All square between Sydney FC and Rangers

Sydney FC and Rangers have played out a scoreless draw in horrible conditions in tonight’s second match of the Festival of Football.
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Sydney FC and Rangers have played out a scoreless draw in horrible conditions in tonight’s second match of the Festival of Football.

Festival of Football Match 4
Sydney FC (AUS): 0
Rangers (SCO): 0

Venue: Sydney Football Stadium

The wind and rain continued to fall at the Sydney Football Stadium as reigning A-League champions Sydney FC took on defending Scottish Premier League champs Glasgow Rangers.

It was Nick Carle’s first appearance for the Sky Blues since joining from Crystal Palace but the conditions could not have been worse for his debut, with the rain pouring and the pitch very heavy and muddy from the previous match between AEK Athens and Blackburn Rovers.

Sydney could have won a penalty in the 35th minute when an aerial ball appeared to be handled by Rangers defenders but the referee waved it away and the contest went on, only to end 0-0 at half-time.

The rain only got worse in the second term, making life very difficult for players from both sides but Sydney keeper Liam Reddy did not let it affect him in the 65th minute when he made a brilliant diving save from a close range Maurice Edu header.

Moments later, Rangers gloveman Neil Alexander was forced into a top save when Sydney substitute Ibrahima Thiam whipped a shot towards the top corner but unfortunately for the Senegalese striker, Alexander was equal to the task.

Conditions only got worse as the minutes went on, causing the standard of play to drop dramatically, and the contest ended without a goal giving Rangers a win and a draw from their two matches with Sydney recording a loss and a draw.

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