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RB Leipzig vs. Rangers result: Europa League semi-final first leg edged by hosts as Angelino volley gives Red Bull wings

Rangers proved difficult opponents for RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi final, but in the end the German side managed a 1-0 win. An Angelino volley five minutes from time was enough to ensure that Red Bull head to Ibrox with a one goal lead to defend.

Rangers travelled to RB Leipzig as underdogs in their Europa League semi-final first leg, and can be proud of their performance despite a 1-0 loss.

The reigning Scottish champions went into the game with the aim of making sure they were still in the tie for the second leg, and they managed that.

Rangers set up with a back-three, John Lundstram playing as the central centre-back. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side were second-best throughout the first half, having to defend bravely, and did so.

Rangers struggled to hold onto the ball, and didn't offer much threat of their own beyond a couple of counter-attacks, but they won't have been too disappointed during half-time. For all of the home team's possession, Leipzig didn't create too many chances.

There were a couple of tweaks for the second half, which helped Rangers grow into the game. Joe Aribo was pushed further forward, with Ryan Kent and Scott Wright taking up wider positions in a 5-4-1, and the change worked. Aribo held the ball up well and linked play, and his presence made it much easier for Rangers to get the ball up the pitch.

James Tavernier got forward more frequently from wing-back, and Rangers offered much more threat, but Leipzig still had plenty of chances, with star man Christopher Nkunku blasting off target when he had an open goal to aim at.

It looked like that would be the chance to win, before Angelino scored a beautiful goal with five minutes left on the clock. A corner from the right was headed clear to the edge of the area. Angelino got to the ball before Kent, and hit it first time as it dropped out of the air. His volleyed shot dipped and moved as it arrowed towards the far post, and Alan McGregor couldn't get down in time to meet it.

In truth, Leipzig deserved a goal from their efforts during the game. However, Rangers travel to Ibrox with just a one-goal deficit to overcome. With a full stadium behind them, and a more proactive approach than they had today, they will be confident of a magical night in Glasgow. 

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RB Leipzig vs. Rangers final score   1H 2H Final RB Leipzig  0 1 1 Rangers 0 0 0


RBL — Angelino — 85th min.

RB Leipzig vs. Rangers as-it-happened: updates and highlights

Full-time: It's a nervy finish, as Tavernier gives away a free-kick out wide, picking up a booking as he does so. There's a feeling of anticipation, but the ball is headed away, and the final whistle blows. Leipzig take a slight lead into the second leg.

FULL-TIME: RB Leipzig 1-0 Rangers

All to play for next Thursday at Ibrox.#UEL

— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 28, 2022

92nd min: We're into the second of three minutes added on here. Goldson picks up the first booking of the game as he gives away a free kick on the halfway line.

Next double change:

➡️ @yussufyurary➡️ @NordiMukiele

⬅️ @c_nk97⬅️ @Henrichs39

????⚪ #WeAreLeipzig #RBLRFC 1-0 (89')

— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) April 28, 2022

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RB Leipzig find the breakthrough with 6 minutes left to play. ????

— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) April 28, 2022

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Angeliño with a rocket to give Leipzig the lead late on ????#StanSportAU | #UEL | #RBLRFC

— Stan Sport Football (@StanSportFC) April 28, 2022

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Angelino's volley gives Leipzig the lead late on against Rangers ????

— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) April 28, 2022

89th min: The home fans are in good voice now, as you would expect. Rangers certainly aren't out of the tie, but they need to make sure they see this out without the scoreline getting any worse.

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Rangers' resolve is broken! ????

Angeliño rifles the ball in from outside the box to give Leipzig the advantage.#UEL

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 28, 2022

85th min: GOAL!

RB Leipzig have their goal! They have a corner from the right wing. It's headed clear at the near post, to Angelino on the edge of the area. Kent isn't able to get across and put him off as he volleys towards goal, firing a dipping, moving shot just inside the far post. McGregor was never stopping that.

GOAL! Leipzig 1-0 Rangers (Angeliño 85').#UEL

— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 28, 2022

SUB: Double change for Rangers

➡️ ON: Arfield & Sands⬅️ OFF: Aribo & Jack

RB Leipzig 0-0 Rangers | #UEL

— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 28, 2022

82nd min: Leipzig want a penalty. Henrichs goes down as he runs onto a Laimer backheel in the area, but nothing is given. There's a VAR check, but there's not enough there for it to be overturned.

That @RangersFC support in Leipzig ????

— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) April 28, 2022

81st min: There's been a chance at either end, Nkunku tries to get his head on a cross beyond the far post, but the presence of Bassey seems to do enough to put him off. Sakala hasn't quite been on the same wavelength as some of his teammates so far, his hold up play has been lacking, compared to Aribo's when he was the central attacker.

78th min: He's out on the right, but Aribo is still making a nuisance of himself. The hosts haven't been quite as composed on the ball as they were in the first half, with Rangers pressing them more often now. They're only 15 minutes away from heading back to Ibrox with the tie at 0-0, and you wouldn't bet against them managing that.

74th min: Forsberg and Silva are on for Olmo and Szoboszlai for the home side. For Rangers, it looks like they're keeping their previous shape. Fashion Sakala is playing through the middle, with Aribo on the right.

72nd min: What a miss! Nkunku dances into the area, through the defence from the left hand side of the area. McGregor rushes out, making himself big, and Nkunku pushes the ball to his right once again. The goal is open, but Nkunku has pushed the ball too far wide the get his foot round it, and he slashes the ball off target. Moments earlier, Rangers have a 3 on 3 at the other end. Aribo's heavy touch forced him into passing left to Kent, and Klostermann stood his ground, dispossessing the attacker.

SUB: Change for Rangers.

➡️ ON: Fashion Jr⬅️ OFF: Scott Wright

RB Leipzig 0-0 Rangers | #UEL

— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 28, 2022

67th min: Rangers are holding their own here. Tavernier has pushed forward more in the second half, with Angelino spending more time in his own half, rather than attacking the Rangers box. Rangers bring on Fashion Sakala.

???? A positive start to the second-half.

RB Leipzig 0-0 Rangers | #UEL

— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 28, 2022

62nd min: Rangers have managed a spell of their own in response, and Aribo is involved in everything they do. He's showing for the ball well, and managing to link play when it gets up to him.

59th min: The hosts have stepped it up in the last few minutes. They're moving the ball quickly, and Rangers are just trying to keep the ball out of their penalty area at the moment.

54th min: Nkunku flashes the ball towards goal, from the edge of the area. It's a powerful, rising shot, but it's too close to McGregor, who palms it away. A reminder to Rangers of the threat their hosts carry.

53rd min: Goldson heads wide from a corner. Rangers are finding it easy to move up the pitch in this half, playing further forward as a focal point is definitely helping.

51st min: Rangers manage a good counter. It starts with Aribo holding up the ball well with his back to goal, and ends with Ryan Kent driving across goal from the left. It's wide of the far post. Tavernier was just a little too far to have reached it.

49' Ryan Kent inches away from the opening goal. A terrific counter-attack from Rangers.

RB Leipzig 0-0 Rangers | #UEL

— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 28, 2022

47th min: Aribo, who seems to be the furthest player forward, almost forces a turnover in the Leipzig half. Halstenberg manages to get to the loose ball before him.


Underway for the second half, let's get it! ????

????⚪ #WeAreLeipzig #RBLRFC 0-0 (46')

— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) April 28, 2022

Halftime: It's not been the most entertaining of first halves, but Rangers are halfway through the game, and still in the tie.

41st min: The first half has seen a lot of Red Bull possession so far, and the occasional shot as a result. Rangers haven't really imposed themselves on the tie at all.

36th min: Konrad Laimer has been impressive so far, the Leipzig man seems to be involved in everything. A Henrichs cross is fired across the face of goal, but Rangers get it clear.

32nd min: It's more last ditch defending from Rangers. Bassey gets caught in possession and the hosts break. Szoboszlai breaks down the right and, after a quick interchange, finds Angelino attacking the box on the far side. He lofts the ball into the wing backs path, and Angelino's volleyed shot towards goal is blocked.

28th min: Rangers have been second best, but they haven't had too many problems in their own area. They're won a free kick in the last few minutes. They haven't made the most of them, but set pieces could be important for them here.

23rd min: It's been better from Rangers in the last couple of minutes, but the home side are still having the better of the game. The visitors are managing to escape the press a little better.

19th min: Goldson does really well to break track Laimer, as he's played in behind the right side of the Rangers defence. He's keeps stride with him and slides in to block Laimer's shot.

17th min: Barisic tries to head away a cross from the right hand side, but he's caught under the ball and just flicks it on. It's passed back inside to Nkunku in the area. His first touch is a little loose, but he winds up for a shot, and Bassey needs to dive in to make a block.

13th min: RB Leipzig break down the right, but Laimer's cross is held by McGregor. Rangers are finding it a little difficult out of possession. Nkunku is playing more like a midfielder than a forward, and the Red Bull front three is interchanging positions regularly. When the hosts have the ball, Rangers have three defenders marking nobody at times, and the home team are able to overload the midfield or the wide areas.

9th min: It's been a fairly nervy start for Rangers. When they get the ball, they're not doing a job at holding onto it.

5th min: RB Leipzig have had the best of the start. A shot from distance in the opening minute followed by a penalty appeal. Goldson got a little too tight to Nkunku, who rolled him inside the area, and went down under pressure. The Leipzig players don't really appeal for it, but it's an early warning.

2nd min: It looks like a back five for Rangers to start. Lundstram is playing in the middle of the back five. Kent and Wright are the two up front, with Aribo supporting.

Semi-final nights! Here we go! ????️????

????⚪ #WeAreLeipzig #RBLRFC 0-0 (1')

— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) April 28, 2022


1 min from kickoff: The away fans are making a lot of noise as the teams walk out of the tunnel. The home fans aren't quiet either. It's an excellent atmosphere, befitting of the occasion.

15 mins from kickoff: Domenico Tedesco's side will be looking to continue this run for the last European home game of the season.

Leipzig are unbeaten in their last seven UEFA club competition matches (W4, D3) ????#UEL

— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 28, 2022

30 mins from kickoff: The Germans will be seen by many as favourites for the tie, but any slip up early on could be costly for the home side.

Focused ????

????⚪ #WeAreLeipzig #UEL #RBLRFC

— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) April 28, 2022

45 mins from kickoff: RB Leipzig have a few injury problems, especially at the back, but that's opening up opportunities for others. While Tedesco will be hoping that he's not forced into using Lelle during the game, it's a big day for the young defender.

19-year-old defender David Lelle makes the matchday squad for the first time!

Congrats, David ????

????⚪ #WeAreLeipzig #UEL #RBLRFC

— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) April 28, 2022

60 mins from kickoff: An hour to go, and the home team have announced their starting eleven.

Unsere Halbfinal-1⃣1⃣ ????

Wir sind Leipzig????⚪️#RBLRFC #UEL

— RB Leipzig (@RBLeipzig) April 28, 2022

80 mins from kickoff: The Rangers team is out, and it looks like Fashion Sakala will not be leading the line for the visitors.

???? Tonight's #RangersFC team to face @RBLeipzig in the @EuropaLeague semi-final.

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— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 28, 2022

100 mins from kickoff: The Rangers fans have travelled over to Leipzig in good number for this game, and a raucous atmosphere is to be expected at the Red Bull Arena.

It's semi-final night????#UEL

— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 28, 2022

2 hours from kickoff: The Sporting News is here with live coverage of RB Leipzig vs. Rangers in the Europa League semifinals.

What will the headline be after the first leg? ????#UEL

— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 28, 2022
RB Leipzig vs. Rangers lineups

Domenico Tedesco has a few absences, but Lukas Klostermann has returned, and is fit enough to start. He's likely to start on the right, with Adams in midfield. It's expected to be three at the back, with Olmo and Szoboszlai playing off Nkunku up front.

RB Leipzig lineup (3-4-2-1): Gulacsi (GK) — Halstenberg, Henrichs, Gvardiol — Klostermann, Adams, Laimer, Angelino  — Olmo, Szoboszlai — Nkunku

RB Leipzig subs (12): Martinez, Tschauner, Poulsen, Fersberg, Mukiele, Silva, Raebiger, Novoa, Lelle

It's expected to be a front three of Aribo, Wright, and Kent for Rangers, as they line up without Alfredo Morelos or Kemar Roofe available to lead the line. Fashion Sakala, who scored the winner against Celtic in the Scottish Cup, starts on the bench. Aaron Ramsey isn't available.

Rangers lineup (4-3-3): McGregor (GK) — Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic — Kamara, Lundstram, Jack — Aribo, Wright, Kent

Rangers subs (12): McLaughlin, McCrorie, Balogun, King, Davis, Sands, Arfield, Lowry, Amad, Fashion, McKinnon, Devine

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How to watch RB Leipzig vs. Rangers   UK USA Canada Australia Date Thur, April 28 Thur, April 28 Thur, April 28 Fri, April 29 Time 20:00 15:00 ET 15:00 ET 05:00 AET TV channel BT Sport 2 Galavision — — Streaming BT Sport fuboTV, Paramount+ DAZN Stan Sport

UK: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2 in the UK and streamed on BT Sport platforms.

USA: Galavision will televise the match in the USA and that channel is streamed on fuboTV, which also offers a free trial to new subscribers. Paramount+ will have the English-language stream.

Canada: In Canada, every Europa League game streams live on DAZN.

Australia: Stan Sport broadcasts Europa League action in Australia.

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