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Celtic suffer Hearts scare

Published: Monday 5 April 2004, 16.06CET
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Published: Monday 5 April 2004, 16.06CET

Celtic suffer Hearts scare

Round-up: Celtic FC maintained their long unbeaten home run while Brøndby IF won at last.

Celtic FC stretched their long unbeaten run at Celtic Park to 76 games, but only after two late goals enabled them to snatch a 2-2 draw with Heart of Midlothian FC.
Agathe equaliser
Kevin McKenna opened the scoring after 21 minutes and when Mark de Vries added a second in the 78th minute, Hearts seemed to be on their way to a famous victory. However, in the 88th minute a Chris Sutton strike brought the home team back into the game and an injury-time goal from Didier Agathe then squared the match.
Hughes winner
Elsewhere, a Stephen Hughes goal proved enough to give Rangers FC a 1-0 victory at Motherwell FC, but Celtic's lead at the top is still a forbidding 17 points.
Baník lead reduced
In the Czech Republic, league leaders FC Baník Ostrava drew 1-1 at FC Zlín, reducing their advantage at the top to five points over second-placed SK Sigma Olomouc, who defeated FC Slovan Liberec. Baník looked set for their third defeat of the season until Miroslav Matusovic's injury-time penalty cancelled out Jaroslav Svach's opener.
Winning ways
AC Sparta Praha returned to winning ways under new coach František Straka. The title-holders defeated FK Chmel Blšany 1-0, with Rastislav Michalík notching his side's first home goal since the winter break. Sparta remain fourth, eight points behind the leaders.
Dinamo run ends
After seven successive victories Romanian leaders FC Dinamo Bucuresti lost 2-0 away to FC National Bucuresti. The battle for the title is hotting up, with just five points separating top-ranked Dinamo, second-placed FC Steaua Bucuresti, and current champions AFC Rapid Bucuresti in third.
Danish developments
In the Danish Superliga the four title contenders all won. Brøndby IF secured their first league win of 2004, beating Herfølge BK 3-0. Michael Laudrup's men remain second, one point behind leaders Esbjerg fB, who won 4-0 at home against FC Nordsjælland.
FCK dreams alive
Current champions FC København also kept their title dreams alive with an 2-0 away win over AGF Århus. FCK are three points behind Esbjerg and one point in front of Odense BK, who continued their impressive recent form with a 3-1 home win over fifth-placed Aalborg BK. OB are the only team who have won all four matches since the resumption of the season.
Big match goalless
HNK Hajduk Split and NK Dinamo Zagreb, drew 0-0 in the 128th fixture between the two Croatian giants. The result preserves Dinamo's unbeaten away record - and also Hajduk's five-point lead at the top of the table. With the rest of the clubs far adrift, the return fixture on 1 May could prove the pivotal match of the season.
Double hat-trick
In Estonia, FC Flora's Joel Lindpere and Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko both netted hat-tricks in the leaders' 8-1 away demolition of FC Lootus Alutaguse. Winger Aleksander Saharov celebrated his 100th league game with the opening goal.
Željeznicar halt leaders
The league leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina, FK Siroki Brijeg, fell to defeat at NK Željeznicar, but still lead the table by seven points. Emir Hadžic opened the scoring in the second minute before Almir Gredic added a second with a 25th-minute penalty.
Bad week for Lokomotiv
In Bulgaria leaders PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv had a bad week as they suffered two severe blows in just two days. On Friday a section of one of the stands in their stadium collapsed, thankfully causing no injuries, and then on Saturday they fell to a 3-0 defeat against PFC Levski Sofia. Levski clinched victory thanks to second-half goals from Elin Topuzakov, Asen Bukarev and Georgi Ivanov.


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