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Nigerians Balogun and Aribo yellow cards as Hearts draw against Rangers

Nigerian internationals Joseph Ayodele-Aribo and Leon Balogun received a yellow card as Rangers and Hearts drew 1-1 in the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox on Saturday.

John Lundstram and Craig Halket scored for the home side and the visitors respectively in a tense game where eight yellow cards were drawn.

Craig Gordon made sure Hearts didn’t score in the fifth minute when he deprived Rangers’ Scott Wright of a chance to find the back of the net with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.

Wright put more pressure on Hearts and he could have easily helped Alfredo Morelos break the deadlock in the 14th minute, but the latter’s effort slipped a few inches.

Alexander Cochrane became the first player to receive a yellow card after stopping the Rangers’ counterattack with a foul in the 16th minute.

As the Rangers remained dominant, Connor Goldson – who was later booked for an untimely challenge to stop Hearts’ counterattack – lost a chance in the 17th minute by sending his header wide from a narrow angle.

Balogun came close to scoring the opening goal from a half-hour corner, but Gordon’s double save kept the score 0-0 as the hosts persisted in their pursuit of a goal.

Aribo received a yellow card in the 35th minute after committing a foul and two minutes later Hearts’ Benni Baningime was cautioned for a difficult challenge on Morelos.

In the 40th minute, Rangers’ resilience was rewarded with a first goal when Lundstram found the back of the net with a perfect shot. At the start of the second half, Nigeria’s Balogun received a yellow card for a challenge that stopped Hearts’ counterattack in the 47th minute.

At the hour mark, Steven Gerrard made a change by bringing in Juninho Bacuna in place of Wright. Bacuna almost made an instant impact a minute after his introduction when he cut inside the left wing, but his effort was saved at the near post.

Rangers’ Allan McGregor made a superb 70th-minute save to turn off Liam Boyce before he was called into action moments later when Barrie McKay looked certain to equalize for the visitors.

Hearts finally scored in the 90th minute with a header from Halkett at the far post.

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