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Rangers will face Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville on May 18 in the Europa League final. The Gers are next in action against Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday at Ibrox. RB Leipzig face Augsburg in the Bundesliga on the same day on home soil, and now need to push to finish in the top four after their exit tonight.
Rangers advance to the Europa League final after defeating RB Leipzig 3-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate in their semi-final clash. James Tavernier and Glen Kamara fired the home side in front in the first half, putting them ahead in the tie. Christopher Nkunku answered for the German outfit in the second half with a brilliant finish from Angelino's cross. However, John Lundstram was the hero for the Gers as he was on the spot to steer home an effort after Ryan Kent's cross caused havoc in the box. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men will now face off against Eintracht Frankfurt in the final.
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME: RANGERS 3-1 RB LEIPZIG (3-2 AGG)
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Szoboszlai's cross is cleared by Rangers before Heinrichs sees an effort charged down on the edge of the box. The hosts hold firm as the referee blows the full-time whistle.
90' + 3'
Szoboszlai wins a corner off the legs of Kent. Gulacsi comes forward from the back for the visitors. This is the game here.
90' + 2'
Sakala is played through on goal by Lundstram, but he sees his effort saved. It doesn't matter as he was offside anyway, but it does take vital time off the clock for the home side.
90' + 1'
Kent has run himself into the ground tonight and he just shows the sign of fatigue as he cannot break away from Orban from Sakala's cross-field pass.
There will be three minutes of added time.
Kamara comes in with an important challenge on Halstenberg to keep Leipzig pinned in their own half. Rangers are leaving it all out there on the field.
Szoboszlai's cross strikes Halstenberg and then pinballs around the box before it hits the referee. Rangers can breathe a sigh of relief as McGregor can clear the danger from the dead ball.
Szoboszlai launches a cross deep to the back post from the left flank, but Gvardiol cannot keep it alive amid pressure from Bassey.
Heinrichs delivers a dangerous cross that takes a deflection off Bassey in the box, but McGregor watches it all the way into his hands amid the presence of Szoboszlai.
Lundstram's goal was his second in the Europa League this season. He also found the net against Borussia Dortmund.
Poulsen has been poor tonight and is replaced by Silva in the final third. Leipzig need something special from the forward.
Angelino is replaced by Halstenberg for the closing stages of the game.
LUNDSTRAM PUTS RANGERS BACK IN FRONT!!!!!!! 3-1 ON THE NIGHT, 3-2 ON AGGREGATE!!!!!! Lundstram is in the right place at the right time to steer a left-footed strike into the net after Kent's dangerous cross causes havoc in the box. The winger raids down the left flank and digs out a delivery that travels awkwardly to the back post. Gvardiol has to clear it off the line with the back of his head, but the ball lands perfectly for Lundstram to fire home. Ibrox is bouncing.
Heinrichs is played into the inside-right channel by Kampl and has space to strike from the angle, but he opts for a cutback to no one that lets Rangers off the hook.
Rangers are trying to break back into the contest, but it does present a danger for the home side on the break. The game is very much in the balance here.
Leipzig find space on the counter and Szoboszlai releases Heinrichs on the right flank. He steers a low cross into the middle that just evades Kampl before Rangers clear from a second ball back into the middle from Laimer.
Only Karim Benzema (15) and Robert Lewandowski (13) have more major European competition goals (excluding qualifiers) this season than Nkunku (11).
Angelino angles a dangerous cross into the box from the left flank for Nkunku to attack and score.
GOALLLLLLL!!!! NKUNKU LEVELS THE TIE!!!!!! 2-1 ON THE NIGHT!!!!! Nkunku brings Leipzig on even terms in the tie with a clinical finish from close range. Angelino lifts a dangerous cross into the box from the left flank and after breaking in behind the Rangers defence, Nkunku steers a strike over McGregor into the back of the net. A fine effort.
WHAT A SAVE! Laimer bursts through the Rangers defence and tries to angle a strike into the bottom-left corner, but McGregor spreads himself to deny the midfielder with a firm hand.
Rangers have to be firm at the back to prevent Nkunku and Szoboszlai finding space in the final third.
Angelino delivers another cross into the box that Nkunku tries to flick towards Poulsen, but the ball evades the Dane and travels out for another Rangers goal-kick.
Leipzig win a free-kick down the left flank and Angelino clips a long cross to the back post, but he overhits his delivery as Klostermann fails to keep it alive.
Kent offloads to Barisic down the left flank and he has options in the middle, but Orban clears his delivery at the near post.
Szoboszlai enters the game to replace Olmo, who has lacked a clinical edge this evening.
Arfield does brilliantly down the right flank as he charges down a clearance from Angelino and then weaves his way past Klostermann. He has Sakala in support, but can only steer his cross straight at Gulacsi.
Jack is forced off with an injury and is replaced by Balogun.
Wright is withdrawn after a fine outing for the home side and is replaced by Arfield.
Leipzig press foward and threaten the edge of the Rangers box through Kampl, but the home side hold firm to repel the midfielder before clearing a cross from Heinrichs.
Jack is struggling for the home side with a knock. It would be a blow for the Gers to lose his presence in the middle of the park.
Olmo turns away from Lundstram with ease, but the Spaniard is not on the same page with Nkunku and he plays a throughball straight to McGregor.
WIDE! Kent curls a dangerous cross to the back post for Sakala to attack, but he can only glance his header wide of the right post.
The referee receives sarcastic jeers from the home fans after Kampl is booked. The midfielder brought down Wright on a run into the Leipzig half.
Poulsen puts his body in between the ball and Kamara to win a free-kick after drawing a foul from the midfielder.
Sakala makes a break down the left flank to latch on to Kent's offload, but the visitors are able to flood men back to quell the threat.
We're back under way at Ibrox.
RB Leipzig were rocked by Rangers' intensity, but did create chances of their own. The German outfit only need one goal to level the tie and they will be looking to take advantage of the fact that three Rangers defenders were booked in the first half. The contest is not over by any means.
Rangers have produced an outstanding first-half performance to lead RB Leipzig 2-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate in their Europa League semi-final clash. James Tavernier continued his excellent form in the competition by putting the home side ahead from close range, converting Ryan Kent's cross at the back post. Glen Kamara then found the back of the net with a fine finish from the edge of the box to put Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men ahead in the tie. Rangers are 45 minutes away from the Europa League final.
45' + 4'
HALF-TIME: RANGERS 2-0 RB LEIPZIG (2-1 agg)
45' + 3'
Sakala replaces Aribo in the final third as the latter is withdrawn with a head injury.
45' + 1'
Aribo gets to his feet, but he does not look entirely comfortable on his feet. He will likely be withdrawn here.
BLOCK! Angelino lines up the strike from the edge of the box, but his effort clatters straight into Aribo's face, and the midfielder goes down immediately. The Rangers medical staff are on the field to treat Aribo.
There will be one minute of added time.
Barisic brings down Heinrichs on the edge of the box with a lunge. Leipzig have a free-kick in a very dangerous position.
Poulsen breaks down the left flank and steers a throughball towards the run of Nkunku, but it just evades the midfielder before Barisic clears the danger.
Rangers probe in the final third once more, but Wright's cross evades Kamara, while Barisic's follow-up from the left flank is cleared by Orban.
WIDE! Angelino whips the resulting free-kick to the back post from the right flank. Orban rises to head at goal, but he sends his effort just wide of the left post.
Nkunku tries to beat Goldson down the right flank and goes down to win a free-kick. The Rangers man is fortunate not to receive a second booking, and may now be on his final warning.
Kampl brings down Kent on the half-way line, but the referee does not go to his cards. The home fans and players are not happy.
Rangers are playing with a great intensity on the pitch. However, they made an equally impressive start against Braga before being pegged back. Van Bronckhorst would love a third goal to take complete control of the tie.
Goldson lunges in on Poulsen and brings down the Dane. The referee books the defender for his challenge. Two of the Rangers' back three are now on yellow cards.
Only Karim Benzema (10) has more knockout stage goals in European competitions in 2022 than Tavernier (7).
CHANCE! Wright works a dangerous cutback into the box from the right flank for Aribo to strike at goal. The forward only needs to get his effort on target, but he misses his kick and allows Orban to head behind for a corner. A huge let-off for the visitors.
OLMO HAS TO SCORE! The Spain international collects on the edge of the Rangers box and has space and time to pick his spot, but he lifts his left-footed strike over the top. Disappointing from the Leipzig forward.
Bassey pulls back Olmo before he can get away from him. The referee books the Rangers defender.
Wright works the ball to Kamara on the edge of the box before the midfielder does the rest with a brilliant curling strike.
ANOTHER GOAL!!!! KAMARA CURLS A STRIKE HOME!!!! 2-0 RANGERS!!!!! The Scottish side take the lead in the tie courtesy of a finish of pure composure from Kamara. He latches on to a lay-off from Wright on the edge of the Leipzig box and takes on the strike first-time on his left foot. Kamara bends his effort away from Gulacsi into the bottom-left corner to send Ibrox into raptures.
Olmo looks to release Poulsen in the box, but Goldson tracks the forward and knocks the ball away from him on the slide.
Rangers are unbeaten in the Europa League in seven matches this season after scoring the first goal, winning five of those games.
Kent latches on to Kamara's offload and bursts into the box. He drills a low ball across the face of goal allowing Tavernier to convert.
GOALLLLLLLLL!!!!! TAVERNIER FIRES RANGERS LEVEL IN THE TIE!!! 1-0!! Tavernier notches his seventh Europa League goal of the season as he coasts in at the back post to steer home a strike into an empty net. Kamara does well to release Kent down the left flank, and the winger fends off two challenges before supplying a cross into the middle. It deflects off a Leipzig defender and falls into the path of Tavernier to score. Game on.
Poulsen tries to attack a cross from the left flank from Angelino to the back post, but he fouls Bassey as he tries to connect with the delivery.
Laimer makes another break into the final third and finds Poulsen in space. The forward takes a second to control the ball, and the time it takes allows Jack to slide in with a vital challenge.
Both sides have started the game with a brisk tempo. It will be interesting to see whether the two outfits can sustain it over the course of the contest.
WIDE! Orban gets away from Bassey in the box to connect with Olmo's corner from the left flank. He steers a header towards goal that travels wide of the right post.
OVER! Jack loses possession and it allows Heinrichs to feed Nkunku for a strike at goal from 25 yards that deflects off Goldson and travels over the bar.
SAVE! Wright plays the give-and-go with Tavernier down the right flank and sends a cross into the box. Orban clears as far as Kent, who sees his strike at goal deflected, but Gulacsi gets down to make a stop.
Lundstram sends a long ball forward for Kent to chase, but Heinrichs gets back to shield it away from the midfielder.
Laimer makes a burst into the final third and offloads towards Nkunku on the charge, but he cannot take the ball in his stride in the Rangers box.
Leipzig clear the first set-piece into the box from the home side, but it is clear that it will be a long night for the visitors amid a raucous atmosphere.
Aribo goes down in the Leipzig half under pressure from Gvardiol. Rangers win an early free-kick that Tavernier will send into the box.
We're under way at Ibrox.
Since the formation of the Europa League in 2009, only four sides (from 17 ties) have managed to overturn a first-leg semi-final defeat to progress to the final; however, each of those occasions followed on from a single-goal loss in the first leg, with Liverpool (v Villareal) the last side to do so in 2015-16.
Leipzig have made three changes to their side from the defeat to Monchengladbach. Poulsen replaces Silva in the final third to lead the line, while Klostermann and Henrichs slot in at centre-back and wing-back respectively. Simakan and Mukiele drop to the bench.
Rangers have made three changes to their side from the draw against Celtic in their last outing. Kamara, Wright and Jack come into the fold for Van Bronckhorst's men as Davis, Arfield and Sakala drop to the bench.
RB LEIPZIG SUBS: Mohamed Simakan, Emil Forsberg, Philipp Tschauner, Tyler Adams, Dominik Szoboszlai, Nordi Mukiele, Marcel Halstenberg, Josep Martinez, Andre Silva, Sidney Raebiger, Hugo Novoa.
RB LEIPZIG (3-4-3): Peter Gulacsi; Josko Gvardiol, Willi Orban, Lukas Klostermann; Benjamin Henrichs, Konrad Laimer, Kevin Kampl, Angelino; Christopher Nkunku, Dani Olmo, Yussuf Poulsen.
RANGERS SUBS: Amad Diallo, Steven Davis, Aaron Ramsey, James Sands, Leon Balogun, Robby McCrorie, Junior Sakala, Jon McLaughlin, Scott Arfield, Leon King, Alexander Lowry.
RANGERS (3-5-2): Allan McGregor; John Lundstram, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey; James Tavernier, Ryan Jack, Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara, Borna Barisic; Scott Wright, Ryan Kent.
Leipzig played a solid game in the first leg, although they would have liked a more convincing victory. Domenico Tedesco's men produced two fine performances in the last round to overcome Atalanta and will be looking for a disciplined effort at Ibrox to fend off the home side. The German outfit did suffer a setback in the Bundesliga in their last outing, losing 3-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach. They will need to quickly put that display out of their minds in their bid to qualify for the final tonight.
Rangers have work to do to get back into the contest after losing the first leg 1-0 after Angelino's late strike. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men faced another crunch match in their last outing in the Old Firm against Celtic, where Junior Sakala earned them a share of the spoils at Celtic Park. The Gers rose to the occasion in the last round to overcome Braga to overturn a first-leg deficit, and will need to be flawless tonight against Leipzig to advance to the final.
Good evening and welcome to live commentary of the Europa League semi-final second leg clash between Rangers and RB Leipzig at Ibrox.