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Rangers rampant in Lyon's lair

Published: Wednesday 3 October 2007, 0.54CET
Olympique Lyonnais 0-3 Rangers FC
Lee McCulloch, Daniel Cousin and DaMarcus Beasley gave the Scottish visitors a stunning Group E triumph.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade de Gerland

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Match statistics

LyonRangers

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target10
 
3
Attempts off target14
 
1
Corners14
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 3 October 2007, 0.54CET

Rangers rampant in Lyon's lair

Olympique Lyonnais 0-3 Rangers FC
Lee McCulloch, Daniel Cousin and DaMarcus Beasley gave the Scottish visitors a stunning Group E triumph.

Rangers FC sprang a major surprise with a stunning success at Olympique Lyonnais which ended a run of nine UEFA Champions League away games without a victory and ensured they kept pace with FC Barcelona at the top of Group E.

Stunning success
The Glasgow club showed skill and endeavour to overcome Lyon, who have now failed to win in six European matches. Alain Perrin's men had slumped to their heaviest UEFA Champions League defeat in Barcelona two weeks before but few imagined a repeat of that 3-0 scoreline, even when Lee McCulloch opened the scoring midway through the first period. However, two goals in the space of five second-half minutes from DaMarcus Beasley and Daniel Cousin secured a memorable result for Rangers, whose last away triumph in the competition had come in 2000.

Attacking intent
With Lyon unable to score in their last three UEFA Champions League outings, coach Perrin made his intentions clear by packing the side with attacking talent – Juninho Pernambucano and Mathieu Bodmer playing advanced roles behind a trident of Sidney Govou, Karim Benzema and Milan Baroš. The hosts pressed forward with urgency from the start but Rangers, defending with fierce determination, snuffed out the danger. Juninho and Baroš both had efforts blocked and when Carlos Cuéllar deflected Benzema's shot goalwards, Allan McGregor made a comfortable save.

McCulloch breakthrough
Having calmed the early storm, Walter Smith's team began to show more ambition, lone striker Cousin turning Sébastien Squillaci only to be denied by Anderson's lunging challenge. That hint of an opening prompted a volley of noise from the away fans and moments later they were celebrating the tie's first goal. Nobody picked up McCulloch's run to the near post and the midfielder, making his competition debut, rose to head in Beasley's right-wing corner on 23 minutes.

Juninho danger
The French champions sought an instant response but their approach play was often hurried and their finishing wayward. Baroš, Bodmer and Kim Källström all fired over before Juninho tested McGregor with a swerving free-kick. The captain's set-piece skills were proving Lyon's most dangerous weapon and Rangers had another escape on the stroke of half-time when the Brazilian's dipping attempt from 20 metres crashed back off the crossbar.

Decisive spell
Juninho tried hard to rally his off-colour side, shooting narrowly wide two minutes into the second period, yet Rangers looked sharper and took the match away from Lyon with two quick goals. Cousin struck first on 48 minutes, controlling Alan Hutton's right-wing cross and turning sharply to rifle an unstoppable shot past Rémy Vercoutre from close range. The tall Gabon forward then turned provider, sweeping a precise crossfield pass over Squillaci's head for Beasley to bring the ball down and slot past an exposed Vercoutre.

Luckless Lyon
Drained of confidence, Lyon never looked likely to mount a comeback and when Juninho rattled the woodwork for a second time, the game seemed to be up. There was still time for McGregor to deny Hatem Ben Arfa, before Anderson nodded the resulting corner against the crossbar as luck deserted Lyon.

Last updated: 27/11/12 21.03CET

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

rangers

Rangers

30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
5
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
Substitution60
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
6
KällströmKim Källström
3
WeirDavid Weir
Yellow Card45
7
BarošMilan Baroš
Substitution60
5
PapacSaša Papac
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho (C)
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Yellow Card81
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
Yellow Card87
14
GovouSidney Govou
20
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
Goal53
Substitution90
20
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
Yellow Card77
Substitution81
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
22
AndersonAnderson
27
McCullochLee McCulloch
Goal23
Substitution81
29
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
Yellow Card44
29
CousinDaniel Cousin
Goal48
Substitution66

Substitutes

40
RouxFrédéric Roux (GK)
25
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
2
ClercFrançois Clerc
Substitution81
9
BoydKris Boyd
18
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution60
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution81
21
BelhadjNadir Belhadj
11
AdamCharlie Adam
Substitution90
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
Substitution60
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
Substitution66
26
Fábio SantosFábio Santos
38
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
39
FayeAmdy Faye

Coach

Alain Perrin (FRA) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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