Scottish Premiership round-up: Drama in Dundee United win; Motherwell overcome Hearts

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An off the field incident overshadowed Dundee United’s victory against Aberdeen, whilst Motherwell brushed past Hearts and points were shared at St Mirren.

Dundee United 1-0 Aberdeen

Ian Harkes’ winner ten minutes from time secured the three points for Dundee United but Saturday’s match is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The incredible scenes at Tannadice started in the 42nd minute, United captain Callum Butcher receiving a red card for a strange incident involving opposition striker Christian Ramirez; Butcher appearing to grab Ramirez’s genitals. Three minutes later, in even stranger circumstances, the teams were levelled at ten-a-side. Aberdeen midfielder Funso Ojo, carried by his momentum, left the pitch, and approached the Dundee United fans where he was seemingly pushed by a supporter at the front of the stand. Ojo appeared to motion towards the supporter and exchange words, which was enough for referee Bobby Madden to show him a second yellow card. The conversation about the incident will continue, and the police are also investigating.

There was also some football played. Jandro Fuchs had an effort blocked and Kieron Freeman also came close for Dundee United, whilst Ryan Hedges and Christian Ramirez spurned opportunities for the visitors.

United thought they had taken the lead, but Louis Appéré’s effort was touched onto the post by Joe Lewis. The resulting corner made its way through the penalty area to Harkes, who finished with the outside of his right foot into the net. Aberdeen couldn’t find a response as they fell to a second consecutive defeat.

Motherwell 2-0 Heart of Midlothian

Connor Shields and Ricki Lamie goals were enough to defeat a lacklustre Hearts side in their visit to Motherwell.

The visitors offered little in the first half; Ben Woodburn and Josh Ginnelly nearly breaching the Motherwell defence, but Hearts were unable to create a clear-cut opening. Motherwell controlled play before the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute; Connor Shields was on hand to convert for close range after his ‘Well colleague Sean Goss failed to connect properly with Kaiyne Woollery’s cross.

The second half was more the same as Motherwell created the better of the opportunities and the game was decided in within two minutes with a little over a quarter of the game remaining. Hearts’ defender Taylor Moore received a second yellow card when he halted Connor Shields’ progress towards goal. To confound Moore’s side’s misery, Sean Goss delivered an inviting ball into the box which was met by Ricki Lamie to head beyond Craig Gordon with sixty-six minutes plated. It could have even better for the ‘Well but Tony Watt’s effort was deflected wide and an outstanding double save by Gordon prevented Woollery and Shields from adding a third.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Motherwell squad celebrating making it 2-0 during a cinch Premiership match between Motherwell and Heart of Midlothian at Fir Park, on November 20, 2021, in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)
St Mirren 1-1 Livingston

Two stunning strikes shared the points in Paisley: a closely contested encounter which sprung to life in the 68th minute. Both sides largely cancelled each other out until the ball fell at the feet of Jamie McGrath who, spotting Livi’ ‘keeper Max Stryjek off his line, curled a dipping effort into the net from twenty-five yards. There were only two minutes of normal time remaining when Livingston captain Nicky Devlin rifled a powerful low shot from distance into Jak Alnwick’s goal to level the scores. St Mirren had two handball claims denied in injury time; Joe Shaughnessy’s chance was blocked by Jack Fitzwater before Livi’s Stephane Omeonga headed the ball against his own arm with the last action of the game.

PAISLEY, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 20: St Mirren players complain to referee Steven McLean at the full time whistle during a cinch Premiership match between St Mirren and Livingston at the SMISA Stadium, on November 20, 2021, in Paisley, Scotland. (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)
What it means…

No change at the top as Rangers and Celtic were in League Cup action. Dundee United draw level on points with third place Hearts; Motherwell remain fifth but open a five-point gap to St Mirren, who move into sixth. Hibs fall to seventh but have three games in hand due to Covid disruptions and cup duties. Livingston remain tenth after their draw, moving three points clear of the relegation play-off place.

 

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.@SantaFe begin their #LigaBetPlayDimayor campaign tonight with a trip away to @JaguaresdeCord. 🔜

Former Wigan and Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could make his first appearance for #SantaFe since returning to Colombia earlier this month.

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Defending #TorneoBinance champions @BocaJrsOficial were worthy winners last season, holding off a strong challenge from @RacingClub. Here’s their title-winning year in numbers. 👇

Can they repeat in 2023?

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🏈 Elite QBs
🏈 Game-changing skill players
🏈 Stacked rosters
🏈 #SuperBowl spot on the line

We’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #SFvsPHI and #CINvsKC – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups.

#NFLPlayoffs

.@USC_Hoops upsets No. 8 @UCLAMBB. 🚨

A huge performance from Boogie Ellis (31 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He’s averaged 18.3 points per game in his last five, ranking him in the 98th percentile of all #NCAA players. 🔥

#Bruins/#Trojans shot charts below. 👇

2

USC Men’s Basketball @USC_Hoops

FINAL: USC 77, UCLA 64

BEAT. THE. BRUINS ✔️

#FightOn | @WellsFargo

🏀 No. 8 @UCLAMBB (17-3, 8-1) 𝙖𝙩
🏀 @USC_Hoops (14-6, 6-3)

A rivalry matchup with #USC will test their mettle, but #UCLA’s offensive rating (113.4) and defensive rating (90.0) makes them outliers in the #Pac12.

#Bruins | #Trojans

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