Rangers through after spot drama

Paris St-Germain 0 Rangers 0 Aet; 0-0 on aggregate; Rangers win 4-3 on penalties
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Rangers and Paris St-Germain were not parted after extra-time here last night as neither side managed to find the net in three and a half hours of Uefa Cup football – but the Ibrox side went through to the fourth round after a penalty shoot-out in which the French side missed three spot-kicks.

Although both Bert Konterman and Claudio Caniggia hit the bar with their penalties, Lorenzo Amoruso, Russell Latapy, Arthur Numan and Barry Ferguson all converted their spot kicks and that was enough to take the Scottish side through. Their victory was a great relief for Rangers' Ronald De Boer, who had sent a penalty high over the bar three minutes from the end of extra time after the home goalkeeper Lionel Letizi had fouled Caniggia.

In the first half the Brazilian Ronaldinho curled a corner on to the crossbar only to see it bounce away to safety, but Rangers had the better of the chances. From a Caniggia cross Tore Andre Flo was on target with a good header which Letizi saved well, and the home goalkeeper again rescued his side when a Claudio Reyna free-kick found Flo, but the Norwegian's header hit the goalkeeper's legs.

Rangers came under more pressure in the second half and just after the hour Paris brought on the former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka, as they strived in vain to break the deadlock.

Paris St-Germain: Letizi, Heinze, Pochettino, El Karkouri, Cristobal, Ogbeche (Okocha, 56), Cissé (Mendy, 78), Arteta, Ronaldinho, Aloisio, Leroy (Anelka, 62). Substitutes not used: Alonzo, Potillon, Dias (gk), Llacer.

Rangers: Klos, Amoruso, Konterman, Moore, Ross (Vidmar, 109), Reyna, Ferguson, Numan, De Boer, Flo (Latapy, 78), Lovenkrands (Caniggia, 31). Substitutes not used: Dodds, Mols, Wilson, Christiansen (gk).

Referee: H Strampe (Germany).

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