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Rangers shock lacklustre Bremen

Published: Friday 7 March 2008
Rangers FC 2-0 Werder Bremen
Two strikes either side of half-time earned Rangers a commanding last-16 advantage over Bremen at Ibrox.

Match statistics

RangersBremen

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners4
 
4
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed18
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 7 March 2008

Rangers shock lacklustre Bremen

Rangers FC 2-0 Werder Bremen
Two strikes either side of half-time earned Rangers a commanding last-16 advantage over Bremen at Ibrox.

Two goals either side of half-time gave Rangers FC a commanding UEFA Cup last-16 advantage over Werder Bremen at Ibrox.

Keeping mistakes
Strikes from Daniel Cousin and Steven Davis – both coming after errors from Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese – secured Rangers the first-leg win on a night when little went right for the German visitors, who now have it all to do ahead of next Thursday's return game.

Positive start
The Glasgow side had already hosted Bundesliga opposition this season, defeating VfB Stuttgart 2-1 in the first game of the UEFA Champions League group stage, and they started positively. Charlie Adam forced Wiese into a full-length save within 60 seconds, and it was not until 20 minutes had gone that the away side fashioned a response when Markus Rosenberg picked up a loose ball and hit a rasping shot which Allan McGregor had to palm away.

Double strike
Bremen were finding it hard to get playmaker Diego into the game and, on the stroke of half-time, Rangers took the lead when Cousin hit a speculative shot from distance and Wiese could only palm the ball up before it bounced into the net. Two minutes into the second half, Cousin found himself in space on the right-hand side of the penalty area and drilled in a shot which Wiese spilt allowing Davis to pounce.

Late chances
Davis headed another chance over after a cross from Barry Ferguson, making his 77th UEFA club competition appearance, a new record for a Scotsman. The home captain went close himself twice in the space of two minutes as Rangers looked to increase their lead. Bremen tried to respond and Daniel Jensen's 75th-minute effort tested McGregor. With four minutes remaining, Rangers squandered a golden chance to get a third when substitute Lee McCulloch latched on to Naldo's under-hit header, rounded Wiese but was superbly tackled by the back-tracking Brazilian defender.

Last updated: 08/04/08 17.33CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

bremen

Bremen

1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
3
WeirDavid Weir
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Substitution64
5
PapacSaša Papac
4
NaldoNaldo
Yellow Card67
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
Yellow Card90
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution60
11
AdamCharlie Adam
8
FritzClemens Fritz
21
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
10
DiegoDiego
29
CousinDaniel Cousin
Goal45
Substitution75
14
HuntAaron Hunt
30
DaillyChristian Dailly
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
35
DavisSteven Davis
Goal48
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker

Substitutes

13
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution64
9
BoydKris Boyd
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
10
NovoNacho Novo
15
OwomoyelaPatrick Owomoyela
17
BurkeChris Burke
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution60
Yellow Card82
27
McCullochLee McCulloch
Substitution75
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
34
HarnikMartin Harnik

Coach

Walter Smith (SCO) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Francis Crelo (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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