VIDEO: Rangers battered by Sevilla; Rubin fail to unlock 10-man Inter; Stttgart held by Unirea; Lyon thump Debrecen; AZ & Standard draw

Rangers 1 – Sevilla 4 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After hold Sevilla throughout the first half, Rangers conceded in the 50th minute as the Spaniards worked a clever free-kick that allowed Abdoulay Konko to ghost into the box and head home. Sevilla then grabbed a fine second in the 65th minute, Kanoute freed Luis Fabiano down the left, the Brazilian picked out Adriano Correia on the edge of the box and the midfielder picked his spot for 2-nil. The Scots then imploded, Luis Fabiano headed in number three in the 72nd minute and Freddie Kanoute bagged a fourth just two minutes later. A stunning solo goal from Nacho Novo proved mere consolation for Rangers.

Rubin Kazan 1 – Inter Milan 1 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) The Russian champions had a wonderful opening against Inter, Alekhandro Dominges raced through the heart of the Inter backline and produced a wonderful finish to boot after 11 minutes. Mourinho’s men drew level just before the half hour as Maicon delivered a fine cross to the back post where Dejan Stankovic was stationed to head in the equaliser. Mario Balotelli crippled Inter’s hopes by getting himself needlessly sent off on the hour, but the Russians disappointingly failed to capitalise on their advantage.

Unirea Urziceni 1 – Stuttgart 1 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) Stuttgart needed just five minutes to move ahead against Romanian minnows Unirea Urziceni, The Germans pressuring with an up-and-under that Serdar Tasci latched onto the score. A comedy of errors in the German defence allowed Unirea to levell after the break, Serban Vargas curling a beauty into the far corner.

Debrecen 0 – Lyon 4 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) Hungarian outsiders Debrecen had a poor start to their match with Lyon conceded twice from two set-pieces in the opening 13 minutes. Kim Kallstom half-volleyed the visitors into a third minute lead before Miralem Pjanic curled a free-kick into the near post to double Lyon’s advantage. In the 24th minute the match was effectively all over as Peter Czvitkovics headed home a corner into his own net to leave the hosts 3-down. Lyon killed the game with a fantastic solo goal from Bafetimbi Gomis in the 51st minute, the striker beating the keeper to a ball over the top before lobbing a stranded defender on the goalline.

AZ Alkmaar 1 – Standard Liege 1 (Champions League, September 29, 2009) In the battle of the Benelux brothers, AZ struck first against Standard to the start of the second half as serial goalscorer Mounir El Hamdaoui hooked the ball into the far corner are receiving a beautiful through-ball in the danger area. Standard scrapped a point with an ugly injury time winner from Moussa Traore.


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