Surprises in the Football League, a point a piece in the Old Firm plus all the best bits from this weekend’s football
1 – Fulham shock Newcastle
7th placed Fulham surprised league leaders Newcastle with a 3-1 win at St James’ Park on Saturday. The visitors went ahead after 15 minutes courtesy of Tom Cairney’s top corner strike and in the second half 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon doubled the lead after driving home a nifty little back heel from Sone Aluko. 8 minutes later Sessegnon fired in a second to make it 3-0 before the Magpies got a consolation goal from Daryl Murphy. The defeat has enabled Brighton (who beat Derby 3-0) to tie with Newcastle on points at the top of the table, with just goal difference separating the title chasers.
2 – Three penalties at the death
Scunthorpe’s bad run in League One, in which they’ve failed to win in eight matches, appeared to be over when they were 2-0 up over Gillingham with less than 20 minutes to go. However, three penalties were awarded to the hosts in the dying minutes of the match and former Scunthorpe player Josh Wright completed them all to remarkably turn the game around. A foul on Bradley Dack caused the first spot kick, before a hand-ball and a foul on Wright himself made it a hat-trick of penalties in the last 15 minutes of the game.
3 – Old Firm draw
Rangers impressed in their last match before new manager Pedro Caixinha takes over, by scoring a late goal to equalise with rivals Celtic on Sunday. Stuart Armstrong put Celtic ahead after stealing the ball and striking it to the bottom right corner from the edge of the box. Three minutes before time and Rangers found an equaliser when Clint Hill picked up the rebound from Emerson Hyndman’s shot to make it 1-1. The stalemate denied Celtic an 18th successive win, they had won every match since a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in December.
4 – Two Hat-tricks for Inter Milan
Tottenham scored six in their FA Cup victory over Millwall but Inter Milan went one better with a 7-1 win over Atalanta on Sunday. Two hat-tricks helped them to the impressive score line. Captain Mauro Icardi got the first three, which included a sneaky chipped penalty before Ever Banega scored two just three minutes apart to make it 5-0. Remo Frueler got one back for visiting Atalanta just before the break and in the second half Roberto Gagliardini could only manage a single goal before Banega completed his hat-trick with a free kick.
5 – Memphis Depay scores from the half-way line
Former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay scored a sensational half-way line goal in Lyon’s 4-0 win over Toulouse. The 23-year-old has scored five now for Lyon since his move from United in January, but his second of a brace against Toulouse on Sunday is perhaps the most impressive. Spotting 18-year-old Alban Lafont is off his line, Depay heaves the ball from the central circle to lob the teenage keeper and give his side the 4-0 victory.