Rangers Took Dortmund By Surprise With 4-2 Win In Europa League Knockout
The Rangers took an easy 4-2 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League knockout stage playoff tie on Thursday. It was an easy win for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side because they made most of the reduced home crowd.
Highlights Of The Game:
• Rangers scored their first goal through a penalty
• Only 10,000 audiences were present in the stadium
• Dortmund top scorer Erling Haaland missed the match
Easy Win For Rangers
In the 38th minute, Rangers got a penalty that James Tavernier turned into a goal. Soon the Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos scored the second goal for Rangers in 41st minutes. It was a well-worked corner routine. In the 49th minute, Rangers got a lead of three goals with John Lundstram’s thumping first-time strike to the goal. And the last goal for Rangers was an Own Goal by Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou who deflected a strike to the goalkeeper Gregor Kobel in the 54th minute.
Borussia Dortmund Missed Their Top Scorer
Dortmund played with two disadvantages. First, they had little support from their home audiences, and second, their top scorer was injured. Erling Haaland couldn’t join his team due to his injuries. But he could join in the next match at Ibrox where 50,000 spectators are expected.
Dortmund had a huge disadvantage of missing home audiences as the pandemic-induced restrictions reduced the spectators to only 10,000.
But the past record shows Dortmund won 12 out of their 15 home games in the league and in Europe. They are second in the Bundesliga and highly reliable at home.
Borussia Dortmund Scorers
Jude Bellingham pulled the first goal for Dortmund in the 51st minute. It was a great shot straight into the net from outside the box. The second goal was a piledriver from Raphael Guerreiro in the 82nd minute. These goals kept some hope for the upcoming match at Ibrox next week.