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Rangers   1 - 4   Sevilla

Steven Naismith is tripped by Abdoulay Konko
The result may have been different had Rangers been given a penalty

By Clive Lindsay

Rangers suffered a battering from a slick Sevilla, but the result will be overshadowed by the decision to deny the Glasgow side a clear early penalty.

Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson waved play on after Steven Naismith was tripped by Abdoulay Konko.

Rangers had the better of the first half but were hit by a Konko header and an Adriano curler after the break.

Luis Fabiano headed in and Fredi Kanoute slotted the fourth before Nacho Novo's powerful reply for Rangers.

The result - Rangers' worst home result in the Champions League since they lost to Juventus in 1996 - put Group G favourites Sevilla four points clear at the top.

Yet, for long spells, Walter Smith's side had put poor domestic form behind them to match a side sitting third in La Liga and who had gone into the game with five straight victories.

Naismith had been given the job of spearheading the Rangers attack with Kenny Miller nursing a slight injury and inspired the visitors as they created some early half-chances.

But Rangers had Allan McGregor to thank for keeping out Sevilla after 14 minutes when Sasa Papac, passed fit along with Steven Davis, gave too much space to Jesus Navas.

The winger found Kanoute and the goalkeeper parried clear the driven shot from 16 yards.

That only appeared to spur Rangers into greater effort and Lee McCulloch, supposed to be the holding player in Rangers' midfield, threatened twice from long range.

Adriano (left) celebrates scoring Sevilla's second goal
Adriano (left) scored the second goal for Sevilla at Ibrox

By now it was more than seven hours since Sevilla had conceded a goal and Rangers ought to have been given a golden opportunity to end that run after 36 minutes at Ibrox.

Konko mis-kicked an attempted clearance and, as Naismith picked up the ball and advanced towards the six-yard box, the defender clearly pulled the striker down.

To the astonishment of all at Ibrox, the referee, who had been standing a mere 10 yards away, waved play on.

Rangers were visibly shaken by the decision and, as Bougherra dallied on the ball, the defender was dispossessed by Adriano.

McGregor did well to parry the Sevilla man's powerful drive from 16 yards and Jesus Navas turned the rebound over from a difficult angle.

Rangers were further angered when the referee denied them a clear corner as they applied some early second-half pressure and then awarded Sevilla a soft free-kick against McCulloch from which the Spaniards took the lead.

The ball was played out wide to Jesus Navas and Konko rose unchallenged to head home the resulting cross from 10 yards.

Rangers pressed forward only to fall further behind to a sucker punch after 64 minutes, but it was a beautiful move from the visitors that virtually killed the tie.

Fabiano played a clever one-two with Kanoute before picking out Adriano for a neat curling finish into the far corner from 16 yards.

Kanoute combined with his strike partner again after 71 minutes, Fabiano rising above Stevie Whittaker's poor challenge to power his header home from the cross to the back post.

It was Fabiano to Kanoute in front of the unguarded net two minutes later as the dangerous pair broke clear.

Kris Boyd forced Palop into a save after breaking clear and fellow substitute Novo missed a good chance before redeeming himself with a superb finish from 22 yards after 88 minutes.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 1-4 Sevilla FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Novo 88
  • Konko 50
  • Adriano Correia 64
  • Luis Fabiano 72
  • Kanoute 74

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 04 Mendes
  • 06 McCulloch (Boyd 72)
  • 07 Davis
  • 08 Thomson
  • 11 Rothen (Novo 72)
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 14 Naismith yellow card

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 26 Smith,
  • 09 Boyd,
  • 10 Novo,
  • 18 Miller,
  • 29 Fleck,
  • 48 Little

Sevilla

  • 01 Palop
  • 04 Squillaci
  • 14 Escude
  • 18 Fernando Navarro yellow card
  • 23 Lolo
  • 06 Adriano Correia (Diego Capel 65 yellow card)
  • 07 Jesus Navas
  • 08 Zokora
  • 24 Konko
  • 10 Luis Fabiano (Romaric 79)
  • 12 Kanoute (Negredo 74)

Substitutes

  • 13 Javi Varas,
  • 03 Dragutinovic,
  • 17 Sergio Sanchez,
  • 11 Renato,
  • 16 Diego Capel,
  • 22 Romaric,
  • 19 Negredo
Ref: ErikssonAtt: 40,572
RANGERS
SEVILLA

Possession

  • Rangers 50%
  • Sevilla 50%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 3
  • Sevilla 7

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 7
  • Sevilla 4

Corners

  • Rangers 3
  • Sevilla 3

Fouls

  • Rangers 11
  • Sevilla 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:35 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:00 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kevin Thomson.
  • 90:00+3:00 Booking Corbacho Fernando Navarro receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+2:50 Corbacho Fernando Navarro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra.
  • 90:00+1:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Naismith on Julien Escude. Andres Palop takes the free kick.
  • 89:20 Trinidad Diego Capel sends in a cross, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 89:13 Trinidad Diego Capel takes a short corner.
  • 87:21 GOAL - Nacho NovoRangers 1 - 4 Sevilla Nacho Novo grabs a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-4 Sevilla.
  • 85:59 Steven Davis challenges Trinidad Diego Capel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Corbacho Fernando Navarro restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:23 The ball is swung over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas, clearance by Pedro Mendes.
  • 83:12 Pedro Mendes has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
  • 78:49 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kris Boyd. Indirect free kick taken by Andres Palop.
  • 77:57 Free kick taken by Andres Palop.
  • 77:57 Substitution Clemente Luis Fabiano goes off and Ndri Romaric comes on.
  • 77:57 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nacho Novo.
  • 76:13 Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:13 Booking Trinidad Diego Capel receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 76:04 Foul by Trinidad Diego Capel on Steven Whittaker, free kick awarded.
  • 74:41 Kris Boyd takes a shot. Save by Andres Palop.
  • 73:49 Substitution Frederic Kanoute goes off and Alvaro Negredo comes on.
  • 73:15 Clemente Luis Fabiano provided the assist for the goal.
  • 73:15 GOAL - Frederic KanouteRangers 0 - 4 Sevilla Frederic Kanoute scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 0-4 Sevilla.
  • 71:39 Substitution Kris Boyd is brought on as a substitute for Lee McCulloch.
  • 71:39 Substitution Jerome Rothen goes off and Nacho Novo comes on.
  • 71:08 Assist by Frederic Kanoute.
  • 71:08 GOAL - Clemente Luis FabianoRangers 0 - 3 Sevilla Clemente Luis Fabiano finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Rangers 0-3 Sevilla.
  • 70:28 The ball is sent over by Abdoulay Konko, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
  • 68:45 Pedro Mendes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Trinidad Diego Capel. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Manuel Lolo.
  • 67:14 Steven Whittaker delivers the ball, Andres Palop makes a save.
  • 65:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Corbacho Fernando Navarro by Steven Davis. Corbacho Fernando Navarro takes the free kick.
  • 64:33 Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
  • 64:33 Substitution Claro Adriano Correia goes off and Trinidad Diego Capel comes on.
  • 64:33 Foul by Sasa Papac on Abdoulay Konko, free kick awarded.
  • 63:18 Clemente Luis Fabiano provided the assist for the goal.
  • 63:18 GOAL - Claro Adriano CorreiaRangers 0 - 2 Sevilla A goal is scored by Claro Adriano Correia from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 0-2 Sevilla.
  • 61:18 Pedro Mendes has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
  • 60:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Pedro Mendes played to the near post, clearance by Claro Adriano Correia.
  • 59:50 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, clearance by Julien Escude.
  • 58:04 Direct free kick taken by Andres Palop.
  • 58:04 Booking Steven Naismith goes into the referee's book.
  • 58:00 Foul by Steven Naismith on Abdoulay Konko, free kick awarded.
  • 57:44 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen from the right by-line, Andres Palop makes a save.
  • 56:02 Kevin Thomson takes a shot. Save made by Andres Palop.
  • 55:21 Frederic Kanoute challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
  • 55:03 The ball is delivered by Sasa Papac, Andres Palop makes a save.
  • 54:10 The offside flag is raised against Clemente Luis Fabiano. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:34 A cross is delivered by Frederic Kanoute, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
  • 49:53 Assist by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
  • 49:53 GOAL - Abdoulay KonkoRangers 0 - 1 Sevilla Abdoulay Konko finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Rangers 0-1 Sevilla.
  • 49:11 Clemente Luis Fabiano fouled by David Weir, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Lolo takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:29 Corbacho Fernando Navarro challenges Pedro Mendes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jerome Rothen from right wing.
  • 45:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis by Claro Adriano Correia. Jerome Rothen delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Lee McCulloch goes over the bar.
  • 45:29 Gonzalez Jesus Navas sends in a cross, Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:05 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 44:40 Foul by Clemente Luis Fabiano on Jerome Rothen, free kick awarded. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frederic Kanoute on Kevin Thomson. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jerome Rothen from left wing.
  • 41:30 Claro Adriano Correia takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor. Effort on goal by Gonzalez Jesus Navas from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 37:19 David Weir challenges Clemente Luis Fabiano unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Clemente Luis Fabiano from the free kick, Jerome Rothen gets a block in.
  • 36:39 Effort from outside the penalty box by Corbacho Fernando Navarro goes wide right of the target.
  • 34:07 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gonzalez Jesus Navas from the right by-line, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:24 The ball is delivered by Pedro Mendes, Steven Naismith concedes a free kick for a foul on Julien Escude. Julien Escude restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Julien Escude on Steven Naismith. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jerome Rothen, clearance made by Abdoulay Konko.
  • 29:50 Centre by Steven Whittaker.
  • 28:50 Corner taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen from the right by-line, clearance made by Frederic Kanoute.
  • 28:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gonzalez Jesus Navas on David Weir. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 27:35 Lee McCulloch produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 24:17 Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, Lee McCulloch takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 22:25 Centre by Abdoulay Konko.
  • 19:03 Didier Zokora takes a shot.
  • 18:34 Outswinging corner taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
  • 18:12 Kevin Thomson crosses the ball, Andres Palop makes a save.
  • 16:55 The referee blows for offside against Steven Naismith. Andres Palop takes the free kick.
  • 15:25 The referee blows for offside. Corbacho Fernando Navarro takes the free kick.
  • 14:49 Corbacho Fernando Navarro challenges Steven Whittaker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Whittaker takes the free kick.
  • 13:34 Frederic Kanoute takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 12:37 Unfair challenge on Abdoulay Konko by Jerome Rothen results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Abdoulay Konko.
  • 11:44 Gonzalez Jesus Navas is caught offside. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 10:18 Pedro Mendes has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 7:08 A cross is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Header from deep inside the area by Steven Naismith goes over the bar.
  • 4:57 Gonzalez Jesus Navas is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 2:58 Gonzalez Jesus Navas crosses the ball.
  • 2:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalez Jesus Navas by Jerome Rothen. Free kick taken by Abdoulay Konko.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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