JAMES TAVERNIER scored an personal objective as Rangers misplaced 2-0 to Lyon at Ibrox within the opening tie of their Europa League group stage marketing campaign.
Karl Toko Ekambi had opened the scoring within the first half with a chic end after a blistering run down the wing.
A calamitous personal objective early within the second half left Rangers with so much to doCredit score: AFP
Islam Slimani wheels away celebrating Lyon’s secondCredit score: Getty
John Lundstram was handed a uncommon begin by Steven Gerrard who had earlier referred to as this match ‘probably the largest problem’ of his managerial profession.
Gerrard was taking cost of the Light Blues for the fiftieth time in European competitors.
Ibrox was raucous however Lyon began the brighter of the 2 sides and went deservedly forward after 22 minutes by way of the tough Toko Ekambi.
The guests capitalised on some sloppy play on the centre circle from Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent and launched the Cameroonian down the fitting.
Lundstram came to visit to occupy him however his makes an attempt to thwart the assault had been lacklustre as he backed off the winger and left a spot for him to chop inside.
However in all equity – the stepover was incredible and the end itself was sheer high quality, rasping into the underside nook previous Allan McGregor.
Lundstram was then concerned in two openings for Rangers on the different finish as he went down within the field however noticed penalty claims waved away earlier than he dragged a left footed shot huge from the sting of the field following terrific work by Ryan Kent in profitable the ball off Lyon in their very own half.
The Scouse midfielder stepped inside and fired at objective however Anthony Lopes’ gloves had been stored clear.
Moments later Lyon may and may have had a second however Gusto curled his effort huge after being arrange by Lucas Paqueta who’d nutmegged Borna Barisic on the by-line.
Lopes was correctly examined with 5 minutes left within the second half and it was Kent once more inflicting issues as he skipped previous the on-rushing Lyon defenders and rattled a shot in the direction of the underside nook solely to see the keeper palm it to security.
Kent then went down within the field because the Ibrox crowd once more referred to as for a penalty however as soon as extra the referee noticed nothing in it.
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Rangers set about discovering a approach again within the second half however with solely eight minutes going the uphill battle turned a mountain to climb.
Some horrible – borderline comical, even – defending from the house facet ended up with Gers skipper Tavernier diverting the ball into his personal objective.
Kent gained the ball again on the sting of the realm, misplaced it instantly and Houssem Aouar pressured a save from McGregor.
A little bit of pinball adopted and Islam Slimani had a simple tap-in however in some way it fell to Goldson on the road, who then hit it off Tavernier and into the web.
Lyon maybe knew at this level that the three factors could be theirs barring a monumental effort from the Glasgow facet and took off goalscorer Toko Ekambi with 20 minutes left, as ex-Liverpool and Stoke ace Xherdan Shaqiri took his place.
Gerrard had already changed Steve Davis with winger Scott Wright however was pressured into an undesirable change when Kent pulled up injured and was subbed off for Kemar Roofe.
Style Sakala was additionally launched late on to inject a little bit of tempo and he did simply that when he skipped previous Emerson and surged into the field from the right-hand facet however the Lyon defence swarmed the six-yard space and denied him any likelihood of discovering Alfredo Morelos who was wanting the cutback
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