Werder Bremen 1 Rangers 0 (Rangers win 2-1 on agg): McGregor's heroics repel Werder to seal place in last eight
Friday 14 March 2008
Allan McGregor was the Rangers hero as Walter Smith's team rode their luck in Bremen to reach the Uefa Cup quarter-finals.
His Werder Bremen counterpart Tim Wiese was the German team's culprit in the tie – his two calamitous mistakes at Ibrox last week proving decisive over the 180 minutes.
The visitors to the Weserstadion last night had to withstand a major onslaught from the hosts who took the lead in the 58th minute thanks to a sublime goal from Diego.
Werder almost struck through Boubacar Sanogo five minutes from time, but goalkeeper McGregor touched the close-range shot against the bar.
Bremen asserted themselves throughout the first 45 minutes, with McGregor excelling in particular to save from Daniel Jensen and turn Patrick Owomoyela's effort past the post.
There was no let-up after the interval as Bremen launched one furious assault after another, and Diego finally made the breakthrough shortly before the hour. The Brazilian made space for himself with some superb skill on the edge of the penalty area and then beat McGregor with a low shot across the goalkeeper and into the right corner.
The best chance to take the game to extra time fell to the substitute Sanogo, six yards out, but McGregor somehow managed to tip his effort on to the bar. Bremen would not come so close again and Rangers held out to progress.
Werder Bremen (4-4-2): Wiese; Owomoyela (Harnik, 78), Mertesacker, Naldo, Boenisch; Jensen, Borowski, Hunt, Diego; Rosenberg, Hugo Almeida (Sanogo, 66). Substitutes not used: Vander, Vranjes, Ozil, Tosic.
Rangers (4-4-2): McGregor; Broadfoot, Weir, Cuellar, Papac; Hemdani, Dailly, Ferguson, Davis; Adam (Whittaker, 57), Novo (McCulloch, 78). Substitutes not used: Alexander, Buffel, Thomson, Boyd, Naismith.
Referee: M Hansson (Sweden).
Uefa Cup last eight
Bayern Munich, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Fiorentina, PSV Eindhoven, Getafe, Rangers, Sporting Lisbon
Quarter-finals 3/10 April. Draw today
Latest in Sport
How Liverpool can catch Manchester United and secure Champions League football next season
Arsenal transfer news: 'We are not close to signing anybody. We need to lose some players,' says Arsene Wenger
Danny Jones: Keighley Cougars half-back dies after cardiac arrest during league game
Chelsea season player ratings: Grading the entire squad of the new Premier League champions
Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous points decision - but Pacquiao thinks he should have won, saying 'he did nothing'
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils