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Ki unlocks Rangers’ defence

first_img Rangers defended resiliently for 78 minutes before Swansea’s top goalscorer Wilfried Bony turned provider and set up the South Korean midfielder for his first Liberty goal, a sweet strike past the previously unbeatable Rob Green. The goalkeeper had made several excellent stops to keep the scores level but he was beaten again four minutes later when substitute Nathan Dyer set up Rangers old boy Wayne Routledge from just outside the area. Harry Redknapp showed all his vast experience to set up a Rangers side to frustrate confident Swansea and as the game went into the final quarter it looked as if they might collect the point necessary to escape the bottom three. But Ki’s angled drive off Green’s far post and Routledge’s third goal of the season added to Rangers’ travel sickness which has failed to see them acquire an away point since their promotion. Rangers had conceded nine goals in their previous two games against Swansea and they might have feared another beating after Niko Krancjar had failed to keep his inviting first-minute free-kick down. Swansea were slick in possession and determined to stretch the Rangers defence by getting their widemen Wayne Routledge and Jefferson Montero into the game. Bony’s obvious confidence was also reflected in third minute when he slipped Steven Caulker and put Routledge through on goal but Green was quick off his line to smother. Green made another superb stop when Kyle Bartley was left unmarked from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s eighth-minute corner and Bony fired over when a poor Rangers clearance fell at his feet. Rangers were almost the architects of their own downfall again when Karl Henry lost possession for Montero to cross and Routledge to volley, Yun Suk-young bravely blocking the goalbound effort. Montero was keen to test his Rangers marker Nedum Onuoha at every opportunity and he started another free-flowing move which ended with Neil Taylor squaring to Sigurdsson and the Icelandic international’s shot squirming wide courtesy of a Joey Barton deflection. Press Association Swansea moved into the top six of the Barclays Premier League after Ki Sung-yueng finally unlocked QPR’s defence to win 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea came closest to breaking the deadlock after 37 minutes when Barton was booked for bringing down Routledge and Sigurdsson curled the free-kick around the Rangers wall. Green dived to his left to keep the shot out with television replays showing how close the ball was to crossing the line, only fractions preventing Swansea from taking the lead. But having dominated the first half there was almost a nasty sting in the tail for Swansea when Krancjar crossed for Leroy Fer to steal into the box, but his header was sent straight at Lukasz Fabianski on his goal-line. The first-half pattern of Swansea creating chances but failing to take them continued within three minutes of the restart when Sigurdsson slipped Bony through, but Dunne raced back to block and the ball ended up on the roof of the Rangers’ net. Ashley Williams had to react smartly to stop Eduardo Vargas reaching a loose ball on the edge of the area and Swansea had to stay patient to work their way through a committed Rangers rearguard. Rangers were relieved when Green flapped at Montero’s cross and no Swansea player gambled in the six-yard box, Yun allowed to scramble the ball to safety. Swansea were really pushing forward now and Bony should have scored when Leon Britton and Routledge combined, but his finish was weak and straight at Green. Moments later Bony connected far better with Montero’s centre but Green made an excellent stop low at his near post. Rangers got some brief respite when Fer found some space in a crowded penalty area but Bony, of all people, was back in his own six-yard box to deflect the shot over bar. But their resolute defending was to count for nothing as Swansea finally broke through in the final 12 minutes and Bony was close to adding a third in stoppage time when he struck a post. last_img read more

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Calm De Villiers guides Proteas to win over New Zealand

first_img(REUTERS)-South Africa captain AB de Villiers calmly guided his side to a tense four-wicket victory over New Zealand with one ball to spare in a rain-affected first one-day international in Hamilton yesterday.De Villiers scored 37 not out and ensured number eight batsman Andile Phehlukwayo (29) kept a cool head as the pair put on 54 to reach their 208-run victory target and earn a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.The visitors, who had looked to be cruising to victory at 117-1 with 14 overs remaining courtesy of Quinton de Kock’s 69, lost four wickets in 14 balls to slump to 126-5 before Chris Morris helped his captain in a 30-run partnership.South Africa needed 22 runs from the final two overs and scored 10 from Trent Boult in the penultimate one which included a six from Phehlukwayo, who repeated the feat against Tim Southee in the final over.De Villiers belted Southee for four off the penultimate ball to clinch the victory.New Zealand made 207-7 after heavy rain over the past three days had forced a delay of more than three hours and reduced the match to 34-overs-a-side.“It was really tough out there,” De Villiers said. “The wicket turned so much in the evening. I thought it would skid on and get a bit flatter.“From past experience this becomes a good batting track in the evening and this was far from it.“I’ve never seen a wicket turn so much in my life.”New Zealand struggled for much of their innings particularly up front against tight bowling from Morris, who took the first four wickets as the hosts slumped to 82-4 in the 16th over.But Morris, who had figures of 4-24 from his first five overs, was then taken apart by Colin de Grandhomme (34 not out) and Southee (24 not out) in his final two.De Grandhomme and Southee blasted 51 runs from 23 balls, including smashing 38 runs from Morris’s final 12 deliveries to blow out his figures to 4-62 from seven overs.Bit of a shame really. We got ourselves into a good position but credit to South Africa, they adapted really well,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who top-scored for his side with 59.“We weren’t perfect with the bat but we felt that 5-1/2 a half an over would be tough to get on that surface and we had enough to make life difficult.”The second match is in Christchurch on Wednesday.NEW ZEALAND InningsD. Brownlie c Behardien b Morris 31T. Latham lbw b Morris 0K. Williamson b Shamsi 59R. Taylor c&b Morris 1N. Broom c Behardien b Morris 2J. Neesham c de Kock b Rabada 29M. Santner c de Kock b Rabada 17C. de Grandhomme not out 34T. Southee not out 24Extras (b-1 w-9) 10Total (for 7 wickets, 34 overs) 207Fall of wickets: 1-19 T. Latham,2-69 D. Brownlie,3-72 R. Taylor,4-82 N. Broom,5-108 K. Williamson,6-136 M. Santner,7-156 J. NeeshamDid not bat: I. Sodhi, T. BoultBowling: K. Rabada 7 – 1 – 31 – 2(w-3),C. Morris 7 – 0 – 62 – 4(w-1),A. Phehlukwayo 5 – 0 – 28 – 0(w-1),I. Tahir 7 – 0 – 42 – 0,T. Shamsi 7 – 1 – 39 – 1,J. Duminy 1 – 0 – 4 – 0SOUTH AFRICA Innings (D/L Target: 208 off 34)Q. de Kock c Taylor b Boult 69H. Amla c&b Williamson 35F. du Plessis lbw b Sodhi 14A. de Villiers not out 37J. Duminy c&b Southee 1F. Behardien b Southee 0C. Morris c Boult b Santner 16A. Phehlukwayo not out 29Extras (b-2 lb-3 w-4) 9Total (for 6 wickets, 33.5 overs) 210Fall of wickets: 1-88 H. Amla,2-117 F. du Plessis,3-125 Q. de Kock,4-126 J. Duminy,5-126 F. Behardien,6-156 C. MorrisDid not bat: T. Shamsi, K. Rabada, I. TahirBowling: M. Santner 7 – 0 – 33 – 1, T. Boult 7 – 0 – 45 – 1,T. Southee 6.5 – 0 – 47 – 2(w-2),C. de Grandhomme 4 – 0 – 27 – 0,I. Sodhi 7 – 0 – 36 – 1, K. Williamson 2 – 0 – 17 – 1(w-1).last_img read more

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