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Ricksen gives Rangers the edge

Published: Tuesday 9 August 2005, 23.51CET
Anorthosis Famagusta FC 1-2 Rangers FC Fernando Ricksen ensures the Scottish champions take full control.

Match statistics

AnorthosisRangers

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 9 August 2005, 23.51CET

Ricksen gives Rangers the edge

Anorthosis Famagusta FC 1-2 Rangers FC Fernando Ricksen ensures the Scottish champions take full control.

Rangers FC took a significant step towards a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage after defeating Anorthosis Famagusta FC.

Second-half goals
Two goals in six second-half minutes from Nacho Novo and Fernando Ricksen gave the Scottish champions a narrow lead in a hard-fought game in Cyprus. Anorthosis almost immediately reduced the deficit through Nikos Frousos to leave Temuri Ketsbaia's side with some hope ahead of the return leg at Ibrox on 24 August.

Rodriguez debut
Julien Rodriguez made his debut at the heart of the Rangers defence just 24 hours after finalising his move from AS Monaco FC, and he soon made an impact, albeit in an unusual attacking guise. The 27-year-old's long early punt upfield almost lead to the opening goal when Marvin Andrews cushioned the ball and teed up Novo whose shot was well saved by goalkeeper Antonis Giorgallides.

Great opportunity
Novo then turned provider to set up Andrew Murray but he squandered a great opportunity, and it was Anorthosis, so strong against Turkish outfit Trabzonspor in the last round, who began to dictate the game. Giorgi Kinkladze was a constant menace and after harrying the Rangers defence for much of the first half, his team-mates began to take some of the attacking mantle with the interval approaching and it almost immediately wrought reward.

Ketsbaia prevalence
First Frousos outsmarted Andrews before unleashing a shot which looked destined to find the back of the net until goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus's timely intervention. Then player-coach Ketsbaia tried his luck with a thunderous long-range effort but his effort veered well wide. Ketsbaia, who once plied his trade for Dundee FC in Scotland, was closer two minutes after the restart with a low drive that just missed the upright.

Probing Prso
But after absorbing so much pressure, Rangers began to drive forward as the half wore on and they took the lead on 64 minutes. After escaping his marker, Dado Pršo teed up Ricksen, and although the Dutchman's ambitious overhead kick was blocked, the rebound fell to Novo who fired in. Pršo was the instigator again seven minutes later playing in Ricksen, who calmly slid the ball under the on-rushing keeper.

Quick response
The home side responded well though, and a minute later a mistake from Rodriguez allowed a chance for Frousos who fired past Waterreus, although Anorthosis must score twice in the second leg.

Last updated: 10/08/05 9.36CET

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Lineups

anorthosis

Anorthosis

rangers

Rangers

1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
25
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
5
NikolaouNikos Nikolaou (C)
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
Yellow Card44
Goal71
7
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
Substitution74
3
BallMichael Ball
Yellow Card8
9
TsitaishviliKlimenti Tsitaishvili
Substitution70
4
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution58
10
KinkladzeGiorgi Kinkladze
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
Yellow Card47
11
FrousosNikolaos Frousos
Goal72
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
14
KetsbaiaTemur Ketsbaia
9
PršoDado Pršo
Substitution74
16
MaragkosChristakis Maragkos
Substitution83
10
NovoNacho Novo
Goal64
Substitution82
20
XenidisGeorgios Xenidis
Yellow Card10
16
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
22
HaxhiAltin Haxhi
Yellow Card90+2
18
Pierre-FanfanJosé Pierre-Fanfan
78
LoukaLoukas Louka
24
MurrayIan Murray

Substitutes

32
KokkinosMichalis Kokkinos (GK)
1
KlosStefan Klos (GK)
12
KonstantinouKostas Konstantinou
Substitution83
17
BurkeChris Burke
Substitution82
18
TsolakidesIakovos Tsolakides
Substitution74
19
ThompsonSteven Thompson
Substitution74
21
KampantaisLeonidas Kampantais
Substitution70
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Substitution58
2
ParmakisSavas Parmakis
8
Alex RaeAlex Rae
19
MarkouMichalis Markou
12
MalcolmRobert Malcolm
23
SamarasConstandinos Samaras
44
McCormackRoss McCormack

Coach

Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Peter Hermans (BEL)

Fourth official

Peter Jordens (BEL)

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