Rangers vs Leipzig
UEFA Europa League
Semi-finals, 2nd leg
The Red Bulls did manage to get themselves ahead in the 1st leg at home. However, the way the Teddy Bears were able to absolutely deny the German team’s attack meant that everyone expected a strong fight in Glasgow.
That is exactly how things panned out last night. The hosts were able to secure the lead within the first 25 minutes of the fixture. Tavernier and Kamara were able to get on the scoresheet.
Die Roten Bullen’s starman Nkunku’s 71st minute attempt at target equalised the tie. When things looked likely to head into extra time, Lundstram scored the decisive goal of the semi finals. This meant that the Rangers will face Frankfurt at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium in the final.
Rangers vs Leipzig: Match report
Full time score: Rangers 3-1 Leipzig (agg: 3-2)
Rangers: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barišic; Jack (Arfield 58), Lundstram, Kamara; Wright (Balogun 59), Aribo (Sakala 45+2), Kent
Goals: Tavernier 19′, Kamara 24′, Lundstram 81′.
Leipzig: Gulácsi; Gvardiol, Orbán, Klostermann; Henrichs, Kampl, Laimer, Angeliño (André Silva 81); Nkunku, Olmo (Szoboszlai 61); Poulsen (Halstenberg 82)
Goal: Nkunku 71′.
Post match reaction
James Tavernier, Rangers captain: “I always work at getting in at the back post. I thought I missed out in the first leg but I was right there tonight. You reach the final for a reason so we’re upbeat. We are full of confidence and we are going to give it absolutely everything we’ve got.”
John Lundstram, Rangers midfielder: “I came in with a good feeling but to actually go out and do it, I can’t put it into words. We’ve been through so many ups and downs this season but to come through it and reach a Europa League final, wow. It’s my best night by a country mile.”
Yussuf Poulsen, Leipzig striker: “It makes a difference when they get the first goal but we were not prepared enough for the challenge. We had the belief all the way through, even at half-time although were were 2-0 behind, but it wasn’t our night. All three goals could have been defended better. It was a bad night for us.”