Nobody gave us a chance - DaMarcus Beasley recalls historic Rangers win
By James Black
Former Rangers ace DaMarcus Beasley has revealed nobody gave Rangers a chance as he recalled the historic win over Lyon in the Champions League in 2007.
Rangers were drawn in in a group with Lyon, Barcelona and Stuttgart and didn’t lose any of their first three group games 10 years ago.
The American international has won 126 caps for his nation and has represented his country at four World Cups.
Beasley is aiming to make it a fifth by making next summer’s finals in Russia and joining an elite group of players to have played in five World Cups.
Rangers triumphed 3-0 away to French side Lyon in a result that even few fans would have predicted as the Gers pulled off a huge surprise.
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Beasley had a hand in all three goals and admits he’ll never forget the night at the Stade Gerland.
“For me, I always loved playing Champions League football and I was the same at PSV Eindhoven,” Beasley told Rangers official website.
“Those nights are always so special, and for me, being involved in all three of the goals is something I’ll never forget, and I am just so glad we won and got the three points.
“Nobody from the media gave us a chance to win that game – nobody.
“But, as footballers you always believe in yourself, you put out a game-plan and try to perfect it, and that game went as planned for us.”
Rangers failed to win another group stage game after the win over the then-French champions and were parachuted into the UEFA Cup.
Walter Smith’s side then went on a remarkable run which culminated in the club’s first European final in almost 40 years when they faced Zenit St. Petersburg in Manchester.
Beasley made 46 appearances for the Gers over a three-year spell before moving on to Bundesliga side Hannover 96.
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