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Ataturk Stadium (ATT 22,000) 7th December 2010 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: T Chapron

Bursaspor Bursaspor vs Rangers Rangers

Bursaspor 1

S Yildirim (79)


Rangers 1

K Miller (19)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 9:35 pm, December 7th 2010

  1. Thanks everyone for following our minute-by-minute commentary. Stay with us for reaction from the Gers camp.

  2. That's it! The full time whistle goes and it's finished all-square at one goal apiece. The visitors led courtesy of Miller's fine first-half strike, but Yildirim's late effort ensured the points were shared.

  3. 90+2

    Batalla's shot is over. He wants a corner, but it's a goal kick. That could be enough for the visitors.

  4. 90+2

    Just one minute to go. Gers look pretty spent. They have given everything.

  5. 90

    We're nearly into injury time. Three minutes of injury time will be played. Can Gers hang on?

  6. 86

    Yildirim bursts clear after a neat one-two and just when it looks like he's going to slot it home past McGregor he loses possession. Weir might have just done enough to put the striker off.

  7. 86

    Shocking miss by Yildirim!

  8. 85

    It's a strong finish for the home side. Bursaspor are looking more likely to win the game. Rangers haven't been as good since Miller went off.

  9. 82

    Third and final change for Rangers with McMillan replacing the youngster Cole.

  10. 80

    Bekir is booked for hauling down the marauding Bougherra. He knew what he was doing. A cynical challenge.

  11. 79

    Yildirim is the scorer. Ipek's cross gets past Whittaker and Yildirim controls the ball superbly and slots it home from close range. McGregor had no chance.

  12. 79

    GOAL! Bursaspor are level and deservedly so.

  13. 78

    It's all Bursaspor at the moment. The home side are finishing strongly. Gers did well to survive the danger.

  14. 77

    Beattie tries to control the ball, but only manages to handle it. No yellow card though.

  15. 75

    Insua's left-footed curler is so close, but is floats wide of McGregor's goal. The keeper was rooted to the spot, but thankfully it was wide.

  16. 74

    Free-kick for Bursaspor have a free-kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the visitors' penalty area.

  17. 73

    Vederson's free-kick bounces past everyone in the middle and goes out for a goal kick for Rangers.

  18. 71

    Smith has made another change with Weiss coming on for the visitors. He's come on for Naismith.

  19. 70

    Yildirim is now down after a clash with Bougherra, but I've seen the replays and there is nothing in it. Bougherra did nothing wrong.

  20. 70

    Just 20 minutes to go and Rangers still lead thanks to Miller's first half goal.

  21. 67

    Beattie is now booking for seemingly bringing down Bekir. There was a bit of contact, but the Bursaspor captain made the most of it and did a twist and half pike in the air before hitting the ground.

  22. 65

    Ipek is booked for a late challenge on Hutton. First booking of the game.

  23. United have levelled against Valencia.

  24. 63

    Hutton bursts into the penalty area, but he is unable to pick out anyone with his cross.

  25. 62

    Rangers are making their first change with goal-scorer Miller being replaced by James Beattie.

  26. 62

    Bursaspor are making their third and final change with Nunez going off. He's replaced by Bahadir.

  27. 62

    Nunez goes down in the penalty area looking for a penalty, but he's offside.

  28. 60

    Bougherra gets forward and is supporting the attack, but his cross is poor. However, Gers regain possession, although Davis' wild shot is wasteful.

  29. 59

    Bekir's right-footed volley fails to hit the target. Gers can only half clear a corner, but the home side are unable to convert the chance.

  30. 58

    Very little happening right now. The game is being played at pedestrian pace.

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  32. 56

    Rangers are sitting back in numbers again and are holding their shape making it difficult for Bursaspor.

  33. 55

    Insua lays off the ball to Batalla, but his right-footed toe poke is wide of McGregor's right-hand upright.

  34. 53

    Naismith is currently down for Gers. Smith will be crossing his fingers he is able to continue.

  35. 52

    Wonderful feet from Yildirim, but Weir is able to clear the cross.

  36. Elsewhere in Group C Valencia still lead 1-0 at Manchester United.

  37. 50

    Naismith goes down, but Gers do not have a free-kick. In fact the home side now have the free-kick for a foul by Miller.

  38. Bursaspor have indeed made two changes at half time with Batalla and Erdogan replacing Aziz and Cimsir.

  39. 47

    Miller's header floats over. It's been a positive start to the second half from the visitors.

  40. 46

    The second half is underway!

  41. The teams are back out for the second half. I don't think Rangers have made any changes.

  42. Latest match odds via SkyBet: Bursaspor 15/4 Draw 19/10 Rangers 5/6

  43. No injury time is played and the half-time whistle is blown. It's so far so good for Rangers who lead 1-0 in Turkey thanks to Miller's fine strike.

  44. 43

    Ipek's hopeful cross is easily collected by McGregor at his near post.

  45. I'm not sure those rumours are likely to be true, but if he does join the Rossoneri then you heard it here first!

  46. 39

    Just six minutes until half time and it's so far so good for Rangers. If they can get to half time they will be 45 minutes from victory.

  47. 36

    Another superb run from Naismith, but his through-ball for Miller was disappointing. Gers are posing plenty of problems.

  48. 34

    Bursaspor are looking shaky at the back. A better ball there from Naismith would have set Miller away. Could a second be on the cards?

  49. Do we have anymore thoughts from Rangers fans on the game? It's all quiet on the feedback front at the moment so all entries are likely to be published!

  50. 33

    Davis' corner for Rangers comes to nothing.

  51. 30

    Rangers have played this game superbly so far. However, they will need to maintain their concentration levels.

  52. 27

    Another good move by Rangers. Naismith meets Cole's cross at the back post, but it floats over. Neat play from the visitors.

  53. 25

    Their set-piece is wasted. They play it short, but Vederson, who is an ambitious player, fired over from distance.

  54. 25

    Nunez's shot is blocked out by two Rangers players for a corner.

  55. 24

    Rangers are happy sitting back in numbers and trying to hit the home side on the break.

  56. 22

    Bursaspor have responded well to going behind and are now on the front foot again.

  57. 20

    Whittaker delivers a left-wing cross and although it's behind Miller he checks his run and lashes a left-footed shot past Ozkan. Superb finish. Rangers lead.

  58. 20

    GOAL! Rangers lead! Miller has scored.

  59. 18

    Miller breaks forward, but he is miles offside. Bursaspor were playing a high line, but he set off a fraction early.

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  61. 16

    Half a sight of goal for Nunez, but his left-footed shot goes well over the bar. He should have at least tested McGregor there.

  62. 15

    Another nervy moment as Hutton is caught in possession. Huseyin tries a shot, but it hits his own player. Gers are becoming their own worst enemy at the moment.

  63. 13

    Whittaker is forced to block a shot after a bit of a soft giveaway from experienced defender Weir.

  64. 11

    Rangers are now holding their shape in their own half. They are giving Bursaspor very little options going forward.

  65. Rangers will be looking to end their Champions League campaign this season on a high. Their 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United means they can no longer progress. However, they are guaranteed a place in the Europa League.

  66. 9

    No goal-mouth action so far and we've nearly played 10 minutes.

  67. 8

    After being on the back foot a little throughout the early stages Gers have settled down and have looked decent in possession.

  68. 5

    Cole's cross is blocked out for a corner. Good response.

  69. 4

    Some good play by Rangers. Miller works the channel well and crosses, but Naismith is unable to get a touch on the ball in the middle as Ozkan punches clear.

  70. 4

    Some sustained pressure from the home side, but Dekir's cross is too strong.

  71. 2

    Little to shout about early doors. Bursaspor are getting forward, but no problems so far for the visitors.

  72. 1

    Bursaspor get the game underway!

  73. Do we have anymore predictions for this evening's match? Who will win? It will be odd for Gers' players in that there is no snow running along the touchline.

  74. I've just had my first tweet. Rangers' game can be found via the red button on Sky Sports 4! Please tune in.

  75. There's a decent-looking crowd here. Let's hope Rangers can claim a rare away win.

  76. If you have any pre-match thoughts or talking points about anything, including Walter Smith's starting XI, please feel free to get in touch with me as You can also follow me on Twitter @skysportsJamesP. Please be kind!

  77. Here are the latest skybet match result odds: Bursaspor 10/11 Draw 5/2 Rangers 14/5

  78. Rangers team news. Darren Cole has been handed a surprise first-team debut by Smith. The 18-year-old plays at right-back in a five-man Light Blues rearguard which had Madjid Bougherra back after the Algeria international recovered from his hamstring injury. Allan McGregor is in goal with David Weir and Steven Whittaker alongside Bougherra in the centre of defence and Richard Foster on the left. Lee McCulloch partners 19-year-old Kyle Hutton in the centre of midfield with Steven Davis and Steven Naismith playing on the flanks with Kenny Miller as the lone striker.

  79. The teams are in for this evening's match!

  80. Bursaspor: Ozkan, Keceli, Aziz, Stepanov, Wederson, Has, Cimsir, Yildirim, Insua, Ipek, Nunez. Subs: Ivankov, Erdogan, Kirita, Batalla, Bahadir, Ergic, Odabasi.

  81. Rangers: McGregor, Foster, Bougherra, Weir, Whittaker, Cole, Naismith, Hutton, McCulloch, Davis, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Fleck, Beattie, Weiss, McMillan, Perry, Wylde.

  82. Referee: Tony Chapron (France)



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