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"A pulsating match"
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"A lot of it was off the cuff"
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Sunday, 3 December, 2000, 18:38 GMT
Nine-man Rangers hold out for win
Jorg Albertz scores Rangers' winner from the spot
Jorg Albertz scores Rangers' winner from the spot
Heart of Midlothian 0-1 Rangers

Rangers have Stefan Klos to thank for plundering three points from Tynecastle despite having two men sent off.

The German goalkeeper pulled off a string of saves to deny a side determined to give new head coach Craig Levein a winning start.

Jorg Albertz gave Rangers the lead with a 12th minute goal, but thereafter Hearts were the most impressive side.

But they could not find a way past Klos, despite Rangers losing their cool by having Claudio Reyna and Arthur Numan sent off, leaving Dick Advocaat's side on the back foot for the final 20 minutes.


It was a vital victory for the visitors, who go back to 13 points behind leaders Celtic with two games in hand.

Levein's first act had been to bring in Robbie Neilson at right-back, with Gary Locke dropping on to the bench.

Arthur Numan (left) and Claudio Reyna (right) congratulate Albertz
Arthur Numan (left) and Claudio Reyna (right) congratulate Albertz
He also moved Juanjo to a wide left position, with Steve Fulton in the centre of midfield alongside Colin Cameron, while Steve Severin was on the right.

Rangers brought back Tore Andre Flo, who was cup-tied for the Uefa Cup victory over Kaiserslautern, Michael Mols being rested.

Levein had promised that Hearts would take the game to the reigning champions and they were true to his word.

But the home defence was caught out after 12 minutes by a long ball out of his own defence by Lorenzo Amoruso.

Came back strongly

Barry Ferguson broke from midfield to get behind Steve Pressley and Gordan Petric and the big Yugoslav's stretch for the ball clipped the Rangers man's heel.

Stewart Dougal pointed to the spot, Jorg Albertz stepped up and, although Antti Niemi got his fingers to it, the power of the strike took it into the back of the net.

Levein will have been unhappy at the goal but delighted at the response of his team, who came back strongly in search of an equaliser.

A cross from Severin found Gordon Durie 12 yards out and the former Ibrox striker's header looked bound for the bottom corner before Stefan Klos turned it superbly round the post.

Better chances

From the corner, it was Klos again to the rescue, holding Durie's powerful low drive on the line.

Hearts' best chance of the first half came after 35 minutes, Durie's flick on finding Andy Kirk breaking behind the defence into the box, but the advancing Klos did well to trap the ball under his body.

Craig Levein and Peter Houston before the match
Craig Levein and assistant Peter Houston before the match
The home side continued to create the better chances after the interval and Kirk's flashing, 25-yard drive was only a couple of yards over the bar.

Hearts were almost caught on the break, Miller playing the ball neatly into the six-yard box and Flo should have done better than send his attempt to flick the ball over Niemi just wide.

The game boiled over after 65 minutes, when Reyna was booked for an innocuous foul on Juanjo then, within a minute, gave referee Dougal no option but to send him off after bodychecking Kirk.

Bert Konterman was lucky not to be shown a second yellow after another bad foul on Juanjo.

Rearguard effort

But Numan was sent packing when he was cautioned for fouling Neilson and then shown another card for the strength of his complaints.

Rangers were reduced to a rearguard effort from then on, but Klos stood up to all Hearts threw at him.

His best save came three minutes from the end.

Neilson's cross was volleyed forward by Durie and Kirk's downward header was blocked on the line by the goalkeeper.

Hearts: Niemi, Pressley, Petric, Fulton, Cameron, Murray, Durie, Severin, Juanjo, Kirk, Neilson.

Subs: McKenzie, Locke, McSwegan, Tomaschek, Milne.

Rangers: Klos, Amoruso, Numan, Ferguson, Albertz, Reyna, de Boer, Konterman, Wilson, Flo, Miller.

Subs: Christensen, Dodds, Tugay, McCann, Ross.

Referee: Stewart Dougal.

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