Saturday 16 December 2017

Edu claims Rangers 'unlucky' after scoring at both ends

Champions league round-up

Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu admitted he had endured pain at both ends after netting twice in the 1-1 Champions League draw against Valencia at Ibrox last night.

Edu headed home in the 34th minute following a spell of pressure from the home side, taking a punch from Valencia goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez in the process.

But he did the same at his own end seconds after half-time as Rangers passed up a string of chances to open up a commanding four-point lead over the Spaniards.

"The first goal I didn't have time to celebrate because I took a knock on the head and was laid on the ground for a while," said Edu.

"The own goal, I saw it late and the next thing I know it hit me and it was in. I was trying to mark the guy in front of me and it looked like he was going to get it and at the last minute it hit me. That was obviously disappointing but we kept going and created chances."

Elsewhere, Lionel Messi struck two hugely contrasting goals as Barcelona climbed to the top of Group D after squeezing past erstwhile leaders FC Copenhagen at the Nou Camp.

Messi broke the deadlock with a thunderous effort in the 19th minute to cap a fine opening from Barca, but the hosts struggled to finish off their in-form opponents and survived a number of second-half scares before the Argentinian ace tapped home from close range in stoppage-time to make it 2-0 and securing the points.

Raul grabbed a brace to set Schalke en route to a 3-1 victory as they dominated Hapoel Tel Aviv.

A further strike from Jose Manuel Jurado took Schalke up to second in Group B, although there was time for Itay Shechter to grab a late consolation for the visitors.

Raul scored in the third minute and doubled Schalke's lead in the 58th, at the same time extending his Champions League scoring record to 68. The previous 66 goals came for Real Madrid before his arrival in Schalke in the off-season.

Both FC Twente and Werder Bremen remain winless in Group A after sharing a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested encounter.

Theo Janssen opened the scoring for the hosts after 75 minutes but substitute Marko Arnautovic popped up with the equaliser for Bremen just five minutes later.

Lyon made it three wins from three Group B matches with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to 10-man Benfica.

Goals in either half from Jimmy Briand and Lisandro Lopez were enough to see off the Portuguese, for whom Nicolas Gaitan was dismissed before half-time. There were no goals in a drab Group D encounter in Athens between Panathinaikos and Rubin Kazan.

Irish Independent

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