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Fiorentina 0-0 Rangers (Rangers win 4-2 on pens): The travelling fans get into the party mood before the Uefa Cup semi-final second-leg

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The Rangers fans are in good voice in the sunshine before kick-off in the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence

Whittaker and Jorgensen

Steven Whittaker closes down the pass from Danish midfielder Martin Jorgensen as Rangers try to contain La Viola

Kirk Broadfoot and Adrian Mutu

Kirk Broadfoot has looked rather shaky at times in Europe, but Adrian Mutu is unable to beat him in this challenge

Neil Alexander clutches the ball

Neil Alexander boosts his confidence as he gathers a high ball under pressure from Alessandro Gamberini

Marco Donadel and Kevin Thomson

In a goalless first half, clear-cut chances are scarce. Here Marco Donadel and Kevin Thomson tussle in midfield

Alessandro Gamberini and Jean-Claude Darcheville

Rangers' lone striker Jean-Claude Darcheville, a player whose pace worries Fiorentina, reaches the ball before Gamberini

David Weir and Giampaolo Pazzini tussle for the ball

Veteran defender David Weir stems yet another attack, blocking the path of the physical striker Giampaolo Pazzini

Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere

Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere has a firm grip of the game. Eight players are one booking away from missing the final

La Viola fans show their colours

Passionate fans of La Viola create a terrific atmosphere as the match moves into extra-time with the teams locked at 0-0

Carlos Cuellar and Christian Vieri

Christian Vieri, on as a sub for Pazzini, unleashes a powerful shot in extra-time as the match opens up. Carlos Cuellar looks on

Daniel Cousin goes head to head with Fabio Liverani

Having been booked in the second-half, Daniel Cousin pushes his head against Fabio Liverani and is red-carded with 12 minutes to go

Nacho Novo rejoices

Incredibly, Rangers win the penalty shoot-out 4-2 as Nacho Novo scores the decisive spot-kick to take Rangers to Manchester!

Ally McCoist hugs Brahim Hemdani

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist hugs Brahim Hemdani, overwhelmed at his team reaching the final after a penalty shoot-out

Walter Smith

Walter Smith has every right to look pleased, having led the club to the Uefa Cup final in his first full season back at Ibrox

Allan McGregor

Rangers fans were worried when Allan McGregor damaged his ankle against Celtic, but Alexander turns out to be their hero

see also
Fiorentina 0-0 Rangers (0-0)
01 May 08 |  Europe

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