Rangers win the UEFA Europa League 4-2 away from home for Borussia Dortmund

Rangers won 4-2 at Borussia Dortmund on Thursday (February 18) to take control of their Europa League knockout round playoff tie. A penalty from James Tavernier put Glasgow ahead in the 38th minute, and Colombian attacker Alfredo Morelos doubled their lead in the 41st, tapping in from close range after a well-worked corner routine made simpler by Dortmund’s sloppy marking.

Rangers went ahead in the 49th minute thanks to a thundering first-time strike from John Lundstram from beyond the box, but England midfielder Jude Bellingham promptly equalized in the 51st minute, slamming into the net from outside the box to give the hosts a footing in the game.

Rangers responded quickly, restoring their three-goal lead in the 54th minute thanks to an own goal by Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou, who diverted a lively Morelos strike beyond goalkeeper Gregor Kobel’s reach.

Dortmund rescued some hope for the return leg at Ibrox next week with a piledriver from Raphael Guerreiro in the 82nd minute, while defender Mats Hummels attempted to pull another goal back deep in stoppage time but could only produce a poor shot that went over the bar.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the stadium’s capacity was lowered, resulting in a subdued atmosphere at Signal Iduna Park, with barely 10,000 fans present in the stadium, where one stand is nicknamed the Yellow Wall due to the noise radiating from it.

They were still without injured top scorer Erling Haaland, who could return in time for the second leg, when 50,000 fans are expected to pack into a sold-out Ibrox in the hopes of seeing their team do the job against one of Europe’s powerhouses.

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