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Rangers fail to take their chance

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2005, 0.40CET
FC Artmedia 2-2 Rangers FC Rangers missed a great opportunity to move into a commanding position after dominating in Bratislava.
by Alex Chick

Match statistics

PetržalkaRangers

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed20
 
29
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2005, 0.40CET

Rangers fail to take their chance

FC Artmedia 2-2 Rangers FC Rangers missed a great opportunity to move into a commanding position after dominating in Bratislava.

Rangers FC missed a great opportunity to take a commanding position in UEFA Champions League Group H, dominating against FC Artmedia in Bratislava but falling foul of their own poor finishing and defending. Nevertheless, a 2-2 draw leaves both sides firmly in contention to reach the knockout rounds.

Kozák effort
Dado Pršo got the Glasgow team off to a perfect start with a header in the third minute, but Artmedia captain Balázs Borbély levelled within five minutes. Steven Thompson restored the Scottish champions' lead with another header in the dying moments of the first half, before Ján Kozák salvaged a point, firing the ball in after goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus had failed to clear his lines.

Identical records
The sides came into this match after each securing a 3-2 win against FC Porto, a 1-0 defeat by FC Internazionale Milano and a 0-0 draw at Ibrox a fortnight ago. They remain inseparable, but Rangers showed superior class and ought to have put daylight between themselves and the Slovakian champions.

Celtic defeat
They at least avoided the fate of city rivals Celtic FC, beaten 5-0 in Bratislava in the second qualifying round. Artmedia were close to full strength, with Aleš Hellebrand their only major absentee, while forward trio Thomas Buffel, Nacho Novo and Federico Nieto were sidelined for Rangers. On Matchday 4 two seasons ago, Pršo scored four times for AS Monaco FC in a spectacular 8-3 win against RC Deportivo La Coruña. The giant Croatian immediately showed a similar appetite for goals, stealing in to finish from a couple of metres after Sotirios Kyrgiakos headed a Brahim Hemdani free-kick across goal.

Defensive frailty
Both clubs are defending national titles, and both are already in trouble. Artmedia are seven points behind FC Spartak Trnava, while Rangers lie ten adrift of Celtic and Heart of Midlothian FC. Their defensive uncertainty was evident in a frantic opening period. Five minutes after Artmedia had allowed Pršo to nod in unmarked, Rangers responded by leaving Borbély completely free to hook the ball in after an unseemly goalmouth scramble.

Thompson header
Marauding full-back Aleš Urbánek went close for Artmedia, bringing a smart save from Waterreus after cutting in from the left and shooting from the corner of the area. Thompson then responded for Rangers, receiving the ball with his back to goal, turning and curling a 25-metre effort just wide. A minute before the break Rangers were back in front - the conscientious Pršo dug a cross out from the right, and Thompson rose to send a thumping header past Juraj Čobej.

Bernard clearance
Seven minutes into the second half, Julien Rodriguez surrendered possession to Lukáš Hartig inside the Rangers box. The Czech forward drew Waterreus and pulled the ball back for Branislav Fodrek, whose finish failed to match the fizz of the play which preceded it. Branislav Obžera looked to have levelled three minutes later when he shot from a corner that was played short on the Artmedia left, only for left-back Olivier Bernard to clear off the line with Waterreus beaten.

Defensive miscommunication
Having been caught out for Artmedia's first, Rangers were equally guilty of gift-wrapping the hosts their second equaliser. Rodriguez, Hemdani and Waterreus all played a part in failing to deal with a through-ball, the goalkeeper's clearance sliced straight to Kozák who volleyed in from 20 metres. There was still time for Peter Løvenkrands to miss a wonderful chance to win it, heading wide when unchallenged five metres from goal, but it was not to be Rangers' night.

Last updated: 01/11/05 23.37CET

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Lineups

petržalka

Petržalka

rangers

Rangers

1
ČobejJuraj Čobej (GK)
25
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
2
DebnárOndrej Debnár
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
3
BernardOlivier Bernard
Substitution90+1
8
VaščákBlažej Vaščák
Substitution83
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Yellow Card86
12
ObžeraBranislav Obžera
Substitution87
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
16
HartigLukáš Hartig
Substitution73
9
PršoDado Pršo
Goal3
17
BorbélyBalázs Borbély (C)
Goal8
14
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Yellow Card80
20
FodrekBranislav Fodrek
Yellow Card88
16
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
21
P. PetrášPeter Petráš
19
ThompsonSteven Thompson
Goal44
Substitution70
22
UrbánekAleš Urbánek
20
HuttonAlan Hutton
25
KozákJán Kozák
Goal59
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands

Substitutes

18
KamenárLuboš Kamenár (GK)
1
KlosStefan Klos (GK)
3
StaňoPavol Staňo
Substitution87
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
10
MikuličMartin Mikulič
8
Alex RaeAlex Rae
13
TchuřDaniel Tchuř
Substitution83
17
BurkeChris Burke
14
HalenárJuraj Halenár
Substitution73
21
JeffersFrancis Jeffers
Substitution70
23
KonečnýRoman Konečný
24
MurrayIan Murray
Substitution90+1
24
BurákPeter Burák
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi

Coach

Vladimír Weiss (SVK) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Sönke Glindemann (GER), Harald Sather (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Gagelmann (GER)

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