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Rangers v Napoli Live Commentary, 15/09/2022

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M. Politano (68 pen)
G. Raspadori (85)
T. Ndombélé (90+1)
Ibrox Stadium


Napoli have won both their opening group stage matches for just the second time then. Liverpool and Ajax have a fight on their hands to progress to the last 16. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Napoli's second consecutive win takes them top of Group A for now, three points ahead of Liverpool and Ajax. The Italians had 25 shots here and were ruthless once Sands got sent off. Rangers stay bottom. They played better here than they did against Ajax, though, and they'll take heart from that.
Napoli have cruised to a three-goal victory in Glasgow, but Rangers held their own for the first hour here. Sands' dismissal for two yellow cards changed the game, and while McGregor saved two Zielinski penalties, he couldn't keep out a third from Politano. Raspadori and Ndombele embellished the win late on.
90' + 4' NO PENALTY FOR RANGERS! VAR takes a second look at the supposed handball incident and agrees with the referee. The Scots' luck has deserted them in the final quarter of this match.
90' + 3' Rangers appeal for a penalty for handball as Napoli awkwardly clear a left-wing cross. Play continues while VAR revisits the incident...
A. Zambo Anguissa
90' + 1' Anguissa didn't have to work hard to find Ndombele there, and the Frenchman made no mistake. This has turned into a convincing win for Napoli, although it was anything but half an hour ago.
T. Ndombélé
90' + 1' GOAL! RANGERS 0-3 NAPOLI! Ndombele receives the ball from Anguissa in the centre of the box and drills it right down the middle. Rangers have understandably run out of steam.
E. Elmas
K. Kvaratskhelia
90' Elmas gets a late run-out for Napoli. The influential Kvaratskhelia makes way for him.
89' There's no tension left in this game anymore. There'll be four more minutes of it anyway.
87' That's Raspadori's first goal in the Champions League this season, and Olivera's first assist. Napoli will be pleased to share the goals around.
M. Olivera
85' That was some slick play by Raspadori and Olivera, who could have shot himself. He didn't though, and Napoli are cruising to victory.
G. Raspadori
85' GOAL! RANGERS 0-2 NAPOLI! Napoli have ended this game as a contest. Raspadori plays a nice one-two with Olivera and fires past McGregor into the bottom right corner. Rangers haven't been able to cope since losing Sands.
84' It's one-way traffic for Napoli at this stage. Ndombele sets up two chances for the visitors. Kvaratskhelia drags the first wide of the far post, before McGregor saves Zerbin's low shot from range.
T. Ndombélé
P. Zieliński
83' Zielinski's game is over. After missing two penalties and hitting the post, it's been an eventful one for him. Ndombele takes his place in Napoli's engine room.
M. Tillman
S. Davis
82' Davis is replaced too. On comes Tillman for Rangers.
G. Kamara
J. Tavernier
82' Rangers take off their captain Tavernier. Kamara replaces him.
82' Kvaratskhelia fires over from the left of the box. Both teams will make further changes now.
81' Kvaratskhelia leaves a high foot on Davis, handing Rangers a free-kick. Tavernier swings it into the box and King heads way wide.
79' Napoli have attempted the last eight shots in this game. Rangers haven't had one since Goldson's header. Losing a player is really hampering them.
A. Zerbin
M. Politano
77' Napoli's goalscorer Politano is last to go off. Zerbin replaces him.
M. Olivera
Mário Rui
77' Rui is next to go off. The Uruguayan left-back Olivera takes his place on the pitch for Napoli.
G. Raspadori
G. Simeone
77' It's time for some Napoli substitutions. Raspadori replaces the hardworking Simeone first.
76' Napoli know a second goal will kill this game. The Italians win a corner off Tavernier. Zielinski's delivery is cleared, and his follow-up shot is saved easily by McGregor.
J. Tavernier
Yellow Card
74' Tavernier's booked for a tactical foul. Rangers have understandably been muted since going down to 10 men.
R. Matondo
S. Arfield
72' Arfield goes off too. On comes Matondo for Rangers.
A. Čolak
A. Morelos
72' Rangers make a few changes. Morelos goes off after fading in this half. Colak replaces him up front.
70' Politano runs into the middle of the box and tries to beat McGregor again with his left foot. The goalkeeper is well-placed to get low and catch the shot.
M. Politano
Penalty Goal
68' GOAL! RANGERS 0-1 NAPOLI! It's third time lucky for Napoli from the penalty spot as Politano tucks his effort away into the bottom right corner. McGregor comes close to saving it but not close enough.
B. Barišić
Yellow Card
67' Barisic is booked for handball. He can have no complaints really. Politano will take this penalty for Napoli.
66' NAPOLI HAVE ANOTHER PENALTY! Kvaratskhelia blasts the ball against the hand of Barisic. It's close enough to the Croatian that he can feel hard done by, but he made a mistake raising his arm in the first place.
65' Di Lorenzo fires over from outside the box. The ball comes back to Politano, who checks onto his favoured left foot and fires into a crowd of Rangers defenders. Napoli take the corner quickly...
L. King
R. Jack
63' Here's that Rangers change. Jack is the player sacrificed. King comes on. They'll switch to a 4-4-1.
62' Rangers are preparing a substitution. After all that excitement, they still need a reshuffle after Sands' dismissal.
P. Zieliński
Penalty Miss
60' Zielinski's penalty was poor, and at the perfect height for McGregor to save it. There's a mighty roar at Ibrox. Rangers have a lifeline!
A. McGregor
Penalty Save
60' Penalty Save Allan James McGregor
58' Politano puts the ball in the net after McGregor saves Zielinski's penalty, but the goal is ruled out by VAR. Zielinski will have to retake the penalty...
55' RED CARD FOR SANDS! The Rangers defender receives his second yellow card in as many minutes for the foul on Simeone. He has to go. Rangers are suddenly down to 10 men and in trouble!
55' PENALTY FOR NAPOLI! Simeone wriggles through the middle of the pitch to reach the box and gets taken out by Sands. The referee shows no hesitation in pointing to the spot!
54' Politano fires not too far wide from outside the box. Napoli are growing in influence again.
J. Sands
Yellow Card
53' Sands is booked for a forceful challenge on Politano.
52' Barisic arrives on the scene to force another corner. Rangers use a similar routine to work the ball to Goldson at the far post. The centre-back nods it back across goal and out for a Napoli goal-kick.
50' Rrahmani beats Morelos to Tavernier's cross and concedes a corner. It's taken short to the Rangers captain who tries again. Meret punches clear.
48' Goldson nips in ahead of Anguissa to hand Napoli a corner. It's taken short and Rangers don't entirely clear it, allowing Kvaratskhelia to inspire a save from McGregor at his near post.
46' Rangers again start brightly as Arfield snatches a volley wide from the centre of the box. If we're being critical, he should have at least tested Meret.
46' Napoli get the second half started. No changes at half-time.
Kvaratskhelia caused Liverpool plenty of problems with his trickery and is troubling Rangers here too. The Georgian has had three shots so far, more than any other player. Rangers had seven shots in the first half, three more than they managed at all against Ajax. This game could go either way.
A feisty first half comes to an end. These two teams have been fairly evenly matched, although Napoli have shaded possession ahd chances. Zielinski hitting the post is the closest we've come to a goal. More to come!
45' + 2' The ball lands in the box for Morelos, who swipes at it but is closed down bravely by Rrahmani. That's all for now!
45' + 1' Rangers force one last corner before half-time. They can't do anything with it though, as Rrahmani heads it away.
45' Kvaratskhelia's curler bounces just wide of the right-hand post. There'll be two minutes added on before the half-time break.
44' Rui finds space on the edge of the box and blasts a left-footer over the crossbar.
43' Politano swishes his left foot in an attempt to switch the play to Kvaratskhelia. Tavernier's well-placed to deal with it.
M. Politano
Yellow Card
42' Politano's shown the yellow card for taking too long over a throw-in.
41' Kent's on the ball. There's not much going on in front of the winger, so he fires over from range.
39' Anguissa earns Napoli another free-kick down their right as he's stopped by Sands. Goldson hands the visitors a corner, from which Politano fires off-target.
37' Napoli's free-kick comes in. Lobotka gets on the end of the rebound but is unable to keep his effort down.
J. Lundstram
Yellow Card
35' Lundstram brings Rui's run to a halt down Napoli's left. The midfielder takes issue with the referee giving a foul and talks himself into a yellow card.
33' Napoli are starting to exert more control on the game. Rangers are pinned in their own half at the moment.
31' Politano swivels on the spot in the box and manages to squeeze a shot through to McGregor. It's tame though.
29' Napoli have had the lion's share of possession so far. They've had 58 per cent of the ball. Rangers look threatening on the counter though.
27' Kvaratskhelia cuts inside from the left and shoots, but his effort whistles high and wide of the right-hand post.
25' Morelos gets a shot off in anger, firing straight at Meret from the edge of the box. Rangers keep the pressure on until Barisic's cross is cut out.
23' Morelos earns a free-kick down the left wing as he's roughhoused by Rrahmani.
A. Morelos
Yellow Card
21' Morelos is booked for that high boot on Meret. The Colombian protests, perhaps rightly. It was an unfair challenge but not a a malicious one.
21' Kent sends Barisic on the overlap down Rangers' left. The Croatian left-back fires in a cross for Morelos, who raises his boot to challenge for it and catches Meret.
19' Di Lorenzo gets a free-kick in his own half as he's barged over by Jack. Politano is down rubbing his face after taking a whack but is back on his feet soon enough.
17' Chance for Napoli! Simeone latches onto Zielinski's throughball and lashes at McGregor from the left of the box. The Rangers goalkeeper is able to save. Napoli's corner is uneventful.
15' Zielinski's impeded by Sands down Napoli's right. The free-kick looks promising, but Politano's ball in is accidentally handled by Anguissa.
13' Arfield shoots from the edge of the box, forcing Meret to make a diving save! Rangers' corner leads to nothing as Lundstram heads wide.
11' Kent jinks into Napoli's box from the left and cuts the ball back for Rangers' captain Tavernier, whose blast is quickly closed down.
9' Kvaratskhelia receives the ball from Zielinski and goes for goal from the left of the box. The Georgian's shot is blocked.
7' Goldson wins a free-kick in his own half as Simeone is a little too rough in the challenge.
5' Jack's penalised for tripping Anguissa down Napoli's right. There's a frantic pace to this match already.
3' Zielinski hits the left-hand post after latching onto a rebound in the centre of the box! Rangers survive. What a start to this game!
2' Rangers get off to a blistering start as Morelos heads wide from Tavernier's excellent cross! Rrahmani hands the hosts a corner which Napoli are able to clear.
1' After a minute's silence out of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II, Rangers get this game underway!
This is the first ever competitive meeting between Rangers and Napoli in any competition. Rangers last faced an Italian side in 2007-08 in the UEFA Cup semi-final against Fiorentina, a tie they went on to win to reach the final. Does that bode well for the hosts? We'll see!
There are four changes to Napoli from their 1-0 victory over Spezia in Serie A last weekend. Zielinski continues in midfield after being involved in three of their four goals against Liverpool.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst makes five changes to the Rangers team that capitulated to Ajax. McGregor, Jack, Davis, Arfield and Morelos all start.
SUBS: Giacomo Raspadori, Hubert Dawid Idasiak, Leo Ostigard, Juan Jesus, Eljif Elmas, Salvatore Sirigu, Alessandro Zanoli, Gianluca Gaetano, Tanguy Ndombele, Alessio Zerbin, Mathías Olivera.
NAPOLI (4-3-3): Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo (c), Amir Rrahmani, Kim Min-Jae, Mario Rui; Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Stanislav Lobotka, Piotr Zielinski; Matteo Politano, Giovanni Simeone, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
SUBS: Robby McCrorie, Ben Davies, Scott Wright, Malik Tillman, Glen Kamara, Adam Devine, Antonio-Mirko Colak, Ridvan Yilmaz, Leon Thomson King, Rabbi Matondo, Junior Fashion Sakala.
RANGERS (4-2-3-1): Allan McGregor; James Tavernier (c), Connor Goldson, James Sands, Borna Barisic; Ryan Jack, John Lundstram; Scott Arfield, Steven Davis, Ryan Kent; Alfredo Morelos.
Rangers' visitors are Napoli, who saw off Liverpool 4-1 in their opening group game. The Italians are now looking for two consecutive wins in the Champions League for the first time since September 2016.
Rangers' return to Champions League football didn't get off to the best start as they were thumped 4-0 by Ajax in their first group game. Despite going out in nine of their 10 previous group stage appearances, The Gers have only suffered defeat in their first two group stage matches once before in 1996-97.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this UEFA Champions League Group A match between Rangers and Napoli at Ibrox Stadium.