Tuesday November 2, 2010 Group Stage: Group C Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 3 - 0 Rangers

  • Soldado 33’, 71’
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  1. Valencia dominate Rangers

    Valencia dominate Rangers

    A Roberto Soldado brace inspired Valencia to a comfortable 3-0 win over Rangers in their Group C Champions League encounter at the Mestalla. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Rangers
    • 90'+2 Peep-peep-peep! It's all over! Valencia dominated here tonight, they win 3-0.
    • 90' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played here.
    • 90' Gooalll!!! Costa makes it 3-0 at the backpost from a Miguel cross.
    • 89' Valencia haven't given up on this match! Forward they come still!
    • 86' Mata dances away from Whittaker and stands a deep cross up to the back post where - sadly for him - there are no white shirts waiting.
    • 84' Valencia replace Joaquin with Manuel Fernandes.
    • 83' Rangers replace Maurice Edu with Kyle Lafferty.
    • 82' Oooo! Naismith hits the post! Miller crosses the ball in from wide and Naismith - who has split the two centre backs - doesn't even need to jump to head the ball at goal. Cesar Sanchez doesn't even bother diving, as the ball has clearly beaten him, but it doesn't beat the post!
    • 81' Adruiz continues to bring the ball under no pressure, and continues, and continues. He strikes the ball low and McGregor saves!
    • 80' It looks like Kyle Lafferty is going to be coming on here.
    • 79' Miller crosses the ball in from the by-line which Valencia clear and go out on the attack.
    • 78' Fernandes drives the ball 40 yards over the bar. That was an abysmal effort!
    • 76' Valencia replace their two goal hero - Soldado - with Manuel Fernandes.
    • 75' Hmmm, that would have been very soft on Costa if the referee had given the penalty.
    • 74' Was Kenny Miller caught there in the box? The Rangers forward certainly thinks so! The referee waves play on!
    • 73' Papac slides a lovely ball through to Broadfoot who looks to pull back to Edu, but the ball is intercepted.
    • 72' There has been a second goal for Manchester United as well in Group C. Click here to read about it.
    • 71' Gooallll!!! Soldado gets his second and his teams second of the night! He plays a neat one-two with Mata on the edge of the box and squeezes a shot below McGregor who got a hand on the ball!
    • 70' Valencia sub: Ever Banega is replaced by Tino Costa.
    • 69' Joaquin skips past three men who all pull out of challenges as they are wary of giving away a penalty. Eventually he runs into a cul-de-sac of Rangers defenders and the ball is cleared.
    • 68' Banega curls a speculative effort high over the bar.
    • 67' Rangers have men up and possession of the ball on the edge of the box for the first time tonight, but they cannot pick out a killer, final ball.
    • 66' The first yellow of the evening goes to Albelda for persistent fouling.
    • 65' The delivery all night from Mata and Joaquin has been sublime.
    • 64' Oooo! Mata takes this one and the ball is headed back across to Adruiz who heads straight at the keeper!
    • 63' Joaquin curls this one in on top of McGregor once more, but this time the Rangers keeper can just about tip it behind for another corner...
    • 62' Mathieu gets to the by-line and his cross deflects off Whitaker and behind.
    • 61' Maurice Edu steps in to intercept the ball from Albelda.
    • 59' Ooo! Naismith cuts past two plays and passes the ball to Miller, who could smash the ball first time, but turns back inside and curls his effort into Cesar Sanchez in the Valencia goal. In a match of few chances, that was a brilliant opportunity for Rangers!
    • 57' Naismith pings a brilliant ball over to Naismith who in turn looks to add it on to Miller, but the Rangers forward is two yards offside...
    • 56' Mata with another teasing ball in and Papac is forced to flick it behind.
    • 54' Ooo! Top class save from McGregor once more! Mata finds acres of space in the midfield and crosses in the ball to Adruiz who cranes his neck back to nod the ball down low and surely into the back of the net! But, McGregor propels himself across goal and knocks the ball behind!
    • 53' Though if Miguel mis controls the ball and lets it run out of play, Rangers will not have to intercept the ball.
    • 52' Rangers are struggling to even get a touch on the ball here. Valencia are keeping possession brilliantly.
    • 51' Banega plays in Joaqiun down the left hand channel and the winger plays a delicious cross into the corridor of uncertainty - with the outside of his foot - which no one can latch on to.
    • 50' Joaquin takes a viciously curling corner which McGregor is caught underneath. The Rangers defence step in to help out their keeper and clear the ball.
    • 49' Bougherra knocks the ball behind for a corner kick.
    • 48' There has been a goal in Bursaspor! Click here to find out which way it has gone...
    • 47' There are only supposed to be 3000 Rangers fans inside the stadium tonight; it looks a lot more to me!
    • 46' Valencia get us back underway!
    • 45'+1 Peep-peep-peep. Referee Brych brings the first half to an end. There is no doubt that Valencia have dominated, but Rangers of course hit the post early on through Naismith. At the Mestalla at half time it is: Valencia 1 - 0 Rangers.
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time to be played...
    • 44' Whitaker is having a terrific game on the right wing. He goes off on another little run down the line before being dispossessed on the edge of the box.
    • 43' Joaquin into Miguel who crosses and once more Papac is there to clear.
    • 42' Bit of handbags after all that as Miller accidentally caught the keeper as he tried to turn that Broadfoot header in.
    • 41' Broadfoot jumps highest in the melee at the corner and heads it into Miller who is caught offside by the Valencia defence which had stepped up.
    • 40' McCulloch hits a drive centrally from 25 yards which is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 39' The ball is played from deep and Mata latches on to it inside the box, but his first touch lets him down.
    • 38' Davis jumps in and cleanly tackles Mathieu.
    • 36' Papac strikes the free kick weakly and the ball is easily cleared.
    • 35' Rangers have a free-kick 40 yards out which they will look to swing into the area.
    • 33' McGregor comes out to claim the ball, but under heavy pressure cannot clear it. The ball falls to Solado who turns sharply and squeezes in a low shot past Papac from six yards!
    • 33' Gooaaallll!!!! Solado puts Valencia one up!
    • 32' Valencia play the ball around nicely until Papac steps in to knock the ball away from Mata and behind for a corner.
    • 31' McGregor confidently comes out to claim a Albelda cross, but his long kick forward gives Miller nothing to work with...
    • 30' It's still nil-nil in the other macth in this group. Click here to read about how Buraspor and United's match.
    • 28' Naismith is hacked down by Adruiz.
    • 27' Valencia struggle to clear the corner and Bougherra has a chance to put in a cross, but Cesar comes sprinting out to punch clear.
    • 26' Great play from Whitaker as he dances into the box, he gets to the by-line and drives in a low cross which is knocked behind for a corner.
    • 24' Wave after wave of Valencia attack, but their tight, precise passing cannot find a way past the Rangers defence.
    • 23' Apologies to Hibs fans and to Andy Murray. He in fact supports Hibs, not Rangers as previously reported. Either way, he is here in attendance.
    • 22' Rangers are not tight on Adruiz and the Valencia forward rises high to and heads the ball wide.
    • 21' Joaquin is too quick for Naismith and Valencia have a free kick down the right hand channel.
    • 20' Lee McCulloch has his jersey pulled inside the box at the corner and a free kick is given.
    • 19' Mathieu comes inside on his right foot drives the ball via a Rangers defender and away for a corner.
    • 18' Banega looks to stand it up to the back post where Rangers are well stocked for bodies and the ball is cleared.
    • 17' Mata is too quick for Bougherra and Valencia have the free-kick in a good position now...
    • 16' Davis looks to curl it, but puts it over the bar.
    • 15' Miller backs into Ricardo Costa and the Valencia defender hauls him down 20 yards out. Free kick to Rangers in a good position...
    • 14' So having being caught square on a couple of occasions, Rangers are regrouping and re-organising their shape.
    • 13' McGregor is having a superb season and a superb match.
    • 12' Oooo! What a save from McGregor! Adruin catches out Papac and gets to the by-line, he looks up and pulls the ball back to the penalty spot and the onrushing Mata who drives a ferocious effort which McGregor pushes clear at full stretch!
    • 11' Valencia have not scored in their last three home games in the Champions League.
    • 10' The corner is cleared easily and, having commited players forward, Rangers look a little short at the back, but Naismith sprints 60 yards to intercept the ball on the half way line.
    • 9' Bougherra crosses in low and Albelda slices his clearance behind for a corner.
    • 8' Oooo! Naismith hits the post! The winger turns quickly away from Navarro, cuts inside and hits a curling effort across the keeper and onto the post!
    • 6' A bright start from Valencia - they are pinging the ball around very neatly - but so far McGregor has been equal to the whites efforts.
    • 5' Banega skips away from a couple of challenges in the middle of the park and hits a drive from 25 yards straight into the arms of McGregor.
    • 4' Ooo! Albelda chips a delicious ball over the Rangers defence which Mata volleys - from an acute angle - into the palms of McGregor! What a pass that was!
    • 3' Juan Mata has the first shot of the evening - a weak daisy cutter from 25 yards which is easy for McGregor to deal with.
    • 2' Rangers are wearing blue shirts, white shorts and black socks. Valencia are in white shirts, black shorts and white socks.
    • 1' Rangers get the match underway!
    • 19:43 The Champions League anthem roars through the stadium, that tune always gets the blood pumping!
    • 19:40 Andy Murray is in attendance this evening to watch his beloved Rangers. He defeated Feliciano Lopez today at ATP Valencia. Click here to read that report.
    • 19:35 Valencia are in the curious position of lying third in the group even though they have scored more goals (five) than the two teams above them put together (Manchester United and Rangers, both two).
    • 19:30 Rangers have not beaten a Spanish team in any of their nine CL encounters. They have not won any of the last 12 European games against clubs from Spain, losing seven.
    • 19:25 Rangers, who have scored a paltry seven goals in their last 14 European games, have used only 14 players in the CL this season, the smallest number of any of the 32 competing teams. Eight players have started and finished every game.
    • 19:20 A better stat for Rangers fans is this one: Valencia have not won any of their last six Champions League home games and have scored just two goals in those games at the Mestalla stadium. They have failed to score in all the last three.
    • 19:15 This is the fifth time these two have met and Rangers have never won. Three wins and two draws for Valencia.
    • 19:10 Edu had an eventful day when these two met two weeks ago. He scored at both ends in a 1-1 draw. Ranger 1-1 Valencia: Report
    • 19:05 Maurice Edu is fit to take his place in the Rangers team - he was a doubt with a calf injury.
    • 19:00 Cesar Sanchez was expected to miss out for Valencia but he has recovered from a hamstring injury.
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Valencia: 1-Cesar Sanchez; 23-Miguel, 4-David Navarro; 20-Ricardo Costa, 22-Jeremy Mathieu; 7-Joaquin, 6-David Albelda, 21-Ever Banega, 10-Juan Mata; 9-Roberto Soldado, 11-Aritz Aduriz. /// Rangers: 1-Allan McGregor; 4-Kirk Broadfoot, 3-David Weir, 24-Madjid Bougherra, 5-Sasa Papac; 16-Steven Whittaker, 6-Lee McCulloch, 8-Steven Davis, 7-Maurice Edu, 14-Steven Naismith; 9-Kenny Miller.
    • 18:50 Rangers go into this match in decent shape – one point above Valencia in second place in Group C. Group C table
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Champions League clash between Valencia and Rangers.
  • Summary

    • 90' Gooalll!!! Costa makes it 3-0 at the backpost from a Miguel cross.
    • 82' Oooo! Naismith hits the post! Miller crosses the ball in from wide and Naismith - who has split the two centre backs - doesn't even need to jump to head the ball at goal. Cesar Sanchez doesn't even bother diving, as the ball has clearly beaten him, but it doesn't beat the post!
    • 71' Gooallll!!! Soldado gets his second and his teams second of the night! He plays a neat one-two with Mata on the edge of the box and squeezes a shot below McGregor who got a hand on the ball!
    • 64' Oooo! Mata takes this one and the ball is headed back across to Adruiz who heads straight at the keeper!
    • 59' Ooo! Naismith cuts past two plays and passes the ball to Miller, who could smash the ball first time, but turns back inside and curls his effort into Cesar Sanchez in the Valencia goal. In a match of few chances, that was a brilliant opportunity for Rangers!
    • 54' Ooo! Top class save from McGregor once more! Mata finds acres of space in the midfield and crosses in the ball to Adruiz who cranes his neck back to nod the ball down low and surely into the back of the net! But, McGregor propels himself across goal and knocks the ball behind!
    • 33' McGregor comes out to claim the ball, but under heavy pressure cannot clear it. The ball falls to Solado who turns sharply and squeezes in a low shot past Papac from six yards!
    • 33' Gooaaallll!!!! Solado puts Valencia one up!
    • 12' Oooo! What a save from McGregor! Adruin catches out Papac and gets to the by-line, he looks up and pulls the ball back to the penalty spot and the onrushing Mata who drives a ferocious effort which McGregor pushes clear at full stretch!
    • 8' Oooo! Naismith hits the post! The winger turns quickly away from Navarro, cuts inside and hits a curling effort across the keeper and onto the post!
    • 4' Ooo! Albelda chips a delicious ball over the Rangers defence which Mata volleys - from an acute angle - into the palms of McGregor! What a pass that was!

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