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PSV 0-1 Rangers (Agg: 2-3): Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side book return to Champions League group stage

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Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst says his side are ready to compete with the best teams in Europe after they reached the Champions League group stage for the first time in more than a decade after securing a 1-0 victory (3-2 on aggregate) against PSV Eindhoven.

Antonio Colak’s strike in the 60th minute proved decisive as Van Bronckhorst’s side booked their place in the competition proper for the first time since 2010, and the Rangers boss said the moment came close to being the best of his career.

“A very proud moment because I know what it means for everyone involved to be playing at the highest level against the best teams,” he said.

“We’re here to compete. We want to compete with the best teams in Europe. It will be difficult but it’s an experience I will love.”

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Much of the build-up to the second leg was dominated by the omission of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, who was left in Glasgow because of concerns o

How Rangers returned to the Champions League…

Van Bronckhorst revealed a request for the kick-off to be put back after PSV fans had surrounded Rangers’ team bus and delayed them getting into the ground was rebuffed, and it was the raucous home fans that enjoyed the early stages as the Dutch side took control early in the game.

However, Rangers steadied and Ryan Kent had a drive saved by keeper PSV keeper Walter Benitez, while Tillman set up midfielder John Lundstram who fired just wide.

PSV came back to life, however, and captain Luuk de Jong just missed a cross from Jordan Teze 10 yards from goal before the unmarked Ibrahim Sangare head a Cody Gakpo corner over the bar.

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er his fitness levels and attitude, but it was Rangers’ new forward – scorer of the goals for Malmo that ended the Scots’ Champions League hopes last season – who grabbed the headlines.

Colak’s fifth goal of the season, created by Malik Tillman’s pressing, sealed their passage into Thursday’s draw, where they will join Celtic.

Meanwhile, PSV’s defeat sees them drop into the Europa League.
Rangers were hanging on heading towards the interval. Three minutes from the break De Jong got away from defender Connor Goldson but his close-range effort was well saved by Jon McLaughlin and just moments later Gakpo fired over the bar from 16 yards with the keeper well off his line.

Xavi Simons replaced the injured De Jong for the start of the second half and the home side resumed control.

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

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When Tillman robbed the dithering Andre Ramalho inside the PSV box after the defender had taken a risky pass from keeper Benitez, he had the easiest of tasks to roll the ball to Colak to knock into an empty net.

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

Rangers had to defend for their lives in the final stages and Philipp Max missed the target with a drive while McLaughlin made a brilliant save from Gakpo to help the visitors see out the nervy ending and get back among the big boys of European football.

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“It comes really close to being the best moment [of my career] because of where Rangers have come from. Ten years ago, we were at our lowest point and it has taken a lot of work, energy and time from a lot of people to build the club back to this level.

“Seville [last season’s Europa League final] was a proud moment to compete for the second European trophy in Rangers’ history and today we have the same moment to be in the draw for the Champions League.

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“We’re here to compete. We want to compete with the best teams in Europe. It will be difficult but it’s an experience I will love.”

Colak: ‘It’s an amazing journey; I was in tears’
Rangers goal scorer Antonio Colak:

“It’s difficult to describe in words it was a great team performance. It’s an amazing journey we’ll have this year and I’m so proud of all of these guys.

“I was in tears on the pitch, it was just a moment of joy. As a kid I always wanted to compete at this level and to be here is amazing.”

“The scenes at the side of the pitch at the final whistle from Van Bronckhorst and his staff, they know how big this is. It is huge for Rangers Football Club.

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“It was a fantastic performance Antonio Colak – the man who knocked them out 12 months ago scored the goal that has seen Rangers return to the Champions League.

Kris Boyd celebrates after Rangers made it through to the group stages of the Champions League for the first time in 12 years after beating PSV Eindhoven
“We’ll have two Scottish sides in the Champions League for the first time since 2007.

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“This is an unbelievable result for Rangers in the Netherlands. The jubilant scenes will continue and the disappointment of dropping points at Hibs at the weekend will be well and truly forgotten about.

“Everything coming into this game was about Alfredo Morelos. He’s been forgotten about and the man who is in charge of that central role for Rangers is the man who got the goal to get the club back in the Champions League.”

It will take place from 5pm (BST) on Thursday, August 25 and is being held in Istanbul, Turkey.

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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