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Friday, 25 October, 2002, 06:49 GMT 07:49 UK
Rangers oust battling Hibs
Claudio Caniggia slots home Rangers second goal
Caniggia took advantage of slack defending by Hibs
Hibernian 2-3 Rangers

Rangers booked their place in the last eight of the CIS Insurance Cup following a five-goal thriller against ten-man Hibernian.

The Easter Road side took the lead first when Ian Murray netted after just six minutes but a Derek Townsley own-goal allowed Rangers to draw level.

And they moved ahead when Claudio Caniggia netted shortly after the former Motherwell man's blunder.

Gary O'Connor squared the match but Peter Lovenkrands' sucker-punch goal clinched the tie.

Hibs started strongly and O'Connor forced Stefan Klos into a diving save after only three minutes.

And the Easter Road side took the lead after only six minutes when Ian Murray's first-time shot from O'Connor's cross flew high past Klos.

Ian Murray celebrates putting Hibs in front
Ian Murray gave Hibs an early lead
Rangers looked ruffled in the opening quarter took time to settle.

But a great turn and shot from Ronald de Boer on the edge of the Hibs box after 16 minutes slipped narrowly past Nick Colgan's left-hand post.

O'Connor came close to doubling Hibs' lead four minutes later.

Then in the 21st minute Rangers were gifted an equaliser.

Maurice Ross took the ball to the byline before squeezing a cross into the box in front of goal.

Hibs' defender Derek Townsley tried to clear the danger but succeeded only in prodding the ball into the back of his own net.

And within minutes the league leader's were in front for the first time.

The unfortunate Townsley's blundered clearance gifted possession to De Boer.

The Dutchman fed the ball through to Claudio Caniggia and the veteran forward beat the offside trap before clipping the ball cooly over Colgan.

The goal seemed to spur Rangers on and they began to dominate the proceedings.

But Hibs spurned a glorious chance to restore parity.

A poor headed clearance from Bert Konterman fell into the path of O'Connor on the edge of the Rangers' box but he directed his shot straight at Klos who gathered at the second attempt.

As a highly eventful first half drew to a close De Boer should have converted Lovenkrands' low cross from the left.

But he hesitated at point-blank range and Colgan collected.

A vibrant Hibs could have drawn level at the beginning of the second half but Mixu Paatelainen wasted two clear-cut chances, dragging his shot wide on both occasions.

Gary O'Connor (right) draws Hibs level
Gary O'Connor grabbed a deserved equaliser
And Townsley got his head to Murray's looping cross from the left but failed to hit the target from close-range.

But the ever-lively O'Connor gave Hibs a deserved equaliser after 72 minutes.

He latched onto a loose ball at the edge of the Rangers box, sidestepped Konterman and curled a great left-foot shot beyond Klos.

However, Rangers took the lead only six minutes later, this time against the run of play.

Caniggia split the Hibs defence with a clever pass to Lovenkrands who struck it on the run low past Colgan.

Barry Ferguson then curled a free kick just over Colgan's bar after Gary Smith was sent off for a foul on Caniggia.


Hibernian: Colgan, Orman (Smith 33), Fenwick, Zambernardi, Murray, Townsley (McManus 68), Brebner, Wiss, James, Paatelainen (Luna 81), O'Connor.

Subs Not Used: Caig, Brown. Sent Off: Smith (87).

Booked: Smith, Murray, Fenwick.

Rangers: Klos, Konterman, Malcolm, Numan, Ricksen, Ferguson, Arteta (Hughes 38), Ross, Caniggia, de Boer, Lovenkrands.

Subs Not Used: McGregor, Mols, Muscat.

Booked: Caniggia.

Attendance: 10,000

Referee: H Dallas.

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