Dem­bele on tar­get as Celtic ham­mer Ross

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SPORT | SOCCER -

THE re­turn­ing Moussa Dem­bele scored his first goal of the sea­son as Celtic reaf­firmed their do­mes­tic dom­i­nance with a crush­ing 4-0 win over Ross County.

Bren­dan Rodgers’ side were beaten 5-0 at home by Paris St-Ger­main in their Cham­pi­ons League opener on Tues­day but they were more at ease in this Premier­ship en­counter, with Aus­tralia mid­fielder Tom Rogic driv­ing them ahead in the 13th minute.

Three min­utes from the break the 21-year-old French striker Dem­bele, back for the first time since July af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a ham­string in­jury, fired in the Hoops’ sec­ond be­fore winger James For­rest added two more in the sec­ond half to ex­tend the tre­ble win­ners’ un­beaten do­mes­tic run to 55 games.

In do­ing that, Celtic moved two points clear of sec­ond-placed Aberdeen and five points clear of tra­di­tional ri­vals Rangers ahead of the Old Firm clash at Ibrox next week.

The Lions dom­i­nated the clash and O’Brien gave them a de­served vic­tory in the 73rd minute when he tucked home a loose ball in the penalty area.

His goal ended a run of six straight clean sheets for Leeds, who fin­ished with 10 men af­ter de­fender Pon­tus Jans­son went off in­jured with all three sub­sti­tutes on the pitch. re­spec­tively at the River­side.

But Boro pegged them back twice courtesy of Lewis Baker’s goal nine min­utes be­fore the break and then Ash­ley Fletcher’s header in the 56th minute and, de­spite a few other late scares, the hosts sealed all three points thanks to Britt As­som­ba­longa’s div­ing header on the hour.

The re­sult left Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sit­ting in the top two in the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship, while frus­trated For­est found them­selves re­flect­ing on a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive home de­feat.

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