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Facundo Costa receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Hernandez Pablo. Miguel Ricardo Costa takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Luis Miguel, Goal scored by Facundo Costa from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Valencia 3-0 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Luis Miguel.
Luis Miguel sends in a cross, Facundo Costa finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Valencia 3-0 Rangers.Assist by Luis Miguel.
Sasa Papac challenges Aritz Aduriz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Fernandes.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Facundo Costa. Direct free kick taken by David Navarro.
Effort on goal by Manuel Fernandes from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is swung over by Juan Mata.
The ball is delivered by Hernandez Pablo.
Hernandez Pablo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sanchez Joaquin.
Kyle Lafferty replaces Maurice Edu.
The ball is sent over by Madjid Bougherra, Header from close in by Steven Naismith bounces off the post.
Sanchez Joaquin takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
Centre by Steven Davis, David Navarro manages to make a clearance.
Manuel Fernandes takes a shot.
Roberto Soldado leaves the field to be replaced by Manuel Fernandes. Corner taken by Facundo Costa, Header from deep inside the penalty area by David Navarro goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is delivered by Steven Davis, Miguel Ricardo Costa manages to make a clearance.
Roberto Soldado finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Valencia 2-0 Rangers.Juan Mata provided the assist for the goal.
Aritz Aduriz is ruled offside. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick. Facundo Costa on for Ever Banega.
Ever Banega takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Jeremy Mathieu.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Miguel Ricardo Costa takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save. Aritz Aduriz takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, Miguel Ricardo Costa makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by David Albelda. Free kick taken by David Weir. Booking for David Albelda for unsporting behaviour.
The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, clearance by Luis Miguel.
Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, Miguel Ricardo Costa takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor. David Navarro takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sanchez Joaquin, save made by Allan McGregor.
Jeremy Mathieu delivers the ball, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
Roberto Soldado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
Juan Mata takes a shot.
Foul by Kenny Miller on David Albelda, free kick awarded. Ever Banega restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata to the near post, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Sanchez Joaquin, clearance by David Weir.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. Sanchez Cesar makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Miguel Ricardo Costa. Ever Banega restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Kenny Miller offside. Free kick taken by Sanchez Cesar.
Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata, clearance made by Sasa Papac.
The ball is sent over by Juan Mata, clearance by Sasa Papac.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sanchez Joaquin.
Centre by Juan Mata, Aritz Aduriz takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
Roberto Soldado takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
Jeremy Mathieu has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken by Ever Banega.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
Sanchez Joaquin crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeremy Mathieu by Maurice Edu. Free kick taken by Ever Banega.
The ball is delivered by Luis Miguel, save by Allan McGregor.
Sanchez Joaquin takes the inswinging corner, save made by Allan McGregor.
The second half has started.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Albelda on Maurice Edu. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Sanchez Joaquin, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
The offside flag is raised against Kenny Miller. Sanchez Cesar restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Davis, Kirk Broadfoot takes a shot. Save by Sanchez Cesar.
Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Miguel Ricardo Costa gets a block in.
Foul by David Albelda on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Jeremy Mathieu, save by Allan McGregor. Goal scored by Roberto Soldado from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Valencia 1-0 Rangers.
The ball is crossed by Juan Mata, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.
Foul by Madjid Bougherra on Jeremy Mathieu, free kick awarded. Sanchez Cesar takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Miguel on Kirk Broadfoot. Sasa Papac crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by David Navarro.
Corner taken left-footed by Jeremy Mathieu from the right by-line, save made by Allan McGregor. Roberto Soldado finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Valencia 1-0 Rangers.
The ball is crossed by Luis Miguel, save by Allan McGregor.
Aritz Aduriz challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Jeremy Mathieu.
Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, Sanchez Cesar makes a clearance.
Steven Davis takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Roberto Soldado makes a clearance.
Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, clearance by Jeremy Mathieu.
Juan Mata is ruled offside. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
David Albelda takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Luis Miguel, Lee McCulloch makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Sanchez Joaquin, David Weir makes a clearance.
Sanchez Joaquin fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, Headed effort from inside the box by Aritz Aduriz misses to the right of the target.
Centre by Juan Mata, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Navarro on Lee McCulloch. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Juan Mata.
Jeremy Mathieu takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Madjid Bougherra on Juan Mata. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Albelda from left channel, David Weir makes a clearance.
Miguel Ricardo Costa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller. Steven Davis has an effort direct from the free kick.
Jeremy Mathieu delivers the ball, Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
A cross is delivered by Aritz Aduriz, Juan Mata takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
Juan Mata concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Roberto Soldado, Ever Banega takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
The ball is crossed by Jeremy Mathieu, David Weir makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the right by-line to the near post, Miguel Ricardo Costa manages to make a clearance.
Maurice Edu takes a shot. Miguel Ricardo Costa gets a block in.
Effort from the edge of the area by Steven Naismith strikes the post.
Ever Banega takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Corner taken short by Jeremy Mathieu.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
Sanchez Joaquin delivers the ball, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
The game gets underway.
Valencia midfielder Joaquin has warned Rangers the Spaniards will treat their Champions League clash at the Mestalla like a cup final.
With Manchester United expected to top Group C and Bursaspor rooted to the bottom without a single point, it looks like being a straight fight between Valencia and Rangers for second place and a spot in the last 16.
The teams battled out a 1-1 draw at Ibrox in their last European outing a couple of weeks ago, in a match the Scots were disappointed not to win, and Joaquin is not surprised by how well Walter Smith's men, sitting a point above the Spaniards, have done so far.
"Rangers have always been a threat in this competition and still are," he said.
"There are many points still to play for and Valencia have to depend on themselves. So we are going to take the game as a final as it's a very important game.
"This is a very open competition so to get the three points is very important for us."
Rangers boss Walter Smith insists they are relishing the pressure they now find themselves under as expectations of a last-16 place in the Champions League begin to grow.
The Scottish champions were all but written off when the draw was made and they found themselves in a section which also includes Manchester United, Valencia and Turkish champions Bursaspor.
Rangers finished bottom of their group without a single win in the competition last year but have already garnered five points at the halfway stage this time.
He said: "There is no doubt there is pressure on us to get a result, it's not just Valencia who want to do well in the tournament.
"We have started well and we welcome the extra pressure that's on us at the present moment. To see if we can try to remain in the tournament after Christmas is a pressure that's welcome.
"Last season, we were never in this position and we are quite pleased to be in it at the moment."
However, Smith claims Valencia are still favourites to progress from Group C, along with Manchester United, despite some less than impressive results domestically, as well as drawing at Ibrox in their last European outing.
He said: "Valencia would have started as anyone's favourite at the start of the campaign.
"Manchester United and Valencia were the two favoured teams to remain in the Champions League. I still think that's the case.
"You mention Valencia's last two results but when you lose the players they lost in the close-season, it always takes a bit of time to find your feet.
"They did so exceptionally well in the early part but there were always going to be one or two problems.
"For the last few seasons, David Villa has been their top goalscorer and, when there was a little bit of a problem, he would do something special to win a game.
"Maybe in the last couple of games they haven't had that but overall they are still an extremely strong team and still the favoured team to go through in this competition."
Gers suffer first defeat
Rangers suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this season as Roberto Soldado grabbed a double to hand Valencia a 3-0 victory at the Mestalla.
He netted on both sides of the interval, before Tino Costa sealed the win late on, as the Spaniards leapfrogged Rangers into second place in Group C, with Manchester United strengthening their grasp on top spot with a win over Bursaspor.
Steven Naismith hit the woodwork twice on a frustrating night for Walter Smith's men as they failed to produce the fightback to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition.
Rangers were boosted by the news that Maurice Edu - who netted for both teams as the last meeting between these clubs ended in a 1-1 draw a couple of weeks ago - was passed fit for the match.
The American was doubtful for the clash with a calf injury but was able to start, while fellow injury doubt Vladimir Weiss failed to make the squad.
The inclusion of Edu allowed boss Smith to name the same starting XI who claimed a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford in their opening game.
Juan Mata tried to test Allan McGregor in the opening couple of minutes as Valencia tried to make an early impression but his shot from distance was weak and comfortably dealt with by the Rangers goalkeeper.
The midfielder then had another go, this time collecting from David Albelda, before trying to chip past McGregor but he was able to tip just wide of his right-hand post.
But it was Rangers who could have taken the lead when Naismith embarked on a surging run down the left flank before cutting inside past Albelda and rifling a shot at goal that crashed off the post, with Edu's rebound falling harmlessly off target.
At the other end, Aritz Aduriz's cut-back found Mata in plenty of space six yards out and his rasping effort looked netbound until McGregor pulled off another impressive block to parry the shot wide.
It had been an open game so far and Valencia were threatening again when Aduriz threw himself in front of Mata's free-kick only to see his header flash inches past the post.
But McGregor was picking the ball out of the back of the net when the Spaniards surged into the lead after 33 minutes, finally sparking their fans into life.
Mata's corner was punched clear by the Rangers goalkeeper and, following a scramble in the box, the ball fell for Soldado who was able to fire home. Sasa Papac may have been able to block on the line but McGregor got just enough of a touch to take the ball past the full-back.
Valencia looked dangerous after the restart as they attempted to add to their lead and McGregor was called into action again to prevent Rangers from falling further behind.
Mata was the provider with a lovely cross for Aduriz who produced a firm header that would have found the back of the net had the Rangers goalkeeper not come to the rescue with yet another fine save.
The Scots could have hauled themselves back into the match when Naismith went on another surging run before picking out Kenny Miller this time. The striker shifted onto his left-foot and unleashed a shot that lacked purchase and was too easily dealt with by Cesar Sanchez.
Hopes of a Rangers comeback were dealt a blow when Soldado claimed his second of the night after 70 minutes to put Valencia firmly in the driving seat.
McGregor managed to get a touch but was unable to keep the striker's powerful, low right-footed shot from hitting the target.
Miller then went to ground in the box but there appeared to be little in the incident and German referee Felix Brych waved play on, before Naismith's header hit the post.
It was Valencia who found the back of the net again with a minute to go when substitute Costa rattled a ferocious shot in off the post, before nestling in the bottom corner.
The only good news on a disappointing night for Rangers was Manchester United's win over Bursaspor, leaving the Turks rooted to the bottom of the group without a single point and with Smith's men on course to at least claim third spot and a Europa League berth.
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