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Unirea rejoice in Ibrox triumph

Published: Wednesday 21 October 2009, 0.25CET
Rangers FC 1-4 FC Unirea Urziceni
Unirea secured their first UEFA Champions League win on a night of three own goals, including two in the second period for the visitors.
by Alex O'Henley
from Ibrox

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Match statistics

RangersUnirea Urziceni

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners4
 
2
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed22
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 21 October 2009, 0.25CET

Unirea rejoice in Ibrox triumph

Rangers FC 1-4 FC Unirea Urziceni
Unirea secured their first UEFA Champions League win on a night of three own goals, including two in the second period for the visitors.

FC Unirea Urziceni recorded their maiden UEFA Champions League win after inflicting Rangers FC's second straight 4-1 home defeat in Group G on a night of three own goals.

Second place
Rangers hoped to have banished their Matchday 2 loss to Sevilla FC when Ricardo Vilana deflected into his own net in the second minute. But Marius Bilasco equalised midway through the first half and after Daniel Tudor had saved Steven Davis's penalty, the second period began with both Rangers substitute Kyle Lafferty and team-mate Lee McCulloch scoring for Unirea. Pablo Brandán's clinching fourth lifted the Romanian champions to second place in the pool, two points ahead of VfB Stuttgart.

Rangers ahead
Unirea coach Dan Petrescu made nine changes from the side that lost to SC Vaslui at the weekend with Tudor making his UEFA Champions League debut and the goalkeeper's first task was to pick the ball out of the net after less than 90 seconds. From the first corner of the game Jérôme Rothen picked out Pedro Mendes on the edge of the box and the Portuguese midfielder's shot took a massive deflection off Vilana before looping over Tudor into the net.

Unirea change
It was the perfect start for the home side and Mendes, back in the side after recovering from a thigh strain, was the architect of Rangers' next opportunity ten minutes later when Kenny Miller headed over from a free-kick. To their credit Unirea then settled and Petrescu demonstrated his attacking intent by sacrificing wing-back Epaminonda Nicu for another striker, Marius Onofraş. However, twice in the space of a minute, Rangers could have doubled their lead when Miller and Steven Naismith passed up presentable opportunities.

Equaliser
Yet Unirea made their pressure count just after the half-hour. Brandán was released down the left and his low centre picked out Bilasco, who slotted in from close range. Six minutes later Rangers had a penalty when Bruno Fernandes handled a David Weir header in the box, but Tudor dived to his right to deny Davis.

Visitors ahead
Walter Smith's response was to introduce Lafferty for Mendes at half-time as Rangers reverted to a 4-4-2 formation. However, it made little difference to the overall pattern of the game and indeed the substitute was in the wrong place when the visitors took the lead four minutes after the interval. A short corner was played to Iulian Apostol and his low cross was backheeled by Fernandes, taking the faintest of touches off Lafferty's left leg before nestling in the back of the net.

Victory sealed
To make matters worse for the home side, Unirea scored a third just before the hour and again it was an own goal, McCulloch diverting Tiberiu Bălan's free-kick past McGregor. An evening of deflections was completed when Brandán's free-kick took a touch off Naismith's boot to give Unirea their maiden European victory and leave Rangers rooted to the bottom of Group G as they prepare to visit Romania on 4 November.

Last updated: 27/11/12 12.26CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

unirea urziceni

Unirea Urziceni

1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
74
TudorDaniel Tudor (GK)
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
6
GalamazGeorge Galamaz (C)
4
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
Substitution46
7
BilaşcoMarius Bilaşco
Goal32
5
PapacSaša Papac
9
VargaSerban Dacian Varga
Substitution89
6
McCullochLee McCulloch
Goal59
16
NicuEpaminonda Nicu
Substitution19
7
DavisSteven Davis
Penalty38
18
Ricardo GomesRicardo Gomes
Goal2
Yellow Card61
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
19
BrandánPablo Brandán
Yellow Card37
Goal65
11
RothenJérôme Rothen
Substitution66
21
BălanTiberiu Bălan
Substitution75
14
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
Yellow Card58
22
Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
24
MafteiVasile Maftei
18
MillerKenny Miller
32
ApostolIulian Apostol

Substitutes

25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
9
BoydKris Boyd
4
MehmedovićErsin Mehmedović
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution66
10
PădureţuRăzvan Pădureţu
Substitution89
20
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
11
OnofraşMarius Onofraş
Substitution19
26
SmithSteven Smith
17
SemedoAntónio Semedo
27
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution46
Goal49
23
BordeanuValeriu Bordeanu
29
FleckJohn Fleck
30
FrunzăSorin Frunză
Substitution75

Coach

Walter Smith (SCO) Dan Petrescu (ROU)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Patrick Gerritsen (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)

Fourth official

Richard Liesveld (NED)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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