Rangers keep their nerve to beat PSV and reach the Champions League group stage

Antonio Colak scored the winner as Rangers beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0 to reach the Champions League for the first time in 12 years.

Following a 2-2 draw against the Dutch in the first leg of the play-offs at Ibrox last week, another thrilling encounter took place at the Philips Stadium.

In a seesaw game, Colak found the net after the hour for his fifth goal in six games before the Light Blues emerged victorious 3-2 on aggregate.

The Croatian striker had scored two goals to help loan side Malmo knock Rangers out of Champions League qualifying last season but after moving from PAOK he repaid it to his current employers and then some. as his side made it to the promised land for the first time since 2010.

Rangers and Celtic will take part in the Champions League draw for the first time since 2007/08 on Thursday.

Most of the pre-game discussion and debate revolved around the absence of Alfredo Morelos, but the in-form Colak, who kept the Colombian striker on the bench, again led the line.

The visitors showed a change from the first leg with midfielder Glen Kamara replacing Steve Davis.

PSV boss Ruud van Nistelrooy, a former Dutch teammate of Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, kept the same Glasgow team.

The Rangers boss revealed a request to postpone kick-off after PSV fans surrounded the Rangers team bus and delayed it getting into the ground was rejected.

Rangers got the job done in Holland (Zac Goodwin/PA)

(PA wire)

The roaring home fans enjoyed the early stages, which saw the Dutch side appear skillful and confident.

However, Rangers stabilized and in the 13th minute attacker Ryan Kent saved a shot from PSV keeper Walter Benitez.

The Light Blues gained confidence and in the 25th minute Malik Tillman set up midfielder John Lundstram after a safe build-up, who shot just wide of the target.

However, PSV revived and captain Luuk de Jong narrowly missed a Jordan Teze cross 10 yards from goal before the unmarked Ibrahim Sangare headed a Cody Gakpo corner over the bar.

Antonio Colak scored the winner (Zac Goodwin/PA)

(PA wire)

Rangers wobbled until the break.

Three minutes before the break, De Jong escaped defender Connor Goldson but his close-range shot was saved well by Jon McLaughlin and moments later Gakpo shot over the bar from 16 yards, with the keeper wide of his line.

Xavi Simons replaced the injured De Jong early in the second half and the home side regained control.

The Light Blues struggled to break free, but when they did in the 55th minute, Tom Lawrence cracked the bar with a thunderous 20-yard drive and Rangers came back moments later with even greater effect.

When Tillman robbed the procrastinating Andre Ramalho in PSV’s box after the defender took a risky pass from keeper Benitez, he had the easiest task of rolling the ball to Colak to slam it into the empty goal.

PSV roared back with increasing desperation but after a Rangers break Benitez was forced into a good save by Tillman’s shot.

Rangers were fighting for their lives in the closing stages and Philipp Max missed with a drive while McLaughlin Gakpo made a brilliant save.

Scott Arfield, Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala joined, helping the visitors weather the jittery end to get back to the big boys of European football.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/rangers-psv-result-champions-league-group-stage-b2152100.html Rangers keep their nerve to beat PSV and reach the Champions League group stage

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