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Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Rangers survive Milan test
AC Milan put on a good show at Ibrox
Former Rangers favourite Rino Gattuso gets stuck in
Rangers 2-2 AC Milan

Rangers were given a thorough examination by Italian giants AC Milan in an entertaining pre-season friendly contest at Ibrox.

Alex McLeish's side started well and goals from Ronald de Boer and Claudio Caniggia had the crowd roaring with approval.

The visitors responded with vigour and drew level through new Danish striker Jon Dahl Tomasson and youngster Marco Borriello.

In a second half disrupted by a string of substitutions, Milan enjoyed the bulk of play and Rangers keeper Stefan Klos produced a number of great saves to keep his side in the game.

The home support were treated to the sight of new signing Mikel Arteta in a Rangers jersey for the first time and the young Spaniard showed a neat range of passing during the hour he played.

AC Milan are still in the early stages of their pre-season schedule but included a number of star names, including Paolo Maldini, Andrei Shevchenko, Clarence Seedorf, Rui Costa and former Rangers player Rino Gattuso.

It was the Serie A side who enjoyed the first chance of the game, when Kahaber Kaladze played the ball through to Shevchenko in the box, but his close-range effort was blocked by the feet of Lorenzo Amoruso.

Rangers v AC Milan
Mikel Arteta was impressive

Rangers took the lead after 15 minutes. Peter Lovenkrands made a good run down the left wing before flighting a cross into the path of de Boer and the Dutchman nodded home the opener from just outside the six-yard box.

Milan were unlucky not to draw level after 21 minutes. Shevchenko squared the ball across goal to Tomasson a few yards out but the Danish World Cup star somehow failed to connect properly with the ball and the chance was lost.

With just three minutes before the break, Rangers added to their tally.

An Arteta corner was flicked on by de Boer then headed back across goal by Craig Moore at the back post and Caniggia tapped the ball over the line from close in.

Milan managed to pull a goal back right on the half-time whistle when Andrea Pirlo crossed the ball into the path of Tomasson, who stole in front of Amoruso to glance a header past Klos.

There was the usual rash of second half changes in personnel, but the game continued to enjoy a competitive edge.

The Italians were the dominant force in the second half and Klos was at his very best to deny Tomasson and Christian Brocchi, twice.

Milan eventually made the breakthrough their pressure merited when forgotten French winger Ibrahim Ba skipped past Amoruso and crossed for fellow substitute Borriello to divert home on the 79th minute.

A terrible offside decision robbed Tomasson of a winning goal as he raced through the Rangers defence and rolled the ball into an empty net.

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