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NPFL: Rangers Edge Rivers United, Leave Relegation Zone

NPFL: Rangers Edge Rivers United, Leave Relegation Zone

By James Agberebi:

Photo courtesy LMC:

Champions Enugu Rangers eased their Nigeria Professional Football League relegation worries following a hard-fought 2-1 win against Rivers United in a rescheduled matchday 32 game in Enugu on Monday.

The game was supposed to hold on Sunday but had to be postponed due to heavy downpour.

A brace from Ifeanyi George in the first half saw Rangers race to a 2-0 lead before Emeka Ogbugh scored for Rivers United to end the game 2-1.

George put Rangers 1-0 up in the 28th minute off an assist from Tope Olusesi.

A minute later Rangers' coach Sylvanus Akpala was sent to the stands by the referee for dissent.

George scored his second goal to make it 2-0 to Rangers in the 38th minute from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged a handball inside the Rivers United box.

Ogbugh reduced the deficit for Rivers United with 15 minutes left.

The win took Rangers off the drop zone from 18th to 13th on 42 points, while Rivers United remain 15th on 41 points.

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