Normal Liege 0-2 Rangers: Tavernier & Roofe internet as Gerrard’s facet earn Europa League win

Normal Liege 0-2 Rangers: Tavernier & Roofe internet as Gerrard’s facet earn Europa League win

Kemar Roofe's sensational goal was his third in five Rangers appearances
Kemar Roofe’s sensational aim was his third in his final 5 appearances

Rangers earned a primary away victory within the Europa League group stage below Steven Gerrard after Kemar Roofe’s outrageous halfway-line aim capped off a positive win in a rain-soaked Liege.

The Ibrox membership rode their luck at instances after James Tavernier’s Nineteenth-minute penalty broke the impasse.

Jackson Muleka twice headed in opposition to the bar within the first half and Normal pushed onerous for a leveller after the break. However Gerrard’s males held agency in entrance of greater than 3,000 followers in Belgium to start out with a win.

Poland’s Lech Poznan journey to Glasgow subsequent Thursday for the second sport within the part, having began their marketing campaign with a 4-2 dwelling defeat by Benfica.

Either side loved their share of possession early on, however the one actual sight of aim fell to Tavernier, who failed to attach with a volley after Borna Barisic discovered his fellow full-back charging into the field.

Nonetheless, the Rangers captain made no mistake after 19 minutes, inserting a penalty completely into the underside left-hand nook after Nicolas Gavory dealt with a Connor Goldson header.

The aim sparked Gerrard’s males into life, and so they got here near doubling their benefit virtually instantly as Ianis Hagi’s speculative long-range effort whistled simply vast.

Nonetheless, it was Normal who completed the half strongest, with two efforts crashing off the body of Rangers aim. First, Muleka’s glancing header got here off the bar earlier than the Congolese worldwide had a second effort – which appeared to strike his hand – hit the woodwork.

The Ibrox membership might have put the competition out of sight within the second half, with Alfredo Morelos having two close-range efforts saved by Arnaud Bodart, and Scott Arfield failing to hit the goal from the sting of the world.

With the sport poised at 1-0 heading into the closing phases, the danger was all the time there for Gerrard’s facet, and Duje Cop ought to have made them pay. Nonetheless, the Croat let the ball slip below his boot with the aim at his mercy earlier than Roofe capped off the sport with a very gorgeous aim.

The previous Leeds United and Anderlecht striker picked up the ball in his personal half earlier than knocking it previous Gavory and unleashing an unbelievable strike from the midway line which left Bodart helpless.

Man of the match – Calvin Bassey

Calvin Bassey
The 20-year-old (proper) had large boots to fill, approaching rather than the injured Borna Barisic simply earlier than half-time, however the former Leicester man was composed and defended resolutely in difficult situations

What did we be taught?

Gerrard has instilled a steeliness into his facet that was maybe lacking at instances earlier than.

In seasons passed by, the Ibrox membership have dropped factors from related positions in Europe however, regardless of spending spells of the sport below strain, they prevented the Belgians registering a shot on the right track.

They did the identical in opposition to Celtic in final weekend’s Previous Agency derby victory and have now saved 12 clear sheets in 15 video games this time period.

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Match stats

  • Rangers earned their second away win in 11 makes an attempt within the Europa League (D5 L4).
  • This was Normal’s first dwelling defeat in Europe in 15 video games since in December 2014.
  • Since their final defeat in August in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen, Rangers have received 12 and drawn two.
  • Tavernier is Rangers’ prime scorer in all competitions this season with 9 targets.
  • Roofe has scored three targets in his final 5 video games.

What’s subsequent?

Rangers resume league duties on Sunday as they welcome Livingston to Ibrox (15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Normal Liege

  • 16Bodart
  • 21FaiSubstituted forCarcela-Gonzálezat 64′minutes
  • 3Vanheusden
  • 6DussenneBooked at 18minsSubstituted forJansat 78′minutes
  • 24Gavory
  • 20BokadiBooked at 82mins
  • 22LestienneSubstituted forAvenatti Dovillabichusat 72′minutes
  • 28BastienBooked at 66mins
  • 8Cimirot
  • 19AmallahSubstituted forCopat 72′minutes
  • 17MulekaSubstituted forOularéat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gillet
  • 7Cop
  • 9Oularé
  • 10Carcela-González
  • 12Sylvestre
  • 15Shamir
  • 18Boljevic
  • 25Avenatti Dovillabichus
  • 27Jans
  • 30Henkinet
  • 33Pavlovic
  • 34Laifis

Rangers

  • 1McGregorBooked at 45mins
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 26Balogun
  • 31BarisicSubstituted forBasseyat 43′minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 8Jack
  • 18Kamara
  • 7HagiBooked at 26minsSubstituted forAriboat 67′minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forRoofeat 74′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Kent

Substitutes

  • 3Bassey
  • 5Helander
  • 10Davis
  • 11Itten
  • 16Patterson
  • 17Aribo
  • 21Barker
  • 24Stewart
  • 25Roofe
  • 33McLaughlin
  • 36Barjonas
  • 61King

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