Bassey, Aribo, Balogun In Action As Rangers Book Final Berth

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Super Eagles trio of Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey were in action as Rangers book a place in the final of the Europa League after overcoming RB Leipzig in the semi final on Thursday, Completesports.com reports.

Bassey, who was making his 12th appearance in the colours of Rangers, has made one assist at the competition.

He was solid at the back and prevented Dani Olmo and Yussuf Poulsen from creating any dangerous threat for the visitor.

 

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The host started with intent as captain James Tavernier opened the scoring early on to become the leading scorer in the competition this season with seven goals. Glen Kamara added a second before the half-hour mark in a game dedicated to legendary Rangers kit man Jimmy Bell, who died earlier this week.

 

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Christopher Nkunku then levelled the tie for Leipzig in the second half, but Lundstram smashed home the winner in the 81st minute.

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On the other hand, Aribo was started the game at the middle of the pack, had a decent performance as he constantly probed the RB Leipzig defence.

It was his 14th appearance and has bagged three assists in the process.

He was later substituted in the 45th minutes for Fashion Sakala.

While Balogun came on as a substitute for Ryan Jack 59th minute to dd more steel to Rangers defence.

In all, the Nigerian international has scored two goals in nine appearance for Rangers in the competition.

 

Rangers To Face Eintracht Frankfurt In Final

 

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men will meet Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville on 18 May with a tantalising chance to win the club’s first European trophy for 50 years.

 

Big Facts

 

  • RB Leipzig are just the fifth side in the Europa League since 2009-10 to be eliminated in the semi-finals despite winning the first leg after Benfica in 2010-11, Sporting CP in 2011-12, Fenerbahce in 2012-13 and Villarreal in 2015-16.
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  • Giovanni van Bronckhorst has become the first Dutch manager to reach the final of the Uefa Cup/Europa League in charge of a non-Dutch side since Dick Advocaat in 2008, whose Zenit St Petersburg side faced Rangers in that year’s final, winning 2-0.
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