Bursaspor strike late to draw with Rangers

London: Bursaspor struck late to draw 1-1 draw against Rangers and earn some kind of consolation with a first point in their final Champions League Group C game.

Rangers, already assured of third place and qualification for the Europa League, went ahead with a rare attack in the 19th minute with Kenny Miller driving in a shot from a left-wing cross.

Bursaspor dominated possession but failed to translate that into goalscoring opportunities until Sercan Yildirim rewarded the enthusiastic home support by firing in a cross from Ozan Ipek in the 79th minute.

Rangers had to survive an intense period of pressure in the last 10 minutes as Bursa looked to go on and win.

Sercan had a golden opportunity to win the game for Bursaspor in the 86th minute when he beat one defender on a run into the box, but he lost control of the ball with only the keeper to beat.

Both teams had already been eliminated from the Champions League before Tuesday’s match, with Manchester United and Valencia going through as the top two in a tough group.

Rangers finished with six points and Bursaspor on one point.

Bursaspor’s preparations for the match had been overshadowed by a mass brawl between their fans and those of Istanbul’s Besiktas at a domestic league match on Sunday. Several people were stabbed in a mass brawl ahead of the match.

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