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Hibernian 2-1 Rangers

Hibs celebrate Paul Hanlon's headed goal
Hibs celebrate Paul Hanlon's headed goal

Hibernian reduced the deficit at the top of the Scottish Championship to five points after victory over Rangers in a pulsating match at Easter Road.

Jason Cummings curled in a superb goal for Hibs in the 11th minute.

Hibs' Mark Oxley saved from James Tavernier as Rangers rallied but he was helpless when Darren McGregor deflected in Lee Wallace's shot.

Wallace and Rangers substitute Nathan Oduwa hit the woodwork before Paul Hanlon headed in a 73rd-minute winner.

The defeat ends Rangers' 100% win record in the Championship and takes Hibs' unbeaten record in all competitions to 11 games.

The game began at a frantic pace and the visiting fans were calling for a penalty after three minutes when Jason Holt fell to the ground under a challenge by Lewis Stevenson but, referee John Beaton had a long look at the incident before waving play on.

At the other end John McGinn dithered when he had a clear view of goal and allowed the ball to drift away without getting a shot away.

Hibs moved in front when Cummings collected the ball out on the right and, as the Rangers defence stood back and watched, the 20-year-old lashed in a stunning strike for his 11th goal of the campaign.

Oxley threw up an arm to deny a fizzing shot by Tavernier but Hibernian came close to adding a second when Marvin Bartley, who had replaced the injured Dylan McGeouch, set up Dominic Malonga.

Rangers' Martyn Waghorn shows his frustration after missing a chance
Rangers' Martyn Waghorn shows his frustration after missing a chance

However, his attempt at curling the ball into the top corner was a yard too high.

Rangers equalised within 90 seconds of the second half beginning when Wallace strode forward and banged a shot at goal that deflected past Oxley via the luckless McGregor.

Rangers looked the team more likely to score a second goal and only a wonderful one-handed save by Oxley kept out Martyn Waghorn's left-foot shot.

The rebound fell to Wallace who crashed a shot off the underside of the crossbar, with McGregor's headed deflection probably saving Rangers from taking the lead.

A delightful ball by McGinn gave Cummings a clear sight of goal after his classy first touch took him away from Rob Kiernan, but that skill was matched by the save from Wes Foderingham.

Nathan Oduwa replaced Danny Wilson as Rangers changed formation to a more conventional 4-4-2.

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And it almost paid dividends when Oduwa fired in a shot from the edge of the box that came back off the upright with Oxley scrambling along his line.

Hibernian regained the lead against the run of play when Hanlon took advantage of hesitancy in Rangers' defence to head in a McGinn corner from the right.

And although there were chances for both teams in the closing stages, there were no more goals and the home fans have renewed hope of catching Rangers in the Championship race.

Paul Hanlon rushes off to celebrate scoring Hibs' winner
Paul Hanlon rushes off to celebrate scoring Hibs' winner

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10McGeouchSubstituted forBartleyat 20'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8FyvieBooked at 90mins
  • 3HendersonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKeatingsat 67'minutes
  • 18McGinn
  • 7MalongaSubstituted forFeruzat 86'minutes
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 6Bartley
  • 19Keatings
  • 20Feruz
  • 21Carmichael
  • 23Forster
  • 31Reguero

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 4Kiernan
  • 6BallBooked at 5mins
  • 27WilsonSubstituted forZelalemat 58'minutes
  • 2Tavernier
  • 16HallidayBooked at 90mins
  • 19McKay
  • 23HoltSubstituted forShielsat 81'minutes
  • 5Wallace
  • 14ClarkSubstituted forOduwaat 58'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 33WaghornBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 8Zelalem
  • 10Oduwa
  • 20Aird
  • 22Shiels
  • 32Kelly
  • 45Thompson
  • 48Walsh
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
14,412

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 2, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Rangers 1.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Rangers).

Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Andy Halliday (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Marvyn Bartley (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Islam Feruz replaces Dominique Malonga.

Booking

Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Oduwa (Rangers).

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Jason Holt.

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Rangers).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Oduwa (Rangers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Rangers 1. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John McGinn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Booking

Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Rangers).

Attempt missed. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Liam Henderson.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st November 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers1211013582733
2Hibernian129122181328
3Falkirk1273220101024
4Raith Rovers127051415-121
5Queen of Sth135261421-717
6Morton134451215-316
7Livingston123181519-410
8St Mirren122461117-610
9Dumbarton123181123-1210
10Alloa12129724-175
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