Europa League - Qualifying Second Round - 1st Leg
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Rangers 2-0 Progres Niederkorn: dominant hosts in strong position to progress

Sheyi Ojo doubled Rangers' advantage with a superb strike
Sheyi Ojo doubled Rangers' advantage with a superb strike

Rangers took control of their Europa League second-round qualifier with a dominant win over Luxembourg side and 2017 conquerors Progres Niederkorn.

Joe Aribo curled in the opener as the hosts asserted themselves, and Sheyi Ojo arrowed in after the break.

The only disappointment for Rangers was the lack of further goals, James Tavernier missing a penalty and Ojo and Ryan Jack having efforts disallowed.

Should they complete the job next week, Rangers face Denmark's Midtjylland.

However, Steven Gerrard's side could well have secured a more comfortable cushion to take to Luxembourg after a strong display against a side who were reduced to 10 men in the closing moments.

Rampant Rangers create barrel load

While the pain and humiliation inflicted on Rangers by Progres two years ago was never likely to have any bearing on the outcome of this tie, Gerrard spoke pre-match about the importance of showing how far the club have come since that chastening night.

In terms of dominance, his players certainly did that. By the time Scott Arfield's clever shimmy and pass teed up Aribo to stroke home the opener from the edge of the area, Rangers had been camped in the visitors' half for almost 20 minutes. The only surprise was that they had not taken any of their other chances before.

Plenty more would come their way, too. Alfredo Morelos controlled Aribo's cross, swivelled rapidly and fired inches wide, Andy Halliday had two efforts blocked, and Arfield's diving header was saved. Then Ojo was denied a second by the linesman for offside having tapped in the rebound from Steven Davis' shot. And that was just the first 45.

A muted start to the second half, and any nerves about the surprisingly slim advantage, were soon swept away in spectacular fashion by Ojo. The on-loan Liverpool winger's curling strike sailed into the net to confirm the hosts' supremacy.

Ojo, and Aribo in particular, shone in midfield and gave Rangers a directness and pace that brought them forward time and again. Jack almost tapped in a third but Progres goalkeeper Sebastian Lauss just beat him to a through ball after a superb flowing move.

Substitute Jordan Jones added yet more pace to the Rangers attack and his searing run terrified the visitors' defence and drew the foul that led to the penalty. Tavernier's uncharacteristic miss will rankle with Gerrard, as it would surely have killed the tie.

But it was not the only missed opportunity. Jack's disallowed effort was unfortunate and substitute Jermain Defoe forced a good save from Lauss, and there were a barrel load more.

Progres were reduced to 10 men when Tom Laterza was shown a second yellow in the last five minutes, but it made little difference to the flow of proceedings. It should have been more, but Rangers will take this in the knowledge a remotely comparable performance next week should see them into the next round.

James Tavernier
James Tavernier passed up the chance to put Rangers 3-0 ahead

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 4Edmundson
  • 2Tavernier
  • 8Jack
  • 10Davis
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forJonesat 66'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 6Goldson
  • 11OjoSubstituted forStewartat 81'minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forDefoeat 75'minutes
  • 17AriboBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 9Defoe
  • 13Foderingham
  • 18Kamara
  • 19Katic
  • 22Jones
  • 24Stewart
  • 31Barisic

Progrès Niederkorn

  • 1Flauss
  • 10MuratovicSubstituted forMmaeeat 45'minutes
  • 5Vogel
  • 22TekielaSubstituted forFrançoiseat 80'minutes
  • 4SkenderovicSubstituted forMatias Marquesat 33'minutes
  • 40Silaj
  • 23Ferino
  • 32LaterzaBooked at 88mins
  • 7de Almeida
  • 34Hall
  • 38Karayer

Substitutes

  • 8Cervellera
  • 9Bastos
  • 11Mmaee
  • 14Françoise
  • 70Matias Marques
  • 81Czekanowicz
  • 97Shala
Referee:
Espen Eskas
Attendance:
43,629

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 25th July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen6411169713
2Zürich631276110
3AEK Larnaca6123612-65
4Ludogorets604257-24

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg66001761118
2Celtic630368-29
3RB Leipzig62139817
4Rosenborg6015414-101

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg632165111
2Slavia Prague631243110
3Bordeaux62136607
4FC Copenhagen612335-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb6420113814
2Fenerbahçe62227708
3Spartak Trnava621347-37
4Anderlecht603327-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal65101221016
2Sporting64111331013
3Vorskla Poltava6105413-93
4FK Qarabag6105213-113

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis633072512
2Olympiakos6312116510
3AC Milan6312129310
4F91 Dudelange6015316-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6240125710
2Rapid Vienna631269-310
3Rangers61328806
4Spartak Moscow6123812-45

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt66001751218
2Lazio6303911-29
3Apollon Limassol6213101007
4Marseille6015616-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6321148611
2Malmö FF62317619
3Besiktas6213911-27
4Sarpsborg 086123813-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla64021861212
2FK Krasnodar640288012
3Standard Liege631279-210
4Akhisarspor6015414-101

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6510123916
2BATE Borisov63039909
3MOL Vidi621357-27
4PAOK Salonika6105512-73
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