RANGERS were beaten 2-0 by Union Saint-Gilloise in the Champions League qualifier last night and now have everything to do in the second leg at Ibrox next week.
The Ibrox side’s thrilling run to the Europa League final last season has whetted the appetite for European football’s elite club competition.
However, amid a passive performance from the Light Blues in the first half, the home side took the lead in the 27th minute when captain Teddy Teuma opened the scoring with a shot that raised questions about the attempt. rescue of Gers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.
A laborious display from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side continued after the break and a 76th-minute Dante Vanzeir penalty doubled the Belgian side’s lead.
The second leg is at Ibrox next Tuesday and Rangers will have to come up with something really special if they are to face Monaco or PSV Eindhoven in the play-off.
However, the IFAB handball ruling suggests that Govan’s side should head into the second leg with a smaller deficit than they currently face.
In the 71st minute, McLauglin made saves from Adinga and then Vanzeir, but as a VAR check stopped play, referee Irfan Peljto ruled that Teuma’s shot which hit defender Connor Goldson’s arm deserved a shot. penalty. Vanzeir dispatched the wrong McLaughlin with his kick.
It was a controversial call, and with Goldson close to his defensive teammate, it seemed impossible for him to dodge the path.
The decision states: “Exceptions, for example the player’s arm is already outstretched when there is no expectation of the ball coming at or near the player from a team-mate.
With that in mind, it looks like the referee got the decision wrong.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was frustrated by the call-up but admitted his side were off the pace.
He explained: “For the decision on the penalty, I was surprised that he gave the penalty with so much at stake for all the clubs involved. We want to make the right decisions and I think there was nothing we could do. else with the deviation.
“The penalty was given and they scored. The most important thing now for me is to think about our own game because we have to change it on Tuesday, a big moment. The performance has to be much better than what we showed today ‘today.”