Rangers will have to come from behind in second leg after defeat to RB Leipzig

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Rangers volition person to travel from down to scope the Europa League last aft losing 1-0 to an agonisingly precocious RB Leipzig extremity successful the Red Bull Arena.

The Bundesliga outfit dominated possession successful the archetypal fractional of the semi-final archetypal limb albeit Gers keeper Allan McGregor did not person a existent prevention to marque until Christopher Nkunku tested him soon aft the break.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s broadside came retired of their ammunition much aft the interval but besides remained defensively disciplined for the astir portion until Spanish wing-back Angelino fired successful the victor with 5 minutes remaining.

Rangers overcame a 1-0 archetypal limb decision against Braga successful the past circular and volition look for different tumultuous nighttime astatine Ibrox to spot them done to their archetypal European last successful 14 years

First, determination is the substance of an Old Firm crippled with Rangers going to Celtic Park connected Sunday six points down the cinch Premiership leaders with 4 fixtures remaining and the Hoops besides enjoying an vantage successful extremity difference.

It is truthful a pivotal week for the Gers who turned successful different tenacious show successful Europe.

With strikers Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe inactive retired injured, Van Bronckhorst had again to accommodate and successful what looked similar a 5-3-2 enactment with midfielder John Lundstram moved back, helium gave a commencement to Stephen Wright up beforehand with Ryan Kent.

Joe Aribo, Kent, Lundstram, Ryan Jack and Calvin Bassey each returned for the Govan broadside portion RB Leipzig brag Domenico Tedesco was without midfielder Kevin Kampl and defenders Willi Orban and Mohamed Simakan done suspension.

Star striker Nkunku led the line, backed by Spain winger Dani Olmo and Hungary’s Dominik Szoboszlai.

Angelino celebrates

Angelino scored Leipzig’s victor (Matthias Schrader/AP)

There were Rangers fans successful astir parts of the stadium, helping to make a terrific ambiance but they watched their broadside pursuit shadows astatine the start.

A punishment assertion erstwhile Nkunku could not get distant from Gers defender Connor Goldson was ignored by French referee Benoit Bastien.

There was small respite for the Light Blues and successful the 16th infinitesimal Bassey blocked a goal-bound changeable from Nkunku earlier Goldson, with adjacent desperation, prevented Szoboszlai’s changeable troubling McGregor.

With their archetypal country conscionable earlier the fractional hr mark, Goldson headed Borna Barisic’s transportation implicit the barroom but Rangers were soon defending again with skipper James Tavernier getting successful the mode of a terrific onslaught from Angelino.

With Aribo further up aft the break, Rangers had their archetypal existent accidental astatine the commencement of the 2nd fractional erstwhile Kent worked immoderate abstraction successful the RB Leipzig container and fizzed the shot crossed the beforehand of skipper Peter Gulacsi’s extremity but recovered nary takers.

Tavernier past had a changeable deflected for a country but again Goldson headed over.

RB Leipzig v Rangers – UEFA Europa League – Semifinal – First Leg – Red Bull Arena

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst during the UEFA Europa League semi-final, archetypal limb lucifer astatine the Red Bull Arena, Leipzig. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2022.

At the different end, McGregor bushed distant a thrust from Nkunku – a reminder for the Govan men of the location side’s threat.

RB Leipzig took a grip and Rangers were again connected the backmost ft but inactive the Ibrox side’s defence defended resolutely.

Fashion Sakala replaced Wright aft 68 minutes and moved into the centre-forward presumption but moments aboriginal the visitors should person recovered themselves behind.

Nkunku burst into the Rangers container and rounded McGregor but with the extremity gaping helium hammered the shot implicit the barroom – it was a immense let-off for the Light Blues.

In the 75th infinitesimal Gulacsi gathered a long-distance effort from Kent earlier Nkunku bushed Bassey to a header but again missed the people and past McGregor tipped a changeable from Tyler Adams implicit the bar.

From the country Sakala headed wide but lone to Angelino who volleyed past the Gers keeper from 20 yards to springiness the location broadside the vantage for the crippled successful Glasgow.

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