Glasgow Rangers 1 – CF Valencia 1


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Spain international midfielder PABLO HERNANDEZ (19) of CF Valencia clashes with Glasgow Rangers Slovakia World Cup midfielder VLADIMIR WEISS, on loan for the season from English Premier League club Manchester City, along the flank at Ibrox Stadium in the capital city of Scotland. (Graham Stuart/AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA Champions League
Group Stage
10/20/2010

1 – Glasgow Rangers (SCT) ———- Edu 34′
1 – CF Valencia (SPA) —————— own goal 46′

United States World Cup midfielder MAURICE EDU headed a goal for each team as defending Scottish champion GLASGOW RANGERS and crack Spanish outfit CF VALENCIA battled to a 1-1 tie in Group C of the UEFA Champions League.

The 24-year-old American sent Glasgow Rangers to the lead in the 34th minute by beating CF Valencia’s veteran Spain international goalkeeper CESAR SANCHEZ to the corner kick of Slovakia World Cup midfielder VLADIMIR WEISS, the 20-year-old on loan for the season from English Premier League club Manchester City.

And so Weiss, who scored his first career goal for the Gers in the 4-1 Scottish Premier League victory over Motherwell on Sunday, marked his first career start in the UEFA Champions League with the ball that Edu headed home for his first career goal in Europe.

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One-time Spain international goalkeeper CESAR SANCHEZ of CF Valencia makes the save from Glasgow Rangers veteran Scotland international striker KENNY MILLER, who has bagged 11 goals in eight Scottish Premier League games but remains scoreless in the UEFA Champions League to start this season, at Ibrox Stadium. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Truth be told, the hosts might have adjourned to the locker room for the halftime break with an even larger lead but were subdued by poor finishing, some big saves from Sanchez and the goalpost which turned back the fierce shot of the goal-scorer Edu.

Rangers were made to rue their missed chances in the opening minute after the restart when Edu brought CF Valencia, who fell out of first place in the Spanish Primera Divison with a 2-1 loss to FC Barcelona on Sunday, back to even terms by heading the free kick of TINO COSTA into his own net.

Each team enjoyed their share of opportunities to claim a winner from there on out but would not finish.

Spain World Cup reserve winger JUAN MANUEL MATA of CF Valencia fired over from very close range following the equalizer and, later, substitute striker Spain international striker ROBERTO SOLDADO had a pair of shots which required a couple of fine saves from Glasgow Rangers’ Scotland international goalkeeper ALLAN MCGREGOR.

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United States World Cup midfielder MAURICE EDU of Glasgow Rangers pays the price but gets a head to the ball before CF Valencia goalkeeper CESAR SANCHEZ can successfully punch at Ibrox Stadium. (Scott Heppell/AP)
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RICHARD FOSTER, the 25-year-old defender on loan for the season from FC Aberdeen, had a glorious chance late in the game for Glasgow Rangers with a wide-open goal to shoot at; a long-range effort from Scotland international winger STEVEN NAISMITH was only parried by Sanchez but Foster, making his first start of the season in any competition, lifted his shot over the crossbar.

Still, with the point against CF Valencia, the Rangers assume sole possession of second place in Group C of the UEFA Champions League on five points after three rounds.

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The former University of Maryland midfielder MAURICE EDU (7), for whom Major League Soccer received a reported transfer fee of 2.6 million English pounds from Glasgow Rangers in August of 2008, sends the home side to the lead against CF Valencia in the 33rd minute at Ibrox Stadium. (David Moir/Reuters)
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GLASGOW RANGERS : McGregor ; Foster, Weir, Bougherra, Papac, Whittaker ; Naismith, Davis, Edu, Weiss (Lafferty 88) ; Miller

CF VALENCIA : Cesar ; Bruno, Navarro, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu ; Mata (Vicente 84′), Topal, T. Costa (Fernandes 71′), Pablo ; Dominguez (Soldado 46′), Aduriz

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(David Moir/Reuters)
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United States World Cup midfielder MAURICE EDU (second from left) of Glasgow Rangers inadvertently heads the ball into his own goal to bring CF Valencia level in the opening minute of the second half at Ibrox Stadium. (Graham Stuart/AFP/Getty Images)
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CF Valencia players rejoice with the good fortune of an own goal that has left the game tied while the Glasgow Rangers’ American midfielder Edu (far right) is left to wonder what went awry at Ibrox Stadium in the capital city of Scotland. (Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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