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Novo late show rescues Rangers

Published: Tuesday 14 August 2007, 22.45CET
Rangers FC 1-0 FK Crvena Zvezda A last-minute goal from Spanish striker Nacho Novo gave the Scottish hosts a slender lead to take to Belgrade.
by Alex O'Henley
from Ibrox
Novo late show rescues Rangers
Nacho Novo delights in his winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RangersCrvena zvezda

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
7
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 14 August 2007, 22.45CET

Novo late show rescues Rangers

Rangers FC 1-0 FK Crvena Zvezda A last-minute goal from Spanish striker Nacho Novo gave the Scottish hosts a slender lead to take to Belgrade.

A last minute goal from Spanish striker Nacho Novo gave Rangers FC a 1-0 win against FK Crvena Zvezda in a tense UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg in Glasgow.

Novo heroics
It looked as though the Belgrade club had done enough to hold out. But substitute Novo latched on to a loose ball in the final minute before sending it past the advancing goalkeeper Ivan Randjelović to give Rangers a dramatic, albeit slender, lead ahead of the return in Serbia in a fortnight's time

Nervous start
Both sides begun the match cagily, seemingly content to enjoy possession in deep-lying areas without ever posing a significant threat at either end. Indeed, the first half hour came and went without a shot on target, the only incidents of note being bookings for Djordje Tutorić and Dušan Andjelković following some over zealous challenges on Jean-Claude Darcheville and Barry Ferguson.

Djordević effort
The visitors greatest threat came from Ognjen Koroman down the left-hand side but all too often the former Portsmouth FC midfielder lacked support to the extent that frustration eventually got the better of him when he also entered the referee's notebook for a late tackle on Allan Hutton. Five minutes before half-time Filip Djordević went close for Crvena Zvezda reacting to a misjudgement from Carlos Cuellar before unleashing a powerful left-foot shot that rose just over Allan McGregor's crossbar.

Key substitution
The second half continued in much the same vein with both midfields cancelling each other out leaving chances at a premium for both sets of strikers. With 25 minutes remaining Walter Smith reacted to the impasse by making a double substitution, introducing Novo and Daniel Cousin in place of DaMarcus Beasley and Darcheville as Rangers sought to inject more pace into their attack. However, apart from a Cousin shot and an effort by Ferguson which found the side-netting it looked as if Smith's attacking moves were in vain, but then Novo struck and a return to the group stage after reaching the last 16 two years ago now looks a real possibility.

Last updated: 15/08/07 10.38CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

crvena zvezda

Crvena zvezda

20
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
Substitution65
3
AndjelkovićDušan Andjelković
Yellow Card29
21
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
18
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
35
CastilloSegundo Castillo
Yellow Card90+2
19
DarchevilleJean-Claude Darcheville
Substitution65
20
LucasLucas
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
21
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
8
KoromanOgnjen Koroman (C)
Yellow Card36
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
7
MilijašNenad Milijaš
27
McCullochLee McCulloch
1
RandjelovićIvan Randjelović (GK)
1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
27
RaškovićMilanko Rašković
Yellow Card66
Substitution70
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
13
TutorićDjordje Tutorić
Yellow Card13
3
WeirDavid Weir
33
F. DjordjevićFilip Djordjević
Yellow Card68
Substitution82

Substitutes

11
AdamCharlie Adam
19
BajalicaMiloš Bajalica
9
BoydKris Boyd
9
BarcosHernan Barcos
25
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
32
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Substitution82
29
CousinDaniel Cousin
Substitution65
23
MolinaMauricio Molina
Substitution70
Yellow Card81
18
MurrayIan Murray
4
PantićAleksandar Pantić
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution65
Goal90
31
RadivojevićSaša Radivojević (GK)
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
25
SalasFranklin Salas

Coach

Walter Smith (SCO) Milorad Kosanovic (SRB)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

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