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Larsson earns Malmö victory at Rangers

Published: Tuesday 26 July 2011, 23.10CET
Rangers FC 0-1 Malmö FF
Daniel Larsson's splendid first-half strike gave the Swedish champions victory at Ibrox and the initiative heading into next week's return leg.
by Alex O'Henley
from Ibrox
Larsson earns Malmö victory at Rangers
Daniel Larsson scored the only goal of the game at Ibrox ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RangersMalmö

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target14
 
7
Corners6
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 26 July 2011, 23.10CET

Larsson earns Malmö victory at Rangers

Rangers FC 0-1 Malmö FF
Daniel Larsson's splendid first-half strike gave the Swedish champions victory at Ibrox and the initiative heading into next week's return leg.

Malmö FF recorded a 1-0 win against Rangers FC to take charge of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie.

Daniel Larsson, namesake of fellow countryman Henrik Larsson − so often the scourge of Rangers while at city rivals Celtic FC − was the hero for the Swedish champions with a well-taken first-half strike. Rangers must now score in the Swedbank Stadium on 3 August if they are to have any chance of progressing.

It was their visitors who started the brighter, with Larsson and Jimmy Durmaz passing up presentable opportunities in the opening stages. However, the latter made amends in the 18th minute when he unleashed a powerful right-footed shot from just inside the area which sailed past Allan McGregor.

With Brazilian Wilton Figueiredo controlling the midfield, Rangers had to wait until the 31st minute for their first effort on target, a retaken free-kick from Steven Davis which Dušan Melichárek parried to safety.

Malmö continued to look the sharper after the break and only a fingertip save from McGregor prevented Figueiredo from doubling the visitors' lead just before the hour. The hosts should have levelled seven minutes later, though, when Steven Naismith failed to convert two chances in the space of a minute after good play from Nikica Jelavić.

Last updated: 27/07/11 0.17CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000261/match=2007528/postmatch/report/index.html#malmo+rangers

Quotes

  • Daniel Larsson

    "We closed down the centre of the field and made them put in crosses. Defensively and tactically, it couldn't have gone much better"

  • Ally McCoist

    "I really do believe we can go over to Sweden and score. As disappointed as we all are, the tie is far from over"

Lineups

rangers

Rangers

malmö

Malmö

1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
25
MelichárekDušan Melichárek (GK)
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
Substitution28
4
AnderssonDaniel Andersson (C)
5
PapacSaša Papac
Yellow Card48
5
MutavdžićMiljan Mutavdžić
6
McCullochLee McCulloch
6
HalstiMarkus Halsti
7
EduMaurice Edu
7
LarssonDaniel Larsson
Goal18
Substitution80
8
DavisSteven Davis
9
Wílton FigueiredoWílton Figueiredo
Yellow Card30
Substitution69
9
JelavićNikica Jelavić
10
HamadJiloan Hamad
12
WallaceLee Wallace
Yellow Card56
15
JanssonPontus Jansson
14
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
17
PekalskiIvo Pekalski
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
21
DurmazJimmy Durmaz
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra
24
MehmetiAgon Mehmeti
Substitution53

Substitutes

25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
30
GaračaDejan Garača (GK)
4
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
11
AubynnJeffrey Aubynn
10
FleckJohn Fleck
16
Yago Fernández Yago Fernández
Substitution80
15
HealyDavid Healy
18
NazariAmin Nazari
Substitution53
17
JuanmaJuanma
Substitution28
19
RexhepiDardan Rexhepi
Substitution69
27
WyldeGregg Wylde
23
MalmTobias Malm
38
HemmingsKane Hemmings
29
O. NazariOmid Nazari

Coach

Ally McCoist (SCO) Rikard Norling (SWE)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Javier Rodriguez (ESP), Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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