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Ranger's raise Andorran standard

Published: Wednesday 22 June 2005, 7.00CET
Monthly review: FC Ranger's came very close to achieving an Andorran first in UEFA club competition last weekend.
Published: Wednesday 22 June 2005, 7.00CET

Ranger's raise Andorran standard

Monthly review: FC Ranger's came very close to achieving an Andorran first in UEFA club competition last weekend.
By Lucy Turner

FC Ranger's came close to achieving an Andorran first in last weekend's UEFA Intertoto Cup games as they led Austrian side SK Sturm Graz.

Ranger's hope
Beto opened the scoring after 35 minutes of the first-round match, sparking the hope that an Andorran side might claim a first victory in European competition. However, Amadou Rabihou's equaliser 25 minutes from time spared Sturm's blushes at the Estadi Communal.

Austrian trip
UE Sant Julià achieved a similar feat three seasons ago when holding Northern Ireland's Coleraine FC to a 2-2 draw, but Ranger's are striving to make Andorran history in the second leg on Sunday as they aim for a high-scoring draw or win in Austria to take them through.

Youth tournament
In the last month, the biggest events on the Andorran scene have been international youth competitions. The Memorial Francesc Vila tournament sees Europe's best Under-9 and Under-11 teams visit the principality with FC Barcelona triumphing in both categories this year.

Girls' games
Sides representing Real Madrid CF, Olympique de Marseille, Valencia CF, HNK Hajduk Split, Club Atlético de Madrid and Rangers FC also participated, while reigning champions Ligue Midi Pyréneés overcame four other teams to win the one-day tournament for girls which forms part of the competition.

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