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Rangers held by Valencia as Edu loses direction

Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET
Rangers FC 1-1 Valencia CF
Home midfielder Maurice Edu headed in at both ends as Rangers and Valencia shared the Group C spoils in an absorbing meeting at Ibrox.
by Ryan Taylor
from Ibrox Stadium

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Match statistics

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Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
10
Corners5
 
12
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed5
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET

Rangers held by Valencia as Edu loses direction

Rangers FC 1-1 Valencia CF
Home midfielder Maurice Edu headed in at both ends as Rangers and Valencia shared the Group C spoils in an absorbing meeting at Ibrox.

Maurice Edu went from Rangers FC hero to villain with a headed goal at both ends in a thrilling draw against Valencia CF.

The midfielder gave the Scottish titleholders a deserved lead after 34 minutes but undid his good work when he put through his own net 45 seconds into the second half. A point apiece leaves Rangers a point clear of Valencia in second place in Group C – the return at Mestalla in a fortnight could prove decisive.

Walter Smith again fielded the tried and trusted 4-5-1 formation that worked so well in previous UEFA Champions League encounters with Manchester United FC and Bursaspor. The compact Rangers defence was soon being tested as Valencia made a bright start with some neat interplay.

Alejandro Domínguez seized on a loose pass and struck a fierce shot which Allan McGregor did well to collect. The hosts were struggling to keep possession, allowing Pablo Hernández to work a one-two with Juan Mata but his work was undone by a wayward shot over the bar.

Rangers eventually gained a foothold and were left to rue a spate of missed chances in a frantic spell. Richard Foster's dangerous cross flew just too far ahead for Steven Naismith to properly connect, and barely a minute later Naismith centred for Kenny Miller at the back post but the striker headed straight at César Sánchez.

Rangers continued to bamboozle their opponents with quick passing complemented by the raucous atmosphere at Ibrox. Saša Papac almost lifted the roof off when his long-range shot was tipped over by Sánchez. At the other end Mata embarked on a mazy run through a wall of blue and crossed to the far post where David Navarro headed just wide.

Edu showed more accuracy when he out-jumped Sánchez to head Vladimír Weiss' corner beyond Sánchez. The United States international was unlucky not to double Rangers' lead on the stroke of half-time when he sent a fierce shot crashing off the foot of the post. That disappointment was nothing compared to moments after the restart when he contrived to head Tino Costa's free-kick past McGregor.

Unai Emery's visitors laid siege to the Rangers goal with a series of dangerous crosses tormenting the defence, and should have gone ahead when Mata ran onto a Hernández cut-back only to drill just over. The closing stages made for compelling viewing but both teams had to settle for a point in the end.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.06CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

valencia

Valencia

1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
Yellow Card78
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
5
PapacSaša Papac
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro (C)
7
EduMaurice Edu
Goal34
Goal46
Yellow Card66
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
8
DavisSteven Davis
8
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
Substitution46
9
MillerKenny Miller
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Yellow Card83
Substitution85
12
FosterRichard Foster
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Yellow Card59
14
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
20
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution88
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra
Yellow Card29
24
CostaTino Costa
Substitution76

Substitutes

25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
25
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
10
FleckJohn Fleck
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
11
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution88
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
22
WebsterAndy Webster
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution46
29
LittleAndrew Little
14
VicenteVicente
Substitution85
39
WyldeGregg Wylde
18
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution76
41
HuttonKyle Hutton
21
BanegaÉver Banega

Coach

Walter Smith (SCO) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea Romeo (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

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