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Rangers enjoy shoot-out success

Published: Thursday 6 December 2001, 23.00CET
Rangers FC beat Paris Saint-Germain FC 4-3 on penalties to qualify for the UEFA Cup fourth round at the Parc des Princes stadium.

Match statistics

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Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
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2
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Published: Thursday 6 December 2001, 23.00CET

Rangers enjoy shoot-out success

Rangers FC beat Paris Saint-Germain FC 4-3 on penalties to qualify for the UEFA Cup fourth round at the Parc des Princes stadium.

Rangers FC were gifted an early Christmas present by Mauricio Pochettino's penalty miss as they beat Paris Saint-Germain FC 4-3 on spot-kicks to qualify for the UEFA Cup fourth round at the Parc des Princes stadium.

Pochettino hits crossbar
The win means that Rangers, who have never won on penalties before in Europe, have prolonged their stay in a European competition past Christmas for the first time since the 1992/92 season. The game was decided on the 12th spot-kick when Argentinian defender Pochettino crashed his penalty against the crossbar. For PSG, Pochettino's misfortune means the end of a European run that started back in July as they progressed from the Intertoto Cup to the UEFA Cup.

Sudden death
PSG's Jay-Jay Okocha and Gabriel Heinze, and Bert Konterman and Claudio Caniggia of Rangers had all missed penalties for their sides before the shoot-out moved into the sudden-death phase. Before Pochettino had missed, Barry Ferguson had put Rangers 4-3 ahead.

Psychological disadvantage
The match, as with the first-leg tie in Glasgow, had ended goalless after extra time. But Rangers entered the penalty decider at a psychological disadvantage after Ronald de Boer missed a spot-kick with only three minutes of extra time remaining. Caniggia had won that penalty after referee Hartmut Strampe ruled that the Argentinian had been fouled by PSG goalkeeper Lionel Letizi. But De Boer missed his spot-kick just as he had done in the 1998 FIFA World Cup semi-final for Holland against Brazil. With Rangers poised to progress to the fourth round having survived 117 minutes in Paris, the Dutchman skied his penalty over the bar.

Knife edge
The game itself had swung this way and that, though with the contrast in styles it was never really thrilling until the penalties started to be missed. While Rangers were quick and incisive on the counterattack, PSG favoured a more methodical style, building up slowly and deliberately. The contrast initially saw Rangers controlling the game and really Dick Advocaat's side should have gone in at the interval at least three goals in front. That they did not was primarily due to the poor finishing of Tore Andre Flo. Twice the Norwegian international had heading opportunities, but twice he missed. First Letizi denied him with a splendid save and then his effort was too tame.

PSG recovery
After the interval Rangers failed to maintain their control and PSG took hold of the game. This was primarily due to the persistence of Ronaldinho and the introduction of Nicolas Anelka midway through the second half. The Brazilian Ronaldinho was a constant threat with his dribbling skills and Anelka considerably sharpened the PSG attack once he had adjusted to the pace of the game.

Advocaat relieved
Rangers coach Dick Advocaat said: "We were lucky to win the shootout. But I'm happy for myself, for the team and above all for the 10,000 fans who came from Scotland to support us in Paris. When you miss an opportunity just before the end, as we did tonight, your morale is very low but we survived."

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Lineups

psg

PSG

rangers

Rangers

1
LetiziLionel Letizi
Yellow Card118 ET
1
KlosStefan Klos
2
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
3
MooreCraig Moore
4
ArtetaMikel Arteta
4
AmorusoLorenzo Amoruso
5
PochettinoMauricio Pochettino (C)
Yellow Card89
5
NumanArthur Numan
7
AloisioJosé Aloisio
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Yellow Card75
12
El KarkouriTalal El Karkouri
9
FloTore André Flo
Substitution78
19
Laurent LeroyLaurent Leroy
Substitution62
12
ReynaClaudio Reyna
20
CisséÉdouard Cissé
Yellow Card34
Substitution78
14
R. de BoerRonald de Boer
21
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
15
KontermanBert Konterman
22
CristobalCristobal
21
RossMaurice Ross
Yellow Card45
Substitution109 ET
26
OgbecheBartholomew Ogbeche
Substitution56
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Substitution30

Substitutes

16
AlonzoJérôme Alonzo
22
ChristiansenJesper Christiansen
11
AlexAlex
7
CaniggiaClaudio Caniggia
Substitution30
9
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution62
Yellow Card104 ET
16
DoddsBilly Dodds
17
LlacerFrancis Llacer
25
VidmarTony Vidmar
Substitution109 ET
24
MendyBernard Mendy
Substitution78
Yellow Card114 ET
20
LatapyRussell Latapy
Substitution78
10
OkochaJay-Jay Okocha
Substitution56
10
MolsMichael Mols
3
PotillonLionel Potillon
19
WilsonScott Wilson

Coach

Luis Fernandez (FRA) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Hartmut Strampe (GER)

Assistant referees

Harald Sather (GER), Markus Scheibel (GER)

Fourth official

Jürgen Jansen (GER)

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