Europa League: RB Leipzig lose their second match in Glasgow Rangers and are eliminated in the semi-finals

The dream of the German Europa League final is over. While Eintracht Frankfurt won their semi-final match against West Ham United 1-0 and advanced to the final, RB Leipzig lost 3-1 (0-2) to Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on Thursday night, thus missing the first European final. in the history of the club.

From the dominance of the first match a week ago, there was nothing left for Leipzig in Glasgow. Whipped up by their own fans, the Rangers behaved very differently at home. While in Leipzig they tended to contract on their own sixteen and only concentrated on preventing goals, this time the Scots played bravely forward. They set the tone after just eight minutes when Ryan Jack failed from the edge of the box to Peter Gulácsi. The Scots did not give up after that and were then able to land an early double shot. First, Ryan Kent put James Tavernier on the right post after Leipzig did not really defend consistently in the prelude to this scene (19 ‘). Just five minutes later, the home team collided from the right into the box, where Scott Wright could put on for Glen Kamara, who shot low in the left corner from 19 yards out.

Despite their strong offensive efforts, the Rangers still managed to put up a compact defense and the Leipzig team were only dangerous with set pieces or long shots. Dani Olmo had what was probably the best chance for the visitors in the first half with a long shot that just went over the crossbar (28 ‘). However, not much more came from Leipziger’s offensive in the first round, they could even rejoice that Rangers did not lead 3-0. After Tavernier put his head across, Joe Aribo stepped past the ball in the six-yard box and missed the huge opportunity for the Scots to score another goal (29 ‘).

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Even after the switch, there was nothing from Leipzig on the offensive for a long time. Only in the 69th minute did the visitors get their first real chance and it should have found its way into the goal. Konrad Laimer appeared on cue near the post, and steered it past the goalie. But it was not long before Leipzig were able to score their goal. Angelino crossed the ball strongly from the half of the field behind the defensive line, where Christopher Nkunku could run in and only had to put his foot off (70 ‘).

The Red Bulls then had a slightly stronger phase, where they were even close to the second goal, Yussuf Poulsen kicked in the penalty area, but missed the ball and missed a good chance (75 ‘). But again, Leipzig did not defend it consistently enough, a long ball was enough to play out three defenders, and when Kent crossed in, Gulácsi did not look good either. Josko Gvardiol headed the ball from the line, but right in front of John Lundstram’s feet, who could shoot in from seven yards (81 ‘). As a result, the German representative still pressed for the total 3: 3, but they could no longer combine in the sixteen. Fashion Sakala, who came on the field before the break, missed another huge chance to make it 4-1 in overtime, but that should not change anything about his team’s progress.

On 18 May, Glasgow will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the final in Sevilla, which also won the second match against West Ham. This is Rangers’ fifth international final, having reached the UEFA Cup final in 2007/08.

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The RB Leipzig coach waited very long in the first match before reacting and making changes in the game. Leipzig had a hard time in the first showdown and often tried with crosses, although André Silva and Yussuf Poulsen, the two players with the strongest headers in the offensive, sat on the bench for almost the entire match and were first switched into the 70th and 89th. Today’s match was his team behind early and found no real ways to create great chances. Nevertheless, the coach changed only three times in total and always kept his position. Even after 3: 1, he switched left back to left back and striker to striker, there was no last offensive with fresh power from the bench and the Red Bulls are eliminated in the semifinals.

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Right-back James Tavernier, who of course also interprets his role a little more offensively than many other right-backs in the football world, has already scored seven goals in the current Europa League season. That makes him the top scorer in this competition.

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