Second-half goals from Jean-Claude Darcheville and Steven Whittaker earned Rangers an heroic victory over Sporting Lisbon last night and a place in the last four of the Uefa Cup.
Darcheville converted Steven Davis's cross and then substitute Steven Whittaker added a goal of his own deep into injury time, running from his own half past four Sporting defenders to provide the perfect end to a memorable meeting. The 2-0 aggregate win means Rangers will meet Fiorentina, who defeated PSV Eindhoven 3-1 on aggregate, in the semi-finals.
Sporting Lisbon (4-4-2): Rui Patricio; Abel, Gladstone (Pereirinha, 62),Tonel, Grimi (Tiui, 76); Moutinho, Veloso, Romagnoli, Izmailov (Djalo, 62); Liedson, Vukcevic. Substitutes not used: Tiago, Adrien Silva, Ronny, Djalo,Farnerud.
Rangers (4-5-1): McGregor; Broadfoot, Cuellar, Dailly, Papac; Hemdani, Davis, Ferguson, Thomson, McCulloch (Whittaker, 77); Darcheville (Cousin, 72). Substitutes not used: Alexander, Boyd, Novo, Burke, Naismith
Referee: K Plautz (Austria).