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Marica winner makes Rangers sweat

Published: Wednesday 28 November 2007, 0.25CET
VfB Stuttgart 3-2 Rangers FC
Ciprian Marica's late winner earned Stuttgart their first points and frustrated Rangers' hopes of progressing.
by John Atkin
from Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion
Marica winner makes Rangers sweat
Ciprian Marica delights in his winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

StuttgartRangers

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
4
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed17
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 November 2007, 0.25CET

Marica winner makes Rangers sweat

VfB Stuttgart 3-2 Rangers FC
Ciprian Marica's late winner earned Stuttgart their first points and frustrated Rangers' hopes of progressing.

Ciprian Marica struck five minutes from time as VfB Stuttgart earned their first points of the UEFA Champions League campaign and dealt a blow to Rangers FC's hopes of progressing to the last 16.

Lyon test
Rangers had looked on course for a valuable win on 27 minutes, when less than 60 seconds after replacing Lee McCulloch, Charlie Adam scored with his first touch, lashing in from close range after Carlos Cuéllar had headed in a corner into his path. Cacau equalised on the cusp of half-time, however, before Pável Pardo completed the turnaround on 62 minutes, his fizzing shot taking a slight deflection off Roberto Hilbert as it crept inside the post. Barry Ferguson made it 2-2 but Marica's goal means that Rangers now must get at least a point from their Matchday 6 encounter against Olympique Lyonnais at Ibrox. Stuttgart already knew they could not climb from fourth place in Group E.

Lively start
The match was preceded with an impromptu dance between Rangers mascot Broxi Bear and his VfB counterpart Fritzle but any amicability was soon forgotten in a committed opening. Rangers could have taken the lead on seven minutes but DaMarcus Beasley scuffed his shot with only Raphael Schäfer to beat, and the home side responded immediately as Hilbert broke and delivered an arcing cross that hit Carlos Cuéllar and looped into the arms of the grateful Allan McGregor.

Box to box
While Broxi and Fritzle had done their pre-match routine, German cruiserweight Firat Arslan was interviewed by the stadium announcer and the end-to-end game had more the tempo of a boxing bout than a waltz. Just as Stuttgart began to threaten, Rangers hit back with a sucker-punch, with Jean-Claude Darcheville surging past Matthieu Delpierre before firing a weak effort into the side-netting. At the other end Ciprian Marica, enjoying a rare start in place of the injured Mario Gómez, sent Cacau clear with a delicate touch but McGregor came to Rangers' rescue, saving with his legs.

Cacau flick
True to form, the visitors hit back; Ferguson's shot trickling agonizingly past the upright following a heavy Delpierre deflection. From the resulting corner Ludovic Magnin cleared David Weir's header off the goalline and although McCulloch's injury could have knocked Rangers off their stride, Adam had other ideas. Having lost their previous Group E fixtures it could have been a telling blow yet VfB took stock, and upped the tempo as half-time approached. Cacau and Sami Khedira both had openings before the pressure finally told two minutes into added time, Cacau adroitly flicking in Pardo's driven cross following a short corner.

Ferguson equaliser
Rangers' misery was compounded three minutes after the restart as they lost Beasley to injury and Stuttgart took hold of the game. Just after the hour Pardo made it 2-1, but the lead lasted just eight minutes before Ferguson side-footed into the empty net after substitute Steven Naismith had dispossessed Delpierre and sent in a cross that Schäfer could only to palm into the Rangers captain's path. Marica had the last word, however, flicking in Magnin's cross via a Weir deflection.

Last updated: 28/11/07 14.35CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

rangers

Rangers

1
SchäferRaphael Schäfer (GK)
1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
2
BeckAndreas Beck
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
Yellow Card89
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira (C)
3
WeirDavid Weir
11
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
5
PapacSaša Papac
13
PardoPável Pardo
Goal62
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Goal70
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
18
CacauCacau
Goal45+2
Substitution88
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
19
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Substitution83
19
DarchevilleJean-Claude Darcheville
Substitution82
20
MaricaCiprian Marica
Goal85
20
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
Substitution49
21
MagninLudovic Magnin
Yellow Card37
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
28
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution46
27
McCullochLee McCulloch
Yellow Card24
Substitution26

Substitutes

12
LangerMichael Langer (GK)
25
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
3
OsorioRicardo Osorio
9
BoydKris Boyd
5
TasciSerdar Tasci
Substitution88
11
AdamCharlie Adam
Substitution26
Goal27
Yellow Card87
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
21
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
8
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
9
EwerthonEwerthon
Substitution83
29
CousinDaniel Cousin
Substitution82
25
Da SilvaAntônio da Silva
Substitution46
38
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
Substitution49

Coach

Armin Veh (GER) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Assistant referees

Andrej Kokolj (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Robert Krajnc (SVN)

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