Football: Gonzalez renders Rangers' efforts pointless
Valencia 2 Rangers 0
Thursday 16 September 1999
Rangers were forced to back-pedal from the start. Goalkeeper Lionel Charbonnier had to act smartly after six minutes to punch away an in-swinging corner from Gaizca Mendieta.
Rangers retaliated when Sergio Porrini picked out Claudio Reyna on the right. The American midfielder cut inside only to see his shot go narrowly over the top. It proved a brief respite for Rangers as Valencia poured forward. Tony Vidmar was forced to hack away a backheel from Claudio Lopez.
Valencia captain Mendieta then clipped a shot wide of the post following a cross from Gonzalez. Charbonnier reacted superbly to push away a shot from Gonzalez. Valencia thought they had a penalty after 21 minutes when Jocelyn Angloma and Lorenzo Amoruso tussled as Lopez's cross came in but the referee awarded a free-kick to Rangers.
Rangers got into the match and Vidmar dragged a shot wide of the post after a good run which took him past Joachim Bjorklund. Porrini then came to Rangers' rescue, steering a shot from Juan Sanchez into the path of Charbonnier.
Amato should have put Rangers ahead six minutes before the break when he headed wide in front of the posts following a freekick from Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The Rangers manager, Dick Advocaat, decided to freshen things up at half- time and brought on Jorg Albertz for the ineffective Neil McCann.
Albertz was quickly into the action, latching on to a pass from Amato, but his cross was poor and scrambled away. Charbonnier was then booked for time wasting as Rangers continued to live dangerously. Valencia star David Albelda fired over the top and Angloma dragged his shot wide of the target.
But, in the 56th minute, Valencia made the breakthrough. A cross from Sanchez was knocked away one handed by Charbonnier but spun off team-mate Craig Moore and over the line. Five minutes later Valencia's Lopez had a goal narrowly disallowed for offside, but Gonzalez sealed the win for Valencia with a left-footed shot from 14 yards in the 74th minute.
Valencia: Canizares, Pellegrino, Bjorklund, Mendieta, Lopez, Gerard, Carboni, Sanchez, Kily Gonzalez, Angloma, Albelda. Substitutes: Palop, Camarasa, Djukic, Oscar, Angulo, Ilie, Serban.
Rangers: Charbonnier, Porrini, Moore, Amoruso, Vidmar, Reyna, Ferguson, Van Bronckhorst, Mols, Amato, McCann. Subs: Niemi, Numan, Kanchelskis, Albertz, Hendry, Adamczuk, Johansson.
Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia)
Latest in Sport
Didier Drogba went absolutely mental in the Chelsea dressing room after Blues were given the Premier League trophy
Jack Wilshere's final-day strike wins Match of the Day's Goal of the Season award after Arsenal fans hijack vote
Liverpool's 2005 Champions League-winning side: From Jerzy Dudek to Vladimir Smicer - where are they now?
Jurgen Klopp favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool if he's sacked
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
- 1 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 2 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...