Celtic beat Rangers to move seven points clear

Rangers 0 – Celtic 1 (SPL, December 27, 2008) After a goalless first half in the Old Firm derby, Celtic silenced Ibrox with a stunning goal from Scott McDonald who collected the ball on his chest, turned and volleyed a bullet past McGregor.

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Heracles 0 – De Graafschap 0 (Eredivisie, December 27, 2008) De Graafschap claimed only their fifth away point of the season with a goalless draw at mid-table Heracles.

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Apollon Limassol 4 – AEP Paphos 1 (Cypriot First Division, December 27, 2008)

APOEL 3 – Ethnikos Achnas 0 (Cypriot First Division, December 27, 2008)

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Melbourne Victory 3 – Sydney FC 2 (A-League, December 27, 2008) Sydney’s Shannon Cole and Brendan Gan both scored in the opening four minutes of the game, but Archie Thompson pulled one back for the home side on 14 minutes in a frantic opening. With 20 minutes left sub Nick Ward score with a stunning strike from well outside the box with his first touch, before sub-Fabiano ensured the home side took all three points by tapping in at the back post after 80 minutes.

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Galicia 3 – Iran 2 (International friendly, December 27, 2008) A brace from Nacho Novo and a Lasanda penalty secured the win Galicia, while Arash Borhani and Mohammad Reza Khalatbari scored for the visitors.

UAE 2 – Iraq 2 (International friendly, December 27, 2008)