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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)

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Rangers 1

K Miller (19)

Gers hold on in Turkey

Yildirim's late effort cancels out Miller opener

Last Updated: 07/12/10 10:26pm

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Miller: Celebrates his goal

Miller: Celebrates his goal

Rangers survived a late onslaught from Bursaspor in Turkey to claim a 1-1 draw in UEFA Champions League Group C.

Man of the Match: It is a joint award this evening with the goalscorers sharing the spoils. Kenny Miller was immense for Rangers while Sercan Yildirim was a constant threat in the second half. Goal of the Match: Miller's first Champions League goal this season was a joy to behold. His last came as a Celtic player! He lashed home Whittaker's cross with a superb left-footed finish. Tackle of the Match: Yildirim is poised to win the match late on after cutting Rangers' defence to pieces, but David Weir somehow manages to get back and get the faintest of touches to put the striker off. Talking Point: How will Gers fare in the Europa League? Can they emulate their success in the 2007/08 season and go all the way to final.

Walter Smith's side more than held their own in the first half and claimed a deserved lead through Kenny Miller's fine strike.

The striker checked his run in the middle and latched onto Steven Whittaker's left-wing cross to lash home a first-time left-footed shot.

However, Bursaspor finished the stronger of the sides and Sercan Yildirim's close-range finish on 79 minutes levelled the contest.

Despite a barrage of late pressure Gers held out and picked up a point in their final Champions League match having finished third in Group C.

Bursaspor, playing in green and white hoops similar to that of Rangers' Old Firm rivals Celtic, started the game that little bit sharper than the visitors.

They might have taken the lead in the 16th minute when striker Leonel Nunez side-stepped Madjid Bougherra in the box to make himself a yard of space, only to fire over the bar.

Opening goal

But three minutes later it was the Scottish champions who grabbed the lead with Miller's first Champions League goal of the season.

Steven Naismith sent Whittaker down the left and when his low cross came into the box, the Scotland striker sent a stunning strike from the penalty spot high past the Green Crocodiles' second-choice goalkeeper Yavuz Ozkan from 14 yards.

The Rangers support almost had more to cheer about minutes later when Darren Cole curled a cross to the back post where Naismith was unmarked, but the former Kilmarnock player looped a header just over the bar.

Bursaspor's early enthusiasm looked to have dampened and there was some trouble within a section of the home crowd before several spectators broke through the security cordon and across no-man's land to goad the Gers fans penned in at a corner.

An uneasy peace was restored but the Govan side looked comfortable and compact as they defended their lead.

Bursaspor brought on Omer Erdogan and Pablo Batalla for Serdar Aziz and Huseyin Cimsir respectively at the start of the second half but within two minutes Miller sent a header past the post from another Whittaker cross.

The Ibrox club, accustomed to playing defensively in Europe, retained their discipline and shape but they were struggling to get out of their own half at times.

Missed chance

In the 58th minute, after another corner had been cleared outside the box, Bursaspor skipper Bekir Ozan Has volleyed high over the bar and another opportunity for the Turkish side was missed.

The Light Blues were sporadically pushing for the second goal but the Bursaspor keeper was mainly an interested spectator.

James Beattie replaced the tiring Miller just past the hour, with Turgay Bahadir coming on for Nunez - a substitution booed by the home support.

Vladimir Weiss replaced Naismith in the 70th minute, before Federico Insua curled a 20-yard free-kick wide of McGregor's right-hand post.

However, in the 79th minute Bursaspor got a deserved equaliser when Ozan Ipek's cross from the left found Sercan Yildirim 12 yards from goal and with the Ibrox defence caught flat-footed, he knocked the ball past McGregor.

Moments later Yildirim worked a one-two with Insua and found himself through on goal against McGregor - but missed his kick, allowing the Rangers keeper to gather.

It was a remarkable let-off for the visitors, who had to defend with some desperation until the final whistle.

BursasporTeam StatisticsRangers
1Goals1
01st Half Goals1
2Shots on Target1
7Shots off Target3
8Blocked Shots0
2Corners2
12Fouls13
1Offsides2
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
88.8Passing Success75.7
14Tackles18
92.9Tackles Success88.9
67.2Possession32.8
61.5Territorial Advantage38.5

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