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Rangers to Play PSV in Champions League Play off

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Rangers moved to the brink of a place in the Champions League this term.

Goals from James Tavernier, Antonio Colak and Malik Tillman clinched an incredible comeback victory as Union Saint-Gilloise were beaten on a dramatic and high-stakes occasion.

The Gers had to overcome a two-goal deficit after a lacklustre defeat in Belgium last week as they left themselves with it all to do heading into the return leg on home soil.

But Van Bronckhorst’s side would rise to the challenge once again on the continent as a capacity Ibrox crowd road them to a deserved win that puts them a step closer to a place in the group stages.

The Dutchman will face former international team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy after PSV emerged as extra-time winners over Monaco and the Eredivisie giants will make the trip to Ibrox next week.

PSV on their own knocked out Monaco even though they started the match looking like nerves were getting the better of them with a lot of sloppy misplaced passes and loss of concentration. The warning signs were there after only one minute when a last-ditch tackle by center-back Armando Obispo was the only thing stopping Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder from a huge goalscoring chance.

Despite this, PSV took the lead after 21 minutes. Right back, Phillip Mwene crossed for Joey Veerman, who finished it perfectly into the bottom corner. Veerman was also PSV’s solitary goalscorer in the first match in Monaco. Monaco should have equalized on the stroke of halftime when Ben Yedder found space behind the PSV back line. The French striker will be disappointed with his effort knocked behind for a corner by PSV goalkeeper Walter Benitez.

Monaco dominated in the second half’s beginning stages, taking advantage of the new rule that clubs are now allowed to make five subs instead of the usual three to freshen up their team.

PSV were aided in extra time by the fact that Monaco had taken off their captain Ben Yedder before the end of the match, weakening their side significantly.

Ruud van Nistelrooy’s team held on for a memorable win and would play against former international teammate Giovanni Van Brockhorst.

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