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Rangers 2 Dortmund 2 (agg: 6-4)

Rangers advanced to the last-16 of the Europa League after a thrilling victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Tonight, the Gers hauled a 4-2 lead back to Ibrox, with 49,000 fans believing they could hold on.

But they accomplished more than that, drawing 2-2 with the competition’s former favorites on the night.

The atmosphere was electric before the game, with fans waving in and out as the night continued.

Given the European powerhouses they were up against, there was also a sense of apprehension.

Dortmund appeared to be quick out of the blocks, almost taking the lead inside the first five minutes.

From a corner, Jude Bellingham – who had a fantastic 90 minutes – hit the post.

The Scottish side won 6-4 on aggregate against the much-fancied German team

Thorgan Hazard then attempted a long-range shot, which Ryan Jack deflected away.

Then Donyell Malen got a shot from the edge that went wide.

Rangers, on the other hand, seized the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half.

Ryan Kent’s wing play down the left side had Barisic exploding on the overlap.

Kent ducked inside along the box’s edge and was tripped by Julian Brandt’s flailing leg.

Tavernier calmly hammered a stonewall penalty into the roof of the net down the centre.

Ibrox erupted, and Gers appeared to be on top.

The advantage lasted less than ten minutes, though, as the English wonderkid leveled the score.

Donyell Malen attempted to find someone within the box but was unable to do so because Bellingham was left clean through.

The superstar rolled it into the bottom corner as McGregor closed the angle.

Rangers came within a whisker of regaining the lead with two great chances in the space of a few minutes.

Kent was searching for a tap-in into an empty net when Arfield was passed in by Aribo, but his feeble attempt was saved.

Rangers earned a 2-2 draw on the night which sealed a 6-4 aggregate win

Dortmund failed to clear the ball, and it fell to Morelos, who hammered a shot at goal from 12 yards out, but it was deflected by Hummels on the line.

Malen then tried his luck at McGregor’s near post, but the veteran was able to keep it out.

He wouldn’t be denied for long, as he scored the away team’s first goal of the game just before halftime.

Goldson and Tavernier failed to cope with a right-wing cross.
Brandt picked up the scraps on the area’s left edge and spotted Bellingham sprinting into it.

Malen was seven yards out to poke the ball home with the outside of his foot after he flicked the ball towards goal.

They were also on the verge of tying the game on the stroke of halftime. Malen was in the center of the action once more, whipping a pass into the area for the onrushing Meunier, who flicked the ball towards goal from 10 yards out, but McGregor stopped it.

At halftime, Van Bronckhorst substituted Leon Balogun for Barisic, and the Nigerian had a clearance charged down that mercifully sailed just wide.

Dortmund controlled the ball for the first few minutes of the second half before Gers came close to tying the game.

Goldson hit a long ball over the top that was misread by Hummels, allowing Morelos to run onto it.

With a left-footed strike, he cut inside from the right and aimed for the near post, which the keeper deflected wide for a corner.

Dortmund were left heartbroken by the defeat

Soon after, the Colombian will get another chance. Kent cuts in on his right foot and fires a shot towards goal that is deflected.

It spins out to the outside of the box, where Morelos pulls it down and sends a low shot towards goal, which Kobel saves yet again.

But the equaliser didn’t take long to arrive, as Ibrox erupted once more.

Bassey did a fantastic job digging a cross out from the touchline along the left flank.

Tavernier slipped in behind Hummels to smash it low past the keeper after Hummels made a total mess of clearing it.

As the 49,000 Light Blues fans raised the roof, Van Bronckhorst went into his technical area in joy.

Dortmund had two quickfire chances when they trailed by two goals in the contest, and that lead should have been cut in half.

Bellingham strikes again, this time slipping the ball to Reus, who evades Balogun’s slide before rounding McGregor, but he couldn’t adjust his feet and rolled the ball wide with the goal gaping.

After McGregor’s weak clearing, Bellingham found Brandt, who played him in before Balogun slipped in and won the ball back.

Then there’s the major topic of contention.

With Kent pressing in on Emre Can, he attempted to send the ball back to his keeper from halfway.

The German failed to notice Morelos approaching and looked to kick the back of the Colombian’s leg before collapsing on the ground.

Morelos and Kent went through on the keeper, with Morelos laying it off unselfishly for Kent to score for a 7-4 lead.

Pandemonium erupted in the fans once more as the home team celebrated what would be a tie-breaking goal.

After consulting VAR, the referee determined that Morelos had fouled Can.

Alex Rae and Ally McCoist, co-commentators, agreed that the judgment was “scandalous.”

Rangers then hoped VAR would assist them get a penalty with 10 minutes left, but the referee and video team refused.


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