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 Sunday, 1 December, 2002, 16:51 GMT
Rangers break Hearts' resolve
Barry Ferguson slots home a penalty kick
Barry Ferguson slots home a penalty kick
Hearts 0-4 Rangers

Rangers eventually turned their superiority into goals at Tynecastle to finish the game as comfortable winners.

Fernando Ricksen broke the deadlock early in the second half before Alan Maybury was ordered off for the home side.

A Barry Ferguson penalty and Ricksen's second in the space of two minutes ended the game as a contest, before Stephen Hughes scored seconds before the end to complete the scoring.

Ronald de Boer almost opened the scoring in spectacular style with five minutes gone.

Mikel Arteta cut the ball back to the Dutchman and his cute flick came back off Roddy McKenzie's near post.

At the other end, Phil Stamp tested Stefan Klos with a half-volley from 25 yards, but the German was equal to it.

Shota Arveladze should have scored after 15 minutes after Arteta and De Boer had combined to put him clear on goal, but McKenzie did well to block his effort.

Stephen Hughes celebrates his goal
Stephen Hughes celebrates his goal

Lorenzo Amoruso also came close in 27 minutes when he met a Neil McCann cross at the back post but only succeeded in knocking the ball into the side-netting.

Andy Webster kept the scoresheet blank with a fantastic goalline clearance from McCann's header after McKenzie had blocked Fernando Ricksen's original effort.

Kevin McKenna hit a powerful effort from 35 yards that Klos did well to field as Hearts took confidence from Arteta's enforced departure through injury.

Arveladze had the first effort of the second half, but his clever lob landed on the roof of the net.

But Rangers did make the breakthrough and it was Ricksen who did the damage on 52 minutes.

Alan Maybury lost possession to McCann and although Arthur Numan's cross was partially cleared, Ricksen was on hand to rattle the ball beyond McKenzie.

Maybury, who had been booked for persistent fouling in the first half, saw red in 57 minutes after a late challenge on McCann.

Alan Maybury is ordered off
Alan Maybury is ordered off

De Boer missed a glorious chance to double Rangers' lead when he failed to connect properly from close range.

Webster headed wide at the other end in a rare Hearts attack before Barry Ferguson hit the side-netting with a free kick for Rangers.

McKenzie produced a fantastic reflex save after Arveladze had powered in a shot from 12 yards out to keep Hearts in the game.

The Hearts keeper was at it again a few minutes later to deny De Boer from only a few yards out.

Jean-Louis Valois almost caught Klos out with an audacious effort from the halfway line, but the effort was too high, and then Andy Kirk flashed a shot just wide of the post with the Rangers keeper beaten.

But Rangers made sure of the points in 79 minutes, Ferguson scoring from the spot after Austin McCann had pulled Michael Mols back in the box.

Two minutes later, Ricksen scored his second, heading in at the back post from Arveladze's deep cross.

McKenzie did brillinatly to deny Ricksen a hat-trick before Hughes scored Rangers' fourth in injury time.


Hearts: McKenzie, Maybury, McKenna, Webster, McCann, Queifio (Kirk 71), MacFarlane, Severin, Stamp (Simmons 62), Valois, de Vries (Wales 71).
Subs Not Used: Gordon, McMullan.

Sent Off: Maybury (58)
Booked: Maybury, McCann, McKenna.

Rangers: Klos, Muscat, Moore, Amoruso (Malcolm 83), Numan, Ricksen, Arteta (Hughes 40), Ferguson, Arveladze, de Boer, McCann (Mols 70).
Subs Not Used: McGregor, Latapy.

Booked: McCann.

Attendance: 12,156

Referee: Hugh Dallas.

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