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Rangers make history in Italy

Published: Thursday 19 October 2006, 23.58CET
AS Livorno Calcio 2-3 Rangers FC
Charlie Adam, Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo scored as Rangers became the first Scottish club to win in Italy.

Match statistics

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Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners7
 
6
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed13
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 19 October 2006, 23.58CET

Rangers make history in Italy

AS Livorno Calcio 2-3 Rangers FC
Charlie Adam, Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo scored as Rangers became the first Scottish club to win in Italy.

Rangers FC enjoyed a memorable night in Tuscany as they registered an impressive win over AS Livorno Calcio in their UEFA Cup Group A opener.

A first for Scotland
Paul Le Guen's men produced a classy display with three goals in the first half to record the first-ever triumph by a Scottish club on Italian soil. In driving rain at the Stadio Armando Picchi, Charlie Adam opened the scoring in the 27th minute before Kris Boyd doubled the lead three minutes later from the penalty spot.

Burst of goals
Livorno striker Cristiano Lucarelli reduced the deficit with another spot-kick shortly after the half-hour but Le Guen's decision to start Nacho Novo in place of Dado Pršo paid dividends as the Spaniard scored Rangers' third ten minutes before the break - concluding a burst of four goals in little more than eight minutes. Lucarelli gave Livorno a lifeline with his second goal of the night in the 90th minute but an equaliser was beyond them.

Bright start
Rangers certainly started brightly and could have scored in the 12th minute after Novo's dangerous pass from the right found an unmarked Boyd, but his weak header was easy for goalkeeper Marco Amelia. Shortly after, Adam's long-distance shot fizzed wide of the near post as the Glasgow side moved closer to breaking the deadlock. The young midfielder was just finding his range, however, and in the 27th minute his low left-foot shot from outside the box gave the visitors the lead.

Penalties
Three minutes later, Rangers doubled their advantage as Boyd struck from the penalty spot after Samuel Kuffour brought down Novo. Stunned Livorno pulled a goal back with a penalty of their own from Lucarelli after referee Julián Rodríguez Santiago ruled that Julien Rodriguez had tugged the shirt of Luca Vigiani.

Novo restores advantage
Ten minutes before half-time, however, Novo restored Rangers' two-goal lead with a fine right-footed effort from outside the area. Rangers could have scored another goal but Boyd's 38th-minute header from Adam's cross went centimetres over. With a minute remaining, Livorno substitute Ibrahima Bakayoko saw a shot blocked by Letizi - but only as far as Lucarelli, who scored to give Livorno hope, but it was Rangers who nearly struck again with Filip Sebo hitting the crossbar in added time.

Last updated: 20/10/06 11.01CET

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Lineups

livorno

Livorno

rangers

Rangers

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
21
LetiziLionel Letizi (GK)
6
GalanteFabio Galante
4
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution88
8
VidigalVidigal
Yellow Card45
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Yellow Card43
11
VigianiLuca Vigiani
Substitution77
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
14
KuffourSamuel Kuffour
Yellow Card53
10
NovoNacho Novo
Goal35
Substitution86
18
RezaeiRahman Rezaei
Substitution57
15
BoydKris Boyd
Goal29
Substitution81
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
19
K. SvenssonKarl Svensson
28
PassoniDario Passoni
20
HuttonAlan Hutton
Yellow Card76
29
César PratesCésar Prates
Substitution46
25
AdamCharlie Adam
Goal27
78
DanilevičiusTomas Danilevičius
26
SmithSteven Smith
99
LucarelliCristiano Lucarelli (C)
Goal33
Goal89
27
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez

Substitutes

23
ManittaEmanuele Manitta (GK)
22
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
4
MorroneStefano Morrone
Substitution57
9
PršoDado Pršo
Substitution86
20
BakayokoIbrahima Bakayoko
Substitution77
11
Gavin RaeGavin Rae
Substitution88
69
BalleriDavid Balleri
Substitution46
23
ŠeboFilip Šebo
Substitution81
3
FilippiniAntonio Filippini
28
PonroyAntoine Ponroy
7
PfertzelMarc Pfertzel
29
StangerWilliam Stanger
77
GrandoniAlessandro Grandoni
30
N'DiayeMakthar N'Diaye

Coach

Daniele Arrigoni (ITA) Paul Le Guen (FRA)

Referee

Julian Rodriguez Santiago (ESP)

Assistant referees

Carlos Andrés Lopez Villate (ESP), Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

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