Date: 16th August 2018 at 9:47pm
Written by:
NK Maribor
0 – 0
Rangers

Ljudski vrt, Slovenia

Qualifying Third Round - 2nd Leg

16/08/2018 7:15 pm

Referee: Lardot

NK Maribor Rangers
Handovic McGregor
Klinar 52 Tavernier
Suler Goldson
Vrhovec Katic
Tavares Halliday
Hotic Murphy
 
76
Zahovic Jack
 
Dervisevic 73 Candeias
 
Mesanovic 80 Arfield
 
Viler Ejaria
 
68
Ivkovic
 
Morelos

Substitutes

Pihler 52 Sadiq
Cretu Foderingham
Vrsic 73 Hodson
Piric McCrorie 76
Bajde Kent 68
Mlakar 80 Kelly
Uskokovic Middleton

Game Statistics

20 Goal attempts 12
7 On Target 2
11 Corners 2
12 Fouls 14
1 Yellow Cards 5
0 Red Cards 0
0 % 0

With European football getting plenty of interest this week, Rangers took to the pitch earlier tonight to face NK Maribor in our own Europa League adventure.

Holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg at Ibrox, we were the favourites going into the game and having confirmed that Ryan Jack, Lassana Coulibaly and Scott Arfield were in contention for the tie, two of them came immediately back into Steven Gerrard’s plans.

With results elsewhere this week and some mischief as a result, the last thing Rangers could afford to do was lose this one and we didn’t, securing a scoreless draw on the night, preserving our 3-1 advantage and booking our place in the Play-Off round and a tie against Russian side FC Ufa.

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor deserves great praise though as he stopped a stoppage-time penalty to keep the clean sheet and with some irony, we now join Celtic in the next stage following their Champions League exit.

Whilst it wasn’t that exciting a game, and the hosts clearly had opportunities, it was a professional showing from Rangers as we blunted their attempts to throw everything at us.

Eight undefeated for Gerrard – can’t argue with that.

 

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