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Saturday, 8 April, 2000, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
Ayr destroyed by rampant Gers

Wallace shoots as Rangers slowly get into their stride
Ayr 0-7 Rangers

Ayr saw their hopes of a shock Scottish Cup semi-final win ended in style by Rangers.

Substitute Billy Dodds only played the second half but still managed a hat trick.

There was also a double for Sebastien Rozental and a goal each for Rod Wallace and the excellent Andrei Kanchelskis.

Key moments
5 mins: Ayr miss chances while on top
18: Rozental is more clinical
27: Kanchelskis scores second
41: Wallace effectively ends the contest
66-86: Dodds gets a hat-trick
89: Rozental seals the seventh
The underdogs were made to pay for missing two superb chances to take a surprise lead in the first six minutes.

Glynn Hurst's flicked header fell kindly for Gary Teale but he fired wide from eight yards with only Stefan Klos to beat.

An error from Rangers captain Lorenzo Amoruso then gave Mickey Reynolds a sight of goal, but he shot his angled drive well over the bar.

Ayr must have known they could not afford to miss such chances at this level, and Rozental showed them how to finish.

The favourites were playing well below their capabilities but Arthur Numan's long pass still found Rod Wallace in space.

He had time to look up and square the ball for an unmarked Rozental, who scored from close range.

Two goals for Rozental
Ayr were not disheartened by the setback and Marvyn Wilson produced a 20-yard volley before Hurst fired over following an exchange with Tarrant,

But yet again Rangers created and finished a single chance to Ayr's two, with Numan again involved in the build-up.

The Dutchman's chipped pass was headed on by Van Bronckhorst for Kanchelskis to move inside and shoot underneath Marius Rovde in the Ayr goal.

Before half-time Rangers began to play to their potential with Wallace denied by Neil Duffy's tackle and Rovde forced into a smart save from Barry Ferguson.

And a defensive error then handed Wallace the chance to give the scoreline an unfair look at the break.

The Rangers striker received a long ball from Albertz, which Duffy had completely misjudged, and ran in to slide the ball in off a post.

I could have taken off the whole team at half time. Thirty thousand people from Glasgow had paid for their tickets and the team only showed a little bit of themselves

Dick Advocaat
The second half saw further punishment as subssitute Dodds scored a hat trick in 20 minutes before Rozental put Rangers fans into seventh heaven.

But before all that Ayr almost earned a consolation strike when Wilson burst into space but shot into the sidenetting.

Klos then had to push a looping Hurst header over the bar from a Teale corner.

Dodds' first goal followed outlandish skill by Kanchelskis, who literally stood on the ball and then exchanged passes with Claudio Reyna.

You cannot afford to miss your chances and give a team like Rangers a couple of gifts

Ayr boss Gordon Dalziel
He then took the ball to the byline before crossing for Dodds to tap into an empty net.

Rozental then threaded a pass through for the Scotland striker to score his second.

Dodds sidestepped Rovde expertly before clipping the ball into an empty net.

With four minutes remaining it was three to Dodds and six to Rangers as he nodded in a Kanchelskis cross over a badly positioned keeper.

And in the final seconds McCann had the freedom of the national stadium on the left before unselfishly picking out an unmarked Rozental.


Ayr: Robde, McMillan, Robertson, Shepherd, Campbell, Duffy, Teale, Wilson, Hurst, Tarrant, Reynolds. Subs: Craig, Scally, Lyons.

Rangers: Klos, Amoruso, Numan, Ferguson, Kanchelskis, Van Bronckhorst, Wallace, Albertz, Reyna, Rozental, Wilson. Subs: McCann, Tugay, Dodds.

Referee: John Rowbotham (Scotland)

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