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Wednesday, 20 September, 2000, 22:26 GMT 23:26 UK
Van Bronckhorst seals victory
Monaco 0-1 Rangers
An eighth minute goal by Giovanni van Bronckhorst gave Rangers three vital away points to put them top of the Champions League Group D.
A move, which began on the right wing, involving Allan Johnston, Barry Ferguson and Arthur Numan culminated in a fantastic strike from van Bronckhorst.
An excellent first half from Rangers gave way to a second half in which desperate defending was the order of the day.
But Monaco lacked a cutting edge and Rangers deservedly held on for victory.
Dick Advocaat surprised everyone by playing Tugay as a sweeper behind Lorenzo Amoruso and Bert Konterman, with Arthur Numan and Claudio Reyna operating as wing-backs.
Michael Mols was passed fit to play and lined up alongside Ronald de Boer in attack, but Jorg Albertz, who had an eye infection, was left on the bench.
Rangers survived an early scare when Ludovic Giuly swung in a vicious corner which Tugay did well to head off the line with Stefan Klos beaten.
But Rangers had started in confident mood and were rewarded with van Bronckhorst's early goal.
Monaco probably sensed no real threat as the Dutchman advanced, but he unleashed a sensational swerving effort from 30 yards which left Porato with no chance.
Rangers' ploy of playing three in the centre of defence seemed to nullify the threat of Monaco's pacy frontmen and only the trickery of Giuly was posing any real problems.
With Barry Ferguson operating as the fulcrum in the Rangers midfield, spreading play left to Numan and van Bronckhorst, and right to Reyna and Allan Johnston, the Ibrox side looked assured.
Mols and Johnston combined to good effect in 18 minutes, allowing the Dutchman to fire a powerful effort straight at Porato.
Monaco began to impose themselves as the half wore on, but clear-cut chances were hard to come by.
But they almost equalised shortly before half-time when Ferguson was caught in possession.
Giuly created space on the left and his cutback to Simone was laid into the path of Djetou.
The captain struck his shot well, but under pressure from Konterman, it spun just wide.
Monaco brought on another powerful frontman, Prso, at the beginning of the second-half as they sought to get back on level terms.
Nichola Bonnal joined Allan Johnston and Ronald de Boer in the referee's book for a late challenge on Reyna as Monaco stepped up the pace.
Neil McCann replaced the tiring Mols as the hour-mark approached with Rangers looking fairly comfortable.
But Monaco might have been level immediately as Reyna gave the ball away and as Nonda threatened, Numan swept the ball just wide of his own post.
Moments later Klos spread himself well to block another Monaco effort as the home side pushed for an equaliser.
Rangers were finding it increasingly difficult to hold onto the ball and began to defend rather deep.
With a quarter of the match left, Monaco introduced the experienced Gravelaine for Bonnal.
Former AC Milan star Marco Simone brought out an excellent save from Klos with a wicked free kick which the German keeper saw late and was at full stretch to tip over the bar.
Amoruso climbed well to head another Simone free kick over his own bar, with Rangers well under the cosh in the closing quarter-of-an-hour.
Giuly had yet another free kick well held by Klos, but Rangers could not break forward to ease some of the unrelenting pressure on the defence.
With two minutes of regulation time remaining, Prso carved out an outstanding opportunity for the unmarked Marquez at the back post.
But the defender rushed his shot and blasted wildly over and wide.
Monaco became increasingly desperate but time ran out for them and Rangers claimed another major scalp in European football.
Monaco: Porato, Riise, Marquez, Djetou, Rodriguez, Abidal, Irles, Bonnal, Giuly, Simone, Nonda.
Subs: Aubry, Graveleine, Di Tommaso, Prso, Farnerud, Courville, Givet.
Rangers: Klos, Reyna, Konterman, Amoruso, Numan, Johnston, Ferguson, van Bronckhorst, Tugay, de Boer, Mols.
Subs: Charbonnier, Ricksen, Kanchelskis, Albertz, Dodds, McCann, Vidmar.
Referee: Atanas Ouzounov (Bulgaria)
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