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Lightning Lens strike sees PSV down Rangers

Published: Thursday 17 March 2011, 22.50CET
Rangers FC 0-1 PSV Eindhoven (agg: 0-1)
Jeremain Lens's close-range effort proved to be the only goal of the tie as one quick counterattack floored the Light Blues.
by Ryan Taylor
from Ibrox

Match statistics

RangersPSV

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners12
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 March 2011, 22.50CET

Lightning Lens strike sees PSV down Rangers

Rangers FC 0-1 PSV Eindhoven (agg: 0-1)
Jeremain Lens's close-range effort proved to be the only goal of the tie as one quick counterattack floored the Light Blues.

A close-range Jeremain Lens strike sent PSV Eindhoven through to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals as they earned a well-deserved 1-0 aggregate victory over Rangers FC.

The Dutch league leaders failed to break down Rangers' well organised five-man defence last week, but this time out PSV began with impressive vim and vigour and broke the Scots' stubborn resistance through Lens's early strike. Rangers threw caution to the wind in the second half with the introduction of forward Steven Naismith for defender David Weir, but despite a spirited onslaught PSV held on to ensure passage to the last eight.

From the outset, PSV were on the front foot with a series of flowing moves causing panic among the hosts' rearguard. Rangers survived an early scare after almost gifting their opponents the lead when a Neil Alexander clearance ricocheted off Marcus Berg. PSV continued to exert their dominance when Ola Toivonen centered the ball to Atiba Hutchinson on the edge of the box but the midfielder curled wide.

Rangers were struggling to get out of their own half and were duly punished on 14 minutes with a goal of devastating speed and quality. Defender Erik Pieters unleashed a long pass down the left to Balázs Dzsudzsák and he cut the ball back to Lens, who slid in.

Lens should have scored a second within a minute of the restart when he sent a fierce shot just wide. However, the Ibrox side finally gained a foothold in the match and surged forward in numbers in search of an equaliser.

Rangers were desperately unlucky not to restore parity on the hour mark when Maurice Edu shot straight at Andreas Isaksson. Soon afterwards, Naismith sent a header crashing against the crossbar. Dzsudzsák went close again late on but his free-kick cannoned off a post.

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

psv

PSV

25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
Substitution46
2
MarceloMarcelo
5
PapacSaša Papac
6
BergMarcus Berg
Substitution66
7
EduMaurice Edu
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen
8
DavisSteven Davis
8
EngelaarOrlando Engelaar (C)
Yellow Card84
11
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution66
9
LensJeremain Lens
Goal14
12
FosterRichard Foster
Substitution85
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
14
PietersErik Pieters
21
BartleyKyle Bartley
18
BoumaWilfred Bouma
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra
Yellow Card73
22
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák
39
WyldeGregg Wylde
47
TamataAbel Tamata

Substitutes

1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
31
Cássio RamosCássio Ramos (GK)
10
FleckJohn Fleck
4
RodríguezFrancisco Rodríguez
14
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
Substitution46
5
VukovićJagoš Vuković
15
HealyDavid Healy
Substitution85
10
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
17
DioufEl Hadji Diouf
Substitution66
15
WuytensStijn Wuytens
41
HuttonKyle Hutton
28
BakkalOtman Bakkal
Substitution66
48
HemmingsKane Hemmings
29
ZeefuikGenero Zeefuik

Coach

Walter Smith (SCO) Fred Rutten (NED)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Mario Strudl (AUT)

Fourth official

Manfred Krassnitzer (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Bernhard Brugger (AUT), Oliver Drachta (AUT)

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