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Rampant Rangers hit top gear

Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 23.15CET
KS Amica Wronki 0-5 Rangers FC Scottish side produce five-star performance in Poland.

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 23.15CET

Rampant Rangers hit top gear

KS Amica Wronki 0-5 Rangers FC Scottish side produce five-star performance in Poland.

By Luke McLaughlin

Ambitious KS Amica Wronki were hoping to cause an upset in their UEFA Cup Group F tie against Scottish giants Rangers FC but despite making a bright start, they could not prevent the visitors recording a comfortable victory.

Early strike
Peter Løvenkrands finished smartly on 18 minutes but it was not until the second half that Nacho Novo, Fernando Ricksen, Shota Arveladze and Steven Thompson all got in on the act to mark an excellent night for Alex McLeish's team.

Dembinski danger
Amica were hopeful of causing problems going forward, and coach Maciej Skorza kept faith with Jacek Dembinski and Pawel Kryzstalowicz in attack. Long-term absentee Michael Ball travelled to Poland with the Rangers squad, as the Scottish team were suffering from a long list of injuries. Despite not being fully fit, Dado Pršo started up front.

Early promise
Amica began the game brightly with Mateusz Bartczak having a great chance to score in only the second minute. Kryszalowicz set him up with a clear shot at goal five metres out but Bartczak scuffed his effort just wide. The home side continued to play a high tempo, not giving Rangers any time to settle into a familiar rhythm. Jacek Dembinski hit the side-netting from a corner on eight minutes but he was off-balance and never looked likely to trouble Stefan Klos.

Rangers romp
Rangers then began to take control of the match. On 18 minutes Arveladze made good progress through the heart of the Amica defence, and as he was challenged the ball deflected straight to Løvenkrands lurking on the edge of the penalty area. The Dane needed only two touches - one to control and one to send an unerring shot low past Arkadiusz Malarz.

High five
Amica were deflated and suffered further in the face of a ruthless second-half display of finishing by the Scottish side. Twice Pršo created clear-cut chances with excellent link-up play, and Novo and Ricksen pounced gleefully to give Malarz no chance for the second and third goals. After Arveladze's penalty on 74 minutes, Thompson completed the scoring with two minutes to go, converting a simple headed chance.

Chances missed
Kryzstalowicz saw a late effort curl just wide of the post after he had beaten Jean-Alain Boumsong in the penalty area. It would have been a deserved consolation for Amica who had worked tirelessly and created some good chances. In the end, clinical finishing was the difference between Amica and Rangers, who both face Austrian champions Grazer AK next, on 4 November and 25 November respectively.

Last updated: 25/10/04 14.00CET

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Lineups

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Amica Wronki

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Rangers

1
MielcarzMaciej Mielcarz (GK)
1
KlosStefan Klos (GK) (C)
2
SkrzypekPawel Skrzypek
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
Goal70
4
KucharskiDawid Kucharski
Substitution46
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
8
Kryszałowicz	Paweł Kryszałowicz (C)
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
10
DembińskiJacek Dembiński
7
S. ArveladzeShota Arveladze
Goal73
Substitution78
11
GregorekKarol Gregorek
Substitution58
9
PršoDado Pršo
Substitution71
13
BieniukJaroslaw Bieniuk
12
MalcolmRobert Malcolm
16
StasiakMichał Stasiak
15
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
17
DudkaDariusz Dudka
17
BurkeChris Burke
18
BartczakMateusz Bartczak
24
VignalGrégory Vignal
19
M. BurkhardtMarcin Burkhardt
Substitution66
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Goal18
Substitution54

Substitutes

27
MalarzArkadiusz Malarz (GK)
30
G. SmithGraeme Smith (GK)
7
SobocinskiRemigiusz Sobocinski
Substitution46
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution54
Goal58
9
KikutMarcin Kikut
Substitution58
19
ThompsonSteven Thompson
Substitution71
Goal88
23
KowalczykKrysztof Kowalczyk
Substitution66
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi
Substitution78
5
DziewickiPiotr Dziewicki
18
BallMichael Ball
22
WojtkowiakGrzegorz Wojtkowiak
27
HughesStephen Hughes
25
F. BurkhardtFilip Burkhardt
35
McLeanBrian McLean

Coach

Maciej Skorża (POL) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Julian Rodriguez Santiago (ESP)

Assistant referees

Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez (ESP), José Antonio Ruiz Parra (ESP)

Fourth official

Miguel Angel Perez Lasa (ESP)

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