วันจันทร์, 29 พฤศจิกายน 2564

Rangers fight back to earn equaliser

Rangers fight back to earn equaliser

Rangers fight back to earn equaliser

Rangers fight back to earn equaliser

Substitute Ianis Hagi secured a precious point for Rangers against Brondby to go level with

second-placed Sparta Prague in Europa League Group A.

The Danes led right on half-time as Leon Balogun headed into his own net – the hosts’ first goal in the group.

Steven Gerrard’s side had earlier come close through Alfredo Morelos and Fashion Sakala.

But Hagi ran on to fellow substitute’s Ryan Kent’s pass to lash the ball beyond Mads Hermansen.

Rangers and Sparta, who face each other in the next round of fixtures, sit on four points, with Brondby three points behind.

Leaders Lyon are now assured of a last-16 place as they have an eight-point advantage and two games left.

The second-placed team will go to the preliminary knockout round with eight teams dropping down from the Champions League,

while third seals a Europa Conference League knockout place.

Having lost the first goal in their three games since beating Brondby last month, Rangers were eager to be on the front foot.

Sakala also threatened for visitors, chasing Joe Aribo’s through ball and dragging wide, and Connor Goldson’s dangerous

header at a corner was blocked.

Kevin Tshiembe could have doubled Brondby’s lead early in the second period, Scott Arfield making a vital block.

Gerrard withdrew Morelos, Sakala and Arfield and threw on Hagi, Kemar Roofe and Kent, the latter returning from

a six-week hamstring injury.

Balogun sought redemption at a corner when he tested Hermansen from a Goldson header but the goalkeeper made a comfortable save.

There was a late chance for a Rangers winner when Roofe got in a header at a corner, the forward only able to find the side netting.

Rangers are trying to do whatever it takes to qualify into the next round.