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Rangers frustrated as Kaunas stand firm

Published: Wednesday 30 July 2008, 23.30CET
Rangers FC 0-0 FBK Kaunas
Walter Smith was left with plenty to ponder as the UEFA Cup runners-up were held by Lithuania's finest.
by Alex O'Henley
from Glasgow

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Published: Wednesday 30 July 2008, 23.30CET

Rangers frustrated as Kaunas stand firm

Rangers FC 0-0 FBK Kaunas
Walter Smith was left with plenty to ponder as the UEFA Cup runners-up were held by Lithuania's finest.

FBK Kaunas were delighted to leave Glasgow with a 0-0 draw after holding Rangers FC in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie.

Realistic chance
The Lithuanian champions lost 4-1 on their last visit to Ibrox eight years ago, but José Couceiro's side survived the predicted onslaught from last season's UEFA Cup finalists to give themselves a realistic chance of progressing when this contest concludes next Tuesday.

Close efforts
Kaunas made the brighter start with Linas Pilibaitis and Rafael Ledesma threatening Allan McGregor's goal in the opening 20 minutes. However, Rangers asserted themselves thereafter and Kenny Miller and Jean-Claude Darcheville were unfortunate to see efforts cleared off the line before half-time.

Profligate
The Scottish team picked up where they left off after the break but continued to be profligate in front of goal, prompting Kevin Thomson and Lee McCulloch to try their luck with long-range attempts as the blue shirts pressed for a breakthrough. Substitute Nacho Novo had a shot kicked off the line five minutes from time, summing up Rangers' night and leaving manager Walter Smith with plenty to ponder over the next six days.

Last updated: 31/07/08 9.38CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

kaunas

Kaunas

19
DarchevilleJean-Claude Darcheville
Substitution66
32
KelloMarián Kello (GK)
23
DaillyChristian Dailly
Substitution46
11
LedesmaRafael Ledesma
Substitution62
12
McCullochLee McCulloch
Yellow Card56
13
LukšaVytautas Lukša
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
7
PilibaitisLinas Pilibaitis
Substitution83
1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
10
GrigalevičiusMindaugas Grigalevičius
Substitution68
11
AdamCharlie Adam
15
ZelmikasIrmantas Zelmikas
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
2
RadžiusNerijus Radžius
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
5
KančelskisTomas Kančelskis (C)
21
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
4
MendyPascal Mendy
5
PapacSaša Papac
3
MrowiecAdrian Mrowiec
18
MillerKenny Miller
Substitution74
25
FridrikasMantas Fridrikas

Substitutes

7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
6
ManchkhavaNukri Manchkhava
Substitution62
25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
27
MamićBojan Mamić
9
BoydKris Boyd
Substitution66
12
DreerEsteban Javier Dreer (GK)
22
WebsterAndy Webster
14
ZubavičiusVygantas Zubavičius
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution46
26
ČinikasMarius Činikas
Substitution83
37
VeličkaAndrius Velička
Substitution74
18
BagužisMindaugas Bagužis
27
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
21
RimkevičiusArturas Rimkevičius
Substitution68

Coach

Walter Smith (SCO) José Couceiro (POR)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Nicky Siebert (NED), J.F. Hans Olde Olthof (NED)

Fourth official

Raymond van Meenen (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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