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Villarreal vanquish brave Rangers

Published: Wednesday 8 March 2006, 0.45CET
Villarreal CF 1-1 Rangers FC (agg: 3-3, Villarreal win on away goals) The Spanish debutants' remarkable run continues to the quarter-finals.
by Graham Hunter
from El Madrigal

Match statistics

VillarrealRangers

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners1
 
1
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed22
 
33
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 8 March 2006, 0.45CET

Villarreal vanquish brave Rangers

Villarreal CF 1-1 Rangers FC (agg: 3-3, Villarreal win on away goals) The Spanish debutants' remarkable run continues to the quarter-finals.

Villarreal CF's remarkable run in the UEFA Champions League will continue to the quarter-finals after stand-in captain Rodolfo Arruabarrena's strike ensured the Spanish debutants progress on away goals.

Close encounter
After a 2-2 draw at Ibrox a fortnight ago, Peter Løvenkrands put Rangers in front for the first time in the tie just 12 minutes into the return at El Madrigal. However, a clever half-time change by coach Manuel Pellegrini and the introduction of two substitutes swung the match in the home team's favour. Just four minutes after the break, Arruabarrena scored the decisive goal and Villarreal sit proudly in the last eight.

Lively opening
Rangers started the game outstandingly. While there had been a heavy expectation the Scottish champions would try to contain Villarreal before counterattacking, an impression aided by their 4-4-1-1 formation, the truth was quite different. Alex McLeish's side did press and harry their hosts when not in possession but when they won the ball back, Rangers pushed forward at speed and in numbers. The first evidence that the tactic was bearing fruit came as early as the sixth minute.

Viera save
Chris Burke found space, pushed forward and slipped a cute pass to Løvenkrands who in turn set up Thomas Buffel. The Belgian international struck a firm right-footed shot which caused Sebastián Viera, celebrating his 23rd birthday, to dive and palm away for a corner. The rhythm of the match was marked by the crisp, confident and often inventive nature of the visitors' play. Villarreal's midfield organisers, Josico and Marcos Senna, were under constant pressure.

Strong support
To the backdrop of 4,000 noisy travelling fans, the Rangers players noticeably rose in confidence. Josico held possession too long in search of a meaningful pass and was closed down by Barry Ferguson and Løvenkrands. He gave the ball away, and it was swiftly moved to Buffel whose pass offered a 50-50 race between Ferguson and the Villarreal keeper. The Scot just failed to reach it but Viera's brave parry simply teed the ball up for Løvenkrands to slot right-footed into the empty net.

Early cautions
The only real difficulty Rangers encountered was their forceful approach whenever Villarreal mounted a threat. By the 23rd minute, both Rangers full-backs, Ian Murray and Alan Hutton, had been booked – but Villarreal were unable to increase the pressure on the away defence. Not until the 41st minute did Pellegrini's normally robust and streetwise side create a chance of merit. But when they did they should have equalised.

Forlán miss
Buffel's flick on the edge of the penalty box was too flamboyant and it allowed the outstanding centre-half Gonzalo Rodríguez to surge out of defence and split the Rangers team with a low pass that put Diego Forlán one on one with the Rangers goalkeeper. Ronald Waterreus held steady though and stuck out his right leg to prevent the Uruguayan from converting the wonderful opportunity.

Equalising strike
Pellegrini reacted at half-time by introducing the pace of Héctor Font and Guillermo Franco and playing three at the back when in possession. Villarreal flooded forward and within four minutes they were rewarded. Juan Román Riquelme produced a divine reverse pass for Forlán to scurry into the box and his raking cross was hammered home at the far post by Arruabarrena.

Chances spurned
The tempo swung back in favour of the hosts but Sotirios Kyrgiakos did have a clear view of goal following Ferguson's 53rd-minute free-kick, however his shot soared over the bar. And Waterreus kept Rangers in the tie with a brilliant 65th-minute save when Forlán's pass allowed Franco a free volley. Rangers kept pushing forward, but could not find the goal they needed so Villarreal progress to Friday's quarter-final draw, although Arruabarrena, Josico and Alessio Tacchinardi were booked and will be suspended for the first leg.

Last updated: 08/03/06 10.37CET

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

rangers

Rangers

13
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
Yellow Card51
25
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
4
BuffelThomas Buffel
Yellow Card44
Substitution64
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena (C)
Yellow Card23
Goal49
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
5
ForlánDiego Forlán
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
6
JosicoJosico
Yellow Card40
14
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
Substitution86
16
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
Substitution46
17
BurkeChris Burke
Substitution87
18
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
Yellow Card53
20
HuttonAlan Hutton
Yellow Card24
19
SennaMarcos Senna
24
MurrayIan Murray
Yellow Card18
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Goal12
23
José MariJosé Mari
Substitution46
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi

Substitutes

25
BarbosaMariano Barbosa (GK)
1
KlosStefan Klos (GK)
7
GuayreAntonio Guayre
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
11
CallejaJavier Calleja
Substitution86
3
BernardOlivier Bernard
14
Héctor FontHéctor Font
Substitution46
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution87
30
AlcántaraCarlos Alcántara
11
Gavin RaeGavin Rae
99
FrancoGuillermo Franco
Substitution46
Yellow Card88
27
BoydKris Boyd
Substitution64

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA), Francis Crelo (LUX)

Fourth official

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

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