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Saturday, 1 April, 2000, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
Misfiring Gers hand Dons a point

Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers

The Premier League leaders' lack of penetration helped hand the Dons a much-needed point in their battle against relegation.

Cato Guntveit rocked the Glasgow giants with a 16th-minute opener.

Barry Ferguson equalised nine minutes before the break to prevent Aberdeen moving off the bottom of the table.

They are now a point behind Kilmarnock with both sides having played the same number of games.

Rangers need a minimum of five wins from the remaining nine matches of the league season to retain their title.

Both sides had moments which might have seen them going on to claim all three points.

Good start for Dons

The home side started well with Arild Stavrum testing Stefan Klos with a teasing early cross which he fumbled.

The German keeper made amends when he pushed the ball around the post after Stavrum had found Eion Jess.

But he could not stop Guntveit's powerful header after Andreas Mayer's left-wing cross evaded Amoruso.

Rangers tried to hit straight back but Jorg Albertz could only loft his shot over the bar.

Rod Wallace had the ball in the net after 28 minutes after the Dons' defence failed to cut out Neil McCann's flick on the edge of the box.

But the linesman ruled the effort out for offside.

And there was embarrassment for Wallace after 33 minutes when McCann put a low cross into the six-yard box and the striker missed from three yards.

But seconds later, the striker inadvertently atoned for his error when he helped Rangers equalise.

McCann and Tugay played a one-two at a corner before the Scottish international found Ferguson 25 yards out.

The midfielder drove goalwards and the ball skimmed off Wallace to deflect past Leighton.

Two minutes later, Russell Anderson was booked for hauling down Lorenzo Amoruso on the edge of the box but escaped a red card.

And the Italian's subsequent thumping free-kick was brilliantly saved by Leighton.

Chances missed after break

In the second half Ferguson shot straight at the veteran keeper while Mayer forced Klos to push over with a speculative cross to the far post at the other hand.

Stavrum was guilty of squandering a great opportunity after 58 minutes when Mayer played him clear on goal.

The Norwegian moved forward with pace but having escaped the attentions of Arthur Numan he opted to cross the ball rather than take a chance on goal.

His team-mates clearly believed that he was going to shoot and had failed to arrive in the area.

Jess was then left disappointed when he was denied a penalty after Amoruso appeared to barge him over in the area.

Advocaat then put Jonatan Johansson on for his first senior appearance after five months out through ligament damage.

Klos was forced to punch clear under pressure from Bernard while Ferguson's pass dropped short of the keeper and found Stavrum.

He shot straight at the keeper and the rebound appeared to be controlled by Numan's arm.


Aberdeen: Leighton, Lilley, Solberg, Anderson, McAllister, Guntveit, Mayer, Bernard, Dow, Jess, Stavrum. Subs: Preece, McGuire, Winters, D. Young, Belabed.

Rangers: Klos, Reyna, Amoruso, Wilson, Numan, Kanchelskis, Ferguson, Albertz, Tugay, Wallace, McCann. Subs: Charbonnier, Nicholson, Johansson, Penttila, Dodds.

Referee: Douglas MacDonald (Scotland)

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