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Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK


Reyna breaks Hearts



Hearts 0- Rangers

A goal in each half from Claudio Reyna helped destroy Hearts at Tynecastle as Rangers ran riot.

Reyna opened the scoring after 14 minutes, firing in from the right after Mols had pulled away to the touchline to play a neat one-two, the American international sprinting clear of the home defence before rifling home.

Gary Naysmith replaced Gary McSwegan as injury forced manager Jim Jefferies into one change from the side which defeated St Johnstone last week.

The visitors always maintained an air of composure while their hosts looked rushed in possession - a clear sign of the extra quality 50m can bring.

Hearts did enjoy one purple patch towards the end of the first period, with lanky defender Kevin James twice peeling off at the far post to cause trouble from deep, crossfield free-kicks.

Ironically, Hearts best opening came seconds before they went two down.

Cameron threaded a magnificent through ball across the penalty area, which Darren Jackson looked marginal favourite to reach.

But, as the Rangers defenders gave up the chase, Klos raced out to toe the ball away from Jackson's feet a millisecond before disaster.

Half-time brought a number of changes from Rangers - off came the under-fire Craig Moore, Sergio Porrini moving to central defence to partner fellow Italian Lorenzo Amoruso, Dariusz Adamczuk taking the vacant full-back berth.

Hearts tried a couple of hard tackles to raise the spirits of their disgruntled fans but Rangers merely smiled and swept them aside.

Mols' tried to scramble through a crowd of bodies on the edge of the box midway through the second half - the ball eventually rolling loose to Albertz, who pounded the ball into the corner.

Still Rangers weren't finished, Wallace found space on the left, put a regulation cross into the box and Reyna appeared unmarked to head home from a central position.

Teams:

Hearts:
Rousset, Pressley, Naysmith, James, Fulton, Adam, Cameron, Jackson, Murray, Flogel, Severin.
Subs: McKenzie, Locke, Ritchie, Makel, Juanjo.

Rangers: Klos, Porrini, Moore, Amoruso, Vidmar, B. Ferguson, Mols, Wallace, Albertz, Reyna, Johansson.
Subs: Niemi, Amato, Adamczuk, I. Ferguson, Nicholson.

Referee: John Rowbotham (Scotland)





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