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McCormack rescues Rangers

Published: Thursday 24 November 2005, 0.45CET
FC Porto 1-1 Rangers FC
UEFA Champions League debutant Ross McCormack came off the bench to salvage a draw for the Scottish side.
by Trevor Haylett
from Estadio do Dragão

Match statistics

PortoRangers

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target10
 
2
Corners10
 
0
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
23
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

22 November 2005

23 November 2005

E Fenerbahçe
0-4
Milan
E Schalke
3-0
PSV
F Real Madrid
1-1
Lyon
F Rosenborg
1-1
Olympiacos
G Anderlecht
0-2
Chelsea
G Liverpool
0-0
Betis
H Porto
1-1
Rangers
H Internazionale
4-0
Petržalka
 
Published: Thursday 24 November 2005, 0.45CET

McCormack rescues Rangers

FC Porto 1-1 Rangers FC
UEFA Champions League debutant Ross McCormack came off the bench to salvage a draw for the Scottish side.

UEFA Champions League debutant Ross McCormack came off the bench to salvage a draw for Rangers FC, cancelling out fellow newcomer Lisandro López's goal for dominant FC Porto in a one-sided Group H encounter that ensures the Scottish champions European football after Christmas.

Final flurry
It took McCormack just seven minutes to make his mark on the European stage after coming on as a 76th-minute substitute to stab in from close range after Chris Burke's knockdown. Until then Porto looked to have hoisted themselves off the foot of the table thanks to Lisandro's header, scored on the hour. The Portuguese team had completely dominated and, in an amazing final flurry, Rangers goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus did incredibly well to deny Paulo Assunção.

First appearance
Home coach Co Adriaanse sprang something of a surprise by including Lisandro, with Hugo Almeida dropping to the bench. Although the Argentinian striker had scored twice in the weekend win against A. Académica de Coimbra, he was making his first UEFA Champions League appearance. Two other alterations from Matchday 4 saw both Diego and César Peixoto included.

McLeish pressure
A lengthy injury list, with star forward Dado Pršo the latest addition following a hamstring strain, forced five changes on Rangers manager Alex McLeish. Alex Rae and Marvin Andrews started a group game for the first time while Francis Jeffers, a far less imposing figure than Pršo, was deployed as the lone frontman.

Early chance
With just three points to their name and starting the night at the bottom of the section, the onus was on Porto to attack and they went hunting the opening goal from the first whistle with Ricardo Quaresma and Diego particularly strong influences. The former, a Portuguese Under-21 international, showed his trickery by immediately slipping the attentions of two defenders before curving a shot at Waterreus.

Lisandro header
It set the tone for a one-sided first half with Porto testing Rangers' resilience with cleverly angled balls aimed at the heart of the defence or by launching dangerous crosses from out wide. In the seventh minute Lisandro showed his eagerness to make an impact when he got ahead of Andrews to meet Bosingwa's centre but a twisting header flew over the top.

Slow reactions
Diego then worked an opening for himself but Andrews was quickly in to block. The visiting support inside the stadium, so voluble at the start, was reduced to silence as their team desperately tried to hang on - and they could easily have fallen behind before the break had the Porto strikers reacted better to hesitancy in the Rangers rearguard.

More venom
Adriaanse took off a defender, Pedro Emanuel, at the break to try and add more venom to the attack with the inclusion of Almeida. The siege continued and the visiting defence had to endure one or two more sticky moments before the breakthrough arrived in the 60th minute. Almeida's height made him the obvious target for the high balls Porto love to drift over from the flanks but when Bosingwa sent one in at pace it was Lisandro who rose to meet it a fraction before Fernando Ricksen and tuck his header inside the left-hand post.

Key substitutions
Rangers had to come forward now and McLeish's substitutions reflected their need for goals. Ferguson shot badly off target but then Ricksen's high ball played on the run was met at the far post by Burke, another late replacement, and there was 19-year-old McCormack to guide it over the line.

Last updated: 24/11/05 12.00CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

rangers

Rangers

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
25
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
4
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel (C)
Substitution46
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Yellow Card84
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Yellow Card84
11
LisandroLisandro
Goal60
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
Yellow Card59
12
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
8
Alex RaeAlex Rae
Substitution62
14
PepePepe
14
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
17
JorginhoJorginho
21
JeffersFrancis Jeffers
Substitution76
18
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
24
MurrayIan Murray
Yellow Card63
20
DiegoDiego
Substitution64
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Substitution78
21
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi

Substitutes

1
HeltonHelton (GK)
1
KlosStefan Klos (GK)
3
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
12
MalcolmRobert Malcolm
6
IbsonIbson
17
BurkeChris Burke
Substitution78
9
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
18
Pierre-FanfanJosé Pierre-Fanfan
13
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Substitution64
19
ThompsonSteven Thompson
Substitution62
25
IvanildoIvanildo
20
HuttonAlan Hutton
39
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution46
44
McCormackRoss McCormack
Substitution76
Goal83

Coach

Co Adriaanse (NED) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

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