Thursday, May 1, 2008


It will be Zenit St. Petersburg against Glasgow Rangers on May 14 for the UEFA Cup in Macnchester after both squads advanced through Thursday's semifinal second leg. Zenit dispatched Bayern Munich with ruthless efficency, winning 4-0 at home to take teh semifinal 5-1 on aggergate. Pavel Pogrebniak opened the scoring with the first of his two goals in the 5th minute as Zenit advanced to their first ever European final.

The fact that Bayern lost came as no surpise; they had not been at their best in their last three UEFA Cup ties and needed a miracle to get past Getafe in the quarters. Still, the depth of the loss was shocking to see from the soon-to-be Bundesliga champs.

There were far fewer goals in the Rangers-Fiorentina tie. The teams remained scoreless after 210 minutes and settled matters in a shootout, which Rangers won 4-2. Fiorentina dominated the match, outshooting the visitors 28-7, and later accused their conquerors of playing less than attractive football to force a goalless draw. For Glasgow, dreams of a quadruple remain very much alive but it will be a busy month of may for the squad. They still have six league matches left, as well as the Scottish Cup Final of May 24. Rangers will be boosted by a huge crowd advantage at City of Manchester Stadium when they face Zenit for the UEFA Cup.

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