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Rangers   0 - 2   VfB Stuttgart

Sebastian Rudy scored for Stuttgart after 16 minutes
Rangers fell behind after 16 minutes at Ibrox

By Colin Moffat

Rangers crashed out of Europe with a game to spare as Stuttgart consigned the Ibrox side to a third home defeat in Champions League Group G.

Sebastian Rudy slotted the visitors in front early on and Zdravko Kuzmanovic powered in a header on 59 minutes.

Kris Boyd squandered a great chance to level when he headed over from close range but Rangers produced little else.

And the margin of victory could have been much greater but for a string of good saves from Allan McGregor.

Manager Walter Smith fielded an adventurous line-up in a game Rangers had to win but the hosts were hemmed back for most of the game as Stuttgart played with real vim and vigour.

With Alexander Hleb at the heart of everything, the German side fizzed first-time passes across the rain-sodden pitch, cutting through the home ranks with alarming ease.

Following heavy defeats to Sevilla and Unirea Urziceni at Ibrox, Rangers' deficiencies at this level were again cruelly exposed.

Smith's defenders could not live with the pace of Stuttgart's lively forwards, while they were offered little protection from an insipid midfield.

McGregor needed to make a fine flying save to tip away a sharp shot on the turn from Brazilian-born forward Cacau.

But the Rangers goalkeeper had no answer on 16 minutes when Rudy was on hand to slot the visitors in front.

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Hleb linked with marauding full-back Arthur Boka and the former Arsenal man's cutback was missed by Pavel Pogrebniak right in front of goal, only for the ball to fall kindly for his team-mate at the back post.

Stuttgart had the ball in the net again moments later when Zdravko Kuzmanovic's free-kick went straight in off the post but Matthieu Delpierre had strayed offside as the kick was taken, much to the relief of the Ibrox fans.

The frustration of the home side threatened to boil over as Boyd was booked for leading with an elbow and Kevin Thomson saw yellow for a late lunge.

Cacau fizzed an angled shot narrowly wide before Rangers began to assert themselves in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

Boyd went close with a raking strike from 20 yards before the striker missed a glaring chance to level.

Kenny Miller intercepted a slack pass and picked out his team-mate with an excellent whipped delivery from the right only for Boyd to head over from eight yards.

The visitors were again the brighter side at the start of the second half, although Steven Davis twice threatened to open up the Stuttgart defence with smart passes.

However, Rangers fell further behind on the hour when the unattended Kuzmanovic met a great cross from Rudy and planted a firm header beyond McGregor.

Soon after, McGregor kept out a stinging effort from Cacau and did brilliantly to stick out a leg and divert Pogrebniak's scuffed follow-up, with the big Russian striker allowed to carry on from a clearly offside position.

Pogrebniak then hit the post from close range after the impressive Hleb had robbed teenage defender Danny Wilson in the Rangers penalty area.

Rangers threw on substitutes Nacho Novo and John Fleck in a bid to liven up their frontline but the changes did not nothing to alter the pattern of a very one-sided match.

In the final five minutes the busy McGregor had to make saves from Stuttgart replacements Julian Schieber and Thomas Hitzlsperger, while the latter also saw a fierce shot headed away from goal by Davis.

Stuttgart will now battle it out with Unirea Urziceni for the remaining qualifying spot, with the Germans looking forward to a home tie against the Romanians, who stunned Sevilla 1-0 to move two points clear in second place.

The Spaniards have already secured their passage to the last 16 and will host Rangers, who have picked up two points on their travels, on 9 December.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 0-2 VfB Stuttgart FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Rudy 16
    • Kuzmanovic 59

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 03 Weir
    • 05 Papac
    • 16 Whittaker
    • 66 Wilson
    • 06 McCulloch yellow card
    • 07 Davis
    • 08 Thomson yellow card (Fleck 76)
    • 09 Boyd yellow card
    • 18 Miller (Novo 68)
    • 27 Lafferty (Beasley 85)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 26 Smith,
    • 20 Beasley,
    • 24 Bougherra,
    • 10 Novo,
    • 29 Fleck,
    • 48 Little

    VfB Stuttgart

    • 01 Lehmann
    • 03 Osorio
    • 06 Niedermaier
    • 15 Boka
    • 17 Delpierre
    • 35 Trasch yellow card
    • 16 Rudy (Gebhart 89)
    • 23 Hleb
    • 32 Kuzmanovic (Hitzlsperger 75)
    • 18 Cacau yellow card (Schieber 83)
    • 29 Pogrebniak

    Substitutes

    • 24 Ulreich,
    • 05 Tasci,
    • 11 Hitzlsperger,
    • 13 Gebhart,
    • 19 Hilbert,
    • 09 Marica,
    • 39 Schieber
    Ref: RosettiAtt: 41,468
    RANGERS
    VFB STUTTGART

    Possession

    • Rangers 43%
    • VfB Stuttgart 57%

    Attempts on target

    • Rangers 1
    • VfB Stuttgart 16

    Attempts off target

    • Rangers 3
    • VfB Stuttgart 8

    Corners

    • Rangers 3
    • VfB Stuttgart 7

    Fouls

    • Rangers 17
    • VfB Stuttgart 4
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:06 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+2:28 Sasa Papac challenges Ricardo Osorio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jens Lehmann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:22 Sasa Papac produces a cross, clearance by Georg Niedermaier.
    • 90:00+1:22 Foul by Arthur Boka on DaMarcus Beasley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
    • 90:00+0:01 DaMarcus Beasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb. Arthur Boka takes the free kick.
    • 89:45 Timo Gebhart takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 88:43 Free kick crossed left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger from right wing, clearance by Kris Boyd.
    • 88:43 Substitution Timo Gebhart comes on in place of Sebastian Rudy.
    • 88:43 Foul by Sasa Papac on Sebastian Rudy, free kick awarded.
    • 88:07 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sebastian Rudy, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
    • 87:48 Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
    • 87:33 Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Rudy from the left by-line played to the near post, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
    • 87:14 Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. Blocked by Sasa Papac.
    • 86:48 Sebastian Rudy takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 86:22 Julian Schieber takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 84:48 Substitution DaMarcus Beasley replaces Kyle Lafferty.
    • 82:37 The referee blows for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Jens Lehmann takes the free kick.
    • 82:01 Substitution Julian Schieber replaces Jeronimo Baretto Cacau.
    • 81:32 Effort from the edge of the area by Jeronimo Baretto Cacau goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 78:45 Thomas Hitzlsperger sends in a cross, Danny Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 77:48 Shot by Pavel Pogrebniak from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 77:11 Pavel Pogrebniak fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Christian Trasch takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:18 Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Wilson.
    • 75:35 Substitution John Fleck comes on in place of Kevin Thomson.
    • 74:48 The referee blows for offside against Kris Boyd. Indirect free kick taken by Jens Lehmann.
    • 73:57 Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
    • 73:57 Substitution Thomas Hitzlsperger comes on in place of Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
    • 73:57 Booking Jeronimo Baretto Cacau shown a yellow card.
    • 73:49 Unfair challenge on David Weir by Jeronimo Baretto Cacau results in a free kick.
    • 73:22 A cross is delivered by Kyle Lafferty, clearance by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
    • 72:21 David Weir concedes a free kick for a foul on Pavel Pogrebniak. Arthur Boka takes the free kick.
    • 69:18 Nacho Novo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jens Lehmann takes the indirect free kick.
    • 68:29 Kyle Lafferty produces a cross.
    • 67:35 Substitution Nacho Novo replaces Kenny Miller.
    • 66:47 Centre by Christian Trasch, Jeronimo Baretto Cacau takes a shot.
    • 65:48 Zdravko Kuzmanovic takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 63:03 Sasa Papac delivers the ball.
    • 62:00 The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker.
    • 60:27 Jeronimo Baretto Cacau takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save. Pavel Pogrebniak takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Rudy from the right by-line, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 59:54 Jeronimo Baretto Cacau takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 58:33 Assist by Sebastian Rudy.
    • 58:33 GOAL - Zdravko KuzmanovicRangers 0 - 2 VfB Stuttgart Zdravko Kuzmanovic finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Rangers 0-2 VfB Stuttgart.
    • 58:26 The ball is sent over by Sebastian Rudy,
    • 56:22 Christian Trasch takes a shot. Blocked by Lee McCulloch.
    • 56:06 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alexander Hleb from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Sasa Papac.
    • 55:51 Zdravko Kuzmanovic takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Wilson.
    • 55:07 Sebastian Rudy takes a outswinging corner to the near post, David Weir makes a clearance.
    • 54:31 Unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Danny Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:05 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kenny Miller. Jens Lehmann takes the indirect free kick.
    • 53:20 Zdravko Kuzmanovic takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 51:33 Pavel Pogrebniak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Wilson. David Weir takes the free kick.
    • 50:36 A cross is delivered by Alexander Hleb, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:27 The ball is delivered by Sebastian Rudy, blocked by Kevin Thomson.
    • 46:23 Arthur Boka produces a cross, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:10 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 42:34 Corner taken by Kevin Thomson from the right by-line to the near post, Jens Lehmann makes a save.
    • 42:14 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Mathieu Delpierre gets a block in.
    • 40:46 The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, clearance made by Georg Niedermaier.
    • 40:22 Handball by Christian Trasch. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:02 Kyle Lafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Arthur Boka. Free kick crossed right-footed by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
    • 37:53 Kyle Lafferty has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 37:42 The ball is swung over by Sasa Papac, save by Jens Lehmann.
    • 37:35 Kevin Thomson delivers the ball.
    • 36:48 Kris Boyd challenges Ricardo Osorio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Georg Niedermaier.
    • 36:03 The ball is swung over by Kenny Miller, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Kris Boyd goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 35:39 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, save made by Jens Lehmann.
    • 35:16 Corner from right by-line taken by Kevin Thomson.
    • 34:53 Steven Davis crosses the ball, Alexander Hleb gets a block in.
    • 33:50 Long range shot by Arthur Boka goes wide right of the goal.
    • 33:20 Christian Trasch restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:20 Booking The referee shows Lee McCulloch a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 33:04 Lee McCulloch challenges Alexander Hleb unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 32:16 Kris Boyd has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 30:23 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenny Miller. Mathieu Delpierre takes the indirect free kick.
    • 29:30 Jeronimo Baretto Cacau has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 28:14 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jens Lehmann.
    • 27:42 Effort from outside the penalty box by Zdravko Kuzmanovic goes wide left of the target.
    • 26:54 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Davis. Jens Lehmann takes the indirect free kick.
    • 26:19 The ball is sent over by Kyle Lafferty, blocked by Arthur Boka.
    • 25:33 Free kick taken by Ricardo Osorio.
    • 25:33 Booking The referee shows Kevin Thomson a yellow card.
    • 25:26 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Osorio by Kevin Thomson results in a free kick.
    • 24:07 Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
    • 24:07 Booking Christian Trasch is shown a yellow card.
    • 24:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Georg Niedermaier on Kenny Miller.
    • 23:39 A cross is delivered by Arthur Boka.
    • 22:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Arthur Boka by Kenny Miller. Jens Lehmann takes the free kick.
    • 20:50 Kevin Thomson sends in a cross, clearance by Arthur Boka.
    • 18:29 Jens Lehmann takes the free kick.
    • 18:29 Booking Kris Boyd is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 18:23 Kris Boyd challenges Ricardo Osorio unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 16:43 Foul by Steven Whittaker on Alexander Hleb, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Zdravko Kuzmanovic. The official flags Mathieu Delpierre offside. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:25 Assist by Alexander Hleb.
    • 15:25 GOAL - Sebastian RudyRangers 0 - 1 VfB Stuttgart Sebastian Rudy gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 0-1 VfB Stuttgart.
    • 12:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mathieu Delpierre by Kris Boyd. Mathieu Delpierre restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:55 Arthur Boka produces a cross.
    • 11:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Thomson on Jeronimo Baretto Cacau. Direct free kick taken by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
    • 10:48 Jeronimo Baretto Cacau takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
    • 9:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Free kick taken by Jens Lehmann.
    • 8:36 Zdravko Kuzmanovic handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Davis from left channel.
    • 7:58 Effort on goal by Christian Trasch from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 6:24 Corner taken by Alexander Hleb from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • 6:06 Jeronimo Baretto Cacau takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • Correction - 4:20 Kris Boyd challenges Zdravko Kuzmanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
    • 4:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kris Boyd on Zdravko Kuzmanovic. Direct free kick taken by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
    • 3:36 Sebastian Rudy takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
    • 2:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Thomson on Ricardo Osorio. Free kick taken by Ricardo Osorio.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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