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Rangers FC 2 - 1 Ajax

Elite FA Cup Groups Match 4, Rangers FC vs. Ajax (Wed Jan 23)


                           Rangers FC  |  Ajax
                              5-4-1 A  |  4-4-2 C
                          Gazza Grant  |  James Maund
                                       |
                        D_Marshall GK  |  GK E_Van_d_Sar
                        R_Giovinco DF  |  DF Alvaro_Rubio
                           G_Grant DF  |  DF S_Kolasinac
                         D_McGrain DF  |  DF C_Dos_Passos
                        Marquinhos DF  |  DF T_Vermaelen
                             Doria DF  |  MF F_Ljungberg
                          L_Thomas MF  |  MF P_Vieira
                          B_Hemoth MF  |  MF I_Muniain
                            R_Jack MF  |  MF M_Overmars
                         A_Iniesta MF  |  FW D_Bergkamp
                     R_Acquafresca FW  |  FW Ian_Wright
                                       |
                       Z_Stonewall SUB |  SUB G_Langerak
                       K_Ramsteijn SUB |  SUB P_Senderos
                           K_Rekik SUB |  SUB Fazio
                      A_Gunnarsson SUB |  SUB J_Crujff
                       H_Rodellega SUB |  SUB T_Wallcott

Referee: N_Alexander (Northern_Ireland)


Min. 4  :(rfc) L_Thomas with a 40-yard pass to R_Acquafresca
          ...  T_Vermaelen gets to the ball first
Min. 5  :(rfc) R_Giovinco kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate in space!
          ...  He plays the ball in to him!
          ...  R_Acquafresca gets on the end of the pass
          ...  S_Kolasinac plays the back pass
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar can't get to it!!
          ...  It goes just wide!!
          ...  What a lucky escape!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  D_McGrain swings it in!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar easily catches it!
Min. 10 :(rfc) Doria kills the ball dead
          ...  Beautiful turn
          ...  He could get a shot of here
          ...  Doria hits a great drive!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar makes a good save
Min. 10 :(aja) F_Ljungberg takes on Doria
          ...  He runs past him
          ...  But R_Giovinco wins the tackle cleanly
Min. 11 :(aja) P_Vieira finds his way through
          ...  He lost his man too easily
          ...  P_Vieira with the goal bound shot!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  The Ajax fans go wild!
          ...  That's put Ajax ahead!
          ...  Rangers FC 0-1 Ajax ...
Min. 12 :(aja) Ajax changed their strategy to play D
Min. 15 :(rfc) G_Grant beats S_Kolasinac
          ...  That was a quick burst of pace to set him free
          ...  A vicious shot by G_Grant !
          ...  He couldn't have hit that shot much better!!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Right into the top corner!
          ...  Rangers FC are back on level terms now!
          ...  Rangers FC 1-1 Ajax ...
Min. 16 :(aja) It looks as though Ajax is now playing C
Min. 21 :(aja) S_Kolasinac is taking a throw in
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He throws it to Alvaro_Rubio
          ...  Alvaro_Rubio with a stunning strike !
          ...  But he puts it over
          ...  He can't be happy with that effort
Min. 22 :(rfc) Marquinhos chips the ball over the defence and finds B_Hemoth
          ...  B_Hemoth has time and space!
          ...  He tries the lob!
          ...  Looks like it should be E_Van_d_Sar's
          ...  Oh he's let it go through his legs
          ...  But drifts inches wide !!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar looks embarrassed!
          ...  He was relieved to see it go wide!
          ...  Goal kick given, amazing decision there!
Min. 23 :(rfc) L_Thomas leaps into the air
          ...  He wins the header
          ...  He heads it across to D_McGrain
          ...  D_McGrain sights up the goal
          ...  He shoots!
          ...  Looks like it should be E_Van_d_Sar's
          ...  Oh he's let it go through his legs
          ...  But drifts inches wide !!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar looks embarrassed!
          ...  He was relieved to see it go wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  B_Hemoth crosses it in!
          ...  S_Kolasinac clears the corner
Min. 29 :(aja) Ian_Wright runs down the flank
          ...  He plays the ball across to T_Vermaelen
          ...  T_Vermaelen lobs D_Marshall!
          ...  D_Marshall gets his fingertips to it
          ...  He pushes it on to the post
          ...  The defender clears the loose ball
Min. 34 :(aja) M_Overmars takes possession
          ...  Knocks it past D_McGrain
          ...  He's through on goal
          ...  Marquinhos with a superb tackle!
          ...  He easily dispossessed him.
Min. 35 :(aja) M_Overmars takes possession
          ...  He looks up
          ...  He's in acres of space
          ...  Doria with a late tackle
          ...  He certainly didn't mean it
          ...  N_Alexander shows him a YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll need to be careful from now on!
Min. 36 :(rfc) R_Jack floats the ball in to find Doria
          ...  A cracking drive from Doria !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar gets his fingertips to it
          ...  He pushes it on to the post
          ...  The defender clears the loose ball
Min. 39 :(rfc) A_Iniesta pulls it back to B_Hemoth
          ...  A vicious shot by B_Hemoth !
          ...  But E_Van_d_Sar tips it behind
          ...  N_Alexander has given a goal kick
          ...  He's not having the best of days !
Min. 42 :(rfc) B_Hemoth crosses to R_Acquafresca
          ...  R_Acquafresca from 20 yards !
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th official signals that there are 3 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 44 :(aja) I_Muniain with the first time flick to F_Ljungberg
          ...  F_Ljungberg with the chance !
          ...  D_Marshall makes a comfortable save
          ...  He makes it look so easy
Min. 47 :(aja) C_Dos_Passos with a smart pass to P_Vieira
          ...  P_Vieira bears down on goal!
          ...  D_Marshall with a fantastic point blank save
          ...  He showed great Reflexes there

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Rangers FC 1-1 Ajax

Min. 46 :(rfc) A_Iniesta holds the ball up
          ...  He sees R_Acquafresca in space!
          ...  R_Acquafresca hits the shot with the outside of the right foot!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar was lucky there
Min. 47 :(rfc) R_Acquafresca chests it down
          ...  I_Muniain is late with that one
          ...  There's no place in the game for that kind of challenge
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll be off if he does that again
Min. 55 :(aja) M_Overmars kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate leave his marker!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  Ian_Wright gets on the end of the pass
          ...  G_Grant intercepts the pass
Min. 58 :(rfc) A_Gunnarsson is coming on for L_Thomas and playing MF
Min. 58 :(aja) T_Wallcott is coming on for D_Bergkamp and playing FW
Min. 59 :(aja) J_Crujff replaces an unhappy I_Muniain and will play as a MF
Min. 60 :(rfc) K_Ramsteijn is being brought on
          ...  D_McGrain is leaving the pitch
          ...  Looks like the substitute will play DF
Min. 60 :(aja) P_Senderos will replace the useless Alvaro_Rubio and will play DF
Min. 60 :(aja) P_Vieira gets to the by-line
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He plays the ball through to Ian_Wright
          ...  But Marquinhos sees the pass and cuts it out
Min. 66 :(aja) C_Dos_Passos cuts the ball back to M_Overmars
          ...  M_Overmars tries to curl it into the bottom corner !
          ...  The net bulges!
          ...  OH!! He has hit the side netting
          ...  Goal kick given
Min. 67 :(rfc) R_Jack finds the run of R_Acquafresca
          ...  R_Acquafresca with the strike !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar gets his fingertips to it
          ...  He pushes it on to the post
          ...  The defender clears the loose ball
Min. 68 :(rfc) B_Hemoth curls the ball out wide to A_Gunnarsson
          ...  P_Senderos plays the back pass
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar can't get to it!!
          ...  It goes just wide!!
          ...  Look at the relief on his face!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  A_Gunnarsson lofts the ball in!
          ...  The danger is dealt with by M_Overmars
Min. 73 :(aja) F_Ljungberg with a short pass to find S_Kolasinac
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge from Marquinhos
          ...  It goes out of play
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  F_Ljungberg chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  M_Overmars with the shot!
          ...  But D_Marshall punches it away
          ...  That's gone out for a corner kick
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  F_Ljungberg floats the ball in!
          ...  D_Marshall fists it away!
Min. 77 :(rfc) H_Rodellega will replace the useless R_Acquafresca and will play FW
Min. 78 :(aja) Ian_Wright takes advantage of a mistake by K_Ramsteijn
          ...  He runs towards goal
          ...  Ian_Wright hits a great drive!
          ...  D_Marshall makes a comfortable save
          ...  He makes it look so easy
Min. 81 :(rfc) B_Hemoth looks injured. He's been stretchered off
          ...  Lets hope it's not serious
          ...  He returns to the pitch to carry on
          ...  He seems to be ok
Min. 82 :(aja) F_Ljungberg runs down the wing
          ...  He knocks it past the defender into space!
          ...  He cuts the ball back
          ...  Ian_Wright latches onto the pass
          ...  He carves out some space
          ...  B_Hemoth fouls badly
          ...  That was a deliberate act that deserves punishment
          ...  N_Alexander calls him over!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!
Min. 83 :(rfc) H_Rodellega with the header on
          ...  He finds A_Gunnarsson in space
          ...  A_Gunnarsson fires a shot at goal !
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar was left standing
          ...  That surely hands Rangers FC victory!!
          ...  Rangers FC 2-1 Ajax ...
Min. 84 :(rfc) Rangers FC altered their play to a D strategy
Min. 84 :(aja) F_Ljungberg with an intelligent ball to C_Dos_Passos
          ...  C_Dos_Passos bears down on goal!
          ...  OOOOHHHHH!!!!
          ...  Unbelievable!!!
          ...  It's gone wide
Min. 88 :(REF) The 4th referee signals that there are 4 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 91 :(rfc) A_Gunnarsson turns past the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to A_Iniesta
          ...  J_Crujff with a pull on the shirt
Min. 92 :(rfc) A_Gunnarsson with a flicked pass to H_Rodellega
          ...  H_Rodellega with a screamer of a shot !
          ...  But it whistles just past the post
Min. 94 :(aja) S_Kolasinac with the cross-field pass to Ian_Wright
          ...  Ian_Wright with the shot on net !
          ...  The ball moves through the air!
          ...  D_Marshall moves quickly!
          ...  Can he get to this?
          ...  It's beaten him!
          ...  But it thumps the post!!
          ...  And goes out!

*************  FULL TIME  ****************


Match Details
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Venue                : Ibrox Stadium
Attendance           : 150,000
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Rangers FC Match Info
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Best player          : A_Gunnarsson
Scorers              : G_Grant (15), A_Gunnarsson (83)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : Doria (35), B_Hemoth (82)
Injured              : N/A
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Ajax Match Info
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Best player          : P_Vieira (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : P_Vieira (11)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : I_Muniain (47)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                            Rangers FC    |      Ajax
Attempts on Goal     :          11        |       10
Off target           :           4        |       4
On target            :           7        |       6
Possession           :          51        |       49
Corners              :           3        |       2
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           2        |       1
Subs Used            :           3        |       3
Fouls                :           6        |       9
Key Tackles          :           5        |       3
Key Passes           :          12        |       11
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Final Score          : Rangers FC 2 - 1 Ajax
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Player Statistics - Rangers FC
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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D_Marshall     GK  39   7   5   7  14 |  97   6   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0   0
R_Giovinco     DF   2  31  13  11  35 |  97   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  10   0
G_Grant        DF   3  31   7   9  13 |  97   0   1   0   0   1   1   0   0   0  20   0  35
D_McGrain      DF   1  30  13   8  24 |  63   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
Marquinhos     DF   2  29   7   2  18 |  97   0   3   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  60  10   0
Doria          DF   3  27   7   5  32 |  97   0   0   0   0   2   0   1   0   0  -2  -2  18
L_Thomas       MF   1   8  33   7  18 |  61   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
B_Hemoth       MF   2   5  30   6  22 |  97   0   0   2   0   2   0   1   0   0  -2  18   9
R_Jack         MF   3   7  29  11  22 |  97   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
A_Iniesta      MF   2   6  28   7  11 |  97   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
R_Acquafresca  FW   1   7   9  32  36 |  80   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0  21
Z_Stonewall    GK  29   2   2   2  22 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
K_Ramsteijn    DF   1  30  11  10  42 |  34   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  20  20
K_Rekik        DF   1  28   7   2  12 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
A_Gunnarsson   MF   2   8  31  18  34 |  36   0   0   1   0   1   1   0   0   0   0  10  35
H_Rodellega    FW   2   6   8  27  13 |  17   0   0   1   1   1   0   0   0   0   0  30   1

Player Statistics - Ajax
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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E_Van_d_Sar    GK  39   5   5   7  14 |  97   6   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0   0   0
Alvaro_Rubio   DF   2  30   9  10  36 |  63   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
S_Kolasinac    DF   2  29  10   9  11 |  97   0   2   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  20   0
C_Dos_Passos   DF   1  27  11   5  22 |  97   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   1
T_Vermaelen    DF   2  26   8   6  31 |  97   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  20   0  10
F_Ljungberg    MF   3   7  29  11  12 |  97   0   0   3   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  30  10
P_Vieira       MF   1   7  29   9  20 |  97   0   0   1   0   2   1   0   0   0   0  10  45
I_Muniain      MF   1  10  28   8  24 |  62   0   0   1   0   0   0   1   0   0 -22 -12 -22
M_Overmars     MF   2  10  27  13  32 |  97   0   1   1   0   2   0   0   0   0  20  10  11
D_Bergkamp     FW   1   8   7  29  21 |  61   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Ian_Wright     FW   1   8  10  28  23 |  97   0   0   1   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  10  11
G_Langerak     GK  27   2   2   6  23 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
P_Senderos     DF   1  31  13   5  31 |  34   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 -20 -20
Fazio          DF   2  29   8  10  41 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
J_Crujff       MF   2   6  30  10  28 |  35   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
T_Wallcott     FW   3   8  11  27  21 |  36   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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