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Peña slip saves Rangers

Published: Thursday 23 February 2006, 0.40CET
Rangers FC 2-2 Villarreal CF
The Scottish club needed a late own goal as they came from behind twice to draw.
by Alex O'Henley
from Ibrox

Match statistics

RangersVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners2
 
6
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed10
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 23 February 2006, 0.40CET

Peña slip saves Rangers

Rangers FC 2-2 Villarreal CF
The Scottish club needed a late own goal as they came from behind twice to draw.

An own goal by Juan Manuel Peña salvaged a 2-2 draw for Rangers FC in the first leg of their first knockout round tie against Villarreal CF.

Late intervention
The Primera División debutants looked to be on course for an impressive away win after first-half strikes from Juan Román Riquelme and Diego Forlán had sandwiched Peter Løvenkrands's equaliser, but Peña's miscue eight minutes from time gave Rangers hope for the return match in Spain.

McLeish changes
The Scottish club's manager, Alex McLeish, made two changes to the side that beat Hibernian FC last weekend, with Hamed Namouchi coming in on the left of midfield for Thomas Buffel, and Løvenkrands restored to the attack at the expense of Kris Boyd. As expected, Riquelme was back in the visitors' lineup after a two-month lay-off and the Argentina playmaker made an immediate impact following a blunder by Dado Pršo in his own area.

Paying the penalty
There appeared to be no immediate danger when Riquelme swung in a corner from the right on seven minutes, but the Croatia striker - back defending in his own area - inexplicably handled the ball under pressure from Alessio Tacchinardi. Referee Eric Poulat pointed to the penalty spot and Riquelme confidently stepped up to stroke the ball into the roof of the net.

Offside decision
It was the worst possible start for the home team and Rangers were almost two behind eight minutes later. Again Riquelme was the architect, curling in a free-kick from the right which José María Romero turned goalwards to bring out a good save from Ronald Waterreus. In the ensuing scramble, Gonzalo Rodríguez bundled the ball over the line only to see his effort chalked off for offside.

Løvenkrands leveller
However, somewhat against the run of play, Rangers were back on level terms on 22 minutes when Løvenkrands scored his third goal of this European campaign. Chris Burke looked to have run out of options when he ran into Gonzalo on the edge of the Villarreal box, but the Danish forward was the first to react to the loose ball, sweeping a stunning left-foot shot past Sebastián Viera.

Forlán strikes
Ten minutes before half-time, Villarreal were ahead again after the Rangers defence failed to deal with another Riquelme set-piece. A long-range free-kick was only cleared as far as the edge of the Rangers area and when the Argentinian headed the ball back into the danger zone, Forlán pounced. The same two combined four minutes before the interval, but Waterreus denied Forlán with a good block.

Sitting back
The visitors seemed content to sit on their lead after the break, but Rangers could only muster a long-range drive from full-back Alan Hutton and a misdirected header from Julien Rodriguez after Viera had misjudged a corner from Løvenkrands. Villarreal should have put the result beyond doubt just after the hour when Riquelme danced past four defenders before putting Forlán through on goal. However, for once the Uruguayan fired straight at Waterreus. It was all Villarreal now and moments later Riquelme opened the home defence once more, sending Javi Venta down the right and his fizzed cross just eluded Forlán at the back post.

Buffel impact
McLeish threw on Buffel and Nacho Novo in the last 20 minutes as he sought to rescue a draw and the Belgian midfielder made an instant impression, driving into the box from the left before clipping in a low cross which deflected off Peña and looped into the net to give Rangers a lifeline for the return leg at Villarreal's El Madrigal. However, the Ibrox side will be without Pršo who picked up his third booking of the competition.

Last updated: 23/02/06 11.24CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

villarreal

Villarreal

25
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
13
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
Yellow Card90+3
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena (C)
Yellow Card53
Substitution61
9
PršoDado Pršo
Yellow Card88
Substitution89
5
ForlánDiego Forlán
Goal35
Yellow Card79
14
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
6
JosicoJosico
16
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
Yellow Card41
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
Goal8
Substitution90
17
BurkeChris Burke
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
20
HuttonAlan Hutton
18
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Goal22
Substitution75
19
SennaMarcos Senna
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi
Substitution69
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña
Goal82
34
SmithSteven Smith
23
José MaríJosé Marí
Substitution84

Substitutes

1
KlosStefan Klos (GK)
25
BarbosaMariano Barbosa (GK)
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
4
ArzoCésar Arzo
Substitution90
4
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution69
7
GuayreAntonio Guayre
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
10
Roger GarcíaRoger García
Substitution84
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution75
11
CallejaJavier Calleja
24
MurrayIan Murray
12
SorínJuan Pablo Sorín
Substitution61
27
BoydKris Boyd
Substitution89
14
Héctor FontHéctor Font

Coach

Alexander Mcleish (SCO) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Eric Poulat (FRA)

Assistant referees

Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Nelly Viennot (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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