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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rangers Drawn Against Dynamo

Dynamo Moscow has been handed a chance to take revenge against Glasgow Rangers after it was drawn against the Scottish side in the second round of the UEFA Cup.

Rangers, which narrowly beat Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 in Warsaw on Thursday, upset the Dagestani club and much of Russian soccer by refusing to travel to Makhachkala because of fears about safety.

The game with Anzhi was eventually moved to Warsaw after a surge of attacks by rebels in Chechnya. Makhachkala is 100 kilometers from the Chechen border.

Anzhi, which was making its European debut, was furious, calling the Scottish side "cowardly" and saying all the tickets for the match had been sold and the club had renovated its stadium specially.

Rangers though will have to travel to Russia this time, and the draw was greeted with undisguised glee by Russian sports newspapers as a chance for revenge.

Before the Anzhi game Sovietsky Sport's front page had mocked up a photograph of Rangers players wearing kilts along with a story of how Anzhi fans were set to present Rangers with trousers so as to show them how to behave like real men.

A deflected goal five minutes from the end of the match was the only difference between Anzhi and Rangers on Thursday. Bert Konterman scored from a free kick to put the Scottish side in the second round.

Dynamo has its own point to prove against Rangers as well because the match is a replay of the 1972 European Cup Winners Cup final, which Rangers won 3-2.

"The more stronger the team, the more interesting we play," Sovietsky Sport reported Dynamo coach Alexander Novikov as saying, "We'll give all our strength to finish the season on a high note."

Russian soccer needs a pick up after one of its worst weeks in European competition. Both Spartak and Lokomotiv lost in the Champions League, while Anzhi, Chernomorets Novorossisk and Torpedo Moscow were knocked out at the first hurdle in the UEFA Cup.