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When Red Star routed Rangers

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From the BBC News Desk

The legendary Red Star side that ended Rangers' Euro bid

Rangers are just one tantalising step away from joining Europe's elite in this season's Champions League.

Manager Walter Smith will be hoping his new-look side can impose themselves on the competition in which rivals Celtic did so well last season, reaching the last 16.

Standing in their way are Red Star Belgrade, or to give them their alternative title, FK Crvena Zvezda.

The Serbian outfit are traditionally synonymous with old-style Eastern Bloc efficiency and their illustrious history was crowned with a European Cup success in 1990/91.

Rangers, who had lifted the Scottish title the previous season, were among their victims, losing to Red Star in the second round.

They coasted through a first-round tie, beating Maltese minnows Valetta 10-0 on aggregate, while Red Star defeated Grasshoppers Zurich 5-2 over two legs.

As it turned out, the victory over the Swiss club sparked a memorable season for the red and white half of Yugoslavia's capital as they made it all the way to the final and celebrated a penalty shoot-out win over Marseille in Bari.

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