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Rangers through with Belgrade draw

Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 0.57CET
FK Crvena Zvezda 0-0 Rangers FC (agg: 0-1)
The Scottish side resisted all attempts by 'Red Star' to find their way back into this third qualifying round tie.
by Alex O'Henley

Match statistics

Crvena zvezdaRangers

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 0.57CET

Rangers through with Belgrade draw

FK Crvena Zvezda 0-0 Rangers FC (agg: 0-1)
The Scottish side resisted all attempts by 'Red Star' to find their way back into this third qualifying round tie.

Rangers FC held FK Crvena Zvezda to a scoreless draw in Belgrade to progress to the UEFA Champions League group stage courtesy of their 1-0 first-leg win in Glasgow.

Rearguard action
The Scottish club survived an early scare before producing a solid defensive performance to take their place in Thursday's draw and deny the Serbian champions a first appearance in the UEFA Champions League proper.

Early chance
Backed by a capacity 50,000 crowd, 'Red Star' went out in search of a goal to level the tie and it almost arrived within two minutes. Uncharacteristically, Carlos Cuéllar misjudged a high ball which presented Igor Burzanović with a scoring opportunity from eight metres, but the Crvena Zvezda striker – who had missed the first leg through suspension – shot straight at Allan McGregor.

Home pressure
Dušan Andjelković should have broken the deadlock on 34 minutes when a loose ball fell to him deep inside the Rangers box, yet with the goal at his mercy the left-back lifted a shot harmlessly over. Milorad Kosanović's men were doing all the running with Rangers content to soak up the pressure and McGregor forced into action again just before half-time, blocking Andjelković's attempt at the expense of a corner.

Counterattack
Crvena Zvezda continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession after the break without creating clear-cut openings. Indeed, the best chance fell to Jean-Claude Darcheville at the other end on 57 minutes. The Rangers forward used his strength to wriggle away from his marker on the edge of the area but his strike failed to find the target.

Late rally
Buoyed by that effort, Lee McCulloch tried his luck and Ivan Randjelović had to turn his shot around the post, before home captain Ognjen Koroman prompted another good stop from McGregor with an attempt from just outside the box. In the closing minutes the home team pushed for a goal that would take the tie to extra time but Rangers held on, ensuring that Nacho Novo's solitary strike in Glasgow sent them into the group stage for the eighth time.

Last updated: 29/08/07 10.09CET

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Lineups

crvena zvezda

Crvena zvezda

rangers

Rangers

3
AndjelkovićDušan Andjelković
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
30
BastaDušan Basta (C)
Yellow Card75
19
DarchevilleJean-Claude Darcheville
Substitution69
10
BurzanovićIgor Burzanović
Yellow Card65
Substitution69
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
35
CastilloSegundo Castillo
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
20
LucasLucas
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
Yellow Card82
21
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
Yellow Card44
27
McCullochLee McCulloch
Yellow Card84
8
KoromanOgnjen Koroman
Yellow Card90+4
1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
7
MilijašNenad Milijaš
Substitution73
5
PapacSaša Papac
1
RandjelovićIvan Randjelović (GK)
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
13
TutorićDjordje Tutorić
3
WeirDavid Weir
33
F. DjordjevićFilip Djordjević
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
Substitution78

Substitutes

19
BajalicaMiloš Bajalica
20
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
Substitution78
22
BanovićZoran Banović (GK)
9
BoydKris Boyd
9
BarcosHernan Barcos
Substitution69
21
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
18
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
25
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
32
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
29
CousinDaniel Cousin
Substitution69
23
MolinaMauricio Molina
10
NovoNacho Novo
27
RaškovićMilanko Rašković
Substitution73
22
WebsterAndy Webster

Coach

Milorad Kosanovic (SRB) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Sergio Manuel Lacroix Pimenta (POR), José Ramalho (POR)

Fourth official

Rui Silva (POR)

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