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Edu earns Rangers last-gasp qualification

Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 20.55CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-2 Rangers FC (agg: 3-3, Rangers win on away goals)
Ahead and then behind, Maurice Edu put the visitors through in added time in Lisbon.
Edu earns Rangers last-gasp qualification
Rangers celebrate after the final whistle in Lisbon ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SportingRangers

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
3
Corners7
 
4
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed5
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 20.55CET

Edu earns Rangers last-gasp qualification

Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-2 Rangers FC (agg: 3-3, Rangers win on away goals)
Ahead and then behind, Maurice Edu put the visitors through in added time in Lisbon.

Maurice Edu's 92nd-minute goal earned Rangers FC a dramatic away-goals victory against Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Held to a 1-1 draw late on in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie last week, Rangers nevertheless edged ahead overall through El Hadji Diouf's first-half header. Pedro Mendes struck a sweet equaliser against his former side and Yannick Djaló looked to have won it for the hosts with seven minutes left. Edu soon saw to that, however.

Yannick's early drive, though comfortably dealt with by Allan McGregor, suggested an attacking punch from Sporting which was absent thereafter. Having coped without alarm for 20 minutes, Rangers delivered a classic sucker punch.

Diouf, without a goal in 11 months, could scarcely have requested more silver-plated service to end his drought. Steven Davis's cross hung delightfully in the air, Sporting's marking was inconspicuous and the on-loan forward headed in with minimal fuss.

Walter Smith's charges appeared comfortable until Mendes, having already chanced his arm once, consummately caressed first time into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area. Reinvigorated, Paulo Sérgio's team had a new-found zip after half-time; Matías Fernández's free-kick nearly caught McGregor unawares, while João Pereira headed over having broke the offside trap.

Lacking their earlier shape, the visitors had a solitary chance of their own, Davis denied with a close-range header. They were soon caught cold at the other end. João Pereira opted to turn provider after his frustrations in front of goal, whipping in a fierce cross which Yannick headed in at the back post having stolen in unnoticed.

Carlos Saleiro's late slice appeared inconsequential, but Rangers were not done yet: substitute David Healy slid the ball across goal and Edu bundled it in from barely a metre out. PSV Eindhoven await in the last 16.

Last updated: 28/05/11 0.17CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

rangers

Rangers

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
2
TorsiglieriMarco Torsiglieri
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
Substitution70
4
PolgaAnderson Polga (C)
5
PapacSaša Papac
5
EvaldoEvaldo
7
EduMaurice Edu
Yellow Card58
Goal90+2
6
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
Goal42
Substitution81
8
DavisSteven Davis
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution90+1
10
FleckJohn Fleck
Substitution71
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
Goal83
12
FosterRichard Foster
21
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
Yellow Card10
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution87
17
DioufEl Hadji Diouf
Goal19
Substitution82
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
21
BartleyKyle Bartley
78
AbelAbel
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra

Substitutes

16
TiagoTiago (GK)
25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
8
ManicheManiche
11
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution70
9
SaleiroCarlos Saleiro
Substitution81
15
HealyDavid Healy
Substitution82
26
André SantosAndré Santos
Substitution87
20
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution71
33
Diogo SalomãoDiogo Salomão
39
WyldeGregg Wylde
44
Nuno André CoelhoNuno André Coelho
Substitution90+1
41
HuttonKyle Hutton
80
CristianoCristiano
45
ColeDarren Cole

Coach

Paulo Sérgio (POR) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Fourth official

Antonio Damato (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Brighi (ITA), Emidio Morganti (ITA)

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