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Royal Antwerp stays out of Europa League after losing 5-2 to Rangers

Rangers vs. Royal Antwerp

Photo Credit: AP

Technical card:
Rangers: Allan McGregor, Leon Balogun (Nathan Patterson, min.46), Filip Helander, Connor Goldson, Borna Barisic, Glen Kamara, Steven Davis (Bongani Zungu, min.82), Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent (Scott Wright, min.83), Alfredo Morelos (Cedric Itten, min.84) and Ianis Hagi (Scott Arfield, min.71)
Royal Antwerp: Ortwin De Wolf, Maxime Le Marchand, Jeremy Gelin (Frank Boya, min.46), Ritchie De Laet, Aurelio Buta, Martin Hongla (Koji Miyoshi, min.82), Birger Verstraete, Pieter Gerkens (Felipe Avenatti, min.75), Jordan Lukaku (Nana Opoku Ampomah, min.75), Didier Lamkel Ze and Lior Refaelov
Stadium: Ibrox Stadium
Goals: Alfredo Morelos (1-0, min. 9), Lior Refaelov (1-1, min. 31), Nathan Patterson (2-1, min. 46), Ryan Kent (3-1, min. 55), Didier Lamkel Ze (3-2, min. 57), Borna Barisic (4-2, min. 79) and Cedric Itten (5-2, min. 90)

Rangers won at home 5-2 against Antwerp the return match of round of 16 held this Thursday at Ibrox Stadium. The first leg match held at the stadium Royal Antwerp ended with a score of 3-4 in favor Rangers.

Rangers started strong and were rewarded, with Alfredo Morelos opening the rout, 9 minutes in. However, their lead was short lived, as an equalizer from a goal from Lior Refaelov, 31 minutes in brought Royal Antwerp level. However, Rangers just before half-time reestablished their lead thanks to a goal from Nathan Patterson in the 46th minute, finalising the first half with a 2-1.

The second half started all good for Rangers, with Ryan Kent opening the scoring in the 55th minute. However, Royal Antwerp pull-back, 57 minutes in, with a goal from Didier Lamkel Ze. Rangers increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Borna Barisic in the 79th minute to establish the 4-2. Later, Rangers took the lead with a goal form a penalty goal from Cedric Itten in the 90th minute just before the final whistle. The game ended with a 5-2 victory for Rangers.

For Rangers, Nathan Patterson, Scott Arfield, Bongani Zungu, Scott Wright and Cedric Itten came on for Jeremy Gelin, Pieter Gerkens, Jordan Lukaku and Martin Hongla, while Antwerp brought on Frank Boya, Felipe Avenatti, Nana Opoku Ampomah and Koji Miyoshi to replace Jeremy Gelin, Pieter Gerkens, Jordan Lukaku and Martin Hongla.

There were bookings for Leon Balogun and Glen Kamara from Rangers and Maxime Le Marchand and Martin Hongla for Antwerp.

*The credit for all of photos in this article belongs to AP*

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