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Full-time: FC Kaunas 2-1 Rangers (agg 2-1)

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Thomas McGuigan

Well, that's all from me tonight. Thanks for your company, but there's little to cheer Rangers fans this evening.

Their team squandered a one goal lead in Lithuania, in treacherous conditions against a solid if unspectacular Kaunas side.

With no European competition to look forward to, the Rangers players can expect an icy blast of criticism from the club's supporters.

2030: "It's difficult to explain what went wrong. We haven't started the season well. It was one of those games - we never felt comfortable at any stage. Everyone involved with the club is extremely disappointed." Rangers manager Walter Smith.

2027: "The defensive tactics worked in the UEFA cup with much luck thrown in. Not this year, though."
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2012: "Rangers are only three or four players away from having a decent side. I don't think it's a case of shipping out too many. But they're playing defensive football and still leaking goals."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.
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2003: "Frankly I am appalled by this humiliation - Rangers have been beaten by the Hearts reserves." Andrew Grosset, via text on80295

2000: What a shocker for Rangers. After going a goal up in Lithuania, they must've thought they were on their way.

But a poor second-half performance has cost them millions of pounds and the chance to strut their stuff against European football's elite.

1957: "Walter, Ally and especially Kenny McDowell should all go now! What an absolute mess the club is in!"
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1954: "Let's be honest, this was humiliation. It just wasn't good enough."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor

1952: "What a disaster for Rangers and all the fans. Sorry guys but you didn't turn up tonight."
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1950: FULL-TIME Rangers have crashed out of Europe

"It's the first time the Ibrox club have fallen at this stage since 1993." BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

1948: Three minutes of injury-time to be played. Rangers are frantically trying to get control of the ball.

1947: "These are horrible moments for Rangers." BBC Scotland commentator Paul Mitchell

1945: Kris Boyd and Kyle Lafferty are brought on for Miller and Novo. Rangers have two minutes to save the game and their chances of European football this season.

1943: GOAL Kaunas 2-1 Rangers. Former Hearts player Linas Pilibaitis heads Kaunas in front from a Ledesma corner. Incredible scenes at the sodden Dariaus Ir Gireno Stadium.

1939: Christian Dailly slices the ball wide from inside the penalty area. Another good chance spurned by Rangers. Just over seven minutes remaining. If it stays like this, Rangers are through.

1937: Velicka balloons the ball over the bar following good work from Kenny Miller and Sasa Papac. What a chance! He could've killed the tie there.

1936: The Kaunas fans are giving their all with the air horns and whistles. Sounds like a Lithuanian rave.

1933: Christian Dailly loses the ball and Ledesma threatens on the edge of the box before Rangers scramble it away. The Ibrox side are looking disjointed. They've got 15 minutes to hold out.

1930: "Time to either go to 4-5-1 and hold for the draw. Or be brave and and go to 4-3-3."
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1926: Just over 20 minutes to go. Velicka hasn't been able to make an impression since coming on. Could it be time to bring on Kyle Lafferty?

1924: "Come on Rangers, get the finger out!" Scadauk2006 on MySport Join the debate

1922: Rangers awarded a free-kick 20 yards out from goal after Kevin Thomson is chopped down. But Charlie Adam's low effort hits the wall and the ball is cleared. It's Adam's last action of the night as he's withdrawn with Velicka coming on.

1920: "Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist is raging about what he's seen in the last 10 minutes. Looks like Andrius Velicka is going to come on, with Novo coming off."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young

1917: Magical play by Ledesma in midfield as he glides past three Rangers players, before forcing a corner. The danger is cleared, but Rangers need to take the sting out of the game.

1915: "Rangers are on the back foot and Kaunas are growing in confidence." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1913: Kaunas surge forward again and Zelmikas strikes McGregor's crossbar with a rasping drive. The ball then goes out for a goal-kick. Rangers fans must be getting as jumpy as Inspector Dreyfuss in the Pink Panther films.

1911: Kaunas' Pascal Mendy is becoming more influential in the game. Lee McCulloch and Kevin Thomson need to close him down more quickly.

1909: Steven Whittaker puts his side under unnecessary pressure with a poor pass in midfield, but the Kaunas counter-attack comes to nothing.

1907: Allan McGregor saves a wicked in-swinging free-kick as Kaunas look for a second goal. Nervous times for the Ibrox side.

1904: "Re-Cardsfan 1842, Unless you are a fan of one of the teams in question, is it really something to be proud of that it was an all-English final? How many English players actually featured in the four Premier League teams' campaigns?" 01dc07 on My Sport
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1902: Rangers get the second half under way. This is a huge 45 minutes for the Ibrox club.

1859: "There are about 400 Rangers fans in the stadium and that free-kick has taken the wind out of their sails a wee bit."
BBC Sport's Jim Spence at the game.

1853: "It's all or nothing now. Rangers have 45 minutes to remain in Europe." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor.

1851: "Still going through on away goals though so that goal doesn't mean a lot on its own." Graymead YNWA on My Sport
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1848: "I thought things were going to plan for Rangers. Allan McGregor was a virtual spectator for most of the first half, then Kenny Miller misses that chance. Thomson scores and everything's fine. But the conditions didn't help when they scored from the free-kick." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.
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1846: Half-time

1844: GOAL: Kaunas 1-1 Rangers. Kaunas captain Nerijus Radzius fires a thunderbolt of a free-kick into the top corner past the despairing Allan McGregor. He must've been about 35 yards out. Game on.

1842: "Haha. Scottish teams struggle to qualify for the Champions league where as the Champions league last season was an all-English final!" Cardsfan on MySport Join the debate on My Sport

Oh dear, some poison arrows being fired towards the Scottish game. But surely, Cardsfan, the gulf in finances has something to do with it?

1840: A scare in the Rangers defence. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor allows a cross to sail over his head, but it just clears the far post. Six minutes to go until the break, if Rangers can hold onto a half-time lead they must be confident of going through.

1838: Kaunas have been unable to get Brazilian playmaker Ledesma into the game. Without him dictating play they don't look like scoring. They need two goals to go through now.

1836: "Everything is going to plan. It's not been pretty, but Rangers have created two chances and taken one of them." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds. Join the debate on My Sport

1833: Goal. Kaunas 0-1 Rangers. Kevin Thomson collects a Charlie Adam pass before sliding the ball through the legs of Kaunas keeper Kallo to give Rangers the lead.

1830: "Dare I say it, but Kaunas don't look like they have a player with a killer touch." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1825: Just over 20 minutes gone. Kenny Miller struggles to keep possession on the edge of the Kaunas box. The treacherous conditions aren't helping and more than a few players are starting to look like Bambi on ice.

1824: The Kaunas fans are blowing horns and whistles incessantly. The commentary is sounding more like an Orbital set at Glastonbury than a Champions League qualifier.

1822: "Don't you just love this? Trips in to the unknown, ragged stadiums and the smell of an early shock in the Champions League, lovely!"IWZ678 on My Sport Join the debate

1820: Rangers are growing in confidence and have forced a number of corners. How will Kenny Miller respond to that miss?

1814: Kenny Miller lobs the ball over the bar, with the keeper helpless. Great chance spurned.

1813: "I don't think Kenny Miller is a top-class striker but from the look of their stadium, if he cant score against this team then he should be playing for Stockport."
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1810: Chances have been few and far between in the opening 10 minutes. The ball is sticking in the sodden pitch and the players are finding it hard to establish any fluency in their passing.

1804: "I'm quite surprised at how deep Kaunas are sitting. Rangers haven't started too badly." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds. Join the debate on My Sport

1803: Nacho Novo's cross-cum-shot takes a deflection and flashes just over the bar. Walter Smith must be happy with the start his side have made. Perhaps a few choice words after last week's first leg have hit home.

1800: Kaunas kick-off and we're under way.

1759: The rain is lashing down in the Dariaus Ir Gireno Stadium. I've not seen a downpour like this since watching the film LA Confidential. Pretty football might be at a premium tonight.

1757: "The players are aware of the importance of this game and they know what they have to do."Rangers manager Walter Smith

1750: "I'm a Celtic fan and maybe we should all be prepared for a barren year. The Old Firm have had a couple of years punching above our weight. Keep it real."
Michael, via text on 80295

1747: "I think Rangers will do enough to get through."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1735: "Rangers are out on the pitch warming up in the pouring rain. This really is a decrepit old stadium."
BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young in Lithuania.

1730: "I fear for Rangers tonight. They've been struggling all season and I'm not convinced Walter Smith knows his best side. It's almost like going across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor

1727: "Come on Kenny Miller, time to make yourself a hero and shut up the fans who don't believe."
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1723: "Win, lose or draw the team selection is a joke."
Overseas Bear Join the debate on My Sport Harsh words, indeed! Do you think Kyle Lafferty should've started in Lithuania?

1715: What price a Kenny Miller goal tonight? With his pace he can cause problems for the Kaunas defence. This early kick-off means no dinner for me until later on. My belly's rumbling already.

1707: "The formation doesn't look encouraging."
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1700: Welcome to our live text coverage as Rangers continue their efforts to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

If they win this one, only one more nerve-shredding qualifying round to negotiate before they can look forward to joining Europe's elite. The match kicks off at 1805 BST.

With the tie goalless after a tense first leg at Ibrox, Walter Smith's side will be looking for a crucial away goal in Lithuania to steady the nerves.

Rangers team news: Walter Smith has opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation. McGregor, Whittaker, Broadfoot, Weir, Papac, Dailly, Novo, Thomson, McCulloch, Adam and Miller.

We want to hear your views as the action unfolds, so, if you're watching the game on television or following the radio and online commentary, send us your messages and thoughts on the match at the Dariaus Ir Gireno Stadium. Join the debate on My Sport

BBC Scotland will provide live coverage on BBC Two Scotland; Radio Scotland 810 MW and online (UK only).



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