Rangers midfielder Steven Davis is closed down by Orlando Engelaar
By Andy Campbell
Rangers claimed a scoreless draw in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie against PSV in Eindhoven.
Marcus Berg had an effort saved by Neil Alexander and Marcelo headed wide as PSV pressed for a first-half opener.
Berg fired wide after the break and PSV keeper Andreas Isaksson saved well from Kyle Bartley's header for the visitors.
And Marcelo missed the game's best opportunity when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy midway through the second half.
The sides meet again in next Thursday's return leg at Ibrox where a win for either side would send them through, while a score draw would give the Dutch side an away goals victory.
Smith praise for Rangers performance
Rangers made a surprise change in goal with regular first-choice Allan McGregor dropped to the bench and Alexander starting while there were also places in the line-up for youngster Kyle Hutton and the returning Kyle Lafferty, back after illness. John Fleck and David Healy joined McGregor on the bench.
The PSV line-up featured former Aston Villa defender Wilfred Bouma and striker Marcus Berg, the on-loan Hamburg striker who scored against Celtic for his parent club in last season's Europa League.
Alexander had his hands on the ball early on as he collected a couple of PSV crosses but his first real save came in the 16th minute when he raced off his line to gather at the feet of Berg, who had run on to Ola Toivonen's incisive pass.
Balazs Dzsudzsak and Jeremain Lens also had efforts but neither player was able to test the visitors' goal.
El Hadji Diouf assumed the lone striker role for Rangers and often looked isolated in the first half as Walter Smith's men struggled to retain the ball in attacking areas.
PSV should have gone ahead in the 37th minute when Dzsudzsak's free-kick was flicked on by the shoulder of Lens and Marcelo rose at the back post only to plant his header wide.
McGregor was left on the bench for the clash in Eindhoven
Rangers had a couple of corners towards the end of the first half but poor deliveries allowed the Dutch side to clear their lines.
The visitors showed more attacking impetus at the start of the second period as right-back Richard Foster burst across field and down the left before his cross was nervously cleared out for a corner by Orlando Engelaar.
And, from Diouf's delivery, David Weir's head-flick could not find a team-mate.
Toivonen and Berg combined well again to put the latter through on goal soon after but the striker's fierce shot flew past the far post.
Stanislav Manolev went down in the Rangers box after being closed down by Bartley but Swedish referee Martin Hansson told the PSV midfielder to get back on his feet.
Bartley was then in the thick of the action at the other end, running to the near post to head Diouf's corner towards goal but Isaksson made an excellent save.
Rangers kept up the pressure and Steven Whittaker flashed a shot wide from outside the box.
Rangers players pleased with draw
Dzsudzsak's swirling free-kick from the right curved over Alexander's crossbar.
Berg was almost through on goal again after Toivonen slipped a pass in behind the Rangers defence but the forward's touch was poor and Bartley got back to usher the ball back to Alexander.
Diouf was withdrawn and Vladimir Weiss was sent on, meaning Lafferty was pushed up from the left to lead the Rangers attack before Danny Koevermans replaced Berg for the hosts.
Marcelo headed wide from an even more inviting position than his chance in the first half after rising unchallenged to meet Dzsudzsak's inswinging cross.
Lafferty picked up the tie's first booking for felling Lens as both players cantered over the halfway line.
The Northern Ireland forward was soon withdrawn but not before spinning on the edge of the box to fire a shot wide, Gregg Wylde sent on for a final 10 minutes in which Rangers held firm.
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Thursday, 10 March 2011
06 Berg (Koevermans 70)
07 Toivonen (Bakkal 84)
11 Lafferty yellow card (Wylde 80)
17 Diouf (Weiss 64)
Ref: HanssonAtt: 30,000
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:02 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
90:00+1:47 A cross is delivered by Stanislav Manolev, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
90:00+0:42 Stanislav Manolev produces a cross, clearance made by Richard Foster.
90:00+0:01 The ball is delivered by Stanislav Manolev, clearance by David Weir.
88:48 Otman Bakkal fouled by Richard Foster, the ref awards a free kick. Balazs Dzsudzsak takes the free kick.
86:28 Corner taken by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Header from deep inside the area by Wilfred Bouma goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
86:19 Jeremain Lens takes a shot. Kyle Bartley gets a block in.
84:43 Balazs Dzsudzsak produces a cross, David Weir makes a clearance.
84:19 Atiba Hutchinson takes a shot. Blocked by David Weir.
84:10 Balazs Dzsudzsak delivers the ball.
83:11 Substitution Otman Bakkal replaces Ola Toivonen.
82:42 Outswinging corner taken by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Antonio Marcelo misses to the right
of the goal.
81:48 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Balazs Dzsudzsak, clearance by David Weir.
81:09 Balazs Dzsudzsak takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Bartley.
79:27 Substitution Gregg Wylde on for Kyle Lafferty.
79:17 Effort from the edge of the box by Kyle Lafferty goes wide of the right-hand upright.
77:03 Inswinging corner taken by Balazs Dzsudzsak.
76:45 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Balazs Dzsudzsak, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
76:08 Free kick crossed left-footed by Balazs Dzsudzsak from right wing, clearance by Kyle Bartley.
76:08 Booking Kyle Lafferty receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
76:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Jeremain Lens.
Correction - 75:26 Danny Koevermans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
75:26 Foul by Danny Koevermans on Madjid Bougherra, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Weir,
73:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Balazs Dzsudzsak on Kyle Lafferty. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Vladimir Weiss,
clearance by Antonio Marcelo.
70:21 Centre by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Header from close in by Antonio Marcelo misses to the left of the target.
70:09 Corner from right by-line taken by Balazs Dzsudzsak.
Correction - 69:02 Substitution Danny Koevermans replaces Marcus Berg.
Correction - 69:02 Marcus Berg fouled by David Weir, the ref awards a free kick.
69:02 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Balazs Dzsudzsak from left channel, Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.
69:02 Substitution Danny Koevermans joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcus Berg.
69:02 David Weir challenges Marcus Berg unfairly and gives away a .
67:16 Balazs Dzsudzsak crosses the ball.
64:22 Madjid Bougherra fouled by Jeremain Lens, the ref awards a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
63:22 Substitution Vladimir Weiss on for El-Hadji Diouf.
60:58 The ball is swung over by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Neil Alexander makes a save.
59:31 Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Berg. Balazs Dzsudzsak fires a strike on goal direct
from the free kick.
57:05 Steven Whittaker has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
56:25 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by El-Hadji Diouf, Antonio Marcelo manages to make a clearance.
56:03 Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line to the near post, Kyle Bartley takes a shot. Andreas Isaksson makes
55:44 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, Wilfred Bouma manages to make a clearance.
51:07 Shot by Marcus Berg from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
49:57 Steven Whittaker produces a cross, Wilfred Bouma manages to make a clearance.
49:37 El-Hadji Diouf takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
49:20 The ball is swung over by Richard Foster, Orlando Engelaar makes a clearance.
47:23 Stanislav Manolev crosses the ball, David Weir makes a clearance.
47:14 Balazs Dzsudzsak delivers the ball.
45:21 Maurice Edu challenges Wilfred Bouma unfairly and gives away a free kick. Erik Pieters takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:00+0:14 It is the end of the first-half.
44:05 David Weir gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeremain Lens. Direct free kick taken by Stanislav Manolev.
43:28 Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line.
43:19 The ball is delivered by Richard Foster, blocked by Orlando Engelaar.
42:07 The ball is swung over by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Neil Alexander makes a save.
41:36 The official flags Kyle Lafferty offside. Antonio Marcelo restarts play with the free kick.
39:49 El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, Atiba Hutchinson makes a clearance.
39:08 Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf played to the near post, clearance made by Antonio Marcelo.
38:07 Centre by Stanislav Manolev, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
35:53 Madjid Bougherra concedes a free kick for a foul on Balazs Dzsudzsak. The ball is sent over by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Header from
close range by Antonio Marcelo misses to the right of the goal.
34:27 Shot on goal by Jeremain Lens from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
33:50 Centre by Marcus Berg, Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.
33:24 Erik Pieters produces a cross, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
30:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line to the near post, Erik Pieters makes a clearance.
29:42 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf played to the near post, Marcus Berg makes a clearance.
29:12 Maurice Edu takes a shot. Blocked by Wilfred Bouma.
28:30 Antonio Marcelo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Steven Whittaker crosses the ball in from
the free kick, clearance by Antonio Marcelo.
26:01 Shot on goal by Balazs Dzsudzsak from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
25:16 The assistant referee signals for offside against El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Andreas Isaksson.
23:50 Outswinging corner taken by Balazs Dzsudzsak, David Weir makes a clearance.
23:37 Jeremain Lens takes a shot. Kyle Bartley gets a block in.
21:16 Balazs Dzsudzsak has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
19:58 A cross is delivered by Jeremain Lens, Neil Alexander makes a save.
18:37 Antonio Marcelo challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Maurice Edu takes the free kick.
17:07 Balazs Dzsudzsak takes the inswinging corner, save made by Neil Alexander.
16:53 Jeremain Lens produces a cross, blocked by Steven Whittaker.
15:43 Marcus Berg takes a shot. Neil Alexander makes a brilliant save.
14:20 Balazs Dzsudzsak produces a cross, clearance by David Weir.
13:15 Balazs Dzsudzsak takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Foster.
12:11 Balazs Dzsudzsak crosses the ball, save made by Neil Alexander.
9:23 El-Hadji Diouf challenges Jeremain Lens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stanislav Manolev takes the free kick.
7:23 The offside flag is raised against El-Hadji Diouf. Andreas Isaksson restarts play with the free kick.
6:10 Jeremain Lens sends in a cross.
4:48 The ball is sent over by Balazs Dzsudzsak, save by Neil Alexander.
3:54 Foul by Atiba Hutchinson on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kyle Hutton.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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