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Sercan strike brings relief for Bursaspor

Published: Tuesday 7 December 2010, 22.30CET
Bursaspor 1-1 Rangers FC
Sercan Yıldırım struck an equaliser 11 minutes from time as Turkish champions Bursaspor got off the mark in Group at the sixth and final attempt.
by Dirk Vermeiren
from Bursa Atatürk Stadium

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Match statistics

BursasporRangers

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners2
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 7 December 2010, 22.30CET

Sercan strike brings relief for Bursaspor

Bursaspor 1-1 Rangers FC
Sercan Yıldırım struck an equaliser 11 minutes from time as Turkish champions Bursaspor got off the mark in Group at the sixth and final attempt.

Sercan Yıldırım ensured that Bursaspor's maiden UEFA Champions League group stage campaign did not end point-less as Rangers FC buckled in the final stages in Turkey.

Kenny Miller had put the visitos ahead on 19 minutes, but the Turkish titleholders provided a more industrious performance after the interval. The 20-year-old Sercan gained reward for the improved showing, firing home with the outside of his right foot after coolly controlling Ozan İpek's ball from the left.

Certain of finishing bottom of the section, Bursaspor's starting XI featured only four of the players that had kicked off their 6-1 Matchday 5 loss at Valencia CF. Rangers – with third and a UEFA Europa League spot in the bag – chose to hand 18-year-old Darren Cole his senior debut at right-back while Kyle Hutton, 19, made his first start in midfield.

All that new blood might explain the unsteady pulse of the action as the fog descended on the Bursa Atatürk Stadium. Steven Naismith almost got his head to an early cross for Rangers, Hüseyin Çimsir crashed a shot into a team-mate for the Crocs, and then Leonel Núñez spun on to a ball from the right touchline, but could not keep his shot down.

So far, so inconclusive, but Rangers then took the lead. Steven Whittaker's cross from the left was hardly to feet, but lone striker Kenny Miller was given sufficient space by his marker to check back and steady himself before arrowing a powerful effort past Yavuz Özkan, given a rare start in goal for Ertuğrul Sağlam's side.

Substitute Pablo Batalla fired wide as Bursaspor picked up the pace after the break, Bekir Ozan Has sent a dipping drive over and Federico Insúa was not too far off with a swinging 75th-minute free-kick. Chances kept coming after Sercan levelled, though the leggy No9 miscued the best of them late on after bursting into the box.

Last updated: 08/12/13 3.54CET

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Lineups

bursaspor

Bursaspor

rangers

Rangers

1
Yavuz ÖzkanYavuz Özkan (GK)
1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
2
Serdar AzizSerdar Aziz
Substitution46
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
3
Gökçek VedersonGökçek Vederson
6
McCullochLee McCulloch
5
Hüseyin ÇimşirHüseyin Çimşir
Substitution46
8
DavisSteven Davis
6
Bekir Ozan HasBekir Ozan Has (C)
Yellow Card81
9
MillerKenny Miller
Goal19
Substitution63
7
InsúaFederico Insúa
12
FosterRichard Foster
9
Sercan YıldırımSercan Yıldırım
Goal79
14
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
Substitution71
20
Ozan İpekOzan İpek
Yellow Card65
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
23
Mustafa KeçeliMustafa Keçeli
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra
29
NúñezLeonel Núñez
Substitution62
41
HuttonKyle Hutton
55
StepanovMilan Stepanov
45
ColeDarren Cole
Substitution83

Substitutes

27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
4
Ömer ErdoğanÖmer Erdoğan
Substitution46
10
FleckJohn Fleck
11
KiriţăGiani Kiriţă
19
BeattieJames Beattie
Substitution63
Yellow Card67
17
BatallaPablo Batalla
Substitution46
20
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution71
22
Turgay BahadırTurgay Bahadır
Substitution62
23
McMillanJordan McMillan
Substitution83
25
ErgićIvan Ergić
36
PerryRoss Perry
35
İsmail Odabaşıİsmail Odabaşı
39
WyldeGregg Wylde

Coach

Ertuğrul Sağlam (TUR) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Michael Annonier (FRA), Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)

Fourth official

Alexandre Castro (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Clément Turpin (FRA)

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