Villarreal draw 1-1 with Rangers

Villarreal drew 1-1 with Rangers on Tuesday to win on away goals and reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time.

Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands opened the scoring in the 12th minute at El Madrigal stadium after a mistake by Villarreal goalkeeper Sebastian Viera.

But Villarreal defender Rodolfo Arruabarrena equalised in the 49th.

Villarreal, making its debut in this season’s competition, and Rangers finished 3-3 on aggregate. The teams drew 2-2 in Glasgow in the first leg.

Roared on by some five thousand of its fans at the 22 500-capacity stadium, Rangers surged forward from the kick off.

Lovenkrands, who also scored in the first leg, slid the ball home after Viera failed to hold an attempted pass from Thomas Buffel to Barry Ferguson.

Striker Diego Forlan wasted Villarreal’s only first-half chance in the 41st minute when he broke clear—but his low shot was deflected by goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus.

Villarreal playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme created his side’s equaliser when he slipped a through ball to Forlan. The striker then passed across goal for Arruabarrena to run toward the far post and score.

Both teams had plenty of further chances.
Rangers’ Sotirios Kyrgiakos shot over the bar from a narrow angle in the 54th, and Villarreal substitute Guillermo Franco’s two attempts were saved by Waterreus soon after.

Forlan wasted another opportunity in the 75th, and a minute later Rangers substitute Kris Boyd failed to connect properly with a low cross by Chris Burke on the left.

The Scottish team went forward in search of the winning goal, and Franco missed a simple chance deep into injury time.

Villarreal’s team bus was attacked by Rangers supporters on the way to the match, news agency Europa Press reported. A group of the Scottish team’s fans hurled bottles and beer cans, and broke a side window as the bus arrived at stadium. - Sapa-AP

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