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The BBC's Roddy Forsyth reports
"A performance which restored their credentials"
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Thursday, 25 November, 1999, 22:55 GMT
Rangers defeat German giants
Jurgen Kohler A prone Jurgen Kohler contemplates his own goal

Rangers 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Rangers took a huge step towards the fourth round of the Uefa Cup with an excellent first leg victory over German giants Borussia Dortmund at Ibrox.

An early own goal from Jurgen Kohler and a stylish Rod Wallace strike in first half injury time sent the 1997 European champions crashing to a surprise defeat.

Only a heavy reverse in Germany in a fortnight can now prevent Rangers from taking their place in the next round.

Rangers were given little chance of progressing when they were drawn against Dortmund, who narrowly missed out on the second phase of the Champions League.

Rod Wallace: Scored the stunning second
But the Scottish champions were in determined mood and they emulated their efforts against Parma earlier in the season by securing another victory against a genuine continental powerhouse.

Dick Advocaat's side went into the match with a goalkeeping crisis, with on-loan Evertonian Thomas Myhre drafted in at the last minute after inujury and suspension deprived Rangers of their three first-choice keepers.

Tony Vidmar was recalled to the starting line-up and played in central defence with skipper Lorenzo Amoruso suspended. Darius Adamczuk also returned to the side in the absence of Sergio Porrini, who had an ankle injury.

Red-faced Kohler

Rangers, roused by a 50,000 sell-out crowd, began in positive fashion and were rewarded with a slice of luck after 18 minutes.

Dortmund skipper Kohler tried to steer a cross from Gabriel Amato back to his keeper Jens Lehmann, but instead the highly rated international defender only succeeded in skewing the ball into his own net.

The goal shook Dortmund out of their slumbers and Fredi Bobic twice headed wide from good positions following crosses from Ferreira Evanilson.

The visitors continued to look dangerous on the break and Myhre was forced into action for the first time in the 37th minute when he saved well from Kohler after Andi Moller had driven in a free-kick.

But Rangers were growing in confidence and they extended their lead on the stroke of half time with a fabulous goal.

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst sent Jorg Albertz clear down the left and the German shaped to shoot, but instead cleverly cut the ball back to Wallace, who curled a marvellous shot into the corner.

With a 2-0 lead at the break, Rangers looked content to claim a resounding victory.

The match became increasingly scrappy after the break, but Dortmund substitute Guiseppe Reina had a rare chance when he broke forward after 51 minutes and got in a shot, only to see it deflected for a corner.

Rangers' own replacement, Neil McCann, came close to extending the lead after 72 minutes but his header from an Arthur Numan cross drifted marginally wide of the post.


Rangers: Myhre, Adamczuk, Moore, Vidmar, Numan, Reyna, Van Bronckhorst, Ferguson, Albertz, Wallace, Amato. Subs: Kanchelskis, McCann, Wilson, Johansson, Nicholson, Durie, Brown.

Borussia Dortmund: Lehmann, Worns, Feiersinger, Kohler, Evanilson, Addo, Stevic, Ricken, Barbarez, Bobic, Moller. Subs: De Beer, Baumann, But, Herrlich, Reina, Nijhuis, Ikpeba.

Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)
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