Rangers: How did they reach the Europa League final in Seville? | football news

Rangers’ European journey began under Steven Gerrard last August and ended with Giovanni van Bronckhorst leading the club in a showcase final.

The remarkable adventure concludes at Seville’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with Eintracht Frankfurt standing between Ibrox and Europa League glory.

It’s the third Bundesliga side the Gers will meet in the knockout stages, so here’s a look at their road to Sevilla, which has been filled with giant kills and comebacks…

Malmö misery ends CL dream

Rangers lost to Malmo in the Champions League qualifier.
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Rangers lost to Malmo in the Champions League qualifier

After winning their first Scottish Premiership title in ten years, Rangers had a chance to reach the group stage of the Champions League but fell short at the first hurdle after a disappointing elimination by Malmö in the third qualifying round.

They advanced to Europa League qualifiers and faced Armenian team Alashkert in the play-off round. They proved tougher than expected as the 10-man Rangers secured a 1-0 win in the first leg before earning a goalless draw in Yerevan.

Joining them in Group A was Lyon, Sparta Prague and Brondby for a fourth straight jump in the groups.

Battle through the group stage

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Rangers' Alfredo Morelos celebrates making it 2-0 with Joe Aribo during a UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Sparta Prague at Ibrox Stadium on November 25 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
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Rangers qualified for the knockout stages by beating Sparta Prague

Back-to-back defeats by Lyon and Sparta Prague presented Gerrard’s side with a difficult task, but four points from their next two games against Brondby kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive.

The Ibrox side then saw Gerrard join Aston Villa, with new manager Van Bronckhorst immediately facing a crucial home game against Czech side Sparta.

A two-goal win was needed to get out of the group and the Dutchman managed it on his return to Ibrox as manager – a brace from Alfredo Morelos who clinched the win before the side drew 1-1 at group winners Lyon scored a draw.

Demolished Dortmund in Germany

James Tavernier scores from the penalty spot to make it 1-0 for Rangers against Borrusia Dortmund
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James Tavernier gave Rangers a great start against Dortmund

Rangers finished second in Group A, meaning they could face a club eliminated from the Champions League in their first knockout game.

That’s exactly what happened when Borussia Dortmund took off their hats and many thought the German team would be too much of a challenge for Rangers.

However, the Ibrox side were ready to impress, leading 2-0 before half-time at Signal Iduna Park before two more goals after the break sent the small traveling support into high gear.

Rangers beat Borussia Dortmund in a 10-goal epic
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Rangers defeated Borussia Dortmund in a 10-goal epic

Dortmund withdrew two to set up an all-time classic at Ibrox but, as in the first leg, James Tavernier opened the scoring from the spot before Dortmund scored twice to take the lead that night.

However, Tavernier struck again to knock the German giants out of the Europa League in an epic 10-goal draw. It was time for the round of 16.

Rangers star vs Belgrade

Rangers are in control of their round of 16 game against Red Star Belgrade
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Rangers advanced to the Quarterfinals by defeating Red Star Belgrade

Rangers struggled domestically going into the round of 16 against Red Star. Performances had dwindled and their hopes of retaining the Scottish Premiership title were dwindling.

However, when they returned to the European stage all was forgotten and there was another famous night for fans to enjoy at the Ibrox as they defeated the Serbs 3-0 to take full control of the tie.

Tavernier scored again from the penalty spot, Morelos doubled the lead before the break and Leon Balogun then added a third.

Allan McGregor then produced a Man of the Match performance as Rangers lost 2-1 in the away game, meaning the resilient Rangers won 4-2 on aggregate. The dream came alive when the quarterfinals were expected.

Braga knocked out Ibrox

Rangers' Calvin Bassey vies for the ball with Braga's Iuri Medeiros
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Rangers battled Braga for a place in the last four

Rangers had knocked out tournament favorites Dortmund and Red Star so there were no signs of fear as they prepared to face Sporting Braga in the last eight.

Then Alfredo Morelos was ruled out for that season and the striker’s absence was evident as they struggled to threaten in front of goal in a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Portugal.

They were down but not out and Ibrox was poised for another big night of European football.

Kemat Roofe's goal sent Rangers through to the semi-finals of the Europa League
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Kemar Roofe’s goal sent Rangers into the semifinals

A double from Tavernier made them look comfortable against the visiting 10-man but a late header from David Carmo sent the tie into overtime. Keyword Kemar Roofe.

The forward became a hero among Ibrox fans as he scored a dramatic winner to drive fans mad. The Rangers were in the semifinals.

success in the semifinals

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks back on an emotional and dramatic night after Rangers reached the Europa League final after beating RB Leipzig

Roofe was the man who kept Rangers’ European dream alive, but then he joined Morelos on the sidelines.

Without a recognized striker, they lacked the flare against RB Leipzig in Germany and a late miracle strike from Angelino gave their opponents a narrow advantage.

The odds were now against Van Bronckhorst’s side but the manager called on the fans to help create an epic night under the floodlights at Ibrox.

The fans delivered and the players rose to the occasion.

As is often the case, Captain Tavernier got the stadium going before Kamara doubled the lead that night.

Christopher Nkunku equalized the tie but John Lundstram fired into overtime to seal a historic night for the Glasgow giants.

John Lundstram's late goal sent Rangers through to the Europa League final
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John Lundstram’s late goal sent Rangers through to the Europa League final

Tears of joy and disbelief as the final whistle blew they had made it. They were in the final.

Eintracht Frankfurt is now expecting Rangers in Seville on May 18th. Would you bet the Rangers will get the job done?

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