First-half objectives from Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe noticed Rangers beat Brondby 2-0 at Ibrox to maintain alive their hopes of progressing to the knockout levels of the Europa League.
Rangers had misplaced their opening two Group A matches, making this a significant conflict for Steven Gerrard’s facet, who made the proper begin when Balogun’s highly effective header gave them an 18th-minute lead.
Issues obtained even higher on the half-hour mark when Roofe tapped house after Alfredo Morelos’ close-range header had been saved, though Rangers wanted the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee to substantiate that aim after it had initially been dominated out by the referee’s assistant.
In consequence, Rangers have moved as much as third within the group on the midway stage, some extent behind Sparta Prague in second forward of their return assembly at Brondby on November 4.
Rangers: McGregor (6), Tavernier (8), Goldson (8), Balogun (7), Barisic (6), Aribo (9), Lundstra (7), Davis (6), Roofe (7), Morelos (7), Hagi (7)
Subs: Bassey (6), Bacuna (6), Scott Wright (6), Sakala (7), Arfield (7)
Brondby: Mikkelsen (8), Heggheim (6), Maxso (6), Rosted (6), Gammelby (6), Cappis (6), Frendrup (7), Ben Slimane (6), Mensah (7), Uhre (6), Pavlovic (6)
Subs: Greve (6), Riveros (6), Bruus (6), Radosevic (6), Hedlund (6), Borkeeiet (6)
Man of the match: Joe Aribo
How Rangers emerged victorious in must-win encounter
Gerrard had labelled this a must-win encounter and that’s precisely what his staff did after a completely skilled show at Ibrox that retains alive their hopes of enjoying European soccer within the second half of the season.
It helped that the house staff went forward early on when Balogun escaped his marker to fulfill James Tavernier’s inviting nook from the suitable, taken by the Rangers captain regardless of being showered with objects thrown by the visiting Brondby followers located in that a part of the bottom.
Tavernier had the final snicker, although, as Balogun’s thumping header couldn’t be stored out by Thomas Mikkelsen, regardless of the Brondby goalkeeper getting robust palms to the ball, and shortly Rangers had doubled their lead.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard made two adjustments from the staff that drew 1-1 with Hearts on Saturday.
In got here Steven Davis for the suspended Glen Kamara, whereas Kemar Roofe replacesd Scott Wright.
The excellent Joe Aribo obtained free down the suitable, earlier than crossing, and regardless of Mikkelsen doing brilliantly to maintain out Morelos’ close-range header, there was Roofe sniffing round in the suitable place, on the proper time, to tuck house the rebound.
Initially, the aim was dominated out for offside, nonetheless, after a prolonged delay the VAR noticed the striker was actually stage with the final Brondby defender, a lot to the Rangers followers’ delight.
That gave the hosts some much-needed respiratory area, which might have been even higher had Morelos’ intelligent effort struck the within, reasonably than the surface, of the publish simply earlier than half-time.
There have been scares alongside the way in which, with Brondby striker and top-scorer Mikael Uhre losing an excellent likelihood to drag a aim again proper initially of the second interval, solely to overlook the goal with simply Allan McGregor to beat.
Rangers, nonetheless, additionally had alternatives to attain extra objectives, however this time the VAR dominated towards them after man of the match Aribo had seemingly been felled within the field, whereas Scott Arfield additionally hit the bar late on after being arrange by fellow substitute Scott Wright
Not that Gerrard was too involved, with Rangers nonetheless alive in Europe.
Rangers lastly again to winnings methods in Europe – Opta stats
- Rangers got here into this match off the again of three consecutive UEFA Europa League defeats and have been winless in 4 within the competitors. Their two objectives tonight have been greater than that they had netted of their earlier 4 matches within the competitors (1).
- Rangers have received eight of their 9 matches towards Danish sides in all European competitions (D1), profitable a minimum of as soon as towards every of the 5 sides they’ve confronted from Denmark.
- Brøndby IF stay the one facet and not using a aim on this season’s UEFA Europa League marketing campaign, regardless of registering 16 makes an attempt on aim.
- 12 of Keemar Roofe’s 13 objectives for Rangers in 2021 have come at Ibrox (the opposite away at St. Johnstone in September).
Rangers journey to St Mirren within the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, with the sport getting underneath manner at 12pm on Sky Sports activities Soccer.