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Rangers set Scottish first

Published: Wednesday 7 December 2005, 0.45CET
Rangers FC 1-1 FC Internazionale Milano
The home team held on for a draw to become the first Scottish side to progress to the knockout stage.
by Alex O’Henley
from Ibrox

Match statistics

RangersInternazionale

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners5
 
6
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 December 2005

E Milan
3-2
Schalke
E PSV
2-0
Fenerbahçe
F Lyon
2-1
Rosenborg
F Olympiacos
2-1
Real Madrid
G Chelsea
0-0
Liverpool
G Betis
0-1
Anderlecht
H Rangers
1-1
Internazionale
H Artmedia
0-0
Porto

7 December 2005

A Rapid Wien
1-3
Juventus
A Brugge
1-1
Bayern
B Sparta Praha
0-0
Thun
B Arsenal
0-0
Ajax
C Udinese
0-2
Barcelona
C Werder
5-1
Panathinaikos
D Villarreal
1-0
Lille
D Benfica
2-1
Man. United
 
Published: Wednesday 7 December 2005, 0.45CET

Rangers set Scottish first

Rangers FC 1-1 FC Internazionale Milano
The home team held on for a draw to become the first Scottish side to progress to the knockout stage.

Rangers FC became the first Scottish side to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds after a 1-1 draw against FC Internazionale Milano was enough to clinch second place in Group H.

Løvenkrands delight
Peter Løvenkrands was the hero for the home team as he raced clear to cancel out Adriano's headed opener for the visitors. With the game between FC Artmedia and FC Porto finishing goalless in Bratislava, a point sufficed to secure entry to the last 16 for Alex McLeish's men.

Inter experiment
Løvenkrands was a surprise selection as a lone Rangers striker with Thomas Buffel tucking in behind, while room was also found for winger Chris Burke and midfielder Bob Malcolm, making his UEFA Champions League debut alongside captain Barry Ferguson. With qualification assured, Internazionale coach Roberto Mancini took the opportunity to rest some star names with 19-year-old right-back Marco Andreolli given his first taste of the competition.

Mihajlović threat
There was little goalmouth action in the opening stages but Rangers created the first chance on 14 minutes when Burke escaped from Nicolás Burdisso down the right before picking out Hamed Namouchi at the back post. The Tunisian's header lacked power and conviction, however, allowing Andreolli to clear to safety. At the other end, Siniša Mihajlović was causing problems with his inswinging delivery from corners and Malcolm did well to head away under pressure after Andreolli's flick-on had caused panic in the home rearguard.

Løvenkrands leveller
It was a warning that went unheeded and Rangers were duly punished on the half-hour. Mihajlović swung in another tempting ball and this time Adriano rose unchallenged to nod into the net through a ruck of players. Rangers came close to replying six minutes later when Burke's cut-back almost found Buffel in front of goal, but Francesco Toldo was alert and scampered off his line to kick the ball into touch. It was the encouragement McLeish's team needed and two minutes later they were level. Buffel did well to win possession in midfield before brilliantly sending Løvenkrands through, and the Danish international held his nerve to slot past the advancing Toldo.

Inter reshuffle
Mancini responded by sacrificing captain Marco Materazzi for Matteo Momente, with the youngster inserted into left midfield and given the task of keeping an eye on the foraging runs of Burke. The change helped to restore composure to the Nerazzurri ranks and for the first time, striker Obafemi Martins started to threaten with some trademark runs. Rangers appeared content to counterattack at this point, but their sporadic attempts to break out were frustrated by poor distribution, while Inter had to make another substitution when captain Javier Zanetti replaced Andreolli, hurt in a clash with Namouchi.

Tense finale
David Pizarro was booked for a late challenge on Burke as the tension grew in the closing stages, and with three minutes remaining Cristiano Zanetti was dismissed having picked up a second yellow card. From Malcolm's ensuing free-kick, Namouchi headed just over but it mattered little. There was an anxious wait for the final score from Bratislava following the full-time whistle, but the news the crowd wanted duly arrived and the celebrations began in earnest.

Last updated: 07/12/05 11.19CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

internazionale

Internazionale

25
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
3
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
4
BuffelThomas Buffel
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Yellow Card45+1
Red Card87
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
Yellow Card82
8
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Yellow Card75
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
10
AdrianoAdriano
Goal30
Substitution82
12
MalcolmRobert Malcolm
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
14
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Yellow Card65
21
SolariSantiago Solari
17
BurkeChris Burke
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi (C)
Substitution41
24
MurrayIan Murray
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Goal38
33
WomePierre Wome
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi
49
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
Substitution70

Substitutes

1
KlosStefan Klos (GK)
12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
18
Pierre-FanfanJosé Pierre-Fanfan
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
Substitution70
19
ThompsonSteven Thompson
16
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
20
HuttonAlan Hutton
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
21
JeffersFrancis Jeffers
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
34
SmithSteven Smith
44
MomenteMatteo Momente
Substitution41
Yellow Card90+2
44
McCormackRoss McCormack
55
BoumsongDaniel Maa Boumsong
Substitution82

Coach

Alexander Mcleish (SCO) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Egon Bereuter (AUT), Walter Staudinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

Legend:

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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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