Angelino’s late goal secures Leipzig win over Rangers
Leipzig wins the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against Glasgow Rangers. The right-back RB shows a mixed performance against the weak Scots, the recovery target falling only in the final stage.
HIn Angelino’s final stroke of genius, RB Leipzig lets you dream of a first European Cup final in the club’s history. In the 85th minute, the Spaniard fired home from 20 meters and gave the dominant but unimaginative host a 1-0 win over Glasgow Rangers in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals. And so coach Domenico Tedesco’s favorite team laid the groundwork to advance in the second leg in a week’s time at the legendary Ibrox Stadium.
RB must certainly draw faith in him from previous rounds. In the first leg against San Sebastian and in the first leg against Bergamo, Leipzig did not go beyond a tie. In the second meeting they won impressively and advanced to the next round.
7,000 Rangers fans accompanied their team to Leipzig, and white, blue and red colors dominated the city center throughout Thursday. It was the cheers from both camps that kept the neutral spectators awake in the first half. Rangers defended their penalty area with eight pros, and Leipzig trained diligently on crosses with more than 70 percent of possession – giving the match in the beginning a huge potential for sleep.
Double the first half by RB . right-back
Suspended and heavily absent playmaker Kevin Campbell did something very different before kick-off. “Score a goal or two to open the door as wide as possible,” the 31-year-old said over the stadium microphone. But in the first division, RB right-back created only three close chances through Christopher Nkunku (17), Konrad Laimer (18th) and Angelino (31st).
However, Tedesco did not respond immediately after the break and left his nominal strikers Andre Silva and Joseph Poulsen on the bench for the time being. The 36-year-old saw his best match opportunity yet – for Glasgow. However, Ryan Kent’s shot (49 min) went too far from the back post. Leipzig’s response was a powerful shot from Nkunko (53′), which, however, was not enough.
However, RB was still very harmless and very complex in the game system. Tedesco kept applauding and cheering its players. The spectator was not impatient, after 65 minutes there were first whistles. Then Nkunko (71) advanced with his foot, Rangers goalkeeper Alan McGregor is already trapped, but the Frenchman threw the ball over it from ten meters away. Now Tedesco has responded, bringing in Silva and Emil Forsberg (72) for Dominic Zuboszlai and Dani Olmo. The goal that was so important and longed for was scored by someone else.