Football: Alive and Free-Kicking as Albertz Hounds Hibernian ; Rangers 2 Johansson 32, Albertz 46 Hibernian 0 Half-Time: 1-0 Attendance: 49,323
Gordon, Phil, The Independent (London, England)
JORG ALBERTZ has just brought out a video of the ferocious free- kicks which have illuminated his three years at Ibrox, but the German will have to launch another compilation now to showcase the one he struck yesterday.
No doubt there will be plenty of space on "Now That's What I Call Free Kicks: 2" for future Albertz efforts, but for power and grace it would be hard to beat the 47th-minute gem which killed of a disappointing Hibernian side who could not cope with The Hammer and were spared only a true horror of their own by Nick Colgan's expert goalkeeping.
Even Rangers' vast resources were stretched when Stefan Klos hurt his hand in training on Friday which, with Lionel Charbonnier also injured and Antti Niemi on loan at Charlton, meant that the 18-year- old fourth choice Mark Brown was entrusted with the goalkeeper's jersey.
Yet this was misleading because in every position Rangers dwarfed Hibernian in terms of experience.
They protected Brown to such a degree that the goalkeeper never had to lay a glove on the ball for the opening quarter of an hour. A tidal wave of blue poured down on Brown's counterpart, Nick Colgan, and the Hibernian keeper was indebted to his full-back Derek Collins, who hooked Gabriel Amato's effort off the line.
Then Albertz squandered a good chance after Neil McCann finished off some trickery with a perfect lay off, before Claudio Reyna joined the storming of the barricade with a left-foot shot that was inches past the post. The only time Hibs could find an escape valve to relieve the pressure was a wonderful …
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Publication information: Article title: Football: Alive and Free-Kicking as Albertz Hounds Hibernian ; Rangers 2 Johansson 32, Albertz 46 Hibernian 0 Half-Time: 1-0 Attendance: 49,323. Contributors: Gordon, Phil - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: November 21, 1999. Page number: 5. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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