Rangers will be hoping for an unforgettable comeback in the quarter-finals as they return to Ibrox for the second leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig looking to protect their 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Germany and reach a European final for the first time.
• Rangers settled the knockout stage in the European League with an additional match, as they finished second against Lyon in Group A with eight points. Then they eliminated Borussia Dortmund 6-4 on aggregate in the playoffs (4-2a, 2-2h), Crvena Zvezda 4-2 on the legs in the round of 16 (3-0h, 1)-2a) and Braga 3 -2 After extra time in the quarter-finals (0-1, 3-1 h), captain James Tavernier scored twice in the second leg at Ibrox to score six goals in Europe this spring. .
• Leipzig moved out of the UEFA Champions League after finishing third in a group dominated by Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. They then beat Real Sociedad in the UEFA Europa League knockout matches (2-2 H, 3-1 A) before bidding farewell against Spartak Moskva in the round of 16 and ending Italian interest in the competition with a quarter-final. Defeating Atalanta (1-1 h, 2-0), French international Christopher Nkunku scored the two goals in Bergamo to reach the two records in Europe this season.
Rangers vs RB Leipzig: The last match
• The very competitive first leg ended happily for the hosts as RB Leipzig won the match 1-0 with a superb shot from Angelino – the Spaniard’s first goal in the UEFA Europa League.
• This is Rangers’ 52nd match in UEFA against the German opposition. Their record in the first 50 is a W17 D15 L18. They have won 13 out of 24 home matches, losing only four, but have failed to win any of the last three matches, a tie against Dortmund after successive defeats. The Glasgow team’s record in the home and away matches against German teams is W9 L10.
• Leipzig’s only previous encounters in UEFA with the Scottish opposition were against Celtic in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage, when they won 2-0 at home before losing 2-1 in Glasgow. The German club finished third in the division, one point ahead of its Scottish rival, who finished runner-up against Salzburg.
• The unbeaten Scottish champion in 2020/21, where he won the 55 domestic league title, and Rangers played 13 matches in the UEFA European League, advancing from the second qualifying round to the round of 16, where their game ended with Slavia Braha (1-1a, 0-2). h).
• Rangers returned to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in a decade this season, but they lost both arms of the third qualifier with a score of 2-1 against Malmö, and thus moved to the European League qualifiers, where they overcame Alaskert to reach the group stage for the fourth consecutive season. Despite losing their first two group matches – against Lyon (0-2H) and Sparta Praha (0-1A) – they remained undefeated after that, winning by four points over Brondby (2-0H, 1-1). a) They plucked. Second place with a 2-0 victory over Sparta in Ibrox in the fifth round of the first game under new coach Van Bronckhorst, who replaced Steven Gerrard.
• This is Rangers’ first appearance in a UEFA Europa League semi-final, as all of their previous three participations in the knockout stage were interrupted in the Round of 16. In UEFA competition overall, this is Glasgow FC’s sixth semi-final, with wins in all the last four matches, The most recent was in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup when they beat Fiorentina on penalties in Italy after two 0-0 draws. Their only semi-final defeat was in their first match, in the 1959/60 European Cup, when Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt beat them 12-4 on aggregate to prevent them from reaching the final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
• Rangers have lost only five of their last 33 home European matches (W21 D7), although three of those defeats have come in their last nine matches – against Slavia, Malmo and Lyon. In the UEFA Europa League knockout stage, their record in Ibrox was W4 D2 L3, and all three eliminations stemmed from those home defeats.
• Rangers have lost 21 of the 27 UEFA Champions League matches they lost on the road in the first leg, the last of which happened in the third round of qualifying for this season’s UEFA Champions League against Malmö. However, four of their overall successes came in the six encounters when they lost the first leg 1-0, most recently in this season’s quarter-final against Braga (3-1 hour later).
• Second place in the German League in the 2020/21 season, which is the highest joint ranking for them, and this is the fifth European season for Leipzig, and all of that in the past five seasons. They reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League last season, where they were eliminated by Liverpool, having reached the semi-finals, also under coach Julian Nagelsmann, the previous season.
• New coach Jesse Marsh was responsible for the start of the UEFA Champions League campaign this season, but the defeat against Manchester City (3-6), at home to Club Brugge (1-2) and in Paris (2-3) spoiled his team. Odds of appearing third in a row in the knockout stage. A 2-2 draw with the French team was followed by a 5-0 win in Belgium and a successful 2-1 home final against the English club, with interim coach Achim Berlorzer in charge before handing the reins to Domenico. Tedesco.
• This is the most successful of the German team’s three participations in the UEFA Europa League, as its first campaign in 2017/18 ended in the quarter-finals, losing to Marseille (1-0 hours, 2-5 am), by that elimination in the group stage of the season. next one. The previous European semi-final match, in the 2019/20 Champions League, ended in a single 3-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon.
• Leipzig’s record away in the knockout stage of the European League is W3 D1 L1, scoring 11 goals and conceding eight, the only defeat they defeated 5-2 in Marseille four years ago. They have lost three European away matches in a row, conceding 11 goals, before achieving their biggest European win in Bruges in Round 5 and their three consecutive away victories with wins in the UEFA Europa League in San Sebastian and Bergamo.
• Leipzig have won three of the four previous UEFA encounters in which they have won at home in the first leg, although the only defeat on aggregate came on one previous occasion when the first leg result was 1-0 – that European League quarter Final against Marseille in 2017/18.
Links & Trivia
• Leipzig beat Rangers 4-0 at home in a friendly match in January 2017, and Youssef Poulsen scored two goals.
• The Nigerian international defender of Rangers Leon Balogun was born in Berlin and has represented five German clubs – Hannover (2008-10), Werder Bremen (2010-12), Fortuna Dusseldorf (2012-14), Darmstadt (2014/15) and Mainz (2015-18).
• Ryan Kent spent the first half of 2017/18 on loan in Freiburg, and participated in six matches in the German Bundesliga.
• Borna Barisić (Rangers) and Josko Gvardiol (Leipzig) are both current Croatian internationals, while Rangers’ James Sands and Leipzig’s Tyler Adams play for the United States.
• On-loan Rangers player Aaron Ramsey scored twice against RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulagci as Wales beat Hungary 2-0 at home in November 2019 to secure qualification for UEFA Euro 2020. Dominic Zuboszlai was also on the Hungarian side.
• Tavernier’s double in Rangers’ home win against Braga made him the joint top scorer in the UEFA Europa League this season, as he scored six goals – all in the knockout stage – tied with Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon) and Galino (Braga/Porto), both of whom came in The group stage and his clubs are now eliminated.
• Leipzig managed to score in all of its European matches this season, scoring 24 goals in 11 matches.
• Joe Aribo of Rangers is the only player to have appeared in all 13 Europa League matches this season (11 starts, two substitute appearances), although seven of his teammates have made 12 of 13 appearances – Tavernier, Barisic, Alan McGregor, Conor Goldson , John Lundstram, Glenn Camara and Calvin Basie.
• There have been four previous Europa League semi-finals, where the team that lost the first leg came back to win a draw – all after losing away by one goal. The last return of this kind was by Liverpool against Villarreal in 2015/16 (0-1a, 3-0h).
• Germany is the only country to have more than one club in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals – Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt. This is the first season that two Bundesliga teams have appeared in the last four matches. No German team has reached the Europa League final.
• Among the four finalists for the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, RB Leipzig are the most recent entrants to the final four of the European competition – the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League. However, it is the only one of the remaining four clubs to have never won a major UEFA club competition.
• Rangers are the first Scottish club to appear in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, making Scotland the 12th country represented at this stage of the competition. The last Scottish team to win a major European Cup was Aberdeen, who won the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup double in 1983.
• This is Rangers’ 18th European match this season – the biggest confrontation between any of the Europa League semi-finalists. They are the only team among the last four teams to start their European campaign 2021/22 in the qualifying stage, and the only group runner-up to reach this stage of the competition.
• Rangers’ record in four penalties in UEFA is W3 L1:
1-3 vs Borussia Dortmund, 1999/2000 UEFA Cup Third Round
4-3 vs Paris Saint-Germain, 2001/02 UEFA Cup Third Round
4-2 vs Maritimo, 2004/05 UEFA Cup First Round
4-2 vs Fiorentina, 2007/08 UEFA Cup semi-final
• Leipzig has not yet participated in the penalty shootout in the European Football Association.