October 20, 2020

Rangers beat Turkish giants Galatasaray

Scott Arfield scores
Scott Arfield scored his first Europa League goal at Ibrox to put Rangers in front

Rangers are through to the group stage of the Europa League for a third consecutive season after a fine 2-1 win over Galatasaray at Ibrox.

Scott Arfield broke the deadlock early in the second half after being played in by Ianis Hagi, with James Tavernier heading in a second shortly after.

The Turkish giants rarely threatened, but pulled a goal back late on through defender Marcao.

Rangers will discover their opponents in Friday’s (12:00 BST) draw.

Steven Gerrard’s side are now unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions and have yet to lose in 19 Europa League qualifiers under the Englishman.

And the way they started spoke of a side comfortable in continental competition.

Hagi had a chance to put Alfredo Morelos through on goal inside the opening two minutes, before a penalty appeal for handball was turned down from the resulting corner.

Connor Goldson’s goal-bound header was turned over the bar shortly after.

Galatasaray had a penalty appeal of their own dismissed by referee Andris Treimanis on the half hour, with Sofiane Feghouli claiming the ball had struck Goldson’s hand in the box.

After the break, Rangers were again the quickest out the blocks and Morelos was handed a glorious chance after Ryan Kent’s brilliant run and cross, but the Colombian headed straight at Fatih Ozturk.

Six minutes later, the hosts got the goal they were looking for. Morelos let Tavernier’s pass run through to Hagi, and the Romanian played through Arfield to finish with the outside of his foot.

The Turkish side initially responded well and a crucial interception from Filip Helander was required to stop striker Radamel Falcao scoring a swift equaliser.

But that kicked Rangers back into life, and they doubled their lead seven minutes after scoring the first. Borna Barisic’s cross from the left was met by fellow full-back Tavernier, who towered over everyone else to nod his side into a comfortable position.

Fatih Terim’s side had another penalty appeal turned down after Younes Belhanda went down after contact with Arfield, but play was waved on.

Morelos missed a golden chance to put the game to bed before Galatasaray made it nervy when Brazilian defender Marcao headed in with four minutes remaining.

But Rangers held on for victory and another prolonged campaign in Europe.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 5Helander
  • 6Goldson
  • 31Barisic
  • 10Davis
  • 18Kamara
  • 37Arfield
  • 7HagiSubstituted forJackat 78′minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forIttenat 87′minutes
  • 14Kent

Substitutes

  • 3Bassey
  • 8Jack
  • 9Defoe
  • 11Itten
  • 22Jones
  • 26Balogun
  • 33McLaughlin

Galatasaray

  • 99Ozturk
  • 3ElabdellaouiBooked at 29mins
  • 27Luyindama
  • 45do Nascimento Teixeira
  • 14Linnes
  • 4Antalyali
  • 89FeghouliSubstituted forDiagneat 73′minutes
  • 54Kilinc
  • 10BelhandaBooked at 65minsSubstituted forEteboat 66′minutes
  • 8BabelSubstituted forBayramat 65′minutes
  • 9Falcao

Substitutes

  • 13Etebo
  • 15Donk
  • 19Bayram
  • 23Tasdemir
  • 34Kocuk
  • 77Sekidika
  • 90Diagne

Referee:
Andris Treimanis

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