Aberdeen 2-4 Rangers: Gers get an important win to stay in the title hunt
Rangers managed to get over the line against Aberdeen 4-2 in a high-octane game at Pittodrie Stadium to stay at second position in the Scottish league. Alfredo Morelos scored twice for the Gers before getting sent off. James Tavernier and Jermaine Defoe were the other scorers for Steven Gerrard’s men.
Sam Cosgrove scored twice to give hope to Aberdeen, but it wasn’t enough for them as they went down to 10 men after Scott McKenna was sent off.
Morelos opened the scoring on the night in the 20th minute with a good finish but Cosgrove equalised for the hosts 11 minutes later to put an interesting perspective into this game. The former scored again for the Gers though, in the 38th minute to restore the lead.
Gerrard’s men were given a penalty three minutes before half-time when McKenna handled the ball inside the box. Tavernier stepped up and slotted the penalty coolly to give a commanding 3-1 lead to the Ibrox outfit.
Two minutes after the break, Tavernier gave away a cheap penalty. Cosgrove stepped up to pull one back for Aberdeen.
Six minutes later, McKenna and Morelos were at it against each other and eventually wanted to have a swipe. Hence, the referee had no choice but to send both the players off, making it a much more spicy encounter.
Rangers sealed the deal in stoppage time when they timed their counter-attack to perfection, with Tavernier feeding Defoe to score from virtually the last meaningful kick of the game.
The win keeps them within six points of leaders Celtic, with a glimmer of hope to catch them.
Here’s how the Gers fans reacted on Twitter:
The Royal Rampant Rangers shone right through… pic.twitter.com/aCplahAuwq
— Michael (@MichaelSeafarer) February 6, 2019
We don’t half make it hard for ourselves, great advert for Scottish football other than the shocking decision by Madden to send off Morelos. Delighted to finally get the win against Aberdeen under Gerrard, now onto Kilmarnock. Experience and composure from Defoe tho #LetsGo
— Douglas Kinnear (@Dougiek85) February 6, 2019
Sheep pumped on their own midden!! @IAmJermainDefoe absolutely clinical there 1 chance bang ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
— ✨CraigStewart⁶Stu (@Craig_stewart88) February 6, 2019
Jeezo Rangers, you’re not good for the heart ❤️ S.G got out jail there. Got it wrong after going down to 10 men
— Bill Simpson (@billsimps) February 6, 2019
Well done to the team and the talented Mr Gerrard
— Jeni (@Jeni30990200) February 6, 2019