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Timely Novo nudges Rangers onward

Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 21.45CET
Panathinaikos FC 1-1 Rangers FC(agg: 1-1, Rangers win on away goals) Nacho Novo struck late on to send Scottish challengers Rangers through.
Timely Novo nudges Rangers onward
Nacho Novo (left) shot Rangers through ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PanathinaikosRangers

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target11
 
2
Corners6
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed5
 
19
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 21.45CET

Timely Novo nudges Rangers onward

Panathinaikos FC 1-1 Rangers FC(agg: 1-1, Rangers win on away goals) Nacho Novo struck late on to send Scottish challengers Rangers through.

Nacho Novo struck with just nine minutes left to edge Rangers FC past Panathinaikos FC and into the UEFA Cup Round of 16 on away goals.

Late equaliser
Panathinaikos captain Ioannis Goumas had edged the Greek side into what seemed a decisive lead with a fine finish early in the return. But their coach José Peseiro had said that the 0-0 draw in Glasgow last week was a dangerous result for his side, and so it proved as Novo found the target late on, the first man to score an away European goal at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium since Panathinaikos returned there this summer.

Superb strike
From the outset Rangers were under pressure and having already been forced to scramble the ball away more than once, they fell behind in the 12th minute. It was a superb strike, Goumas controlling the ball on his chest outside the box, turning and lifting a shot over Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor and into the net. Goumas nearly repeated the trick shortly afterwards, but McGregor saved and Andreas Ivanschitz also went close.

Sucker punch
The home side were not quite as dominant after the break, but still they remained on top. Goumas threatened with a header and an Ivanschitz shot deflected into the path of Marcelo Mattos, but he was unable to force the ball in from point-blank range. That was punished with aplomb just a few minutes later, as Panathinaikos were unable to fully clear a cross from the right by substitute Chris Burke and although Novo did not make full contact, home goalkeeper Mario Galinović was already commited and the ball bounced in to his right. Shell-shocked Panathinaikos had little time to reply, a Goumas header wide the nearest they came.

Last updated: 22/02/08 12.31CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

rangers

Rangers

1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
4
MattosMarcelo Mattos
3
WeirDavid Weir
5
MorrisNasief Morris
5
PapacSaša Papac
Substitution66
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas (C)
Goal12
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
12
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution62
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
Substitution69
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
9
BoydKris Boyd
21
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
10
NovoNacho Novo
Goal81
22
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution83
11
AdamCharlie Adam
Substitution66
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
21
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
27
IvanschitzAndreas Ivanschitz
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
29
NilssonMikael Nilsson
Substitution86
35
DavisSteven Davis

Substitutes

18
MalarzArkadiusz Malarz (GK)
13
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
4
BuffelThomas Buffel
10
GonzálezEzequiel González
Substitution83
15
GowAlan Gow
11
D. PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
Substitution86
17
BurkeChris Burke
Substitution69
Yellow Card86
19
ŠerićAnthony Šerić
38
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
Substitution66
23
SimãoSimão
30
DaillyChristian Dailly
Substitution66
25
N'DoyeDame N'Doye
Substitution62
29
CousinDaniel Cousin

Coach

José Peseiro (POR) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Robert Hartmann (GER)

Fourth official

Günter Perl (GER)

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