Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Beasley injury blow to Rangers
by Paul Kennedy, November 28th, 2007 7AM

TAGS:  uefa champions league


Glasgow Rangers lost more than a chance to clinch a berth in the second stage of the UEFA Champions League when it fell to German champion VfB Stuttgart, 3-2, on Tuesday.

The Scottish club lost its American star, DaMarcus Beasley, who was injured in a violent collision early in the second half, and its manager, Walter Smith, conceded after the game that at the very least it would be without Beasley for the deciding match against French club Lyon on Dec. 12 in Glasgow. Pending results of a scan, Beasley himself feared a lengthy layoff with ligament damage.

Rangers led Stuttgart early in the Group E game filled with end-to-end action at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium, but Stuttgart eventually won for its first points of the competition on Romanian Ciprian Marica's goal with six minutes remaining in the game.

Lyon's 2-2 tie with Barcelona meant that the Catalan club had clinched one of the two berths in the second stage. It also left Rangers and Lyon tied with seven points after five games. Rangers will advance with either a win or tie at Ibrox. It upset Lyon, 3-0, in France earlier in the fall.

Rangers had taken the lead on a goal by Charlie Adam with his first touch of the ball after replacing the injured Lee McCulloch, but Smith conceded Beasley's injury was more serious.

Beasley collided with Stuttgart goalie Rafael Schafer and was stretchered off in the 47th minute. He had his knee in a brace and faced a potentially long layoff with a suspected knee ligament injury.

"Beasley's injury looks like a serious one although we aren't certain exactly what it is yet," Smith said. "Lee McCulloch has a knock which isn't quite as bad."

Nov. 27 in Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart 3 Rangers 2. Goals: Cacau 45+2, Pardo 62, Marica 85; Adam 27, Ferguson 70.
VfB Stuttgart -- Schafer, Beck, Fernando Meira, Delpierre, Magnin, Hilbert (Ewerthon, 82), Pardo, Khedira (da Silva, 46), Hitzlsperger, Marica, Cacau (Tasci, 86).
Rangers -- McGregor, Hutton, Weir, Cuellar, Papac, Hemdani, Beasley (Naismith, 47), Ferguson, Thomson, McCulloch (Adam, 26), Darcheville (Cousin, 81).
Referee: Darko Ceferin (Slovenia).
Att.: 51,000.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Lloyd and Ellis are nominees for FIFA awards    
Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick led the USA to a 5-2 win over Japan in the ...
Waldrum (still without a contract) returns to T&T women    
When Trinidad & Tobago faces the USA in the first of two friendlies Sunday in Honolulu, ...
What They're Saying: Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva    
"Five years ago, [MLS] paid to [be on television]. In 2010, it was paid $68 million, ...
New U-17 cycle begins on cautionary note    
In past years, the Nike International Friendlies, the annual year-end tournament for the age group that ...
Report: Miami Beckham United moves on to fourth option    
David Beckham's group seeking a home for an MLS club has its maps of Miami out ...
Close call can't erase Red Bulls' sense of accomplishment    
A year that started in controversy and uproar ended with another playoff setback, but during 2015 ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"The first thing I want to do is to apologize to our fans. They've been fantastic ...
Video Pick: Dortmund pals perform synchronized warm-up    
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, and Marco Reus' balletic warmup (dubbed a "Bromance ...
Video Pick: Barcelona delivers a Messi & Neymar montage    
Barcelona put together a one-minute video featuring the feats of its two FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 ...
MLS: RSL's Schuler, Gil and Silva are out of contract    
Real Salt Lake re-signed defender Jamison Olave and exercised the 2016 contract options on seven players, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives