ON THIS DAY in 2008 Rangers proceeded to the UEFA Cup Final after an astonishing and historic penalties win over Fiorentina in Italy.

The 10-man Light Blues were battered for 120 minutes at the Stadio Artemio Franchi and mustered barely a handful of chances to score themselves.

Even after sub Daniel Cousin was sent off, they hung on to draw 0-0 and take the match to spot-kicks against all the odds.

They fell behind when Barry Ferguson’s effort was saved but Neil Alexander stopped Fabio Liverani’s shot to make it 2-2 with two kicks left.

And after Christian Vieri then fired over the upright, Nacho Novo rolled in the winner to seal a place at the City of Manchester Stadium.

FIORENTINA: Frey; Jorgensen, Gamberini, Ujfalusi, Gobbi; Donadel (Kuzmanovic 41), Liverani, Montolivo; Santana, Pazzini (Vieri 79), Mutu.
Subs not used: Avramov, Dainelli, Semioli, Osvaldo, Pasqual.

RANGERS: Alexander; Broadfoot, Cuellar, Weir, Papac; Davis (Novo 80), Ferguson, Hemdani, Thomson, Whittaker; Darcheville (Cousin 65).
Subs not used: G. Smith, Buffel, Boyd, Dailly, Faye.

More links:

  • Read a match report from the game HERE
  • Watch match action on RangersTV HERE

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