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. Rangers did not give up and landed an early double attack: First, Ryan Kent put James Tavernier on the right post after Leipzig did not really defend consistently in the run-up to this scene (19 ‘). Just five minutes later, the home team collided from the right into the box, with Scott Wright hanging on for Glen Kamara, who shot low in the far corner from 19 yards from the inside to the right.

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Despite their offensive drive, Glasgow did not forget to work defensively and presented Leipzig with major problems with their compactness. The guests were only dangerous with standards 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 chance to score the third Rangers goal (29 ‘).

Even after the switch, the visitors remained offensively pale for a long time. It was only in the 69th minute that the visitors got their first real chance, which should have resulted in a goal immediately: Konrad Laimer came free in front of Allan McGregor, who made an excellent save and prevented the goal. But shortly after, the ball was in it: Angeliño 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 down (70th).

The goal that would have saved Leipzig into extra time was followed by the Red Bulls’ only strong phase. Yussuf Poulsen had the chance to equalize just five minutes after 1: 2, but the Dane missed the ball in the penalty area (75 ‘).

Rangers, however, struck back six minutes later. The hosts outplayed three defenders with a long ball, and Kent crossed into the middle. Gulasci did not cut a good figure and was initially lucky that Josko Gvardiol headed the ball out of the line, but the ball landed right in front of John Lundstram’s feet, who could shoot in from seven meters (81 ‘).

In light of the upcoming semi-finals, RB pressed 2: 3 in the final phase to at least force extended playing time, but they were no longer able to combine in the sixteen. Fashion Sakala, who came on the field before the break, missed a huge chance to make it 4-1 for Rangers in extra time, but that should not change his team’s progress.

That means the Rangers are in a European final for the first time in 14 years. On May 18, the Scots meet the Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville.

The votes:

Oliver Mintzlaff (Managing Director Sport RB Leipzig): “It was not enough. It was not enough for a semi-final. Rangers deserved to win. We expected more. We have to analyze it calmly. We could not deliver the performance we wanted. Our club is still young. We have played in the Bundesliga for six years and has now reached the semi-finals of the Europa League. But we want to play better. It’s bitter but also deserved. We came here with a lot of euphoria. We knew it would be hard for them “would play differently than in Leipzig. We are athletes. Now it’s time to dry our mouths and move on. We can still qualify for the Champions League in the Bundesliga.”

Domenico Tedesco (RB Leipzig coach): “We are extremely disappointed. Rangers take the lead with the first chance. It obviously does not really help in front of an audience like this. Every time we tried to overplay the pressure in the first half, we lacked the physical completely. We barely managed to tie balls. Every time we managed to do it and went forward, it became dangerous. We come back in the second half. In our best phase we get the third goal. We close goals too easily in. We have in the last. Stability is lost when we and it is important to recover it very quickly. “

Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig): “None of the goals we conceded were one where you think: Wow, it’s so cool, you can not prevent it. Offensively, we had enough chances to score one or the other goal. After 1- We had played the 2nd match completely, under control, then you get the goal after a free kick from 40 meters to nothing, with a post to nowhere, a rebound to nowhere, another post to nowhere, if you want to an international finals, it’s not enough if you’re in some goals like that, and if you do not get it in front, you do not deserve it. “

James Tavernier (Glasgow Rangers): “[Im Finale zu stehen] means the world to me. We especially wanted it for Jimmy tonight [Bell] to do. He will have looked down on us today and be proud of us, that achievement would make anyone proud. Now we must celebrate ourselves. We are in the final of the Europa League. We are there for a reason. We are full of confidence and we are getting everything out of ourselves again today. “

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It was noticeable: did Tedesco train itself?

RB coach Domenico Tedesco waited a long time in the first match before reacting and making changes in the game. Leipzig had it already a week ago and often tried crosses, although the two players with the strongest headers in the offensive, André Silva and Yussuf Poulsen, sat on the bench for almost the entire match and were only replaced in the 70th and 89th minute. . . In the second half, Tedesco’s team came back early and had a hard time creating any great chances. Nevertheless, the coach changed only three times in total and always kept his position. Even after 3: 1, he replaced a left-back with a left-back and a striker with a striker. A final offensive with fresh force from the bench to score the save goal for extra time was therefore missed.

Statistics: 7

Right-back James Tavernier has already scored seven goals in the current Europa League season. That makes him the top scorer in this competition.

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