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Rangers won 4 – 2 on penalties

Rangers have become the third British club to qualify for a European final this season after they edged out Fiorentina on penalties in their Uefa Cup, semi final, second leg.

Following the exploits of Chelsea and Manchester United in the Champions League, the Scottish side went to Italy having been held to a goal less draw in the first leg at Ibrox.

And they had to fight a rear guard action as the home team was dominant – Sasa Papac cleared Mario Alberto Santana’s clever backheel off the goalline whilst Adrian Mutu and Christian Vieri also went close.

Daniel Cousin was sent for Rangers in extra time, but the tie ended goalless and Nacho Novo fired the winning penalty after Vieri drove his kick over.

And that took Rangers to their first European final since they lifted the Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1972.

The scene had been set for Rangers to follow Dick Advocaat to the City of Manchester Stadium on 14th May, the former Ibrox boss having earlier led Zenit St Petersburg to their first European final with a 5-1 aggregate hammering of Bayern Munich.

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