Steven Gerrard maintained loud-mouthed Osijek played Rangers’ hands using their cocky pre-match remarks. The Croatians’ midfielder Robert Mudrazija stated his side were”much better, more powerful, more skilful” compared to Rangers while boss Zoran Zekic had a lot to say in front of the Europa League showdown in Ibrox.
Gerrard said:”Talking does not win you football games, it will not get you results. Occasionally it will not assist your players, it simply pushes the resistance. “We thrive on all that sort of conversation. We appreciated it. My gamers came out and played like guys and we did our talking on the pitch. “I am absolutely delighted with all the players and today it is about dusting down ourselves for a major game (against Aberdeen) in the weekend” Borna Barisic became the first player to internet against Gerrard’s Gers together with his last-minute attack, however, the hosts prevailed on for a 2-1 aggregate win to put up this metting with Maribor. With just a slim lead from a week’s battle in the City Garden Stadium, there was always guaranteed to become an anxious atmosphere around Ibrox. Lassana Coulibaly must have settled the nerves only four minutes, but he blazed over from close range after being chosen from Ryan Kent’s corner-kick. Osijek’s pressing ancient forced Gers profound, but it was the hosts who came close to landing a sucker punch as Ryan Jack delivered Morelos scampering in behind. The angle was contrary to the Colombian, however, since Osijek goalkeeper Marko Malenica assembled his low attack, doing exactly the same as Daniel Candeias pulled the trigger by the border of the box. It was stressed, aggressive stuff.
The Light Blues loyal held their collective breath following 18 moments when Ovie Ejaria attempted to be too smart on halfway. His tried flick was selected off and Osijek bombarded ahead. It required a brave block from Allan McGregor to refuse Mudrazija, while the keeper needed to bail out Gers again seven minutes before the rest as his defence went to sleep, initially pulling off an acrobatic stop to refuse Ezekiel Henty before jump up to parry Petar Bockaj’s followup. But having endured these temptations, Rangers climbed in confidence. Just a last-gasp lunge by Alex Grgic early in the next period ceased Kent delivering a devastating blow as he joined with Coulibaly’s ball into the back post. But that just postponed the inevitable and from the subsequent corner Gers struck. Some more composure may have seen them place the tie into bed entirely, but Kent awakened new air while Coulibaly virtually struck the corner flag two adequate openings came and moved in awkward fashion.
Morelos let his frustration show if Kent’s hesitation in releasing his pass price that the striker the opportunity of a run-in on target. Ejaria barely did him some favours minutes afterwards because his over-hit ball behind left Morelos with just the side-netting to aim at. The tension increased in the last moment when Barisic fired a deflected shot past McGregor to be the first player to internet against Gerrard’s Gers, but the hosts held to advance. • Emergency services were called to take care of mass brawls and violence out Ibrox from the build-up to last night’s battle with Osijek. Footage on societal media seemed to reveal fights between a few fans of both clubs before the next qualifying round second-leg tie. Film uploaded into Twitter seemed to reveal one clear supporter being kicked around the body when lying prone on the street, while the other was seen running about holding and waving a flare. Police officers can be seen liner Paisley Road West and Edmiston Drive about the strategy into the scene. Witness Marianne Chirray composed on Twitter:”Ibrox is disorderly right now!!! Flares being thrown, people getting kicked in the mind – nightmare!”