewarded for their positive start just seconds later as they squared the match at 2-2.

Ferguson's clipped cross into the box broke off Leigh to Cosgrove, the big striker's attempt at goal was blocked and the rebound fell perfectly for Andy CONSIDINE to smash the ball home from 8-yards out.

Aberdeen looked in the mood to add to their two goals and some good running from Gallagher down the right in the 55th-minute took him past Helander. The on-loan midfielder's low cross found Cosgrove in the area whose low shot was blocked wide by Connor Goldson.

The Dons had another half-chance after 66-minutes and again, Gallagher was involved. The Aberdeen man put Helander under pressure and won a throw-in deep in the Rangers half. The resulting throw ended up with Flanagan thumping a clearance up in the air and Leigh leaped high on the penalty spot to fire a header straight at McGregor.

Cosgrove then passed up a glorious chance to put the Reds ahead in the 70th minute. Ferguson's dangerous in-swinging corner found the striker who had peeled off Goldson but his downward header bounced just wide. Rangers then went up the park and Morelos again tested Lewis but his powerful shot was straight at the captain.

The visitors had a chance to regain their lead on 74-minutes as they were awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area. Ferguson clipped Morelos as he headed away from goal and the foul was awarded dangerously close to the box. Tavernier lined up the set-piece but fired his shot into the red wall.

The Dons were dealt a blow with 12-minutes remaining as Considine was forced off through injury, being replaced by Connor McLennan. Goldson then picked up a booking as he cynically prevented McKenna breaking forward as the game entered its last few minutes.

Rangers were gifted a great chance in the 87th-minute as Taylor was harshly adjudged to have fouled Morelos on the edge of the box. Tavernier stepped up and whipped the free-kick towards the top corner and Lewis dived to his left to tip it wide.

The away-side had a late corner from the right in the 92nd-minute but Lewis calmly claimed Tarvernier's cross into the area. It was the last attacking play of the match as the Dons resolutely saw out the final few seconds to earn a point.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Lewis, Logan, Taylor, McKenna, Considine (McLennan 80), Vyner, Leigh, Ferguson, Gallagher, Wilson (Hedges 74), Cosgrove.

Unused Subs: Devlin, Campbell, Anderson, Main, Cerny.

Bookings:  Logan (13),  Cosgrove (32).

Rangers Teamsheet:  McGregor, Tavernier (c), Helander, Goldson, Jack, Davis, Kent (Katic 92), Flanagan, Aribo, Morelos, Arfield (Ojo 77)
Unused Substitutes: Foderingham, Defoe, Halliday, Kamara, Stewart

Bookings:  Arfield 66,   Goldson 83

Referee: John Beaton

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