Jeremain Lens got the only goal of the night for PSV at a packed Ibrox
By Colin Moffat
Rangers were left to rue a timid first half display as they were dumped out of the Europa League by PSV Eindhoven.
Jeremain Lens tapped the Dutch side in front on 15 minutes as the visitors dominated possession at Ibrox.
Rangers improved after the interval and Maurice Edu had shot saved, while a Steven Naismith header hit the bar.
The officials failed to spot a PSV hand stopping an Edu effort on the goal-line but PSV created the better chances in the closing stages of the game.
Perhaps with one eye on Sunday's Co-operative Insurance Cup, Rangers manager Walter Smith elected to keep Allan McGregor, Naismith and El Hadji Diouf on the bench.
And his cautious approach was to backfire as the Dutch league leaders grabbed the all-important first goal and comfortably controlled the remainder of the first half.
Teenager Gregg Wylde was given a first European start and was first to pose a threat after a cagey opening, galloping down the left flank to deliver a teasing ball across goal.
However, lone striker Kyle Lafferty could not reach it and Steven Whittaker was penalised for a foul as he slid in at the back post.
PSV midfielder Ola Toivonen was afforded too much space in the penalty area and was able to lay the ball off for Atiba Hutchinson to drill wide from 20 yards.
Rangers were playing a second leg at Ibrox for the first time in four years and, having used the away goals rule to their advantage on several occasions in the intervening period, they were on the receiving with quarter of an hour gone.
Balazs Dzsudzsak broke clear down the left and crossed for Lens to slide in and knock the ball home from six yards.
Buoyed by the breakthrough, the Dutch side immediately took a firm grip on possession, with Rangers meekly standing off, much to the frustration of the home support.
As the first half came to close, a free kick from Whittaker found Madjid Bougherra beyond the back post but the big defender headed over from a tight angle.
Having brought on Naismith for skipper David Weir, Rangers began the second half in determined style.
The impressive Wylde lifted the hosts with a positive run and curling shot that skipped wide, before he raced down the wing and delivered another dangerous low cross which was cleared by Marcelo for a corner as Lafferty waited to pounce.
Edu was well placed to level the game on the hour when a Whittaker flick-on found him near the penalty spot but the American shot tamely at the advancing goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.
Edu had a shot blocked by a PSV hand
And then Rangers were denied a penalty when Hutchinson cleared from his own goal-line with a hand.
Form a corner kick, Naismith crashed a header against the crossbar, Kyle Bartley's follow-up effort was scrambled clear before Edu's prod was stopped illegally by the PSV midfielder standing by the post.
Isaksson quickly gathered and hoofed the ball up the park as Rangers players complained in vain to the multitude of match officials who had failed to spot the infringement.
With Rangers leaving gaps at the back, towering PSV striker Marcus Berg missed a gilt-edged chance, mis-kicking from three yards after Erik Pieters and Dzsudzsak had cut the home side open.
Lafferty was stretchered off midway through the half, with Diouf coming on, before Neil Alexander kept the game alive by diving to push away Toivonen's curling effort from 20 yards.
With eight minutes remaining, Alexander was well beaten by a drilled free kick from Dzsudzsak and the Rangers keeper was relieved to see the ball smack the inside of the post and rebounding to safety.
Rangers threw striker David Healy on for the final five minutes but could not create any more openings in front of goal in what was to be a disappointing final European outing for Smith, who will leave Ibrox at the end of the season.
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Thursday, 17 March 2011
(HT 0-1)(agg 0-1)
03 Weir (Naismith 46)
12 Foster (Healy 86)
24 Bougherra yellow card
11 Lafferty (Diouf 66)
08 Engelaar yellow card
06 Berg (Bakkal 66)
Ref: SchorgenhoferAtt: 35,373
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:59 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+3:24 A cross is delivered by Sasa Papac, Orlando Engelaar manages to make a clearance.
90:00+1:32 Corner taken by Gregg Wylde. Gregg Wylde takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area by Madjid Bougherra
goes over the bar.
90:00+1:20 Sasa Papac sends in a cross.
90:00+1:11 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, clearance made by Orlando Engelaar.
89:04 Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, clearance by Orlando Engelaar.
88:59 Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, Antonio Marcelo makes a clearance.
88:39 Gregg Wylde takes a inswinging corner.
88:26 Gregg Wylde produces a cross, blocked by Abel Tamata.
85:27 Foul by Kyle Bartley on Ola Toivonen, free kick awarded. Jeremain Lens takes the direct free kick.
85:06 Substitution Richard Foster leaves the field to be replaced by David Healy.
84:46 The ball is sent over by Sasa Papac.
83:33 Direct free kick taken by Kyle Bartley.
83:33 Booking Orlando Engelaar booked.
83:08 Jeremain Lens concedes a free kick for a foul on Madjid Bougherra.
81:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeremain Lens by Maurice Edu. Balazs Dzsudzsak shoots direct from the free kick.
79:40 The ball is swung over by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Jeremain Lens.
79:17 Steven Whittaker fouled by Otman Bakkal, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.
78:39 El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, save made by Andreas Isaksson.
78:16 Corner from right by-line taken by Balazs Dzsudzsak.
77:59 Otman Bakkal delivers the ball, blocked by Gregg Wylde.
76:58 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde, Header on goal by Madjid Bougherra from inside the box goes harmlessly
over the target.
76:49 The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker, Wilfred Bouma manages to make a clearance.
75:47 Unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Jeremain Lens results in a free kick. Kyle Bartley restarts play with the free kick.
75:15 The ball is swung over by Madjid Bougherra.
73:53 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde played to the near post, Erik Pieters makes a clearance. Effort by Steven
Davis from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
72:30 Shot comes in from Balazs Dzsudzsak from the free kick.
72:30 Booking Caution for Madjid Bougherra.
72:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Madjid Bougherra on Jeremain Lens.
70:49 The ball is crossed by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
69:24 Foul by Steven Whittaker on Ola Toivonen, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Balazs Dzsudzsak from right
wing, clearance made by Steven Naismith.
67:51 Inswinging corner taken by Balazs Dzsudzsak from the right by-line, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
67:22 Ola Toivonen takes a shot. Save by Neil Alexander.
66:52 The ball is crossed by Madjid Bougherra, blocked by Orlando Engelaar.
65:10 Substitution Otman Bakkal replaces Marcus Berg.
65:10 Substitution Kyle Lafferty goes off and El-Hadji Diouf comes on.
61:22 Steven Naismith takes a shot.
60:44 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line to the near post, Orlando Engelaar manages to make
60:25 Madjid Bougherra crosses the ball, Balazs Dzsudzsak manages to make a clearance.
59:41 Madjid Bougherra sends in a cross, Maurice Edu takes a shot. Save made by Andreas Isaksson.
59:16 The ball is sent over by Sasa Papac, clearance by Antonio Marcelo.
59:10 A cross is delivered by Richard Foster.
58:48 Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the left by-line, clearance made by Orlando Engelaar.
58:36 Gregg Wylde crosses the ball, clearance made by Wilfred Bouma.
58:00 Foul by Jeremain Lens on Madjid Bougherra, free kick awarded. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
56:51 The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde. Shot from deep inside the area by Steven Naismith clears the crossbar.
56:04 Gregg Wylde delivers the ball. Inswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde, save made by Andreas Isaksson.
55:27 Corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the left by-line, clearance made by Antonio Marcelo.
55:14 Gregg Wylde produces a cross, clearance made by Antonio Marcelo.
54:30 Kyle Lafferty is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wilfred Bouma takes the free kick.
52:59 Steven Naismith concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Berg. Direct free kick taken by Atiba Hutchinson.
50:37 The ball is swung over by Steven Naismith, Erik Pieters gets a block in. Handball by Erik Pieters. Free kick crossed left-footed
by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Antonio Marcelo.
49:34 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde, Jeremain Lens manages to make a clearance.
49:19 Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, clearance by Antonio Marcelo.
48:49 Balazs Dzsudzsak sends in a cross, Richard Foster gets a block in.
48:33 The official flags Kyle Lafferty offside. Wilfred Bouma restarts play with the free kick.
47:06 Gregg Wylde has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
46:26 Jeremain Lens has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
45:36 Kyle Bartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Berg. Ola Toivonen restarts play with the free kick.
Balazs Dzsudzsak sends in a cross, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance. Balazs Dzsudzsak crosses the ball.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Steven Naismith on for David Weir.
45:00+1:04 The players leave the pitch at half time.
44:35 Unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Antonio Marcelo results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by
Steven Whittaker from left channel, blocked by Jeremain Lens.
41:53 Unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Abel Tamata results in a free kick. The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Madjid
Bougherra has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
40:51 Erik Pieters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Gregg Wylde crosses the ball from the free
kick left-footed from right wing, Orlando Engelaar manages to make a clearance.
40:10 The ball is swung over by Kyle Bartley.
38:35 Foul by Ola Toivonen on Kyle Bartley, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Whittaker from left wing.
36:36 Foul by Gregg Wylde on Abel Tamata, free kick awarded. Andreas Isaksson takes the direct free kick.
35:36 Gregg Wylde takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Abel Tamata manages to make a clearance.
31:52 Corner crossed in by Balazs Dzsudzsak, Kyle Lafferty manages to make a clearance.
31:37 The ball is sent over by Jeremain Lens, Kyle Bartley gets a block in.
29:51 Erik Pieters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra. Neil Alexander takes the free kick.
29:22 Abel Tamata produces a cross, clearance by Steven Davis.
27:58 Effort on goal by Balazs Dzsudzsak from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
25:30 The ball is delivered by Richard Foster, save made by Andreas Isaksson.
25:09 Erik Pieters sends in a cross.
23:48 Atiba Hutchinson fouled by Maurice Edu, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Atiba Hutchinson.
23:25 Foul by Steven Davis on Ola Toivonen, free kick awarded. Ola Toivonen restarts play with the free kick.
22:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeremain Lens on Steven Davis. Direct free kick taken by Neil Alexander.
22:35 The ball is delivered by Erik Pieters.
22:01 Madjid Bougherra concedes a free kick for a foul on Orlando Engelaar. Direct free kick taken by Orlando Engelaar.
20:37 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Erik Pieters, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wilfred Bouma.
20:23 Balazs Dzsudzsak takes a shot. Save made by Neil Alexander.
20:00 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jeremain Lens. Kyle Bartley takes the free kick.
15:19 The ball is swung over by Richard Foster, save made by Andreas Isaksson.
12:56 The assist for the goal came from Balazs Dzsudzsak.
12:56 GOAL - Jeremain Lens:Rangers 0 - 1 PSV Eindhoven Jeremain Lens grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 0 (0)-(1) 1 PSV.
12:54 Balazs Dzsudzsak delivers the ball,
11:36 Kyle Lafferty is adjudged to have handled the ball. Antonio Marcelo restarts play with the free kick.
9:53 Steven Whittaker fouled by Erik Pieters, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Madjid Bougherra from
right wing, Wilfred Bouma makes a clearance.
8:22 Balazs Dzsudzsak takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
7:15 Atiba Hutchinson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
7:09 Balazs Dzsudzsak sends in a cross.
6:12 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Erik Pieters. Orlando Engelaar crosses the ball in from the free kick,
clearance made by David Weir.
5:00 Gregg Wylde sends in a cross, Foul by Steven Whittaker on Erik Pieters, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andreas Isaksson.
2:48 The ball is swung over by Balazs Dzsudzsak, save made by Neil Alexander.
1:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Abel Tamata on Gregg Wylde. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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