Thursday August 25, 2011 Play-off round Finished Ibrox Stadium

Rangers 1 - 1 NK Maribor

  • Bocanegra 75’
  • Volas 55’

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    Rangers bow out of Europe

    Rangers were knocked out of the Europa League at the play-off stage after managing just a 1-1 draw with NK Maribor at Ibrox. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Rangers
    • NK Maribor
    • 90+5' The full time whistle sounds. RANGERS ARE OUT!!
    • 90+4' Handanovic is off his line very quickly to gather the ball before Edu can latch onto Jelavic's flick-on.
    • 90+3' Should do better, Lafferty! Wylde skips down the left byline and crosses back for Lafferty. The striker wants to score with a header but should take a touch. The effort is cleared.
    • 90+2' Wylde receives a ball out wide from Goian. The youngster crosses and the ball is met by the defender. The effort hits the side netting.
    • 90' We'll have five minutes of added time.
    • 89' Viler is booked for wasting time. It's going to be an ugly last few minutes.
    • 88' It's that time. The ball is being pumped up the field. Broadfoot gives away a free kic. Arghus is rolling around. It's needless. Broadfoot is booked and so is Handanovic.
    • 87' Healy is penalised for a high foot. He's not very happy about it and neither are the Rangers fans.
    • 86' Beric comes off for Marcos Tavares as Maribor look to shut up shop.
    • 84' Lafferty is booked. For what, I do not know. The striker challenges handanovic for a ball. The keeper gather but crashes into the ground under the challenge.
    • 83' Wylde dinks a cross-field ball over the top towards Jelavic but the striker mistimes his jump and can only watch as the ball bounces out for a goal kick.
    • 82' Potokar is stretchered off and is replaced by Martin Milec.
    • 80' Healy is booked for a late tackle on Potokar. It looked pretty nasty, did that!
    • 79' CHANCE!! GOT TO SCORE! DOESN'T! Healy is sent through one-on-one and only has to beat the keeper from 10 yards. He fires the ball straight into the chest of Handanovic. Rushed.
    • 78' Wylde bursts into the penalty area and has an effort on goal from a tight angle. Handanovic dives to his left to make the stop.
    • 77' Cvijanovic comes on to replace Mezga.
    • 76' GOAL FOR RANGERS!! Bocanegra scores on his home debut. Wylde's corner is met by Jelavic at the far post who nods down. The defender spins inside the six yard box and fires into the back of the net. One more...
    • 74' Wylde gets down the left and looks to cross. It takes a deflection and nearly catches the keeper out. He recovers well to turn the ball around the post for a corner.
    • 73' Wylde needs two attempts to cross the ball from th left. The first one is blocked, but the second one is poor and allows the keeper to claim with ease.
    • 72' Wylde crosses from the left. The ball is met by Jelavic 12 yards from goal. The header is on target but is never going to beat the keeper.
    • 71' Davis looks to be playing a little too deep at the minute. He needs to be playing just behind the strikers in order to link up with them.
    • 69' I hate to say it, but I've seen them given. It does hit his hand but the defender really couldn't get out of the way of it. Could have gone either way.
    • 68' PENALTY?? NOT GIVEN!! Lafferty drops deep to collect the ball and passes it out wide. It's sent into the box where it's met by Healy. The striker pokes the ball towards goal but it cannons off the arm of Rajcevic.
    • 67' Surprise, surprise. Ortiz is replaced by Healy.
    • 66' What a waste! He's had a very poor game tonight, Ortiz. The Spaniard cuts in from the right and looks to cross but the left-footed effort flies out for a goal kick.
    • 65' David Healy is warming up on the touchline. Tactical change or like-for-like?
    • 64' Ibraimi is booked for throwing the ball away after conceding a foul. Silly.
    • 63' Ortiz's cross is sent onto the penalty spot. Jelavic looks to beat the keeper with a header. It takes a deflection on the way out for a corner.
    • 62' There is some serious pressure being put on this Maribor defence now. Will they cave?
    • 61' Great ball across the six yard box from Broadfoot. The defender beats his man on the right and fires dangerously across. It's too dangerous for any defender to touch but rolls out for a goal kick as Wylde hasn't gambled.
    • 60' Mezga collects the ball 40 yards from goal and takes two touches before firing an effort at goal. It sails over .
    • 59' Lafferty and Ortiz link down the right before the latter crosses. It's a decent ball but nobody gambles and Handanovic collects with ease.
    • 58' Rangers had been enjoying a very decent spell just before that goal. Have they got enough to come back?
    • 57' The hosts are really up against it now. They now trail 3-1 on aggregate and have to deal with that away goal.
    • 56' GOAL FOR MARIBOR!! That could be the away goal that wrecks Rangers hopes of progressing. Mezga bursts into the Rangers half before feeding Volas into the box. The striker takes one touch before superbly finishing past McGregor.
    • 54' The home side have been asking this fragile Maribor some questions over the last few minutes. The home crowd are responding well.
    • 53' CHANCE!! Gone. Davis exchanges a one-two with Lafferty on the right as the midfielder makes his way into the box. All he's got to do is shoot from 10 yards but decides to pass. It's cleared.
    • 52' The corner is wasted. Beric meets it at the front post but mistimes his jump and sends it wide.
    • 51' Mezga creates some space down the left before crossing. Broadfoot turns the ball out for a corner.
    • 50' Ortiz is penalised for another foul deep in the Maribor. Frustrating.
    • 49' GREAT CHANCE!! Broadfoot is sent down the right before crossing into the front post. Lafferty is on hand to turn the ball goalwards but Potokar gets the block in.
    • 47' Mezga clips a ball over the top. Volas looks to go through ut Goian is across to watch the ball out of play.
    • 46' The second half is under way.
    • 45+1' The half time whistle is blown.
    • 45+1' Ortiz is booked. That's his fifth foul of the night.
    • 45+1' We'll have one minute of added time.
    • 44' CHANCE!! Rangers are fortunate to go through on goal. Flipovic makes a tackle but sends Lafferty through one-on-one. The striker shoots first time from 20 yards but can't beat the sliding keeper.
    • 43' CHANCE!! Wylde’s set-piece is sent into the penalty area. Jelavic finds space and heads towards goal. It’s weak though, and flies into the arms of Handanovic.
    • 42' Finally. After 42 minutes and countless clumsy challenges, we finally have a yellow card. And it really wasn't a bad tackle. Arghus is booked for a fouldsl on Lafferty.
    • 41' Ortiz, who has been a bystander so far, releases Davis into the box. The midfielder looks to cross but the ball is deflected back off him and is therefore a goal kick.
    • 40' Lafferty does very well with his back to goal on the edge of the penalty area. He takes on two men before electing to shoot. Wrong option. It's blocked just inside the area.
    • 39' It's Lee Wallace. He was struggling with a niggle before the game but will take no further part. Perry will indeed replace him.
    • 38' Ross Perry is warming up. Not sure who is struggling.
    • 37' Broadfoot has a chance to cross down the right but elects to attempt to take on his man. He fails and the attack breaks down.
    • 36' I wonder if the referee has left his yellow card in the changing room? Broadfoot clumsily flies into a challenge and isn't booked.
    • 35' Broadfoot bursts down the right and hurdles the challenge of the sliding Potokar. He gets into a promising position but the cross is poor and the ball is cleared.
    • 34' Good effort from Goian. The free kick is taken quickly and is played to the defender 25 yards from goal. Goian laces it towards goal. It flies a foot wide.
    • 33' Neat footwork from Edu on the edge of the box. The American receives the ball under pressure and neatly skips past his man before being brought down.
    • 32' The home crowd are getting a little restless. Rangers have gone off the boil a little over the last few minutes and every loose pass is greeted with resounding groans.
    • 31' Lafferty collects the ball on the left and flicks the ball past his man as he cuts inside. The striker looks to whip the ball into the far corner but can't quite get his foot around it enough.
    • 30' Even worse decision by the ref now. Ortiz nips in front of his man and flicks the ball away. The referee gives a free kick. The majority crowd inside Ibrox go wild.
    • 28' Shocking tackle. Lafferty is very late on Arghus. The referee has a word with the striker. That is all.
    • 27' Wylde's corner is sent in. Bocanegra challenges Handanovic and concedes a free kick. There was nothing in it though.
    • 26' CHANCE!! Jelavic and Lafferty link up which allows the latter to go through one-on-one. Rajcevic puts pressure on the striker and which sees the keeper make the save.
    • 25' The hosts aren't giving Maribor any time on the ball at all. It's very disciplined stuff, this.
    • 24' Broadfoot does well in the middle of the park to find Edu in the box. The American doesn't look too sure of what to do with the ball and gives away possession with a poor pass.
    • 23' Shocking decision from the assistant who fails to give a free kick against Wallace. The Rangers man gets nowhere near the ball and takes out his man. No free kick.
    • 22' The hosts have been on top for the last ten minutes. They’re defending very tightly and look dangerous on the attack.
    • 21' Mertelj is very late into a tackle with Wallace. It's not malicious though, and the player survives a booking.
    • 20' Jelavic produces a smart backheel to set Wylde on his way down the left. The winger crosses towards Edu, who is unmarked, but can only fire his effort at the keeper.
    • 19' Davis' corner is sent in right under the cross bar. It takes a few deflections before bouncing off the head of Edu before flying wide. Very close.
    • 18' Jelavic looks to nod down a cross into the path of Edu who acrobatically volleys towards goal. The keeper puts it out for a corner.
    • 17' Ibraimi lets fly from 40 yards. It flies about that far over. Shocking effort.
    • 16' Wylde’s dinked ball is hit far too deep. Handanovic gathers with ease.
    • 15' Jelavic is shoved this time, 35 yards from goal. This time it’s given, much to the appreciation of the home supporters.
    • 14' Davis looks to feed Lafferty. The striker is quite clearly shoved in the back. The referee takes a long, hard look at it before waving the protests away.
    • 13' Good stuff from Mezga, yet again. He exchanges a number of short, sharp passes before releasing the ball to Ibraimi on the edge of the penalty area. He elects to shoot and the ball flies over.
    • 12' Wylde gets down the left and bursts into the box, shaping one way before going the other. His dangerous cross is cleared at the front post.
    • 11' It’s been a very entertaining opening period. If it continues like this, it should be a very good game.
    • 10' CHANCE!! Should score, Jelavic. Wylde's corner finds the head of the striker on the edge of the six yard box. It flashes just wide.
    • 9' Mezga breaks for the visitors. The ball is shifted out wide before being whipped into the box. Beric wins the header but it’s not firm enough to trouble McGregor.
    • 8' Great ball in from Wylde. The keeper tries to punch it away but misses it completely. Ortiz is down. Penalty? NO!!
    • 7' Rangers look to attack following a poor pass from Potokar. Edu’s control lets him down and the attack breaks down.
    • 6' Jelavic shows off his acrobatics with an attempted overhead kick. He makes good contact with the ball inside the Maribor box, but the effort is blocked.
    • 5' Mezga drives towards goal and flicks the ball in between two defenders, but Goian is across to usher the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 4' Ibraimi beats his man to the ball and looks to cross. Bocanegra skews his clearance out for a corner.
    • 3' Mezga collects the ball just inside the Rangers half and drives forward. He knows where the goal is, as he doesn’t look up before shooting. It rolls straight into the hands of McGregor.
    • 2' The visitors look a bit panicked as they kick off. Jelavic puts the defence under pressure and the ball is sent long.
    • 1' The referee blows the whistle to get the game under way. Maribor kick off.
    • 19:25 Rangers have only lost one of their last twelve home games in the Europa League; a 0-1 defeat to PSV in March.
    • 19:23 Maribor’s last nine European games have seen a total of 30 goals netted; an average of over three per game.
    • 19:19 These sides have met once before in European competition. In 2001/02, Rangers beat Maribor 3-0 away and 3-1 at home in a Champions League qualifier.
    • 19:17 Carlos Bocanegra keeps his place tonight after UEFA rejected Maribor's protest over the defender's eligibility. UEFA reject Bocanegra protest
    • 19:14 Etien Velikonja grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner after Agim Ibraimi had cancelled out Juan Manuel Ortiz’s opener.
    • 19:11 Rangers will need to overturn a one goal deficit after Maribor edged out a 2-1 victory at the Ljudski vrt Stadium in Slovenia last week. Last-gasp strike sinks Rangers
    • 19:08 The teams are in. Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Goian, Bocanegra, Wallace, Juanma Ortiz, Davis, Edu, Wylde, Jelavic, Lafferty – SUBS – Alexander, Fleck, Healy, Kerkar, Perry, Bendiksen, Hutton /// NK Maribor: Handanovic, Potokar, Rajcevic, Arghus, Viler, Ibraimi, Mertelj, Filipovic, Mezga, Beric, Volas – SUBS – Radan, Milec, Tavares, Cvijanovic, Trajkovski, Majer, Gabriel. Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (FYR Macedonia)
    • 19:06 Good evening and welcome to the LIVE commentary of Rangers' Europa League second leg play-off against NK Maribor at Ibrox.
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  • Rangers

    Manager: Ally McCoist

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    Manager: Darko Milanic

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