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Kalou takes Auxerre through

Published: Thursday 16 December 2004
Rangers FC 0-2 AJ Auxerre Bonaventure Kalou's goals help Auxerre progress at Rangers' expense.

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Published: Thursday 16 December 2004

Kalou takes Auxerre through

Rangers FC 0-2 AJ Auxerre Bonaventure Kalou's goals help Auxerre progress at Rangers' expense.

By Stuart Darroch at Ibrox

AJ Auxerre progressed to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup and eliminated Rangers FC in the process after two goals from Bonaventure Kalou secured a 2-0 Group F win in Glasgow on Matchday 5.

Ibrox jinx
Guy Roux's side maintained French clubs' excellent record at Ibrox with Rangers now failing to overcome visitors from France in their last seven attempts. With the other result in the group conspiring against them, Rangers found themselves knocked out of the competition with Auxerre claiming one of the three qualifying positions.

Quick-fire Kalou
Rangers knew beforehand they required only a draw to advance but within nine minutes the Glasgow team's plan was in disarray. Auxerre attacked with pace after a Rangers corner-kick routine broke down. Bacary Sagna made progress down the right wing before picking out Kalou coming in behind the home side's defenders. His first shot from seven metres hit the bar, but he was quickest to respond and tapped the rebound into the net.

Namouchi off-target
Roux's players enjoyed long spells of possession inside the opening 20 minutes with Benjani Mwaruwari and Benoît Cheyrou passing up chances to add to their lead. Rangers finally responded after 26 minutes when Dado Pršo's right-wing cross was just missed by Hamed Namouchi only four metres from goal.

Pršo profligate
Croatian international Pršo was presented with Rangers' best opportunity after 34 minutes when Nacho Novo slipped a ball inside the Auxerre defence. Despite beating two defenders, Pršo could, however, only clip his left-foot shot wide from nine metres.

Crucial second
The Scottish team were left to rue that miss within two minutes of the start of the second half when Auxerre increased their lead. A poor defensive clearance by Rangers right-back Zurab Khizanishvili put his side in trouble and Kalou exploited the opening. The Ivory Coast striker pounced and swept a low, left-footed effort into the bottom corner from eight metres to seal victory.

Last updated: 16/12/04 10.42CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

auxerre

Auxerre

1
KlosStefan Klos (GK) (C)
1
CoolFabien Cool (GK)
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
4
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
6
VioleauPhilippe Violeau (C)
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Yellow Card65
7
ArveladzeShota Arveladze
10
TainioTeemu Tainio
Substitution80
9
PršoDado Pršo
11
AkaléKanga Akalé
10
NovoNacho Novo
12
MignotJean-Pascal Mignot
12
MalcolmRobert Malcolm
15
KalouBonaventure Kalou
Goal9
Goal46
15
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
Substitution54
21
BenjaniMwaruwari Benjani
24
VignalGrégory Vignal
23
BolfRené Bolf
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi
Substitution80
29
SagnaBacary Sagna
Substitution80

Substitutes

30
G. SmithGraeme Smith (GK)
30
ChabertBaptiste Chabert (GK)
3
MooreCraig Moore
3
JaurèsJean-Sébastien Jaurès
Substitution80
8
Alex RaeAlex Rae
Substitution80
9
PieroniLuigi Pieroni
14
MladenovićDragan Mladenović
14
VandenbosscheDavid Vandenbossche
18
BallMichael Ball
20
GonzalezArnaud Gonzalez
Substitution80
20
HuttonAlan Hutton
Substitution54
25
RecorbetDavid Recorbet
21
RossMaurice Ross
27
CoulibalyMamoutou Coulibaly

Coach

Alexander Mcleish (SCO) Guy Roux (FRA)

Referee

Franz-Xaver Wack (GER)

Assistant referees

Christian Schräer (GER), Harry Ehing (GER)

Fourth official

Uwe Kemmling (GER)

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