Rangers miss out on trophy

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Rangers´ hopes of a first European trophy in 36 years were crushed as Zenit St Petersburg claimed the UEFA Cup on Wednesday night with a 2-0 win in Manchester.

Walter Smith´s men had endured an epic journey which saw them play no fewer than 18 European games to come this far only to fall at the final hurdle at the hands of the Russian champions.

Goals from Igor Denisov and Konstantin Zyrianov proved to be the difference between the two sides, with Dick Advocaat triumphing over his former club who had hoped to claim an historic quadruple this season but must now focus on completing a domestic treble.

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