Rangers facing elimination after late equaliser

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Rangers are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League after they conceded a late equaliser to Unirea Urziceni in Romania last night. Looking for revenge after their 4-1 humiliation at Ibrox two weeks ago, the visitors went ahead through a Lee McCulloch shot 11 minutes from time.

The Glasgow side, however, saw substitute Marius Onofras hit a last-gasp leveller to leave Rangers on only two points with two games to go. Seville and Stuttgart, the other two teams in the group, drew 1-1 in Spain.

Another British team, Liverpool, will now have to hope that Fiorentina fail to beat Lyons after the Serie A team strolled to a 5-2 victory over Debrecen. After goals from Adrian Mutu, Dario Dainelli, Riccardo Montolivo, Marco Marchionni and Alberto Gilardino, the Florence side are five points ahead of Liverpool with two to play.

An indifferent start to the campaign for last year's champions, Barcelona, continued last night as they were held to a 0-0 draw by the Russian side Rubin Kazan. Barca, who suffered a 2-1 defeat by the Russians at the Nou Camp two weeks ago, missed the best chance in the second minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic raced clear on to an Andres Iniesta pass but hit the post.

The draw leaves both teams on five points from four games in a tight group that also includes Internazionale. The Italian side are now top of Group F with six points after two goals in the final four minutes secured victory over Dynamo Kiev. Argentina striker Diego Milito scuffed in the equaliser from Wesley Sneijder's pass and the Dutchman then poked in the winner in the 89th minute after waves of Internazionale pressure. Former Milan forward Andrei Shevchenko opened the scoring for the hosts in the 21st minute with a deflected effort, but it wasn't enough.

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