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European hits and misses: Rangers’ Europa League dream can become reality while West Ham learn painful lesson | Football News


Rangers’ dream of Euro glory can become reality

John Lundstram's late goal sent Rangers into the Europa League final
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John Lundstram’s late aim despatched Rangers into the Europa League closing

Make Us Dream was the message from the Rangers followers and the gamers delivered.

They needed to do legendary kitman Jimmy Bell proud simply days after his sudden loss of life and they did that and extra on an unforgettable night at Ibrox.

Trailing 1-0 from the primary leg in Germany, a 3-1 victory on the night time was sufficient to arrange a closing in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville on Might 18.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has solely been in cost for six months and he has the prospect to do what solely Willie Waddell has executed earlier than him and lead Rangers to a European trophy.

There is a feeling it would simply be their 12 months – it is their a hundred and fiftieth anniversary and the fiftieth anniversary of that European Cup Winners’ Cup victory in Barcelona.

James Tavernier opened the scoring for Rangers at Ibrox
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James Tavernier opened the scoring for Rangers at Ibrox

Van Bronckhorst can all the time depend on his captain, James Tavernier, to rise to the problem and the right-back is the outright high scorer within the Europa League this season with seven objectives to this point.

After beating Borussia Dortmund on the best way to the ultimate, there isn’t a motive for Rangers to worry their closing opponents.

Dortmund are second within the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig at present fifth and the staff they are going to meet on Might 18 down in eleventh.
Alison Conroy

West Ham learn painful lesson in Europe

West Ham
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West Ham fell brief in Frankfurt

West Ham will go away Frankfurt with a sense of what may need been after the Aaron Cresswell pink card. And who can blame them?

Eintracht, a staff that had one win of their earlier 10 dwelling video games, seemed nervous within the 18 minutes earlier than his dismissal in entrance of a raucous crowd.

The pink card gave them confidence and they by no means seemed again. It isn’t troublesome to see that it was the turning level.

However maybe there was extra to it than simply that. Sloppy defending in key moments let West Ham down – simply as they did within the first leg – and in the end value them a spot within the Europa League closing.

For the sending off, Cresswell was left stranded because the final man again to take care of a looping ball excessive, with Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma nowhere to be seen.

Cresswell has proven he can fill in as a part of a again three, however ought to by no means be left to take care of such a scenario because the final man. Actually not so early on, with the sport so finely poised.

The opposite key second passed off simply eight minutes later, with West Ham all at sea following Creswell’s sending off.

An unmarked Rafael Santos Borre was left fully unmarked on the sting of the six-yard field to increase Frankfurt’s lead after a cut-back from Ansgar Knauff. It was all too straightforward for Frankfurt.

Two uncharacteristic errors left West Ham with an insurmountable problem, instructing them a merciless lesson about simply how robust it’s within the latter levels of European competitors.

However there’s loads to be pleased with, a run which incorporates wins over Sevilla and Lyon to succeed in a primary European semi-final for 46 years isn’t any imply feat. They usually’ll be again.

“Now we have a reasonably good staff, so I feel we can strive once more,” stated David Moyes after the sport. “We might be a bit wiser and can hopefully do it extra typically.”
Zinny Boswell

Leicester fail to do themselves justice

James Maddison shows his dejection at full time
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James Maddison reveals his dejection at full time

Has it been a profitable season for Leicester? Having lifted the FA Cup a 12 months in the past, you would need to say it has been in the end underwhelming with the grasp right here beating the apprentice. The silver fox Jose Mourinho on the expense of Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.

Leicester should rebuild, however round whom will Rodgers name upon if he certainly decides to stay round on the King Energy Stadium.

“It is a massive expertise for them and that offers them additional motivation transferring ahead,” the Leicester boss added. “It has been nice for the membership. We have simply missed out however we should now look to complete the season strongly and look to progress in the summertime.”

A pre-match banner declared ‘Everybody in Britain dreads the title of the Romans’ – and solely 4 groups from the Premier League have now gained in 19 such conferences.

Roma needed just 11 minutes to steal a march
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Roma wanted simply 11 minutes to steal a march

Residence followers had begun hurling flares on the Leicester supporters lengthy earlier than kick-off at a hostile Stadio Olimpico with the hosts trying to attain their first European closing since 1991, after they misplaced the UEFA Cup to Inter Milan.

Tammy Abraham will spearhead Roma’s cost for a primary European success for 50 years however for Leicester, there might be a lingering sense of remorse they failed to noticeably hassle Roma and by no means did themselves justice.

The membership have torn up the rule ebook after successful the Premier League and FA Cup within the final six years however, this season, European success was simply out of attain.
Ben Grounds



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