Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
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.
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.