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Rangers hold off Porto push

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2005, 0.45CET
Rangers FC 3-2 FC Porto Sotirios Kyrgiakos's late header finally decided an eventful Group H encounter in the Scottish team's favour.
by Alex O'Henley
from Ibrox

Match statistics

RangersPorto

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
10
Attempts off target2
 
8
Corners1
 
8
Offsides6
 
2
Fouls committed21
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 14 September 2005, 0.45CET

Rangers hold off Porto push

Rangers FC 3-2 FC Porto Sotirios Kyrgiakos's late header finally decided an eventful Group H encounter in the Scottish team's favour.

Rangers FC got their Group H campaign off to a winning start with an exhilarating 3-2 success against 2004 UEFA Champions League winners FC Porto in Glasgow.

Kyrgiakos decisive
Portuguese defender Pepe appeared to have given Porto a share of the spoils with two goals after Peter Løvenkrands and Dado Pršo had twice put the home side ahead, but Sotirios Kyrgiakos gave Rangers maximum points with a headed goal five minutes from time.

Three changes
After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Falkirk FC at the weekend, Rangers manager Alex McLeish made three changes: former Newcastle United FC left-back Olivier Bernard made his debut, Francis Jeffers started for the first time since his loan move from Charlton Athletic FC, and Løvenkrands began on the left of midfield. Porto coach Co Adriaanse kept faith with his favoured 4-3-3 formation, and it was the visitors who were the quicker into their stride.

Porto pressure
Brazilian forwards Alan and Jorginho threatened in the first five minutes with the latter forcing goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus to punch a corner off his line. The home team initially struggled for possession as Diego dictated the tempo for the visitors, although Jeffers almost opened the scoring on 14 minutes when he collected a Løvenkrands cross, only for a heavy first touch to allow Porto captain Pedro Emanuel to clear the danger.

Pršo opportunity
At the other end, Ricardo Costa passed up another good opportunity after he got on the end of César Peixoto's left-wing centre, the full-back lifting his shot wastefully over. Alan went close again on 21 minutes, drifting past two defenders before firing in a shot that required a last-minute block to divert the ball for a corner. Pršo was then presented with a chance after Porto goalkeeper Vítor Baía misjudged a clearance, but the Croatian was unable to capitalise.

Løvenkrands opener
Jorginho seemed certain to break the deadlock just before the half-hour when he surged into the box only to be denied by a well-judged challenge from Waterreus. Ten minutes before half-time, a goal did arrive – and, against the run of play, it was Rangers that registered. Løvenkrands reacted quickest to a long ball from Fernando Ricksen and kept his head to fire past Vítor Baía. Porto suffered another blow before the break when Emanuel was substituted following a clash of heads with Pršo.

Rangers revival
The goal seemed to settle the hosts but they found themselves pegged back two minutes into the second half. Hamed Namouchi conceded a corner and when the ball was swung in, Pepe rose highest to head past Waterreus. The visitors should have been ahead six minutes later when Tomislav Šokota pounced on a loose ball but again the Dutch keeper smothered his effort. Instead Rangers broke to the other end and promptly regained their advantage. Ricksen crossed from the right, Kyrgiakos and Namouchi combined to turn the ball back across goal and Pršo bundled it over the line.

Late drama
Adriaanse made a double substitution as the game entered the final quarter and one of the replacements, Ricardo Quaresma, almost scored after a defensive mix-up from a corner. It was a warning Rangers failed to heed and with 19 minutes remaining, Pepe capitalised on more hesitant defending to usher the ball into the net. Just as it seemed both sides would have to settle for one point, however, Kyrgiakos's clever back-header evaded Vítor Baía and finally settled an eventful encounter in the home team's favour.

Last updated: 14/09/05 0.31CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

porto

Porto

25
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
3
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
3
BernardOlivier Bernard
4
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel (C)
Substitution41
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
6
IbsonIbson
9
PršoDado Pršo
Yellow Card37
Goal59
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Yellow Card45+2
14
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Goal85
14
PepePepe
Goal47
Goal71
16
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
17
JorginhoJorginho
21
JeffersFrancis Jeffers
Substitution84
19
ŠokotaTomo Šokota
24
MurrayIan Murray
20
DiegoDiego
Substitution65
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Goal35
Substitution56
21
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi
Substitution72
27
AlanAlan
Substitution65

Substitutes

1
KlosStefan Klos (GK)
31
Paulo RibeiroPaulo Ribeiro (GK)
4
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution56
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution65
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
11
LisandroLisandro
8
Alex RaeAlex Rae
18
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution72
22
SonkayaFatih Sonkaya
Substitution41
18
Pierre-FanfanJosé Pierre-Fanfan
35
ČechMarek Čech
19
ThompsonSteven Thompson
Substitution84
39
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution65
Yellow Card74

Coach

Alexander Mcleish (SCO) Co Adriaanse (NED)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Roger Geutjes (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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