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Rangers and Sporting share spoils

Published: Thursday 3 April 2008, 23.00CET
Rangers FC 0-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal If the hosts missed the better chances, they were also happy to have denied Sporting an away goal at Ibrox.
by Barry Johnston
from Ibrox

Match statistics

RangersSporting

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners10
 
5
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed9
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 3 April 2008, 23.00CET

Rangers and Sporting share spoils

Rangers FC 0-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal If the hosts missed the better chances, they were also happy to have denied Sporting an away goal at Ibrox.

Rangers FC kept the clean sheet they desperately wanted going into next week's UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg against Sporting Clube de Portugal, but they may live to regret a number of missed opportunities as they dominated on the night without scoring.

No finish
If the Scottish league leaders' success during this European campaign has been built on a combination of no-frills defending and efficient counterattacking, then only one ingredient was missing in Glasgow – the clinical finish. Lee McCulloch and Steven Davis might both have scored against visitors who were themselves unable to make a period of late possession count.

Injury fright
Already missing strikers Derlei and Rodrigo Tiuí through injury, Sporting's personnel problems seemed set to worsen after just two minutes when Liedson was carried to the sidelines on a stretcher following an innocuous clash with Rangers defender David Weir. However, to the relief of coach Paulo Bento, the Brazilian overcame the knock and was soon back into the thick of the action. There was another early scare for the Portuguese team when Carlos Cuéllar's long clearance upfield was seized upon 30 metres from goal by forward Lee McCulloch who, with the game's first chance, shot just wide on the volley.

Home pressure
The hosts continued to enjoy the best of the possession and, with 18 minutes played, carved out a second opening. On this occasion it was Jean-Claude Darcheville's bustling run down the right flank that created the opportunity. The striker burst past Sporting left-back Leandro Grimi to reach the byline and slide an enticing ball towards Davis, arriving at the near post, only for Anderson Polga to clear the danger. Then, two minutes from the interval, Sporting had goalkeeper Rui Patrício to thank for denying another venomous long-range drive from McCulloch with a stunning save low to his right.

Nerves shed
It appeared only a matter of time before Rangers would take the lead as the decibel levels within Ibrox rose in appreciation of the home side's supremacy. On 52 minutes, captain Barry Ferguson unlocked the visiting defence with a curled pass into the path of Davis, but the on-loan midfielder fired his shot a half-metre over the crossbar. With every second that passed without conceding, however, Sporting grew in confidence as they shed their nerves and began to move the ball with greater purpose.

McGregor busy
Grimi became the first player in green and white to test Rangers No1 Allan McGregor, breaking from deep on the left before releasing a stinging strike which forced the keeper to parry the ball wide. Almost immediately McGregor came to Walter Smith's men rescue again, saving from Simon Vukčević after the forward had surged inside from the right to drill a low effort from the edge of the area. Sporting failed to make their territorial advantage tell late on, though, and with no away goal shipped, Rangers have a slight edge in the battle for a place in the semi-finals.

Last updated: 08/04/08 17.36CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

sporting

Sporting

1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
3
WeirDavid Weir
Yellow Card88
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
5
PapacSaša Papac
7
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Yellow Card20
Substitution70
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Yellow Card13
10
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Substitution75
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
13
TonelTonel
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
18
GrimiLeandro Grimi
Yellow Card55
19
DarchevilleJean-Claude Darcheville
Substitution72
24
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
21
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho (C)
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
30
RomagnoliLeandro Romagnoli
27
McCullochLee McCulloch
31
LiedsonLiedson
Yellow Card59
35
DavisSteven Davis
78
AbelAbel

Substitutes

13
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
16
TiagoTiago (GK)
9
BoydKris Boyd
2
Pedro SilvaPedro Silva
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution72
6
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
17
BurkeChris Burke
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
Substitution75
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
21
FarnerudPontus Farnerud
30
DaillyChristian Dailly
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
Substitution70
38
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
26
GladstoneGladstone

Coach

Walter Smith (SCO) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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