Sevilla were worthy winners in front of their own fans
By Colin Moffat
Rangers finished a dismal Champions League campaign with defeat in a one-sided game against Sevilla.
Following an early onslaught, all the Spanish side had to show for their efforts was an eighth-minute penalty from Frederic Kanoute.
Sevilla continued to dominate and Didier Zokora struck the post with a fierce, curling strike.
Rangers threatened an unlikely comeback late on, with shots from Nacho Novo and Lee McCulloch going close.
The defeat in Spain means Rangers finish the Group G campaign on just two points, the lowest ever yield from a Scottish team in the competition.
The visitors knew before kick off that they could not even progress to the Europa League and elected for a damage limitation exercise, following three bruising home defeats.
Walter Smith packed his players behind the ball and home keeper Anders Palop was a virtual spectator until the closing minutes.
Sevilla were without star striker Luis Fabiano and several other first team regulars but the home side looked far from under strength in the early stages.
It needed a terrific goal-line clearance from Sasa Papac to deny Kanoute in the third minute after the Mali striker had neatly controlled a long, high ball and prodded it beyond Allan McGregor.
Rangers then survived a strong penalty claim when a close-range Kanoute shot was blocked by the arm of Steven Davis.
However, referee Bertrand Layec was pointing at the spot soon after, when Steven Whittaker lost control of the ball and upended Fernando Navarro.
Kanoute sent McGregor the wrong way with a cool finish.
The Rangers keeper had to come flying out of his area to clear another rapid attack but Madjid Bougherra was sweeping up to block when the loose ball broke to Jesus Navas, who tried his luck with a chip from 25 yards.
Renato fired in two vicious efforts from long range, the first of which was awkwardly scooped away by McGregor, with the second fizzing high and wide.
There was another appeal for a home penalty when Kanoute tumbled under pressure from Bougherra and Renato was presented with a chance by a hesitant David Weir only to be denied by McGregor, who initially spilled but quickly recovered to smother.
Sevilla took their foot off the gas for the middle half hour and were content to knock the ball around for long spells.
Jesus Navas shot wide on 66 minutes but, with Kanoute withdrawn early in the second half, the hosts lost much of their potency.
Alvaro Negredo, Kanoute's replacement, did well to spin away from Weir at the near post but dragged a hurried shot wildly off target.
Another substitute, Aldo Duscher, almost marked his first touch with a goal but McGregor got fingertips to the Argentine's rising strike.
With 10 minutes remaining, former Spurs midfielder Zokora curled a sweet strike against the post, with McGregor well beaten, and Negredo made a hash of the rebound.
Rangers had their first effort on goal when Novo, on as a half time substitute, stole in behind the home defence and ahead of the advancing Palop to drill a shot into the side-netting.
On 88 minutes, McCulloch caught a half-volley flush from 22 yards and forced a good save from Palop but the late rally from the visitors bore no fruit.
Live text and stats
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Kanoute (pen) 8
18 Fernando Navarro
07 Jesus Navas (Kone 81)
16 Diego Capel
22 Romaric (Duscher 74)
12 Kanoute (Negredo 60)
13 Javi Varas,
30 Jose Carlos
05 Papac yellow card
26 Smith (Fleck 85)
20 Beasley (Lafferty 46 yellow card)
24 Bougherra yellow card
18 Miller (Novo 46)
Ref: LayecAtt: 38,000
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+2:12 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+1:31 Shot from just outside the box by Nacho Novo misses to the left of the target.
90:00+1:07 Abdoulay Konko concedes a free kick for a foul on Nacho Novo. John Fleck restarts play with the free kick.
88:53 Nacho Novo takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alvaro Negredo.
88:43 Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Save made by Andres Palop.
88:04 Corner taken left-footed by John Fleck, Andres Palop makes a save.
86:21 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Trinidad Diego Capel from the left by-line.
Correction - 85:54 Arouna Kone takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
85:54 Abdoulay Konko takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
83:32 Direct free kick taken by Andres Palop.
83:32 Substitution John Fleck joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Smith.
83:32 Booking Booking for Madjid Bougherra.
83:26 Madjid Bougherra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aldo Duscher.
81:51 Effort from deep inside the area by Nacho Novo misses to the right of the goal.
81:20 Alvaro Negredo takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
81:00 Outswinging corner taken by Trinidad Diego Capel.
80:39 Substitution (Sevilla) makes a substitution, with Arouna Kone coming on for Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
80:24 Dirnei Renato takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
80:05 Didier Zokora produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that bounces off the post.
79:39 Trinidad Diego Capel takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
76:57 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Cala from the right by-line, Header on goal by Ivica Dragutinovic from inside
the box goes harmlessly over the target.
75:50 Juan Cala takes a shot. Sasa Papac gets a block in.
74:37 Corner from right by-line taken by Trinidad Diego Capel.
74:18 Aldo Duscher takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
74:11 Trinidad Diego Capel sends in a cross.
73:35 Ivica Dragutinovic restarts play with the free kick.
73:35 Substitution Aldo Duscher is brought on as a substitute for Ndri Romaric.
73:35 Booking Kyle Lafferty goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
73:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Zokora by Kyle Lafferty.
72:57 Corner taken short by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
72:52 Gonzalez Jesus Navas produces a cross, blocked by Kevin Thomson.
72:37 Corner taken left-footed by Trinidad Diego Capel.
72:17 The ball is swung over by Trinidad Diego Capel, David Weir makes a clearance.
71:48 The ball is swung over by Trinidad Diego Capel, Allan McGregor makes a save.
71:43 A cross is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
66:10 Shot from just outside the box by Gonzalez Jesus Navas misses to the left of the goal.
65:21 Nacho Novo challenges Didier Zokora unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Didier Zokora.
63:54 Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot. Blocked by David Weir.
63:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alvaro Negredo on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
62:36 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Trinidad Diego Capel, clearance by David Weir.
62:01 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Trinidad Diego Capel.
61:55 Centre by Trinidad Diego Capel, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
60:41 Inswinging corner taken by Nacho Novo from the left by-line played to the near post.
59:28 Substitution Alvaro Negredo is brought on as a substitute for Frederic Kanoute.
57:01 Dirnei Renato takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
56:29 Foul by Steven Whittaker on Trinidad Diego Capel, free kick awarded. Abdoulay Konko restarts play with the free kick.
55:28 Kevin Thomson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Abdoulay Konko.
54:08 Corner taken left-footed by Trinidad Diego Capel from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Ndri Romaric
misses to the left of the goal.
54:03 Centre by Gonzalez Jesus Navas, David Weir makes a clearance.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:01 Substitution Kenny Miller goes off and Nacho Novo comes on.
45:01 Substitution Kyle Lafferty joins the action as a substitute, replacing DaMarcus Beasley.
45:00+0:10 The match has reached half-time.
44:01 Shot from long range by Ndri Romaric goes wide of the left-hand upright.
34:02 Ivica Dragutinovic restarts play with the free kick.
34:02 Booking The referee shows Sasa Papac a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
33:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sasa Papac on Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
31:30 Trinidad Diego Capel fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Corbacho Fernando Navarro restarts play with the
30:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juan Cala by Kenny Miller. Direct free kick taken by Juan Cala.
28:28 Shot from just outside the box by Frederic Kanoute misses to the left of the target.
27:53 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Trinidad Diego Capel. Dirnei Renato restarts play with the free kick.
24:25 Lee McCulloch challenges Frederic Kanoute unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ndri Romaric shoots direct from the free kick.
23:26 Shot by Dirnei Renato from just outside the area goes over the net.
22:42 Gonzalez Jesus Navas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
18:47 Corner from the left by-line taken by Trinidad Diego Capel, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
18:39 Corner taken left-footed by Trinidad Diego Capel from the left by-line, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
17:12 Inswinging corner taken by Trinidad Diego Capel from the left by-line.
16:51 Dirnei Renato takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
13:08 Corbacho Fernando Navarro concedes a free kick for a foul on DaMarcus Beasley. Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.
12:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson by Didier Zokora. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
10:00 Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
7:33 The assist for the goal came from Corbacho Fernando Navarro.
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