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Football: Rangers lose their way.

RANGERS' slim hopes of reaching the Champions league knockout stages were extinguished once and for all in Stuttgart.

The home side's victory in the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium booked their place beyond the group stage at the first time of asking but all Rangers will have to play for when Panathinaikos come to Ibrox next month is the confirmation of a place in the less-glamorous UEFA Cup.

Rangers came to Germany needing nothing short of victory to stay alive in the flagship competition but rarely looked like achieving that goal at the expense of a team strong in defence and quick in attack.

Rangers' overall performance reflected their pre-match long-shot odds as the Germans never looked like surrendering a lead handed to them in first half stoppage time by defender Timo Wenzel.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 27, 2003
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