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Valencia v Rangers as it happened



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By Stevie Miller

2155: The evening is perhaps summed up by BBC Scotland's Chick Young failing to get his paella and Bovril with Andy Murray, who was actually playing doubles with brother Jamie and caught the end of the Rangers match on TV, according to his twitter updates. Chick's appointment at the opticians is scheduled for Friday. Thanks for your company, here's hoping for a better result when Rangers face Manchester Utd at Ibrox.

2149: "Perhaps now the press will stop saying Walter Smith is a genius. He plays the most defensive football ever played and has been slagged off by most football people outside Scottish football for his style of play and now has Levein copying his style with terrible results. Wake-up call for the Scottish press. It's lazy tactics playing 10 men behind the ball and hoping to nick a goal!" so says Sean in Belfast via the wonder of texting 80295.

2144: "They were pretty clinical" Sportsound host Richard Gordon sums up the difference between the sides.

2138: Rangers sit third in Group C on 5 points, with Valencia above them on 7 and Manchester Utd topping the table with 10 points. Poor old Bursaspor are bottom of the group with 0 points.

2136: It's all over in the Mestalla. Rangers are left ruing chances missed as their 100% record this season has gone.

2135: FULL-TIME: Valencia 3-0 Rangers.

2133:There's a sting in the tail of the pain in Spain as substitute Tino Costamakes it 3-0, his shot going in off the post from Luis Miguel's cross.

GOAL! Valencia 3-0 Rangers (Tino Costa)

2129: Some match stats: Valencia have made 509 passes so far, while Rangers' total is 224. Make of that what you will.

2128: Rangers make their first change of the night, Kyle Lafferty replacing midfielder Maurice Edu. Full marks to BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith and his crystal ball.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2122: Madjid Bougherra, on one of his 'nosebleed' runs forward, plants a cross perfectly on to Steven Naismith's head inside the six yard box, but the diminutive forward's header hits the post with Cesar Sanchez beaten. Rangers' best chance of the evening so far.

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USA Rangersfan On My Sport. "I'm worried that we're seeing the effects of too many games and too few players. The spirit is there, but weariness seems to be setting in on Rangers."

2120: Double goalscorer Soldado is replaced by Portuguese forward Manuel Fernandes. The match ball's safe then.

2119: Manchester Utd are now 3-0 up against Bursaspor in Turkey.

2118: "I don't think it'll be too long before we see Kyle Lafferty off the bench." predicts BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith.

2117: Walter Smith is looking much more animated on the touchline as Kenny Miller goes down in the penalty awarded though.

2114: Roberto Soldado doubles both his own and his side's tally for the night, firing a hard, low, right-footed shot across the goal. Allan McGregor got a hand to the shot, but couldn't keep it out.

GOAL! Valencia 2-0 Rangers (Soldado)

Yellow card
2110: First yellow card of the night and German referee Felix Brych shows it to Valencia's David Albelda.

2106: Allan McGregor has to look sharp to scoop a corner out from under his crossbar, then makes another point blank save from a Soldado header. Rangers under pressure at the moment.

2104: "Walter Smith will most likely wait until about 70 minutes have gone before making a change. Kyle Lafferty will be the player who will probably come on." So predicts BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith.

2100: Rangers get a rare chance following a fine run from Steven Naismith, who threads a great through ball to Kenny Miller just inside the Valencia box, but the Scotland striker's left-footed effort is straight at Cesar Sanchez.

2059: Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot goes down in the Valencia box, but, unlike the recent Old Firm game, no penalty is awarded. I can't confirm whether anyone is asking for clarification of that decision.

2057: Allan McGregor pulls off a stunning save to keep Rangers in the game, diving to his right to keep out a downward header by Aduriz from 12 yards.

2056: Perhaps we've discovered another reason for Valencia manager Unai Emery's extravagant goal celebration - BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod points out it's his birthday tomorrow, he'll be 39, compared to Walter Smith's 62.

2054: Soldado has clearly been watching Scotland U-21 sensation Chris Maguire as he attempts an audacious volley form inside the centre circle. Allan McGregor collects the ball comfortably.

2051: Mayhem in the Rangers penalty area from another Valencia corner, but the SPL champions manage to scramble the ball away after some pinball in the box.

2049: Scotland captain Darren Fletcher looks to have done Rangers a favour, putting Manchester Utd 1-0 up against Bursaspor in the other Group C match.

2045: The second half is underway, it doesn't look like either side has made any half-time changes.

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db On My Sport is equally hopeful. "There's definitely at least one goal in this for Rangers if we push for it."

2045: From Jim in Clydebank, by text to 80295: "I'm a Celtic man but, as always, I support all Scottish teams in Europe. Valencia have had the better of the first half but I have confidence that Rangers will rise to the challenge in the second. A draw at least is certainly on."

2044: Asked by Sportsound host Richard Gordon if he had seen tennis star Andy Murray in the Mestalla, Chick Young replies: "Yes, in fact I think he'll be down for a paella and Bovril at half-time." Please direct your complaints directly to Chick.

2038: "I think Rangers have done well but they'll have to improve their set pieces. They're not going to get many chances to attack so good set pieces are a must. Can see Rangers maybe nicking a goal." A text to 80295 from Alan in Eyemouth

2034: Not only do you have a live text commentary tonight, but there's also now a gallery for your perusal. Don't say we're not good to you.

Half time
2033: HALF TIME: Valencia 1-0 Rangers.

2032: "Rangers have been under a fair bit of pressure." BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith pretty much sums up the latter part of the first half.

2027: Kenny Miller and Valencia keeper Cesar Sanchez exchange pleasantries after both went for a 50-50 ball in the box. I'm not sure how much of the Scottish vernacular Sanchez understands but I'm pretty sure Miller wasn't inviting him round for tiffin.

2024: Valencia manager Unai Emery launched into a bacchanalia of fist pumping as his side took the lead. Clearly a manager under a bit of pressure.

2023: According to the statisticians Valencia have had 68% possession, and, unfortunately, they've done something with it too.

2022: That's the first time Rangers have fallen behind this Champions League campaign, can they fight back?

Roberto Soldado fires Valencia into the lead in the Mestalla, slotting the ball under Allan McGregor and Sasa Papac, who made a desperate attempt to block the shot on the goal-line. It's a poor goal for the Rangers defence to concede.

GOAL! Valencia 1-0 Rangers (Soldado)

2017: The Ibrox side are keeping their shape, and just as well, because the Spaniards are playing some lovely one-twos around them.

2015: Rangers manager Walter Smith has the look of a man who has seen it, done it many times. His arms are folded as he sits in the dug-out - he could almost be waiting on a bus.

2013: An anonymous texter to 80295 is thinking of the co-efficient, I assume. "Come on, Rangers! Do it for Scotland."

2011: A good run out of defence by Kirk Broadfoot on the left, switches it to Steven Davis and the Northern Irishman passes to Steven Whittaker on the right wing. He bursts into the box and wins a corner for Rangers.

2007: Aritz Aduriz flashes a header just past Allan McGregor's left-hand post. It's been a surprisingly open game so far - perhaps too open for Walter Smith.

2003: "Rangers have been trying hard to play Kenny Miller in but every time, so far, it has been intercepted." BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith

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Jamie On My Sport isn't holding back in his praise of the Rangers manager. "The 'Wattenaccio' system has done wonders this campaign. Long live Walter Smith, the new Helenio Herrera."

1958: I was right about Allan McGregor. The Rangers keeper pulls off a magnificent save again, from a Mata shot from only six yards out.

1956: "Rangers as a team have started well, they've just got to keep the concentration going." BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith likes what he's seeing.

Someone has struck the woodwork
Unbelievable! Steven Naismith - the most fouled player in the Champions League - cuts in from the left flank and cracks the Valencia post with a rasping effort.

1951: Rangers are wearing the slogan 'Respect' on their jerseys tonight, a result of a ban on alcohol advertising in Spain, or has Walter ditched his love of heavy metal and become a massive Aretha Franklin fan?

1949: First chance of the match, and it goes to the home side, Allan McGregor turning Juan Mata's close-range effort awkwardly round the post. It probably won't be the last bit of action McGregor sees tonight.

1948: An anonymous, perceptive text to 80295, following the Sportsound discussion about the suggestion that Dundee fans might refuse to travel to away games as a protest against their 25-point penalty. "There's a flag saying 'Dundee Loyal' in Valencia - the Dundee fans obviously aren't boycotting all away games...!"

1946: And it's game on in Spain, as Rangers get the match underway.

1945: BBC Scotland's Chick Young exclusively reveals that tennis star Andy Murray is taking in the match.

1943: "I think the best Rangers can get is a draw." BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds is really taking Jim Traynor's Mr Grumpy crown tonight.

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From Syd1983 On My Sport "I have a feeling in my bones that we could pull off a performance and result akin to the game against Lyon away when we won 3-0 and gave everyone in Europe, including ourselves, a shock."

1937: "We do believe we can win tonight." So says Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist.

1935: "With ten minutes to go there's only about six, seven, eight, thousand fans here." BBC Scotland's Chick Young is underwhelmed by the turnout in Valencia, with many home fans expected to stay away due to their side's recent indifferent home form.

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From brooklynbrawler On My Sport "I'm glad to see Broadfoot's name on the teamsheet (some change from his first few games eh!?)"

1925: Rangers don't have the best record in Spain - 12 games played, 2 draws, 9 defeats. One solitary win on Spanish soil, although it was a European final to be fair.

1923: "It's got to be the same as Man Utd away - simple as that." BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds injects a note of caution.

1920: No real surprises in the line-up from Walter Smith as Rangers look for their first win in Spain against Spanish opposition, but Rangers travel with some hope - particularly as Valencia have won only one of their last five matches.

1915: Here are the full line-ups for the clash at the Mestalla - Valencia: Cesar Sanchez; Miguel, David Navarro, Ricardo Costa, Jeremy Mathieu; Joaquin, David Albelda, Ever Banega, Juan Mata; Roberto Soldado, Aritz Aduriz. Rangers: Allan McGregor; Kirk Broadfoot, David Weir, Madjid Bougherra, Sasa Papac; Steven Whittaker, Lee McCulloch, Steven Davis, Maurice Edu, Steven Naismith; Kenny Miller.

1911: Team news from Valencia, Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu has been passed fit for tonight's match, but Vladimir Weiss and Kyle Lafferty have failed to make the starting eleven.

1910: Welcome to our live coverage of Valencia v Rangers as the Champions League reaches matchday four.

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