European Football Wednesday Round-Up

A round-up of results from leagues around Europe.

Football News: Glasgow Rangers.

Scottish League Cup

Rangers showed they can still compete with the top sides in the country by dumping in-form Motherwell out of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a 2-0 victory at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

The Light Blues faced top-flight opposition for the first time since being consigned to liquidation and voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division in the summer when the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League leaders came calling in the third round tie.

Motherwell were branded favourites by their hosts ahead of this game but any hopes of claiming a first win at Ibrox since 1997 were dashed by goals from Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels as Rangers booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Aberdeen substitute Scott Vernon snatched a dramatic 93rd-minute winner against Dunfermline to send the Dons into the fourth round.

The tie appeared destined to be heading to extra-time but the marksman bundled in Niall McGinn's teasing delivery with seconds left.

The visitors had been booed off at the interval following a first half dominated by the First Division side.

But after some resolute defending and fine goalkeeping from Jamie Langfield, Aberdeen snatched the win after a more competitive display after the break.

French Coupe de la Ligue

Ibrahima Toure scored twice as Monaco came from 2-0 down to reach the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue with a 4-2 victory over Valenciennes.

The Ligue 2 leaders needed extra time to fend off the top-flight visitors, with Toure putting the finishing touches to the win by netting the home side's fourth goal on the 120-minute mark.

Gael Danic put Valenciennes ahead after six minutes and an own goal from Andreas Wolf made it 2-0 to the visitors in the 32nd minute.

But Monaco were soon level, Toure pulling a goal back after 39 minutes and Yannick Carasco converting a penalty six minutes later.

Neither side could penetrate in the second half, so it went to an extra half an hour, with Monaco edging in front for the first time when substitute Lucas Ocampos netted at the end of the first period.

Toure completed the scoring for Claudio Ranieri's men at the death.

Arles joined their second-tier rivals in the next round by claiming another Ligue 1 scalp as Ajaccio bowed out.

Arles won 2-1, taking the lead through Maurice Dale after 61 minutes and keeping their heads when Ricardo Faty levelled three minutes from the end. Substitute Haminu Dramani grabbed the glory in the 90th minute.

St Etienne won 3-0 on penalties at Lorient following a 1-1 draw.

Lorient went ahead through Gilles Sunu in the 27th minute but were pegged back by Evanilson Brandao nine minutes into the second half, and could not beat St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier in the shoot-out.

Extra time was also required as Sochaux fended off Evian 3-2, substitute Cedric Bakambu scoring twice for the victors after three first-half penalties.

Evian led from the second minute, when Cedric Mongongu netted a penalty, but a further spot-kick from Ryad Boudebouz pulled Sochaux back on terms in the 32nd minute. Saber Khelifa then became the third player to convert from 12 yards when he restored Evian's lead four minutes before half-time.

Bakambu came off the bench in the 66th minute and five minutes later put Sochaux level at 2-2, before intervening decisively in the 102nd minute to complete the scoring.

Nice were 4-2 winners at Brest, who were handicapped in the late stages by a red card for Ismael Toure.

Nice's goals came from Thimothee Kolodzieczak, Valentin Eysseric and Dario Cvitanich, who scored twice, while an own goal from goalkeeper David Ospina and Jonathan Ayite's effort were the Brest responses. Toure was red-carded after 72 minutes, with Nice ahead 3-2.

Yannick Djalo broke the deadlock at Caen seven minutes from the end to give Toulouse a 1-0 win, while Granddi Ngoyi and Mohamed Yattara were the scorers for Troyes as they recovered from leaking an early goal to Nicolas Fauvergue in a 2-1 win at Reims.

Dutch KNVB Beker

Ajax safely negotiated their tricky-looking tie against Eredivisie rivals FC Utrecht to seal their place in the third round of the KNVB Beker.

Ajax, who have won the competition a record 18 times with their most recent success coming in 2010, are just a point above fifth-placed Utrecht in the Eredivisie but they took early control tonight and never looked back as they sealed a 3-0 win.

Tobias Sana put the visitors ahead in the 11th minute and then Ryan Babel made it 2-0 four minutes later before a Christian Eriksen strike just after half-time completed the scoring.

FC Twente were also victorious as they continued their impressive start to the season, although they found it much harder than Ajax before seeing off the challenge of minnows RVVH.

Twente, cup winners in 2011, are four points clear at the top of the Eredivisie after winning their opening six matches but they needed a 90th-minute goal from Luc Castaignos to defeat fourth-tier RVVH.

Feyenoord, who are second behind Ajax in terms of wins in this competition with 11, beat top-flight rivals NEC Nijmegen 3-2 in their second-round match after extra-time, Lex Immers netting the winner in the 120th minute.

Iceland international Alfreo Finnbogason struck a hat-trick as 2009 cup winners Heerenveen defeated Kozakken Boys 4-0 while Heracles Almelo, who were beaten by PSV Eindhoven in last season's final, won by the same scoreline at Lienden.

Vitesse Arnhem, second behind Twente in the Eredivisie, netted three second-half goals to beat Gemert 3-0 and join the procession of top sides going through.

However, there were a couple of upsets tonight as well with Willem II and Volendam both tumbling out.

Top-flight strugglers Willem II were beaten 2-0 at home by second division FC Dordrecht, while Volendam, who are fourth in the second tier, were knocked out 1-0 by third division amateur side Rijnsburgse Boys.

Other winners included NAC Breda, FC Groningen, ADO Den Haag, Cambuur, Telstar, HBS, XerxesDZB and SWZ Boso Sneek.



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