Rangers banish Belgian nightmare, come back from 2 goals for the first time in history, and scorein a spectacular European night at Ibrox Did. Champions League playoff spot.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst moved within 180 minutes of him from the group stage of UEFA's premier competition, to another impressive win on the European stage. The Rangers look shoulder-to-shoulder with the cream of the continent for the first time in 11 years.
Leuven's flop left them with mountains to climb, and they facedUnion Saint-Gilloise on an unforgettable night in Gobain. Lazar Amani. Rangers were awarded the first goal after an insane moment from Sibe van der Heyden, who made a handling in the box, and James Tavernier made no mistake from the spot. Antonio Corac homered a second after him on the restart to equalize on aggregate with a rocking Ibrox and Malik his Tillman nod to the winner in a dramatic and brilliant endgame.
Van Bronckhorst made three changes from his Belgian starting line-up, with Ryan Kent, Tom Lawrence and Scott Arfield replacing Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack and Rabbi Matondo, and Alfred. Morelos remained on the bench.
It was an attacking line-up, with Tillman getting off to an expected fast start from the home side with a header from Tom Lawrence's corner with the best chance before Corac headed in from a Tavernier free-kick. approached.
USG were on the back foot, but they were dangerous on the counter, knowing that one goal could spoil the atmosphere. And Siebe van der Heiden should have had it when he had a free header from the corner, but luckily for the Rangers he couldn't turn it on target.
In the other end, Korac headed his shot from a perfect Lawrence set-piece, but when the goalkeeper turned the ball over, a superb save from Anthony Morris put the Croatian at the helm. blocked.
Nerves grew as the second half progressed and the net didn't swell, but that all changed just before half-time. And there was a bit of luck, as Vandel his Heiden inexplicably handled a hopeful Borna his Balisic cross into the box.
Away he was the moment the team shot him in the leg because the defense was good.
Greek referee Thassos Sidilopoulos had no choice but to point at the spot and Tavernier ran up a bit before diving into the net.
It was exactly what they needed. Ibrox broke out, Scott his temper with Arfield involved a bit after-sales, and USG keepers Morris and Corac were booked.
Rangers had a bit between his teeth and the hour he grabbed the all-important second to level the tie on aggregate just before the mark. Lawrence lofted the ball into Tavernier and Arfield's shot was parried, but Korac answered the rebound and headed home from close range.
Then James Sands' second yellow on his card was overturned by Sidi Lopoulos, from which the Rangers started kicking, and his crucial move to book his spot in the playoffs. Wright gave his Blues a big run when he scored the third goal.
Borna his Barisic floated the ball into the box and Bayern his Munich loan player Tillmann dead with a second booking for Amani to contest the goal. Here are his five talking points from Ibrox.
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Limp Ruben's Display and He produced the product. When many chose to bench Morelos and go with Kent from the start, he decided to leave Morelos on the bench. It was a professional display of perseverance on a nervous night and another big European performance by the Dutch.
I love the stage. His Magnificent seven goals earned him the Golden boot in Europe last season, picking up where he left off last season with his Ibrox.
There was a lot of pressure on his shoulders when he stepped up to take the penalty just before time, but you wouldn't have known it.He was the coolest guy in the stadium and triumphantly sent out.
Lawrence sat on the bench in the first leg and was brought on in the second half, but put in a great performance here to show what he is capable of. Joe Arrivo created a big moment in his Rangers era by scoring in the Europa League final. But Lawrence, the former Derby County native, showed great vision with pinpoint accurate passing and set pieces and looked set to become a big player. } Union Saint-Gilloise boss Karel Geraerts must have been tearing his hair out in defender Van der Heyden's away dugout. First of all, he sent a free header from a corner that should have inflated the net and would have changed the whole game as the game was still goalless. Shortly after Hoven's centre-back handled the ball and awarded a penalty to the Rangers. But he could not wear himself in glory. The USA squad doesn't look too smart, and Ben Davis (who joined for him in the second half) picking up speed would be a boost for Van Bronckhorst and a return to fitness for Jon Suter. The fee for turning Sands' first loan into a permanent deal is reportedly £4.5m, but the multi-talented ex-New York City man is also taking bookings here on an unconvincing display recently. According to the evidence in , that seems excessive. But if Greek referee Thassos Sidiropoulos, who overturned a second yellow card on the advice of a lineman after a fair tackle, didn't make sense, he would have been a The night could have been worse.