Glasgow Rangers of Scotland midfielder, Joe Aribo failed to hit target on Sunday, even as he was on from the start and his side romped to a mammoth 4-0 thumping of Scottish Premiership rivals, Aberdeen, megasportsarena.com reports.
Aribo bowed out for Ianis Hagi in the 74th minute, while Calvin Ughelumba spent all 90 minutes on The Gers’ bench and Leon Aderemi Balogun got a rare run of full duration action under his boots against the visitors, who had Funsho Ojo also on for the entire minutes of play at Ibrox Stadium.
While Balogun was on for all 90 minutes, Aribo returned to The Gers’ bench midway through the second half of the clash, as the lad from Ondo State could not get any personal lift, but Rangers extended their unbeaten run with another devastating performance against the third-placed Dons.
After an 8-0 demolition of Hamilton before the international break, Rangers picked up where they left off against a top-four rival. After having an early chance saved, Ryan Kent (15) netted the first goal with a sensational curling effort to end a 10-game scoring drought.
Kemar Roofe (29) then doubled Rangers’ lead with a low finish before two goals in as many minutes sucker-punched Aberdeen in the second half. Scott Arfield (49) made it three just after the break before James Tavernier (52) scored yet another penalty to round off a seventh successive victory in all competitions.
Rangers have won all 10 of their home games this season with just one goal conceded, and are now 11 points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table. Aberdeen remain in third, four points behind Neil Lennon’s side and one ahead of Hibernian in fourth.
In England, Alex Iwobi also played 90 minutes for Everton and was in spirited form, as The Toffees withstood a second-half Fulham fight-back to finally end a three-game losing run with a dramatic 3-2 away victory at Craven Cottage.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin bundled Everton in front inside 42 seconds as Fulham’s defensive frailties were exposed in a nightmare start for Scott Parker’s side, despite the presence of Ola Aina and Tosin Adarabioyo both on for the duration for the home side, who also had Ademola Lookman powering down the right flank.
Sadly, Aina, Adarabioyo and Lookman could not laugh last, even after Bobby Decordova-Reid hauled Fulham level on the quarter-hour, as Calvert-Lewin’s second and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s first Everton goal opened up a two-goal cushion at the break for The Toffees.
Fulham were much improved in the second half with substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek reducing the arrears seconds after Ivan Cavaleiro had deepened the hosts’ penalty woes with a shanked spot-kick over the bar.
The Cottagers were left to pay the penalty again as their fight-back fell short and Everton ground out a victory which lifts them up to sixth in the Premier League and leaves the hosts a point above the relegation zone.