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Rangers stand firm to keep PSV at bay

Published: Thursday 10 March 2011, 20.59CET
PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Rangers FC
Chances were at a premium in this first leg in the Netherlands, PSV defender Marcelo heading the best of them wide when unmarked.
by Derek Brookman
from PSV Stadion

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Match statistics

PSVRangers

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target11
 
2
Corners8
 
7
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed6
 
9
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 10 March 2011, 20.59CET

Rangers stand firm to keep PSV at bay

PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Rangers FC
Chances were at a premium in this first leg in the Netherlands, PSV defender Marcelo heading the best of them wide when unmarked.

PSV Eindhoven and Rangers FC will travel to Glasgow all square after a goalless draw in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie in the Netherlands.

There were few openings before the break, with Walter Smith's visitors sitting deep and Fred Rutten's side unable to muster more than a couple of half chances. PSV also dictated play in the second 45, but could find no way past a stubborn Rangers rearguard – Marcelo heading the best opportunity wide when unmarked in the 71st minute.

It took the Dutch Eredivisie leaders 15 minutes to create something of note, although the move was worth the wait. Ola Toivonen carved open the Rangers defence with a deft flick into the path of his fellow Swedish international Marcus Berg, yet Rangers keeper Neil Alexander charged from his line to avert what looked a certain goal.

With the Scottish champions playing a five-man defence protected by a four-strong midfield, there was precious little space for PSV to make headway. When Jeremain Lens did find an opening, after wriggling clear of David Weir and Steven Whittaker, he shot over. Then Marcelo's header from close range also cleared the bar with no defender near.

Rangers threatened first after the restart. Defender Richard Foster ran unchallenged for almost the entire length of the pitch, only to see his low centre turned behind by PSV skipper Orlando Engelaar. PSV responded with an angled Berg drive that fizzed wide.

In the 55th minute home custodian Andreas Isaksson made his one serious save, tipping a Kyle Bartley header behind his near post. At the other end, Alexander was beaten by Balázs Dzsudzsák's deep curling cross, but not by Marcelo as the defender nodded wide with the goal at his mercy. The tie concludes at Ibrox next Thursday.

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Lineups

psv

PSV

rangers

Rangers

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
2
MarceloMarcelo
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
6
BergMarcus Berg
Substitution70
7
EduMaurice Edu
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution84
8
DavisSteven Davis
8
EngelaarOrlando Engelaar (C)
11
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Yellow Card77
Substitution80
9
LensJeremain Lens
12
FosterRichard Foster
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
14
PietersErik Pieters
17
DioufEl Hadji Diouf
Substitution64
18
BoumaWilfred Bouma
21
BartleyKyle Bartley
22
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra
25
ManolevStanislav Manolev
41
HuttonKyle Hutton

Substitutes

31
Cássio RamosCássio Ramos (GK)
1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
4
RodríguezFrancisco Rodríguez
10
FleckJohn Fleck
5
VukovićJagoš Vuković
15
HealyDavid Healy
10
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
Substitution70
20
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution64
15
WuytensStijn Wuytens
39
WyldeGregg Wylde
Substitution80
28
BakkalOtman Bakkal
Substitution84
45
ColeDarren Cole
29
ZeefuikGenero Zeefuik
48
HemmingsKane Hemmings

Coach

Fred Rutten (NED) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)

Fourth official

Andreas Ekberg (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Jim Petersson (SWE)

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