Rangers’ chances of a Champions League group stage spot in 2022/23 are in real danger after the Scottish giants slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise.
Union are bidding for their first European appearance since 1964, with Rangers aiming for a Champions League return, but Gio van Bronckhorst’s side faces a mountain to climb at Ibrox next week.
Teddy Teuma’s calm finish put Union ahead before the break and a controversial late penalty allowed Dante Vanzeir to double their lead.
Rangers will need a major turnaround in Glasgow to avoid missing out on the Champions League with the advantage with Union after a historic night at Den Dreef Stadium.
Union Saint-Gilloise vs. Rangers final score
Goals: RUSG — Teddy Teuma — 28th min.RUSG — Dante Vanzeir (penalty) — 76th min.
Union Saint-Gilloise vs. Rangers updates & highlights
Full-time: Union Saint-Gilloise 2, Rangers 0
Union Saint-Gilloise sealed a historic 2-0 win at Den Dreef Stadium as goals either side of the break from Teddy Teuma and Dante Vanzeir dealt a major blow to Rangers Champions League hopes in 2022/23.
89th min.: Union ‘keeper Moris is down receiving treatment for an injury as four minutes of added time are announced.
82nd min.: ALMOST A THIRD FOR UNION!!
Goldson sloppily gives away possession, and Vanzeir bursts into the box, but McLaughlin stands big to make a vital block.
80th min.: More changes from Rangers with Tom Lawrence and Scott Wright on and Malik Tillman and Rabbi Matondo off.
76th min.: UNION LEAD 2-0!!!
Despite his earlier misses, Dante Vanzeir keeps his nerve from the spot, as he tucks home past goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin!!
74th min.: PENALTY TO UNION!!
Lazare Amani’s shot hits Connor Goldson on the arm and after a quick VAR check…….it’s a penalty!!
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Goldson and Davies are booked for their protests.
68th min.: Double change from Van Bronckhorst for the final 20 minutes.
Ridvan Yilmaz and Ben Davies come on with Ryan Kent and Barisic heading off.
60th min.: OFF THE POST FOR UNION!!!
Seconds after Simon Adingra headed a great chance wide, Union launch another wave of attacks, and the overlapping Bart Nieuwkoop’s bullet clips the post!!
58th min.: Rangers frustration is starting to show as we tick towards the hour mark with Connor Goldson’s clipped pass to Tavernier drifting out of play for a Union throw-in.
55th min.: AS MONACO 1 PSV EINDHOVEN 1
The winners of this two-legged tie will face either Monaco or PSV in the playoff round with Axel Disasi’s late goal securing a first leg draw for the hosts at the Stade Louis II.
50th min.: Rangers are starting the second half in the same way as the first period with Van Bronckhorst’s side dominating possession……but can they find a breakthrough?
46th min.: We are back in Belgium!
Half-time: Union Saint-Gilloise 1, Rangers 0
Union deservedly have the lead at the break as Rangers look off the pace so far in Belgium.
Despite a bright start from Gio van Bronckhorst’s side at Den Dreef Stadium, Teuma’s neat finish is the difference between the two sides at the break, with the Dutch boss in need of a spark in the second 45 minutes.
39th min.: Union are still posing a threat in attack, but Rangers are looking to get back into it before the break, as referee Irfan Peljto punishes a foul on James Sands with a yellow.
33rd min.: Almost a second for Union as Dante Vanzeir pops up at the back post, but his header drops wide of the post.
28th min.: GOALLLLLLL FOR UNION!!!
The Belgians have grown into the contest in the last 10 minutes and they get their reward!!
Rangers fail to clear another Union break and Teddy Teuma keeps his calm to fire a historic goal past goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin!!!
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24th min.: HUGE CHANCE FOR UNION!!
The home side should be in front!!
A quick break in behind catches out the Rangers back line but Dante Vanzeir scuffs the cut back wide from close range!!
21st min.: First chance for the hosts as Jean Lazare Amani steps forward from midfield but his strike is wide of Jon McLaughlin’s post.
15th min.: It has been all Rangers so far with Malik Tillman’s long-range effort gathered in by Anthony Moris.
However, Union Saint-Gilloise have slowly edged their way into the contest up against their Scottish visitors.
10th min.: Big chance for Rangers!
Barisic takes over free kick duties on the edge of the box but RUSG goalkeeper Anthony Moris gets down superbly to tip behind for a corner.
The Union Saint-Gilloise ‘keeper could be in for a busy evening!!
5th min.: Rangers looking to set the early tempo here as James Tavernier’s free kick is cleared by the hosts defence before Borna Barisic’s corner is headed away.
Kickoff: We are underway at Den Dreef Stadium!!!
15 mins. to kickoff: Rangers are ALL SET for KO in Belgium!!
The Scottish side have an excellent record against Belgian teams with 8 wins from ten games against Belgian opposition in European competition.
They won home and away against Standard Liege and Antwerp in the 2020/21 Europa League.
45 mins. to kickoff: Union Saint-Gilloise TEAM NEWS confirmed
1 hour to kickoff: TEAM NEWS IS IN!!!
Rangers have a strong line up for this tricky trip to Belgium with experienced trio John Lundstrum, James Tavernier and Glen Kamara all starting.
Union Saint-Gilloise vs. Rangers lineups
Union Saint-Gilloise field their strongest available side as they push for a first ever Champions League group stage spot.
Union Saint-Gilloise starting lineup (3-5-2): Moris (GK) — Van Der Heyden, Burgess, Sykes — Lapoussin, Teuma, Lynen, Amani, Nieuwkoop — Vanzeir, Adingra.
Union Saint-Gilloise subs (9): Pirard (GK), El Azzouzi, Puertas, Machida, Dony, Boone, Francois, Ziani, Huygevelde.
Van Bronckhorst is still without key pair Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos for this tie but they could be back in time for the second leg in Glasgow.
Rangers starting lineup (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin (GK) — Barisic, Sands, Goldson, Tavernier — Lundstrum, Kamara — Tillman, Matondo, Jack — Colak.
Rangers subs (11): McGregor (GK), McCrorie, Ridvan, Davies, King, Devine, Davis, Lawrence, Arfield, Wright, Fashion Jr.