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Rangers 0-0 Villarreal: Steven Gerrard's side draw after Daniel Candeias red

Rangers' Daniel Candeias tackles Santiago Caseres
Daniel Candeias was sent off for a tackle on Santiago Caseres

Rangers must win their final group game if they are to reach the last 32 of the Europa League despite holding Villarreal to a battling draw.

Steven Gerrard's side were reduced to 10 men just before the break when Daniel Candeias was shown a second yellow for a foul on Santiago Caseres.

Two superb Allan McGregor saves prevented Karl Toko Ekambi giving the visitors a deserved lead.

Glenn Middleton thought he had stolen a win for Rangers but was ruled offside.

Rapid Vienna's 2-1 comeback win away to Spartak Moscow had earlier ensured that Rangers would retain a chance of qualifying in the final round of fixtures no matter the result at Ibrox.

But, despite extending Villarreal's run of games in Scotland without a win to four, the Ibrox side finished the evening third in Group G, one point behind their Spanish and Austrian rivals.

McGregor earns tenacious Rangers a point

The sides had shared a four-goal thriller in Villarreal at the start of the Group G campaign and it threatened to be another high-scoring affair with neither seemingly happy to settle for another draw.

Scott Arfield had an early chance from close range but stabbed his effort straight at visiting goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.

However, manager Javier Calleja had promised that Villarreal would press forward in search of a decisive win that would allow them to concentrate on pulling themselves clear of the La Liga relegation zone - and the visiting coach was true to his word.

McGregor has been Rangers' main man in their fine Europa League run and the Scotland goalkeeper was at it again, twice denying Toko Ekambi as the striker raced in on goal during long spells of Villarreal possession.

Rangers' tenacity forced the hosts back into the game and Connor Goldson lashed over from close range before the action boiled over in first-half stoppage-time.

With the home side angered not to have received a free-kick of their own, three Rangers players recklessly crashed into the back of Caseres.

Alfredo Morelos appeared to be the main culprit but, as Caseres rolled around holding his face, hesitant referee Matej Jug eventually ruled Candeias should be the one to receive his second yellow card.

The sending off forced Rangers to defend stoutly, but they limited Villarreal to a couple of long-range efforts before almost snatching the win themselves in a rousing finish.

Middleton was rightly ruled offside as he turned a James Tavernier cross in off a post and substitute Kyle Lafferty forced Fernandez to turn a blistering long-range effort over at full stretch.

Ramiro Funes Mori turned an effort over from close range late on, but the draw is enough to put the Spanish side top of the table.

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Rangers must reach new heights to progress - analysis

Rangers have shown they can live with the three higher-seeded rivals in Europa League's tightest group, and determination and team spirit have been the watchwords.

This time, they had to do it against a side who have had a mini-revival in recent weeks - they are now unbeaten in six games, albeit five of them draws - and having to play 45 minutes with 10 men.

Gerrard this week insisted he still had some way to go before turning Ibrox into "a fortress" it once was. And, although they have now gone 15 games without defeat on home turf, their failure to beat Spartak and Villarreal in Glasgow - and a tendency to finish games a man short - could cost them dear.

They have now had six red cards this season - three in the Europa League - while it is the second time this month that Candeias has been given his marching orders.

Now they must lift themselves to new heights - of grit, skill and discipline - when they travel to Vienna on 13 December if they are to progress.

Match stats

  • Each of the four European meetings between Rangers and Villarreal have ended in a draw.
  • Rangers are winless in seven home meetings with Spanish sides (D5 L2).
  • Excluding qualifiers, Rangers have won just one of their past 13 games in European competition (D8 L4).
  • Villarreal have drawn all three of their away Europa League group games this season, keeping back-to-back clean sheets in the last two.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 34Worrall
  • 15FlanaganBooked at 90mins
  • 23CoulibalySubstituted forMcCrorieat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Jack
  • 21CandeiasBooked at 44mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 40MiddletonBooked at 90mins
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forLaffertyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Ejaria
  • 13Foderingham
  • 16Halliday
  • 17McCrorie
  • 35Grezda
  • 36McAuley
  • 38Lafferty

Villarreal

  • 13Fernández
  • 2GasparBooked at 35mins
  • 3GonzálezBooked at 90mins
  • 4Funes Mori
  • 11Costa
  • 5Cáseres
  • 14Trigueros MuñozSubstituted forCazorlaat 62'minutes
  • 28Morlanes
  • 8FornalsSubstituted forChukwuezeat 74'minutes
  • 17Toko Ekambi
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forMorenoat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Asenjo
  • 7Moreno
  • 10Sansone
  • 16Pedraza
  • 19Cazorla
  • 23Bonera
  • 30Chukwueze
Referee:
Matej Jug
Attendance:
50,171

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 0, Villarreal 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 0, Villarreal 0.

Booking

Glenn Middleton (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Attempt blocked. Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Gerard Moreno.

Santi Cazorla (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Ross McCrorie replaces Lassana Coulibaly.

Booking

Álvaro González (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Álvaro González (Villarreal).

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jon Flanagan (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jon Flanagan (Rangers).

Attempt missed. Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Manuel Morlanes following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Manuel Morlanes (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Chukwueze.

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Foul by Gerard Moreno (Villarreal).

Joe Worrall (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Santiago Cáseres (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).

Attempt missed. Jaume Costa (Villarreal) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).

Attempt saved. Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Santiago Cáseres.

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jaume Costa.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andrés Fernández.

Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Lafferty replaces Alfredo Morelos.

Offside, Rangers. James Tavernier tries a through ball, but Glenn Middleton is caught offside.

Foul by Mario Gaspar (Villarreal).

Jon Flanagan (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Samuel Chukwueze replaces Pablo Fornals.

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Scott Arfield.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Santi Cazorla.

Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Offside, Rangers. James Tavernier tries a through ball, but Glenn Middleton is caught offside.

Foul by Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 29th November 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen5311118310
2Zürich53026519
3AEK Larnaca512257-25
4Ludogorets503246-23

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg55001551015
2Celtic530256-19
3RB Leipzig52038716
4Rosenborg5005313-100

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg532063311
2Slavia Prague521223-17
3FC Copenhagen512234-15
4Bordeaux511356-14

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb5410113813
2Fenerbahçe52217618
3Spartak Trnava511337-44
4Anderlecht502327-52

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal5410112913
2Sporting5311103710
3Vorskla Poltava5104410-63
4FK Qarabag5104212-103

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis532072511
2AC Milan5311116510
3Olympiakos52128537
4F91 Dudelange5005316-130

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal514010557
2Rapid Vienna521259-47
3Rangers51318716
4Spartak Moscow5122810-25

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt55001541115
2Lazio530289-19
3Apollon Limassol511379-24
4Marseille5014513-81

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk522110828
2Besiktas5212910-17
3Malmö FF51316606
4Sarpsborg 08512289-15

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar540185312
2Sevilla530215699
3Standard Liege530279-29
4Akhisarspor5005414-100

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev5320106411
2FC Astana52217528
3Rennes520358-36
4FK Jablonec502358-32

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea5500101915
2BATE Borisov520368-26
3MOL Vidi520335-26
4PAOK Salonika510449-53
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