Rangers fell to their first defeat in the tournament this season
By Colin Moffat
Valencia striker Roberto Soldado struck twice as Rangers suffered Champions League defeat in Spain.
Soldado shot the home side into a half-time lead as the visitors failed to deal with a corner.
With Valencia dominating possession, the same player slipped home a 71st-minute strike before Tino Costa slid in a last-minute effort via a post.
Steven Naismith twice hit the woodwork for Rangers, with an early shot and a late header at 2-0 down.
Rangers' first defeat in any competition this season leaves them in third place in Group C, with five points.
Manchester United lead the way after four matches with 10 points, while Valencia moved on to seven and Bursaspor have yet to get off the mark.
Walter Smith's side were pinned back for long spells against opponents who were sharp with their passing but the visitors will reflect on Naismith's chances and a good opening for Kenny Miller with real frustration.
And while Allan McGregor made a number of good saves, the Rangers keeper might have done better for both of Soldado's goals.
McGregor was kept busy all evening, with Valencia on the front foot immediately and he awkwardly turned away an angled Juan Mata volley before comfortably gathering a long-range strike from Ever Banega.
On 10 minutes, the visitors came agonisingly close to the opening goal when Naismith burst forward and rattled the post with a shot.
The Rangers forward spun away from David Navarro near the halfway line and cut in from the left to let fly with an effort from the edge of the penalty box that clipped a defender en route to the frame of the goal.
Soon after, McGregor made a splendid diving save to keep out a Mata strike after the Valencia playmaker had connected with a clever cutback from Aritz Aduriz close to the penalty spot.
Aduriz then flashed a near post header wide from a Mata free-kick.
Right-back Steven Whittaker was eager to get forward but lacked support and was guilty of over-elaborating on more than one occasion.
He did make one promising gallop into the Valencia penalty area but a sliding Jeremy Mathieu diverted the ball behind, with Miller waiting in the six-yard box.
On 33 minutes, Valencia broke the deadlock with an untidy goal from a Mata corner kick.
McGregor flapped the ball onto the back of Madjid Bougherra and it fell to Soldado, who drove a low shot beyond attempted blocks from Lee McCulloch, the goalkeeper and Sasa Papac, who was guarding the post.
Nine minutes into the second half McGregor again came to his team's rescue with an acrobatic save to push away a powerful header from Aduriz.
Naismith (right) hit the woodwork twice for Rangers
Naismith broke with pace and trickery to set up a rare shooting chance for Miller but the Scotland striker thumped the ball straight at veteran keeper Cesar Sanchez.
McGregor was at full stretch to claw away a vicious in-swinging corner from Mata and then relieved to see a close-range Aduriz header settle in his arms.
However, the Ibrox custodian was beaten by Soldado again with 20 minutes remaining.
The Valencia striker exchanged passes with the influential Mata and found the net with an angled strike, despite McGregor getting a hand to the ball.
McGregor stopped a raking drive from Joaquin before Naismith hit the woodwork for a second time.
Bougherra ventured forward from central defence and found his team-mate with a great delivery from the right but the midfielder's free header from 12 yards skidded off the turf and on to the post.
With time running out, a tired Papac gave the ball away and Miguel crossed for substitute Tino Costa to slide home a shot that went in via the post.
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Facundo Costa 90
06 Albelda yellow card
07 Joaquin (Pablo 84)
21 Banega (Facundo Costa 70 yellow card)
09 Soldado (Fernandes 77)
24 Facundo Costa,
28 Ramos Jordi Alba
07 Edu (Lafferty 84)
Ref: BrychAtt: 25,000
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+2:06 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+1:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Hernandez Pablo. Free kick taken by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
90:00+1:02 Booking Facundo Costa is booked.
Correction - 89:41 Assist by Luis Miguel.
89:41 The assist for the goal came from Luis Miguel.
89:41 GOAL - Facundo Costa:Valencia 3 - 0 Rangers Facundo Costa fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Valencia 3-0 Rangers.
Correction - 89:32 The ball is delivered by Luis Miguel,
89:32 The ball is crossed by Luis Miguel,
88:25 Unfair challenge on Aritz Aduriz by Sasa Papac results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Fernandes.
87:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Facundo Costa by Kyle Lafferty. Free kick taken by David Navarro.
87:12 Shot from just outside the box by Manuel Fernandes goes over the crossbar.
86:55 Centre by Juan Mata.
86:38 A cross is delivered by Hernandez Pablo.
83:53 Substitution Hernandez Pablo replaces Sanchez Joaquin.
83:09 Substitution Maurice Edu goes off and Kyle Lafferty comes on.
81:42 Centre by Madjid Bougherra, Steven Naismith has a headed effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post.
81:15 Sanchez Joaquin takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
79:58 Steven Davis produces a cross, David Navarro manages to make a clearance.
78:57 Manuel Fernandes takes a shot.
76:43 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Facundo Costa, David Navarro produces a header from inside the area that goes over
76:43 Substitution Manuel Fernandes replaces Roberto Soldado.
71:47 Steven Davis sends in a cross, Miguel Ricardo Costa manages to make a clearance.
70:22 Assist on the goal came from Juan Mata.
70:22 GOAL - Roberto Soldado:Valencia 2 - 0 Rangers Roberto Soldado gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Valencia 2-0
69:36 Substitution (Valencia) makes a substitution, with Facundo Costa coming on for Ever Banega.
69:36 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
67:09 Ever Banega takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
66:56 Centre by Jeremy Mathieu.
65:25 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
65:05 Booking Booking for David Albelda for unsporting behaviour.
64:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by David Albelda. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
63:56 The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, Luis Miguel makes a clearance.
Correction - 62:57 Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Miguel Ricardo Costa takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
Aritz Aduriz takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
62:57 Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, Miguel Ricardo Costa takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor. David Navarro takes a shot.
Save by Allan McGregor.
62:35 Corner taken right-footed by Sanchez Joaquin from the left by-line, save by Allan McGregor.
62:28 Jeremy Mathieu produces a cross, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
60:56 Unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by Roberto Soldado results in a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
60:25 Juan Mata takes a shot.
60:10 Unfair challenge on David Albelda by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. Ever Banega takes the free kick.
59:23 Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line to the near post, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
59:16 Sanchez Joaquin produces a cross, clearance made by David Weir.
58:43 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save by Sanchez Cesar.
58:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Miguel Ricardo Costa. Free kick taken by Ever Banega.
57:33 The offside flag is raised against Kenny Miller. Sanchez Cesar takes the free kick.
56:45 Corner taken by Juan Mata, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
56:32 Juan Mata produces a cross, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
54:52 Corner taken by Sanchez Joaquin.
54:23 The ball is swung over by Juan Mata, Aritz Aduriz takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
51:13 Roberto Soldado takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
50:24 Jeremy Mathieu produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
50:10 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ever Banega.
49:49 Juan Mata takes a shot. Blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.
49:42 The ball is swung over by Sanchez Joaquin.
48:52 Foul by Maurice Edu on Jeremy Mathieu, free kick awarded. Ever Banega restarts play with the free kick.
48:15 Luis Miguel produces a cross, save made by Allan McGregor.
47:30 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sanchez Joaquin, save by Allan McGregor.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:00+1:23 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+0:36 Foul by David Albelda on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded. David Weir takes the free kick.
42:59 Centre by Sanchez Joaquin, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
41:36 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Sanchez Cesar.
40:52 Corner taken by Steven Davis, Kirk Broadfoot takes a shot. Save by Sanchez Cesar.
40:38 Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Miguel Ricardo Costa gets a block in.
39:50 Foul by David Albelda on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
37:19 Juan Mata crosses the ball, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
35:57 Unfair challenge on Jeremy Mathieu by Madjid Bougherra results in a free kick. Sanchez Cesar takes the direct free kick.
35:07 Unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by Luis Miguel results in a free kick. Sasa Papac delivers the ball from the free kick
left-footed from left channel, David Navarro manages to make a clearance.
Correction - 33:15 GOAL - Roberto Soldado:Valencia 1 - 0 Rangers Roberto Soldado grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Valencia 1-0 Rangers.
33:15 GOAL - Roberto Soldado:Valencia 1 - 0 Rangers Roberto Soldado scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Valencia 1-0 Rangers.
Correction - 31:59 Corner taken by Jeremy Mathieu from the right by-line, save by Allan McGregor.
31:59 Inswinging corner taken by Jeremy Mathieu from the right by-line, save by Allan McGregor.
30:40 The ball is crossed by Luis Miguel, save made by Allan McGregor.
29:10 Aritz Aduriz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
28:22 A cross is delivered by Jeremy Mathieu.
26:57 Centre by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by Sanchez Cesar.
26:20 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis to the near post, clearance made by Roberto Soldado.
26:14 Steven Whittaker delivers the ball, Jeremy Mathieu makes a clearance.
24:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against Juan Mata. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
23:56 David Albelda takes a shot. Blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.
22:44 The ball is sent over by Luis Miguel, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
22:31 A cross is delivered by Sanchez Joaquin, clearance made by David Weir.
21:02 Sanchez Joaquin fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, Headed effort from
inside the penalty area by Aritz Aduriz misses to the right of the target.
20:40 Juan Mata crosses the ball, clearance by Sasa Papac.
19:34 David Navarro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
19:18 Corner from right by-line taken by Juan Mata.
18:59 Jeremy Mathieu takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
16:45 Madjid Bougherra concedes a free kick for a foul on Juan Mata. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Albelda, clearance
made by David Weir.
15:19 Foul by Miguel Ricardo Costa on Kenny Miller, free kick awarded. Steven Davis shoots direct from the free kick.
13:43 Jeremy Mathieu delivers the ball, Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
12:06 Steven Davis fouled by Juan Mata, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Correction - 11:26 The ball is swung over by Aritz Aduriz, Juan Mata takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a brilliant save.
11:26 Roberto Soldado delivers the ball, Ever Banega takes a shot. Fantastic save by Allan McGregor.
10:37 The ball is sent over by Jeremy Mathieu, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
9:35 Corner taken by Steven Davis played to the near post, Miguel Ricardo Costa makes a clearance.
8:11 Maurice Edu takes a shot. Blocked by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
7:56 Steven Naismith produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and strikes the post.
5:07 Ever Banega takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
3:30 Short corner worked by Jeremy Mathieu.
3:15 Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
3:02 Sanchez Joaquin produces a cross, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
1:57 Juan Mata takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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