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Rangers succumb to Ronaldinho show

Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 0.55CET
FC Barcelona 2-0 Rangers FC
Frank Rijkaard's team took the initiative in Group E thanks to goals from Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou

Match statistics

BarcelonaRangers

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
1
Corners3
 
1
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
5
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 November 2007

A Liverpool
8-0
Beşiktaş
A Porto
2-1
Marseille
B Valencia
0-2
Rosenborg
B Schalke
0-0
Chelsea
C Lazio
2-1
Werder
D Celtic
1-0
Benfica
D Shakhtar
0-3
Milan
C Olympiacos
0-0
Real Madrid

7 November 2007

 
Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 0.55CET

Rangers succumb to Ronaldinho show

FC Barcelona 2-0 Rangers FC
Frank Rijkaard's team took the initiative in Group E thanks to goals from Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi.

FC Barcelona established themselves as favourites to win UEFA Champions League Group E with a 2-0 victory against Rangers FC which was sealed by a five-star performance from Ronaldinho.

Creator-in-chief
The No10 had a creative hand in the Blaugrana's two first-half goals, scored by Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi, and supplied immense creativity throughout. Only a night to remember from Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor kept the scoreline to a minimum in this top-of-the-table encounter.

Early goal
Frank Rijkaard had asked his players to impose themselves with crisp play and, ideally, to score early. His esteem for Scottish club football, as well as the teams' goalless draw in Glasgow on Matchday 3, meant the Dutchman wanted Barcelona to prevent the opposition from breaking up their rhythm. His wish was granted when Henry struck his 44th UEFA Champions League goal after only six minutes.

Rare header
Ronaldinho caused the initial danger by wriggling free on the left wing. His cross was met by the diminutive Messi whose header back across goal beat goalkeeper McGregor, rebounded back off the far post, and was touched in by Henry – for his second goal in as many games – as the Frenchman slid in with defender Carlos Cuéllar. From that moment Barcelona's play became as incisive and high-tempo as at any time this season, though the visitors refused to wither.

Passing game
In Spain, Scottish sides have a reputation for resorting to direct football but Rangers' response to going one down flew in the face of such stereotyping. Barry Ferguson, Alan Hutton and Lee McCulloch all managed possession of the ball with economy and Rangers weathered the storm. Nonetheless, there were moments of menace. An electrifying and mazy run from Messi was thwarted by David Weir, only for Andrés Iniesta to take the loose ball in his stride and shave Rangers' left-hand post with a curling shot.

Tactical decisions
Rangers' 4-1-4-1 formation, built to withstand attrition but maintain parity, made it difficult to seek the equaliser. DaMarcus Beasley increasingly pushed forward to accompany Daniel Cousin up front, yet the next score always seemed likely to come from the irresistible hosts. Ronaldinho took charge, first drawing a top-class save from McGregor just before the half-hour, then helping his team to double their lead. Half-time loomed when the Brazilian jinked from left to right, played a wall-pass with Messi and shot hard at goal. McGregor saved again but the Argentinian gobbled up the rebound and made it 2-0.

Increased pressure
Barça offered no respite in the second half and peppered McGregor's goal. The overlapping Carles Puyol's right-wing cut-back found Xavi Hernández on the edge of the area yet his strike flew wide. Then the same midfielder threaded a pass through a wall of defenders for Messi to slip the ball between Weir's feet and shoot against the excellent McGregor's outstretched legs.

Ecstatic applause
Ronaldinho's man-of-the-match display would end without the goal it merited, but when he was withdrawn to give 17-year-old Bojan Krkić more UEFA Champions League experience, it was to a standing ovation. Rangers substitute Jean-Claude Darcheville registered their only meaningful shot on target just before full time, as Walter Smith's men departed to warm applause from their fans yet with no points to show for their efforts.

Last updated: 08/11/07 10.29CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

rangers

Rangers

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
3
MilitoGabriel Milito
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
Substitution85
3
WeirDavid Weir
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
5
PapacSaša Papac
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution71
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Substitution77
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
14
HenryThierry Henry
Goal6
11
AdamCharlie Adam
Substitution62
19
MessiLionel Messi
Goal43
20
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
Substitution69
21
ThuramLilian Thuram
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
27
McCullochLee McCulloch
24
Y. TouréYaya Touré
29
CousinDaniel Cousin
Substitution78

Substitutes

25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK)
25
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
7
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution71
9
BoydKris Boyd
16
SylvinhoSylvinho
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution69
17
Dos SantosGiovani dos Santos
19
DarchevilleJean-Claude Darcheville
Substitution62
23
OleguerOleguer
Substitution85
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
27
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution77
38
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
Substitution78
39
FayeAmdy Faye

Coach

Frank Rijkaard (NED) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Hans Ten Hoove (NED), Adrianus Inia (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

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