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report from Dens Park.
BBC Scotland's David Begg and Keith Jackson
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Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"We gave an easy goal away, not the first of the season."
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Saturday, 9 September, 2000, 21:27 GMT 22:27 UK
Sara blow for Rangers
Lorenzo Amoruso falls to the ground as Juan Sara scores Dundee's equalising goal
Lorenzo Amoruso falls to the ground as Juan Sara scores Dundee's equalising goal
Dundee 1-1 Rangers

A defensive clanger loud enough to be heard back in Glasgow cost Rangers two points at Dundee.

Skipper Lorenzo Amoruso was the man who dropped it, committing the cardinal sin of being dispossessed in front of his own goal.

Amoruso tried to be too clever on the edge of his own penalty area and was embarrassed to be robbed of the ball by Juan Sara.

Sara, the Argentinian who had come on as a substitute only minutes earlier, managed to poke the ball past Stefan Klos and ensure that an entertaining and occasionally bad-tempered game finished all square.

Decider

Until then, it had looked likely that Neil McCann's 56th minute strike might be the decider.

The left winger, who last week had notched Scotland's late and undeserved winner in Latvia, smashed a 20-yard drive past his international colleague Robert Douglas after being set up by Tugay Kerimoglu.

The loud away following had given Michael Mols a warm reception on seeing him in a Rangers shirt for the first time in almost a year.

It was a first competitive start in 10 months for Mols, who had suffered a serious knee injury in a collision with Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Khan.

Perfect timing

That had been in a Champions League match, of course, and his return after two operations and only a few minutes of friendly action, was perfect timing for Rangers manager Dick Advocaat's preparations for this season's European adventure, which begins at home to the Austrians Sturm Graz on Tuesday night.

However, it was not a fruitful afternoon for him as he had few sights of goal and spent much of the game on his backside claiming fouls that were never given.

Still, he lasted the whole game and that will be a bonus in itself for the Ibrox outfit.

Rangers dominated the opening exchanges as Dundee opted to defend in numbers, leaving the Argentinian, Fabien Caballero, as a lone front man.

Mostly defending

Dundee, this season's bad boys, had to be content with mostly defending and, with just Fabian Caballero up front, were content to counter attack when they could.

Rangers' pressure began to evolve into chances and Rangers almost went ahead.

Scott Wilson retrieved the Dutchman's over-hit ball and crossed for Amoruso, whose header found Billy Dodds for a shot on the turn that went across goal and inches wide.

Then Ronald de Boer set up Mols for an instant snapshot that went straight at goalkeeper Robert Douglas.

Stringing passes

However, after Wilson was booked for fouling Caballero just outside the area, Alessandro Romano flashed a header from Ivano Bonetti's free kick just over.

The game had upped a couple of gears by the half-hour mark with both sides stringing passing moves together.

Romano saw his shot deflected for a corner and goalkeeper Stefan Klos was none too convincing in tipping it round for another one.

Neil McCann celebrates opening the scoring
Neil McCann celebrates opening the scoring
Georgi Nemsadze took it and found the head of Gavin Rae, who despite having lost his marker, could not hit the target.

Tugay was booked for a foul on Bonetti, who hit the free-kick from 25 yards out straight at Klos.

Five minutes before the break, Dodds, headed van Bronckhorst's cross wide before being sent clear by Tugay.

The linesman's instant raising of a flag seemed an error, but the former Dundee man could only hit a post anyway as the first half finished scoreless.

Long-range

Van Bronckhorst fired the first shot in anger after the restart, watching his long-range effort only just clear the bar.

Dundee's reply was a clever free-kick move that saw Caballero make space for himself before firing at Klos from 25 yards out.

In the 56th minute, Rangers took the lead through McCann.

Tugay found himself in space just inside the Dundee half and quickly realised his team-mate was in a similar position on the left.

Near post

McCann took aim from 20 yards out and his shot had the power to beat Douglas on his near post.

McCann set up Dodds for a far post header that was again inches wide as Rangers began to dominate.

However, Sara dispossed Amoruso after 74 minutes and put the ball past Klos to give Dundee a share of the points.

Dundee: Douglas, Smith, de Marchi, Tweed, Marrocco, Artero, Rae, Nemsadze, Romano, Bonetti, Caballero.

Subs: Langfield, Sara, Falconer, Yates, Wilkie.

Rangers: Klos, Reyna, Amoruso, Wilson, Numan, Tugay, de Boer, van Bronckhorst, McCann, Dodds, Mols.

Subs: Charbonnier, Ricksen, Miller, Lovenkranes, Vidmar.

Referee: D McDonald.

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