RANGERS faced a tough test in their last preseason game this morning as they lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid in Spain.
Gers met the Primera Division side at the Pinatar Arena as part of their warm-weather training camp ahead of the start of the Scottish Women’s Premier League season on Sunday.
It was a fine performance by Malky Thomson’s side as the temperature rose as they faced one of Spain’s top sides.
Victoria Esson started in goal with a back four of Rachel McLauchlan, Tessel Middag, Kathryn Hill and Nicola Docherty.
Chelsea Cornet and Sam Kerr were joined in midfield by new signing Jenny Danielsson, while Lizzie Arnot and Dina Orschmann supported forward Kayla McCoy.
Rangers had some good passages in the opening minutes when Kayla McCoy’s ball over the goal caused problems for the Atletico defense but nobody was there to put Gers up for a shot.
Atlletico also looked menacing when a ball forward to Ludmila sent them on target but Vic Esson reacted quickly to eliminate the threat.
Ludmila had another chance shortly after, when Maitane sent the ball to the forward, but her right-footed shot from a tight angle hit the side netting.
The Spaniards broke through 10 minutes before the break, Ainhoa Moraza whipping a ball into the box from the left with Ludmila on hand to turn behind the opening goal in the game.
Brogan Hay, Kirsty Maclean, Emma Watson and Jenna Fife were introduced at half-time, with Dina Orschmann, Jenny Danielsson, Rachel McLauchlan and Victoria Esson being substituted.
Lizzie Arnot had saved a shot from the keeper as Rangers looked for a goal early in the second half before Esther Gonzalez made space for herself on the edge of the box to see the goal, but her shot deflected off Jenna Fife’s right. hand mail
Brogan Hay made a great run down the right side to put a dangerous ball inside the box but he was turned back by Atletico.
The hosts were 2-0 up in the closing stages of the game when a Rangers clearance broke for Atletico and striker Karla drilled a low ball past Fife.
Attention now turns to Sunday and the start of the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
RANGER: Esson (Fife, 46), McLauchlan (Watson, 46), Middag, Hill, Docherty (Cavanagh, 75), Cornet (Austin, 83), Kerr (Jardine, 83), Danielsson (Maclean, 46), Arnot (McLeary, 60), Orshman (Hay, 46), McCoy (Howat, 60).
Atlético: Lola, Xenia, Moraza, Zafra, Cinta, Maitane, Ludmila, Lauris, Nerea, Sara, Hanna
Subtitle: Sheila, Menayo, Irene, Karla, Dana, Gonzalez, Sanchez, Virginia, Yoli, Cardona.