scored one goal and set up another to lead Scottish club Rangers to a 3-0 win at six-time French champion Lyon in one of the biggest upsets this season in the UEFA Champions
Rangers, which beat German champion VfB Stuttgart, 2-1, two weeks ago, is tied with Barcelona for first place in Group E with a maximum six points after two matches.
Last-place Lyon had won its first-round group the last four seasons, finishing ahead of the likes of Real Madrid (twice), Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Rangers got goals
from Lee McCulloch
, Frenchman Daniel Cousin
and Beasley and a lot of luck in the form of three Lyon shots off the
woodwork -- two by star Juninho
and one by Brazilian teammate Anderson
McCulloch scored in the 23rd
minute when he headed home a Beasley corner.
Rangers made it 2-0 after 48 minutes when Cousin scored off with a powerful shot an Alan Hutton
cross from the right.
Five minutes later, Beasley collected Cousin's long pass, broke through the Lyon backline and beat goalie Remy Vercourte
with a cool finish.
Beasley became the first American to score in the Champions League proper with two clubs. He had four goals with PSV in 2004-05 when the Dutch club reached the
Rangers manager Walter Smith
"It's an excellent result. We defended
very well. We have a new team and we had to see how they would be away from home. Nobody would have imagined we could net three against Lyon."
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas
"From a statistical point of view, it's going to be very tough to qualify. We did not see such a defeat coming." GAME SUMMARY:
Oct. 2 in Lyons Lyon 0 Rangers 3.
Goals: McCulloch 23, Cousin 48, Beasley
53. Lyon --
Vercoutre, Reveillere (Clerc, 81), Squillaci, Anderson, Grosso, Juninho, Bodmer (Ben Arfa, 60), Kallstrom, Govou, Baros (Keita, 60),
Benzema. Rangers --
McGregor, Hutton, Cuellar, Weir, Papac, Hemdani, Beasley (Adam, 90), Ferguson, Thomson, McCulloch (Novo, 80), Cousin (Whittaker,
Tom Ovrebo (Norway). Att.: