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The new Rangers boss Van Bronckhorst praised his players after the European victory

Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised key players at both ends of the park as Alfredo Morelos and Allan McGregor teamed up to bring Rangers into the knockout stage of the Europa League for a third straight season. (Author: Gardener)

RangersGiovanni van Bronckhorst praised key players at both ends of the park as Alfredo Morelos and Allan McGregor teamed up to bring Rangers into the knockout stage of the Europa League for a third straight season. The new Ibrox boss got off to a successful start in his reign, tweaking his team's line-up after seeing them humiliated by Hibs in Sunday's Premier Sports Cup semifinals. On a night when Morelos scored two goals to increase his goals for Rangers to 27, McGregor scored a miraculous late double save to secure the two-goal win they needed for a play-off Round needed. Van Bronckhorst is now looking forward to dropping a team eliminated from the Champions League group stage and pays tribute to a goalkeeper who was on Ibrox's books 20 years ago when the Dutchman played for the club. "He's amazing," said the former Barcelona and Arsenal full-back. “You see a lot of experienced goalkeepers. And today he had some very important saves. ”Van Bronckhorst also announced that he had directed Morelos, who had been looking lost and struggling for motivation in recent weeks, to focus on what he did best - in a central one Remaining role and pursuing goals. "I think he did really well," said the new gaffer. “He's a striker who can be dangerous. I wanted him to play more towards the box. “Sometimes he wants to dive deep into midfield, but with the wingers we have, we should always create opportunities from crosses. “I think that was a good look at my ideas. The way we played today, we had the best chance of playing the game. “With the wingers we have and the full-backs we have, we can move forward at the right time and also control the game. "If we attack we have to think about what happens, we lose the ball." I think we had it all. We were in the game from the first minute, put pressure on, had a good rhythm and created opportunities. “We created enough in the first half to win the game. ‘They kept pushing for victory. “Of course the guys were down after Sunday, but they were also determined to get a good result. “The clean sheet is always good. Because we know that we always create opportunities with the way we play. “But if you see all the chances we have, it shouldn't have been close in the end. Seasoned midfielder Steven Davis added: “We knew it was going to be a difficult game but we were very happy with our start. “We might have to dig deep towards the end when they threw bodies forward. But we're happy to get a result and get through. We want to win domestic cups. But we were very happy about this reaction after the weekend. “After Sunday's game, it's easy to point a finger. We as players have to take responsibility for this. “But it was important to show a reaction.” Former Rangers forward Ally McCoist, on TV service for BT Sport, said, “It should have been four or five. “I thought the Rangers played pretty well in both halves for 30 minutes. They've disappeared a bit in the last 15 minutes of both halves. “But make no mistake - it's an excellent result - and that's the most important thing. ‘Morelos will love his two goals. They needed this result for morale, for the fans, the players and in Gio's first game, especially after what happened over the weekend. “We knew Lyon were by far the best team in the group, so it was a matter of taking second place.

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Leicester - Legia Warsaw, Rangers - Sparta Prague

Get the latest on a busy night of European football with West Ham, Celtic, Leicester and the Rangers in action (Author: Gardener)

Leicester - Legia WarsawThis website uses cookies for analysis, personalized content and advertising. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Get the latest on a busy night of European football with West Ham, Celtic, Leicester and the Rangers in action. It looks like the King Power is shrouded in a sudden mist ... but in reality it's smoke from torches lit by Legia fans. Perez, who was recently introduced as a sub, persuades Barnes to walk down to the right. Once inside the box, Barnes picks up his left foot again and unleashes a powerful shot that a defender is good at parrying. Two minutes later Barnes is back inside, this time with clever passports with Daka ... "When I saw the game Rangers-Sparta Prague, I noticed that Roy Makaay was sitting next to Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the Ibrox shelter," coos Peter Oh. “I would like to thank both of them for great memories of great goals and impressive football moments in their playing time. Rangers 2-0 Sparta (Morelos 48) What a ridiculous goal! An absolutely ridiculous mistake in the back of Sparta gives the Rangers a goal and possibly a place in the knockout round! A defender banged the ball in front of his own goal and gave Morelos a simple header from close range into the net! Alfredo Morelos finds the network for his second of the evening. Photo: Scott Heppell / AP Monaco lead Group B 2-1 at home against Sociedad. And in the Europa Conference League, those glorious Norwegian invaders, Bodo-Glimt, are back above the Roma and on the automatic qualifying spot as they beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 at halftime. Leicester and Rangers played well in the first half, taking valuable but precarious leads. Two goals are also not enough for Leicester, as Legia has threatened every now and then and there is still some nervousness in the home defense. Sloppy Defense of Leicester! Amartey and Soyuncu hesitated when an attacker spun past them in the box. But Soyuncu recovered well and shot the ball free in front of his own goal. The Rangers have regained their glory after a Sparta pressure spell and look quite pleased with their leadership. The way they toss the ball around is impressive. Leicester 3-1 Legia (Ndidi 34) Happy mood is back! Maddison pings in a vicious corner, the goalkeeper gets lost and Ndidi gets up to throw a header into the net! Wilfred Ndidi climbs to third place for the Foxes. Photo: Andrew Kearns - CameraSport / CameraSport / Getty Images Maddison combined with Lookman, then mistaken a defender before shooting a left-footed shot into the net from 10 yards. Leicester is playing exactly as Rodgers would have hoped. James Maddison doubles the lead for Leicester. Photo: Jason Cairnduff / Action Images / Reuters TOR Leicester 2-1 Legia (Mladenovic 26) Leicester's happy mood suffers when Ndidi is punished for handball in the penalty area. Kasper Schmeichel saves the penalty, but Legia hits after the rebound. McGregor maintains the Rangers lead by doing a brilliant foot reaction to fend off an attempt at close range. Rangers 1-0 Sparta (Morelos 14) Gio van Bronckhorst's European adventure is in full swing! Hagi ran from the depths and was well selected, then shoved the ball towards Morelos, who easily swept it into the net from 18 yards. Alfredo Morelos gives the Rangers the edge. Photo: Russell Cheyne / Reuters Europa Conference League favorite Roma look like they could actually make it out of their pool as Perez gave them the lead against Zorya at home and put them at the top of Group C, at least temporarily. Leicester 1- 0 Legia (Daka) A skilled Zambian finish gives Leicester the perfect start! Thomas started the move by winning the ball halfway and bursting forward, then dumping it onto Barnes on the left. Barnes pounded into the field before a lucky ricochet put the ball in the way of Daka, who immediately knew what to do: turn, touch and drive past the goalkeeper before he had time to sit down. Patson Daka fires the Foxes into an early lead. Photo: Craig Brough / Reuters Photo: Craig Brough / Reuters Frankfurt 1-0 Antwerp Kamada, as group D leaders, scores against the bottom group. Rodgers described it earlier this season as a hybrid between Youri Tielemans and Wilfried Ndidi, saying he has traces of the strength and nous of the latter and the passing range of the former. He's not there yet, of course, but he showed some lightning and started tonight's game well. More blues broke out for Leicester just before kick-off when it was revealed that Jonny Evans had been injured and had to be replaced by Daniel Amartey in the starting XI. Leicester have been unusually ailing at times this season - especially in set pieces - and losing Evans is unlikely to help. Meanwhile, Leicester is trying to jump from the bottom of Group C to the top in the English Midlands. To do that, they have to beat Legia Warsaw, who have had a terrible run domestically - the worst in 85 years - but are proving to be quite annoying in this tournament, as they demonstrated in their 1-0 home win over Leicester in September. Tammy Abraham narrowly missed a Roma sitter and got into a mess when he missed a Roma shot from four yards against Zorya. Leicester has developed an uncomfortable habit of starting slowly - a habit Rodgers banned when he first took office - so they'll get stuck with their visitors this morning. But Legia is the first to threaten, because Slisz forces a parade of Schmeichel with a decent bang from 18 meters. It's a brilliant start for the Rangers as Morelos storms down to the right and hits a low cross that Kent gets almost at the end just for the keeper to intervene sharply. On the way to the winner, Spurs are caught in the field, Sanchez finishes again, Marosa jumps into him and for extra points he deflects the resulting shot over the goalkeeper! Here are the Rangers v Sparta Prague lineups that will have a huge impact on who will finish second behind Lyon in Group A. Here is Kári Tulinius again: “So Rennes-Vitesse finished 3: 3, Laborde went home with the match point. This gives the Spurs a nervous final day as they need to match or improve the Vitesse versus Mura score. You're up against a Stade Rennais team that has already qualified as group winners, but it's hard to say whether that's good or bad. "Yes - I wonder how Conte will play it. Galatasaray and Lazio finish first and second; To finish first, Lazio must beat Gala with two goals when they meet in Rome. Midtjylland scored a late winner! Crvena leads the group with 10 points and travels to Braga in the final game, second out of 9; Midtjylland is away with Ludogorets and has 8. Celtic joins the Conference League. Leverkusen wins the group, Betis comes second. West Ham wins the group; Genk must win against Rapid and hope Dinamo will lose to West Ham to finish second. Spurs have to compete against Rennes what Vitesse does against Mura. Spurs lost to Mura !, Celtic lost to Leverkusen, West Ham beat Rapid. Ralston is digging up a huge cross, someone, I don't see who, gets one foot on it, and Radetsky turns him around the post in slow motion! West Ham goes to the last sixteen! Noble opens his body and places a huge penalty in the right wing net, above the goalkeeper's jump. Mark Noble scores with a penalty in the empty Allianz Stadium. Photo: Lisi Niesner / Reuters If Celtic don't score, they'll make it into the last 32 of the Conference League. Celtic loses in midfield and moves too easily into the penalty area, a dink on the edge hits the volley of Diaby, who hits Hart. Moussa Diaby unleashes a volley that puts Leverkusen in the lead. Celtic have six minutes of added time to level; three left. One stroke apiece, neither of which matters; Marseille are out and Gala will take first and second place with Lazio in Rome. Perkins almost scores with his first touch! Coufal storms down to the right and pounds a blinding cross. Perkins gets up too, arching because he's a little behind him, but with a really good, solid header - he must think he scored a goal - I think he scored a goal, I'm half standing - but the keeper considers a brilliant response. Sonny Perkins comes excruciatingly close to scoring a goal on his debut. Provided Braga can hold out, Midtjylland is out and Braga and Red Star will sort the first and second between them. If they can't equalize then Celtic will be out but since I was tapping in front of the goal their fans know that every time they see Postecoglou's squad they see a team trying to do something good. Ah, a goal I missed: Milik pulled one back for Marseille, who are now 3-1 behind Galatasaray. Ralston's panicked clearance goes to the Leverkusen right and the flank is good, on the back post by Adli, I think, tapped so that Andrich Hart can drill in the legs. One point is okay for Celtic, but they have to persevere ... Photo: Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters Leverkusen - Celtic was a really good game. Both teams did it and .... David Moyes has sent Sonny Perkins, a 17-year-old striker, on his debut. Back in Rhine-Ruhr Hart made a few more saves, but Johnston only lost one counterattack. "How Spurs thirsted for that moment!" Peter Drury yells about a Conference League equalization in Mura. It's a nice finish that was pounded over the goalkeeper from an acute angle, but his side are still in trouble. Assuming Vitesse defeated Mura in the final round of the Games, Spurs would have to beat Rennes. Harry Kane equalized for the Spurs. Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters I didn't say much about Rapid-West Ham because there isn't much to say. West Ham is in control and they'll win the group tonight. Celtic picks up Jota and Forrest and brings Abada and Johnston. It looks like Group E is expecting a serious ending: Lazio will have to beat Galatasaray by two goals to get to the top. Gala are guaranteed a playoff spot, but if they can avoid a two-goal defeat in Rome they will move straight to the round of 16. Cameron Carter-Vickers has just been cautioned for a harmless foul and is now suspended for the Betis game. Hart throws at Forrest, he finds Bitton, who switches to Kyogo when Tapsoba slips, sp Kyogo moves one more to Jota, and he puts a left-footed drive absolutely deep in the back corner! Leverkusen will wonder what on earth is going on, but they are lagging behind! Jota celebrates with David Turnbull after taking Celtic into the lead. Photo: Lukas Schulze / Getty Images Earlier we talked about own goals, hence a forgotten classic on that day in 1990. Another thing that is very impressive about West Ham: They have changed eight players and are still making their way at Rapid. It's still 1-0 for Mura after 63 minutes. I forgot to say that Dele Alli was in a crush with the opposing goalkeeper in Mura, but nothing came of it. If the results remain unchanged, Red Star will lead the group tonight. If the score remains unchanged, Leverkusen still leads Group G with 10; Betis will also have 10; and Celtic will have nine. So I'm not sure what a win will change for the Hoops - they still have to win their last game and only finish second - probably - but the away team definitely doesn't see it that way. It will be very close in group F. WHAT A RESCUE JOE HART! Diaby storms into the box on the left and Hart saves his shot from an acute angle. Hart refuses to give it up, however, and dips into his feet on the leash to push them away! Ah, I'm glad Canales made it. But what can I say: imagine having to go into his locker room to shame him like the Spurs are doing now. When I was discussing with my editor what games I would watch, I jokingly said I would put Spurs on my phone if there were cheap sports and here we are. "The Rennes-Vitesse game deserves a mention," wrote Kári Tulinius via email. “Gaëtan Laborde has already scored a brace for Stade Rennais, but Daan Huisman has made up for the Arnhem team. It sounds like an exciting game and the result has all sorts of implications for Spurs, three behind the French club and one ahead of the Dutch. ”I had to watch the Vitesse-Spurs game professionally and I'm not sure whether I've ever hated a job more - and I was a trainee lawyer. But yes, Spurs will be in trouble if they lose here because Spurs will have to play Rennes last while Vitesse is at home against Mura. In Group G, Celtic is third, behind Leverkusen - who they won't be able to catch up if they win tonight - and Betis, who are three ahead. When that happens, Celtic will have to beat them by two goals or more than four if it's a win by one goal to get second. A long header and that's Yarmolenko's first start to the season! West Ham goes back to the top of the group! Andriy Yarmolenko rises to head the ball in Vienna. Hoffman pushes Yarmolenko for no reason, and here comes Mark Noble, flat cap and everything. Juranovic, still wobbling under the covers, gives the ball away and Diaby drives into the box, unleashes a terrible shot that falls from the close angle, then someone else - I don't know who - bangs the rebound against the post! Somehow, Celtic survive. Thanks to David Warren for letting me know that the tables I've been looking at all day have turned into live tables. Dinamo will finish second if both they and West Ham win. They've improved over the last 10 and Radetsky comes in for a cross, almost gets close to the ball but absolutely destroys Kyogo and that is sure to be a penalty! Oh my days this is a close deal Juranovic breaking off his pen, being under it to swim, and seeing it penetrate from the bottom of the bar. Ryan Sessegnon receives his second yellow card and is sent off for Spurs! I would love to enjoy that, really, but I feel for Sessegnon - being celebrated as a star, he struggles to achieve his supposed potential. He didn't get the ball, got the legs, and although I didn't think it was red, I saw Umgivun. Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC / Getty Images "I watch the game Rapid Vienna - West Ham United as Falco against London Calling!" Back in Leverkusen, Palacio started his career at Turnbull and was suspended. That was a yellow and a half these days. Diaby screeches on the counterattack in the Celtic half, but on the right in the penalty area he should shoot, but decides to cut back and the pass is cut off. Celtic are struggling to get everything going, but they only have residue and the firepower to cause a lot of aggro if they can just get their attackers on the ball. And while we are talking they step down to the right, but when the cross passes, Kossounou comes in front of Kyogo. The next corner is coming now, but it's a start. My WhatsApp pings and it's our London correspondent Jacob Steinberg who unites two of our previous topics: He advises that Joe Cole said West Ham had to deal with fans. It comes in general, and you have been specifically warned. Andrich races to a corner all Welsh is static so the defender has no chance and the ensuing header hits down and in. Robert Andrich jumps into the opening goal to head the ball. Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Gosh, one of the Rapid defenders has just made a terrible defensive header to prevent Bowen's corner kick against Dawson - a kind that you might neglect in the Sunday League would. Knowing that you will stick it past your own guardian. It costs another one, which Rapid makes clear, but they're right under the pump here. Speaking of West Ham, what I love about seeing them right now isn't even the results, it's their style. They play like a team that expects to win but doesn't think they're going to be given it. I think I wrote about something classically West Ham earlier this week, but here's a little more, courtesy of Daniel Barnett: “Can I treat you like a Radio 2 DJ and say hi to my father Ralph Barnett, West Ham sufferer, 77 years old? After years of pain and false hope, we were both delighted that our team was finally coming to Europe, and since my dad's last European night with the Hammers was the 1965 Wembley Cup final, we decided not to go to the next opportunity wait and go to a European away game. We booked flights from here in Israel, where we both live now, sorted the accommodations and even secured game tickets. And then - lockdown, three days before the big night. Do other readers have even more painful stories about missing a long-awaited gaming experience or waiting more than 56 years between games in the same competition? I hope you go to the playoffs or the round of 16. It's been a quiet start in Vienna, but West Ham are on the up and almost taking the lead as I type! Masuaku goes down left, crosses deep and hard - it's an excellent delivery - and Bowen just misses on the slide. That was very good of both - although I'm sure Bowen is disappointed that he missed, his run was great, a product of his jumping determination. Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Marseille will go out if they lose tonight, while Gala would have to lose to Lazio, with more than one goal or not 1- 0 to avoid completing the top if they can hold out. This is a beautiful goal, Horvat is dancing in Sanchez who slips like Charlie Chaplin and then unfolds a curler that swings right on the long post into the outside net! In Germany, Andrich has just thrown a header over the top after a corner. Celtic didn't want that, but Ferencvaros is bottom of group G with zero pwa. If Celtic wins both games they should at least make the playoffs. That is a huge goal. Braga currently leads the group with 9 points, while Midtjylland has eight points and so does Red Star - who play against the already eliminated Ludogorets. And there is the first lightning bolt from Frimpong, which bursts to the right but loses the road. When Leverkusen came to Parkhead, they gave up a 4-0 hiding place and looked in a class of their own - although it can be said that Celtic could well have equalized before their second goal. I bit the bullet apple and put Mura-Spurs on my phone so I'll keep you updated on any goals that emerge. How to do it, I'd love to take a look at Bryan Gil who I like the look of; it starts tonight. Unfortunately, there are no fans at Rapids Allianz Stadium - Austria is back in lockdown. Here come the teams! Lokomotiv Moscow also play early - they face Lazio - who are on the verge of losing their heads to Manchester United for sport and development. Back to Tapsoba, I've heard really good things about him. While ultimately it's not a head-to-head competition, both of them could be brilliant. But from the snapshot I heard while listening to Postecoglu, he seemed a top guy, and Cole confirmed that if you talk to everyone on the training ground, you will tell you that he is a great boy. I don't know if it's because I'm old, but seeing all these young guys who have the time of their lives is such an affirmative buzz. Postecoglu sounds very confident in their players and says they did well getting back into position after a bad start. BT shows VT by Jeremie Frimpong, formerly Celtic and now Leverkusen. He's been looking great lately and I'm really looking forward to seeing him and Edmond Tapsoba in particular. BT has Joe Cole in the studio which I'm excited about - he really is an excellent expert. If you tell you things you don't know or haven't noticed, don't take it or yourself too seriously, Rio Ferdinand calls “Ri”. Good morning everyone and welcome to the real soccer factories, another fascinating night of Europa League behavior. However, I fear that our initial task will be to take care of the household, so please be patient. Rather, the eight group winners advance to the round of 16, while the eight runners-up play in a two-legged playoff against one of the eight third-placed winners in the Champions League, each of which moves on to the winners. I don't think it's very fair, but it wasn't yet, and this should give us more DRAMA, Narrative, and MONEY MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY, so here we are. To finish second, the Rangers - under new coach Giovani van Bronckhorst - have to improve the performance of Sparta Prague - they lost the first meeting of the teams with 1-0 - and finish ahead of Brondby, who they are currently leading with two points. To finish second, the Rangers - under new coach Giovani van Bronckhorst - have to improve the performance of Sparta Prague - they lost the first meeting of the teams with 1-0 - and finish ahead of Brondby, who they are currently leading with two points. Monaco, Sociedad and PSV are fighting for the first two places with 8, 6 and 5 points respectively. Monaco, Sociedad and PSV are fighting for the first two places with 8, 6 and 5 points respectively. Spartak defeated Naples yesterday evening and led the group head-to-head with both teams with 7 points. Spartak defeated Naples yesterday evening and led the group head-to-head with both teams with 7 points. Frankfurt is guaranteed a playoff place with 10 points and wins the group in which they beat Antwerp, which are canceled. Frankfurt is guaranteed a playoff place with 10 points and wins the group in which they beat Antwerp, which are canceled. All four teams can still qualify. Galatasaray leads the group with 8 points and can eliminate Marseille with 4 points by defeating them. Lokomotiv has to beat Lazio with 5 points with 2 points to keep the chance of the playoffs. Braga, front runner with 9 points, can guarantee a playoff spot by beating Midtjylland with 5 points and if Crvena zvezda disagrees with his result with 7 points they secure the top spot. If both win, Midtjylland is out; Ludogorets are already out. Leverkusen secured the top spot with 10 points with a win over Celtic with 6 points, and if Betis wins with 7 points and Celtic does not win, Celtic is eliminated. Ferencvaros is gone with 0 points. West Ham is guaranteed a playoff spot with 10 points, and a win from the last two games leads to a top spot. Zagreb with 6 points, Genk with 4 points and Rapid with 3 points all stay in the race. Oh yes, and the Conference League is also taking place. Spurs are second in their group with 7 points behind Rennes with 10 points and can be seen at Mura at 5.45 pm with 0 points; behind it sits Vitesse, with 6 points. When asked about Rice Rice's baby, Davey Moyes says he hears more about his social media than his soccer, and prefers to focus on the latter. He will play Bowen first but knows he can swap him out with Yarmolenko and while obviously disappointed in losing Angelo Ogbonna he has other good defenders to replace him with. He's hoping to win tonight so he can rest the players in the next game and wants to win the group too, but if he'd been offered European football in the New Year - as Ryan Giggs would say - he would have accepted. Good effort to get Postecoglou into a melody as well. What can I say, I really enjoy what Ange Postecoglou is doing with Celtic. Kyogo and Jota both look serious players, but beyond that it looks like he's wrapped the club in his personality, which means people - players and fans - are accepting his ideas. West Ham meanwhile makes eight changes. Areola, Masuaku, Diop, Coufal, Noble, Lanzini, Vlasic and Yarmolenko are added; Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Benrahma, Fornals and Antonio are eliminated, but Rice, Fornals and Benrahma sit on the bench. Celtic have made one change from their St. Johnstone win over the weekend, with James Forrest replacing Liel Abada. Leverkusen meanwhile leaves out Tapsoba, Sinkgraven, Demirbay and Amiri - all Bar Demirbay sit on the bench. I'll see Bayer Leverkusen against Celtic and Rapid Wien against West Ham, so here are the lineups (I think these should actually be lineups - someone who knows grammar can blame me):

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team qualifies for the knockout round of the Europa League

Match report when Rangers Spart defeated Prague 2-0 and reached the play-offs of the knockout round of the Europa League; Giovanni van Bronckhorst's first competitive game ends with a win; Alfredo Morelos secured second place in Group A behind Lyon with a double victory before the end of the game (Author: Gardener)

the Europa LeagueThe Rangers secured their place in the play-offs of the knockout round of the Europa League after Alfredo Morelos put his brace to start the Giovanni van Bronckhorst era with a 2-0 win against Sparta Prague at the Ibrox . Van Bronckhorst, watching from the dugout for the first time, got the hosts off to a great start and took the lead in the 15th minute thanks to Morelos' first goal. The visitors gave Morelos his second game right after the restart, but Rangers missed a number of chances in the second half to lose sight of the game. It took Van Bronckhorst a spectacular one-two save from former Ibrox team-mate Allan McGregor to maintain the Rangers' two-goal lead. The win ensures the Rangers, who will face a team that finished third in their Champions League group in the new year’s Europa League restart, ahead of their final game against Group A winners, Lyon, disappeared from the eyes of Brondby - and their 2: 1 total score against Sparta means that the Czech team cannot make up a three-point deficit. The home side got off to a brilliant start and Joe Aribo hit the bar after Ryan Kent slipped past two defenders and hit the ball back. The Romanian international helped the ball inside for Morelos, who swept home for the first time from 18 meters. Aribo soon had another big chance after a similar move, but with his side foot only inches off as Hagi's flank bounced invitingly around the six-yard line. McGregor was forced to a good post stop with his foot by Martin Minchev after Kent was beaten on the bye line. Kent had an excellent chance of doubling the lead when he wiped his marker to run on Connor Goldson's diagonal ball. The center-back attempted a high square pass over Morelos' head but only managed to get the Colombian to head from 10 yards. The Rangers soon cleared when Hagis Pass threw Kent away, but the winger's shot was blocked by goalkeeper Dominik Halec while Morelos searched for a square ball. Morelos saw a shot held between his feet after a low cross from Aribo and headed just over after his teammate returned the ball. Nathan Patterson replaced Hagi on the right flank before Aribo missed another excellent chance after being set up by Kent. At around the 70-minute mark, Sparta suddenly began creating opportunities. Adam Karabec saw a weak defense and then headed on both sides of Adam Hlozec, who stormed from 16 meters, just missed the goal. The Rangers looked ragged and McGregor came to their rescue with an excellent dive stop after a header before rescuing the follow-up with his leg while he was on the ground. “We were in the game from the very first minute. “We put pressure on with a good rhythm of the game and created opportunities. "We built enough chances in the first half to win the game in the first half. The Rangers have won two of their last three in Europe (U1) after having only one win in the previous eight (U2, 5 including Sparta Prague have lost) "for the first time since September 2016 three games in a row in the UEFA Europa League (without qualification) (also 3 in total) The Rangers have scored five goals in their last three European games, one more than in the last eight (4 incl. Morelos.) has scored 13 goals in European competitions for the Rangers (excl. He has scored 13 goals in the UEFA Europa League since the beginning of 2018/19, only Munas Dabbur (17), Bruno Fernandes (16) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14) can do better during this time, while Van Bronckhorst's team will come to Lyon for the last group game of the Europa League on Thursday, December 9th (kick-off at 5.45pm).

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Rangers versus Sparta Prague

A 2-0 win sent the Rangers into the playoff round. (Author: Gardener)

RangersA 2-0 win sent the Rangers into the playoff round. It was a successful return to Ibrox for Gio van Bronckhorst as his side pushed Sparta Prague aside to qualify for the Europa League round of 16. The Rangers wanted to impress in their new boss' first game and there was an amazing improvement after their loss to Hibs at Hampden. Alfredo Morelos fired her forward to get the party going, and Van Bronckhorst was visibly pleased with what he saw. From then on, the home side took control and Ryan Kent missed some big chances. But the result was beyond any realistic doubt when a terrible mistake by Sparta's Filip Panak hit Morelos' head for the second time. Gers' superior head-to-head race over Sparta now means that they cannot be overtaken in second place and will go into the knockout phase after Christmas. Follow all the LIVE reactions here. The Rangers have secured a spot in the Europa League round of 16 for the third year in a row. Gio van Bronckhorst's first game was a thrill when Alfredo Morelos scored twice. Rangers defend well, especially Patterson, and they calm the storm. And Rangers are almost there. Absolutely stunning from the Rangers goalkeeper, the second save Hlozek saves with his left foot is breathtaking. The Rangers are fighting hard and are five minutes away from qualifying. He had chances and Sparta are now looking for a crucial goal that will give them a chance to qualify on the sixth Mathcday ahead of Ibrox. But no goal and it's over. Sakala and Arfield feel like the right subs. The chance of the game for Sparta - and they screw it up. The sub nodded home at the back post, but got it all wrong. Hlozek is next to have a pop, but he fires over the counter. A great opportunity! Sparta can't do anything right Hlozek fell over his own feet when the chance to pull the trigger appeared. That came after a great pass from Aribo - who then kicked the ball into the box again, but Morelos could only shoot over it. So the 25-year-old looks in top form again. The Rangers retain total control - and the Colombian international wins a free kick. Sparta coughs up the ball and allows the hosts to hold onto the ball and keep their opponents going. And the ball drifts far after hitting Krecji. Rangers are all over their opponents and it feels like a third goal is coming. The pass to Morelos was free, but the Englishman was keen to try. Sparta was really terrible in the back, but you still have to take your chances if they come. Gosh, that was awful from Panak - a duff-wedge shot over his six-yard box. Decent exertion from a tight angle, but it drifts a long way. Yes, a second goal will get them to the round of 16, but there's no point rushing into a game they control. Morelos looking for more, but the talisman visibly winced as it grabbed his knee at the end of the first half. Alfredo Morelos once again showed his worth on the European stage when he gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at break. They started quickly, but Sparta managed to push their way back into this game by will rather than quality. Gio Van Bronckhorst will be happy, but he knows that the works will remain. That short break offered a chance to regroup and Sparta was inefficient at getting the ball forward. The Rangers are in control but Sparta have improved but are still sloppy with the ball. Van Bronckhorst will want more but will be pleased with the efforts of his team. From a direct free kick - that was a terrible attempt from a dangerous position. It comes with Sparta finally starting to grit its teeth. Rangers are held back for the first time and must find a way out. He moves Hagi inside as number 10 and that moves Aribo right. It comes after Van Bronckhorst and Roy Makaay are embroiled in conversations about how to tweak things. Kamara is in shape and his latest winning tackle takes Kent away, Barisic's deflected cross makes the keeper flutter. But a silence overcomes Ibrox when Morelos is left in a crumpled heap after colliding with Hancko. Her passing game is decent in part, but her form is terrible - there are serious gaps behind her defensive line. But the Rangers have had some hairy moments, including Tavernier's loaded back pass, which McGregor does well to clear. A decision his manager, after his reaction, seems to believe he was wrong. Rangers look a lot better than their rivals so far. Morelos in particular is back to the striker fans love. He interferes, joins his teammates and scores goals - this is the player who is revered in this old stadium. We played 22 minutes and the Rangers are leading against their rivals for the second round of the Europa League.

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Live text updates: Rangers 2-0 Sparta Prague

Live text updates: Rangers 2-0 Sparta Prague (Author: Gardener)

Rangers 2-0 Sparta PragueReporting on the group stage clash of the Europa League between Rangers and Sparta Prague. Joe Aribo - Rangers - hits the bar with his left foot from the center of the box. Assist - Ryan Kent. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - Right footed shot from the center of the box, left corner. Preparatory work - Ianis Hagi. Missed opportunity. Joe Aribo - Rangers - left footed shot from the center of the box is just missed. Preparatory work - Ianis Hagi with a cross. New attack attempt. Martin Minchev - Sparta Prague - right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the right corner by the goalkeeper. Preparatory work - Lukás Haraslín, missed opportunity. Lukás Haraslín - Sparta Prague - right footed shot from outside the box is high and the shot is blocked. Lukás Haraslín - Sparta Prague - left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Preparatory work - Martin Minchev. Missed opportunity. Ryan Kent - Rangers right footed shot from the left side of the box just misses. Assist - Connor Goldson.Goal! Rangers 2, Sparta Prague 0. Rangers 2, Sparta Prague 0. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - Header from the center of the box, right corner. Offside - Rangers. Allan McGregor with a pass but Alfredo Morelos is offside. New attack attempt. Ryan Kent - Rangers - right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the box by the goalkeeper. Assist - Ianis Hagi. Joe Aribo - Rangers - has been awarded a free kick on the right wing. A shot is blocked. Ryan Kent - Rangers - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Preparatory work - Joe Aribo. Lukás Haraslín - Sparta Prague - has been awarded a free kick on the right wing. Filip Panák - Sparta Prague - Shot with a right footed shot from the center of the box, but the ball misses to the left. New attack attempt. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - right footed shot from the right inside the box is saved by the goalkeeper on the left. Assist - Ianis Hagi. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - won a free kick on the right wing and tried again. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - right footed shot from the center of the box by the goalkeeper in the center of the box. Missed chance. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - shot with a head from the center of the box, just missed the goal. Assist - Joe Aribo with a cross. Offside - Sparta Prague. Borek Dockal with pass, Adam Hlozek is offside. Joe Aribo - Rangers left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assist - Ryan Kent. New attack attempt. Adam Karabec - Sparta Prague - left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Adam Hlozek - Sparta Prague - right footed shot from the left side of the penalty area, but the marble goes up and wide to the right. Preparatory work - Dávid Hancko, offside - Rangers. Ryan Kent with a pass but Nathan Patterson is offside. Missed opportunity. Adam Karabec - Sparta Prague - header in the six-yard area - left side but the ball just misses to the left. Preparatory work - David Moberg-Karlsson with a cross. Offside - Sparta Prague. Tomás Wiesner with a pass, but Borek Dockal is offside. New attack attempt. Ladislav Krejci II - Sparta Prague - Head shot from a few meters is held in the upper center of the goal. Assist - Adam Karabec. New attack attempt. Matej Pulkrab - Sparta Prague - A shot with the head from a few meters is held by the goalkeeper in the middle of the goal. Missed chance. David Pavelka - Sparta Prague - headed from the center of the box, but missed a corner to the left. Get the latest transfer news, game previews, and news straight to your inbox! How Barcelona could face Villarreal, Barcelona's Pedri "ruled out for the rest of the year" 103 new items on the final day; last new at 00:00 am China hits WTA over "malicious exaggeration" of Peng Shuai case, still concerned about Peng Shuai despite IOC call Government says yes to new Spanish GP contract Dave Joerger resigns from 76ers to get one Canelo undergo cancer treatment to move up cruiserweight to face the 2020 Paralympics in Makabu Tokyo with a colorful and powerful opening ceremony Jesy Nelson speaks to Little Mix about "sad" aftermath

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Alfredo Morelo's double gives Giovanni van Bronckhorst the ideal and seals the knockout qualification of the Europa League

When Giovanni van Bronckhorst supplied the new coach the Rangers needed, Alfredo Morelos produced a well-known Europa League narrative. (Author: Gardener)

Giovanni van BronckhorstWhen Giovanni van Bronckhorst supplied the new coach the Rangers needed, Alfredo Morelos produced a well-known Europa League narrative. After his memorable return to Ibrox for the Dutch coach, whose name was chanted long and loud by a cheering home crowd, the Colombian striker was once again the talisman of the tournament when his doubles defeated Sparta Prague and secured a spot in the knockout stage third time in a row. © GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Rangers' Alfredo Morelos scores his team's first goal from the consistent base, it will undoubtedly improve the early stages of his tenure. © Rangers 'Nigerian midfielder Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (R) watches his shot hit the crossbar during the UEFA E ... Coupled with Brondby's home defeat to Group A winners Lyon, Rangers' victory means that they are now guaranteed to advance to second place because of their superior head-to-head record against Sparta. Van Bronckhorst had promised Rangers supporters that under his guidance they would see a difference in the approach and style of their team, and the first signs indicated that he would deliver on that promise. With Steven Davis and Glen Kamara as seated midfielders, Hagi and Ryan Kent flanked Joe Aribo in the advanced trio that supported central striker Morelos. Aribo seemed to be enjoying his new role and was instrumental in a dynamic start to the game, with the Rangers nearly breaking through in the first 15 seconds when Hagi Morelos sent a clear down on the right to collect the ball in front of Kent . The Rangers' passing pace was noticeably faster than the entire season, while they also tried to get the ball into the storms with greater urgency. Kent's meandering run into the Sparta box resulted in him holding the ball back for Aribo, who took a touch before sending a rising shot against the crossbar. James Tavernier cleverly combined with Hagi to send the Romanian free right. His low cross found Morelos, who had the time and space to direct a precise low shot over Holec's right hand into the corner of the net. Eight minutes later the lead should have been doubled when the clash between Tavernier and Hagi on the right brought the Sparta defense into all sorts of difficulties again. While Hagi's cross ricocheted off a bit awkwardly as it hit Aribo, the Nigerian international felt he should have done better than narrowly throwing his shot. Sparta worked their way back into the game bit by bit with the duo Tomas Weisner and Lukas Haraslin over the right flank, which worried the Rangers more than once. They combined to get the visitors' best opening of the first half, and it required sharp intervention from Allan McGregor to deflect Martin Minchev's shot off his left post for a corner. After the Rangers lost some momentum before the break, the Rangers picked up again at the start of the second half and Kent rekindled the atmosphere at Ibrox as he stabbed inward and shot a shot just wide of Holec's left post. From the subsequent kick, Sparta got into an incredible mess to present Morelos with his second goal of the evening. David Pavelka put pressure on Filip Panak with a short pass when the center-back inexplicably tried to punch the ball over his own penalty area. The chances to extend the lead became more regular as Kent, Morelos and Aribo all skipped more than decent openings to secure the points. Without the convenience of a third goal, the Rangers ran the risk of conceding a goal that would have prolonged the race for second place in the group into the last round of the games. Then it took a stunning double save from McGregor, the 39-year-old somehow prevented the efforts of Ladislav Krejci and Matej Pulkrab at close range when Sparta pushed for the goal they needed to keep their hopes alive. The Rangers can now go to their last game on December 9th in Lyon, knowing that they can look forward to Europa League football after Christmas.

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Moussa Diaby scores the late winner to kick the guests out of the Europa League

Report that Moussa Diaby's later winner Celtic cannot make it into the knockout phase of the Europa League; Robert Andrich leads the hosts before Josip Juranovic and Jota turn the game in favor of the Celtics; Late goals by Andrich and Diaby win group for Bayer Leverkusen (Author: Gardener)

the Europa LeagueCeltic's joy turned into desperation when Bayer Leverkusen scored a 3-2 win in Germany with two late goals and condemned the guests to be eliminated from the group stage in the Europa League. With 10 minutes left, Celtic was on course for a breathtaking shock victory thanks to a penalty from Josip Juranovic and Jota's stylish finish on both sides of the half-time, until disaster catapulted them into the Europa Conference League. First, Robert Andrich shot on his second of the evening, having previously scored the goal from a corner to level after Amine Adli's break before a nice 20-yard volley from Moussa Diaby turned the game upside down and Celtic's hopes made the progression crash and secured the hosts first place in the group. Celtic looked reasonably comfortable in the early stages, although Cameron Carter-Vickers had to score a decisive equalizer from his own six-yard box when former Hoops right-back Jeremie Frimpong shot into the box and drilled a dangerous low ball across the face on goal in the 12th century. Minute. The guests ignored the warning from the former Leverkusen corner and fell behind in the 16th minute when Andrich headed another Wirtz proposal in front of Stephen Welsh. After the guests had been in the game for a long time, the guests equalized with a penalty in the 39th minute after a VAR review after Leverkusen's goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky carelessly tumbled into Kyogo when he tried to put an Jota cross into the box defend. Juranovic was lucky enough to get away with a mistake in the 44th minute when he gave the ball away cheaply just outside his penalty area and Moussa Diaby fired a powerful, angled half volley from the intersection of post and crossbar before Wirtz sent the rebound against the goal opposite post. Celtic suffered another major loss eight minutes into the break when Joe Hart made a brilliant one-two save against Diaby and then Amine Adli. Notably, Celtic took the lead in the 56th minute when Jota drilled a clinical low-angle shot from the box after being kicked off by Kyogo after a brilliant game by Forrest and Nir Bitton. But Andrich destroyed hopes in the 82nd minute, when he drilled a low shot through Hart's legs from 12 meters away after he had been prepared by substitute Nadiem Amiri. The hosts celebrated the victory in the 87th minute when Diaby shot home with a volley after a chipped pass from Wirtz. * Bayer Leverkusen have never lost a home game in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League in the last 15 games (S12 U3) - most of them without defeat in the history of the competition. * In the last four away games of the UEFA Europa League, Celtic have scored more than 2 goals in each of the last four away games, but won only one of those games (L3) and defeated Ferencvárosi TC 3-2 at the beginning of the month. * Since winning 1-0 at Rosenborg in November 2018, Celtic have conceded at least once in 26 of their 28 away UEFA Europa League games and in each of the last 11 such games in the competition. * Florian Wirtz was directly involved in ten goals in 13 games in the UEFA Europa League for Bayer Leverkusen (5 goals, 5 assists). * Robert Andrich has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Bayer Leverkusen in all competitions, more than in his first nine appearances this season (2). * Celtic's Josip Juranovic has had two shots on goal in the UEFA Europa League this season and he converted both penalties.

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Leicester - Legia Warsaw, Rangers - Sparta Prague

Get the latest on a busy night of European football with West Ham, Celtic, Leicester and the Rangers in action (Author: Gardener)

Leicester - Legia WarsawThis website uses cookies for analysis, personalized content and advertising. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Get the latest on a busy night of European football with West Ham, Celtic, Leicester and the Rangers in action. It looks like the King Power is shrouded in a sudden mist ... but in reality it's smoke from torches lit by Legia fans. Perez, who was recently introduced as a sub, persuades Barnes to walk down to the right. Once inside the box, Barnes picks up his left foot again and unleashes a powerful shot that a defender is good at parrying. Two minutes later Barnes is back inside, this time with clever passports with Daka ... "When I saw the game Rangers-Sparta Prague, I noticed that Roy Makaay was sitting next to Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the Ibrox shelter," coos Peter Oh. “I would like to thank both of them for great memories of great goals and impressive football moments in their playing time. Rangers 2-0 Sparta (Morelos 48) What a ridiculous goal! An absolutely ridiculous mistake in the back of Sparta gives the Rangers a goal and possibly a place in the knockout round! A defender banged the ball in front of his own goal and gave Morelos a simple header from close range into the net! Alfredo Morelos finds the network for his second of the evening. Photo: Scott Heppell / AP Monaco lead Group B 2-1 at home against Sociedad. And in the Europa Conference League, those glorious Norwegian invaders, Bodo-Glimt, are back above the Roma and on the automatic qualifying spot as they beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 at halftime. Leicester and Rangers played well in the first half, taking valuable but precarious leads. Two goals are also not enough for Leicester, as Legia has threatened every now and then and there is still some nervousness in the home defense. Sloppy Defense of Leicester! Amartey and Soyuncu hesitated when an attacker spun past them in the box. But Soyuncu recovered well and shot the ball free in front of his own goal. The Rangers have regained their glory after a Sparta pressure spell and look quite pleased with their leadership. The way they toss the ball around is impressive. Leicester 3-1 Legia (Ndidi 34) Happy mood is back! Maddison pings in a vicious corner, the goalkeeper gets lost and Ndidi gets up to throw a header into the net! Wilfred Ndidi climbs to third place for the Foxes. Photo: Andrew Kearns - CameraSport / CameraSport / Getty Images Maddison combined with Lookman, then mistaken a defender before shooting a left-footed shot into the net from 10 yards. Leicester is playing exactly as Rodgers would have hoped. James Maddison doubles the lead for Leicester. Photo: Jason Cairnduff / Action Images / Reuters TOR Leicester 2-1 Legia (Mladenovic 26) Leicester's happy mood suffers when Ndidi is punished for handball in the penalty area. Kasper Schmeichel saves the penalty, but Legia hits after the rebound. McGregor maintains the Rangers lead by doing a brilliant foot reaction to fend off an attempt at close range. Rangers 1-0 Sparta (Morelos 14) Gio van Bronckhorst's European adventure is in full swing! Hagi ran from the depths and was well selected, then shoved the ball towards Morelos, who easily swept it into the net from 18 yards. Alfredo Morelos gives the Rangers the edge. Photo: Russell Cheyne / Reuters Europa Conference League favorite Roma look like they could actually make it out of their pool as Perez gave them the lead against Zorya at home and put them at the top of Group C, at least temporarily. Leicester 1- 0 Legia (Daka) A skilled Zambian finish gives Leicester the perfect start! Thomas started the move by winning the ball halfway and bursting forward, then dumping it onto Barnes on the left. Barnes pounded into the field before a lucky ricochet put the ball in the way of Daka, who immediately knew what to do: turn, touch and drive past the goalkeeper before he had time to sit down. Patson Daka fires the Foxes into an early lead. Photo: Craig Brough / Reuters Photo: Craig Brough / Reuters Frankfurt 1-0 Antwerp Kamada, as group D leaders, scores against the bottom group. Rodgers described it earlier this season as a hybrid between Youri Tielemans and Wilfried Ndidi, saying he has traces of the strength and nous of the latter and the passing range of the former. He's not there yet, of course, but he showed some lightning and started tonight's game well. More blues broke out for Leicester just before kick-off when it was revealed that Jonny Evans had been injured and had to be replaced by Daniel Amartey in the starting XI. Leicester have been unusually ailing at times this season - especially in set pieces - and losing Evans is unlikely to help. Meanwhile, Leicester is trying to jump from the bottom of Group C to the top in the English Midlands. To do that, they have to beat Legia Warsaw, who have had a terrible run domestically - the worst in 85 years - but are proving to be quite annoying in this tournament, as they demonstrated in their 1-0 home win over Leicester in September. Tammy Abraham narrowly missed a Roma sitter and got into a mess when he missed a Roma shot from four yards against Zorya. Leicester has developed an uncomfortable habit of starting slowly - a habit Rodgers banned when he first took office - so they'll get stuck with their visitors this morning. But Legia is the first to threaten, because Slisz forces a parade of Schmeichel with a decent bang from 18 meters. It's a brilliant start for the Rangers as Morelos storms down to the right and hits a low cross that Kent gets almost at the end just for the keeper to intervene sharply. On the way to the winner, Spurs are caught in the field, Sanchez finishes again, Marosa jumps into him and for extra points he deflects the resulting shot over the goalkeeper! Here are the Rangers v Sparta Prague lineups that will have a huge impact on who will finish second behind Lyon in Group A. Here is Kári Tulinius again: “So Rennes-Vitesse finished 3: 3, Laborde went home with the match point. This gives the Spurs a nervous final day as they need to match or improve the Vitesse versus Mura score. You're up against a Stade Rennais team that has already qualified as group winners, but it's hard to say whether that's good or bad. "Yes - I wonder how Conte will play it. Galatasaray and Lazio finish first and second; To finish first, Lazio must beat Gala with two goals when they meet in Rome. Midtjylland scored a late winner! Crvena leads the group with 10 points and travels to Braga in the final game, second out of 9; Midtjylland is away with Ludogorets and has 8. Celtic joins the Conference League. Leverkusen wins the group, Betis comes second. West Ham wins the group; Genk must win against Rapid and hope Dinamo will lose to West Ham to finish second. Spurs have to compete against Rennes what Vitesse does against Mura. Spurs lost to Mura !, Celtic lost to Leverkusen, West Ham beat Rapid. Ralston is digging up a huge cross, someone, I don't see who, gets one foot on it, and Radetsky turns him around the post in slow motion! West Ham goes to the last sixteen! Noble opens his body and places a huge penalty in the right wing net, above the goalkeeper's jump. Mark Noble scores with a penalty in the empty Allianz Stadium. Photo: Lisi Niesner / Reuters If Celtic don't score, they'll make it into the last 32 of the Conference League. Celtic loses in midfield and moves too easily into the penalty area, a dink on the edge hits the volley of Diaby, who hits Hart. Moussa Diaby unleashes a volley that puts Leverkusen in the lead. Celtic have six minutes of added time to level; three left. One stroke apiece, neither of which matters; Marseille are out and Gala will take first and second place with Lazio in Rome. Perkins almost scores with his first touch! Coufal storms down to the right and pounds a blinding cross. Perkins gets up too, arching because he's a little behind him, but with a really good, solid header - he must think he scored a goal - I think he scored a goal, I'm half standing - but the keeper considers a brilliant response. Sonny Perkins comes excruciatingly close to scoring a goal on his debut. Provided Braga can hold out, Midtjylland is out and Braga and Red Star will sort the first and second between them. If they can't equalize then Celtic will be out but since I was tapping in front of the goal their fans know that every time they see Postecoglou's squad they see a team trying to do something good. Ah, a goal I missed: Milik pulled one back for Marseille, who are now 3-1 behind Galatasaray. Ralston's panicked clearance goes to the Leverkusen right and the flank is good, on the back post by Adli, I think, tapped so that Andrich Hart can drill in the legs. One point is okay for Celtic, but they have to persevere ... Photo: Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters Leverkusen - Celtic was a really good game. Both teams did it and .... David Moyes has sent Sonny Perkins, a 17-year-old striker, on his debut. Back in Rhine-Ruhr Hart made a few more saves, but Johnston only lost one counterattack. "How Spurs thirsted for that moment!" Peter Drury yells about a Conference League equalization in Mura. It's a nice finish that was pounded over the goalkeeper from an acute angle, but his side are still in trouble. Assuming Vitesse defeated Mura in the final round of the Games, Spurs would have to beat Rennes. Harry Kane equalized for the Spurs. Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters I didn't say much about Rapid-West Ham because there isn't much to say. West Ham is in control and they'll win the group tonight. Celtic picks up Jota and Forrest and brings Abada and Johnston. It looks like Group E is expecting a serious ending: Lazio will have to beat Galatasaray by two goals to get to the top. Gala are guaranteed a playoff spot, but if they can avoid a two-goal defeat in Rome they will move straight to the round of 16. Cameron Carter-Vickers has just been cautioned for a harmless foul and is now suspended for the Betis game. Hart throws at Forrest, he finds Bitton, who switches to Kyogo when Tapsoba slips, sp Kyogo moves one more to Jota, and he puts a left-footed drive absolutely deep in the back corner! Leverkusen will wonder what on earth is going on, but they are lagging behind! Jota celebrates with David Turnbull after taking Celtic into the lead. Photo: Lukas Schulze / Getty Images Earlier we talked about own goals, hence a forgotten classic on that day in 1990. Another thing that is very impressive about West Ham: They have changed eight players and are still making their way at Rapid. It's still 1-0 for Mura after 63 minutes. I forgot to say that Dele Alli was in a crush with the opposing goalkeeper in Mura, but nothing came of it. If the results remain unchanged, Red Star will lead the group tonight. If the score remains unchanged, Leverkusen still leads Group G with 10; Betis will also have 10; and Celtic will have nine. So I'm not sure what a win will change for the Hoops - they still have to win their last game and only finish second - probably - but the away team definitely doesn't see it that way. It will be very close in group F. WHAT A RESCUE JOE HART! Diaby storms into the box on the left and Hart saves his shot from an acute angle. Hart refuses to give it up, however, and dips into his feet on the leash to push them away! Ah, I'm glad Canales made it. But what can I say: imagine having to go into his locker room to shame him like the Spurs are doing now. When I was discussing with my editor what games I would watch, I jokingly said I would put Spurs on my phone if there were cheap sports and here we are. "The Rennes-Vitesse game deserves a mention," wrote Kári Tulinius via email. “Gaëtan Laborde has already scored a brace for Stade Rennais, but Daan Huisman has made up for the Arnhem team. It sounds like an exciting game and the result has all sorts of implications for Spurs, three behind the French club and one ahead of the Dutch. ”I had to watch the Vitesse-Spurs game professionally and I'm not sure whether I've ever hated a job more - and I was a trainee lawyer. But yes, Spurs will be in trouble if they lose here because Spurs will have to play Rennes last while Vitesse is at home against Mura. In Group G, Celtic is third, behind Leverkusen - who they won't be able to catch up if they win tonight - and Betis, who are three ahead. When that happens, Celtic will have to beat them by two goals or more than four if it's a win by one goal to get second. A long header and that's Yarmolenko's first start to the season! West Ham goes back to the top of the group! Andriy Yarmolenko rises to head the ball in Vienna. Hoffman pushes Yarmolenko for no reason, and here comes Mark Noble, flat cap and everything. Juranovic, still wobbling under the covers, gives the ball away and Diaby drives into the box, unleashes a terrible shot that falls from the close angle, then someone else - I don't know who - bangs the rebound against the post! Somehow, Celtic survive. Thanks to David Warren for letting me know that the tables I've been looking at all day have turned into live tables. Dinamo will finish second if both they and West Ham win. They've improved over the last 10 and Radetsky comes in for a cross, almost gets close to the ball but absolutely destroys Kyogo and that is sure to be a penalty! Oh my days this is a close deal Juranovic breaking off his pen, being under it to swim, and seeing it penetrate from the bottom of the bar. Ryan Sessegnon receives his second yellow card and is sent off for Spurs! I would love to enjoy that, really, but I feel for Sessegnon - being celebrated as a star, he struggles to achieve his supposed potential. He didn't get the ball, got the legs, and although I didn't think it was red, I saw Umgivun. Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC / Getty Images "I watch the game Rapid Vienna - West Ham United as Falco against London Calling!" Back in Leverkusen, Palacio started his career at Turnbull and was suspended. That was a yellow and a half these days. Diaby screeches on the counterattack in the Celtic half, but on the right in the penalty area he should shoot, but decides to cut back and the pass is cut off. Celtic are struggling to get everything going, but they only have residue and the firepower to cause a lot of aggro if they can just get their attackers on the ball. And while we are talking they step down to the right, but when the cross passes, Kossounou comes in front of Kyogo. The next corner is coming now, but it's a start. My WhatsApp pings and it's our London correspondent Jacob Steinberg who unites two of our previous topics: He advises that Joe Cole said West Ham had to deal with fans. It comes in general, and you have been specifically warned. Andrich races to a corner all Welsh is static so the defender has no chance and the ensuing header hits down and in. Robert Andrich jumps into the opening goal to head the ball. Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Gosh, one of the Rapid defenders has just made a terrible defensive header to prevent Bowen's corner kick against Dawson - a kind that you might neglect in the Sunday League would. Knowing that you will stick it past your own guardian. It costs another one, which Rapid makes clear, but they're right under the pump here. Speaking of West Ham, what I love about seeing them right now isn't even the results, it's their style. They play like a team that expects to win but doesn't think they're going to be given it. I think I wrote about something classically West Ham earlier this week, but here's a little more, courtesy of Daniel Barnett: “Can I treat you like a Radio 2 DJ and say hi to my father Ralph Barnett, West Ham sufferer, 77 years old? After years of pain and false hope, we were both delighted that our team was finally coming to Europe, and since my dad's last European night with the Hammers was the 1965 Wembley Cup final, we decided not to go to the next opportunity wait and go to a European away game. We booked flights from here in Israel, where we both live now, sorted the accommodations and even secured game tickets. And then - lockdown, three days before the big night. Do other readers have even more painful stories about missing a long-awaited gaming experience or waiting more than 56 years between games in the same competition? I hope you go to the playoffs or the round of 16. It's been a quiet start in Vienna, but West Ham are on the up and almost taking the lead as I type! Masuaku goes down left, crosses deep and hard - it's an excellent delivery - and Bowen just misses on the slide. That was very good of both - although I'm sure Bowen is disappointed that he missed, his run was great, a product of his jumping determination. Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Marseille will go out if they lose tonight, while Gala would have to lose to Lazio, with more than one goal or not 1- 0 to avoid completing the top if they can hold out. This is a beautiful goal, Horvat is dancing in Sanchez who slips like Charlie Chaplin and then unfolds a curler that swings right on the long post into the outside net! In Germany, Andrich has just thrown a header over the top after a corner. Celtic didn't want that, but Ferencvaros is bottom of group G with zero pwa. If Celtic wins both games they should at least make the playoffs. That is a huge goal. Braga currently leads the group with 9 points, while Midtjylland has eight points and so does Red Star - who play against the already eliminated Ludogorets. And there is the first lightning bolt from Frimpong, which bursts to the right but loses the road. When Leverkusen came to Parkhead, they gave up a 4-0 hiding place and looked in a class of their own - although it can be said that Celtic could well have equalized before their second goal. I bit the bullet apple and put Mura-Spurs on my phone so I'll keep you updated on any goals that emerge. How to do it, I'd love to take a look at Bryan Gil who I like the look of; it starts tonight. Unfortunately, there are no fans at Rapids Allianz Stadium - Austria is back in lockdown. Here come the teams! Lokomotiv Moscow also play early - they face Lazio - who are on the verge of losing their heads to Manchester United for sport and development. Back to Tapsoba, I've heard really good things about him. While ultimately it's not a head-to-head competition, both of them could be brilliant. But from the snapshot I heard while listening to Postecoglu, he seemed a top guy, and Cole confirmed that if you talk to everyone on the training ground, you will tell you that he is a great boy. I don't know if it's because I'm old, but seeing all these young guys who have the time of their lives is such an affirmative buzz. Postecoglu sounds very confident in their players and says they did well getting back into position after a bad start. BT shows VT by Jeremie Frimpong, formerly Celtic and now Leverkusen. He's been looking great lately and I'm really looking forward to seeing him and Edmond Tapsoba in particular. BT has Joe Cole in the studio which I'm excited about - he really is an excellent expert. If you tell you things you don't know or haven't noticed, don't take it or yourself too seriously, Rio Ferdinand calls “Ri”. Good morning everyone and welcome to the real soccer factories, another fascinating night of Europa League behavior. However, I fear that our initial task will be to take care of the household, so please be patient. Rather, the eight group winners advance to the round of 16, while the eight runners-up play in a two-legged playoff against one of the eight third-placed winners in the Champions League, each of which moves on to the winners. I don't think it's very fair, but it wasn't yet, and this should give us more DRAMA, Narrative, and MONEY MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY, so here we are. To finish second, the Rangers - under new coach Giovani van Bronckhorst - have to improve the performance of Sparta Prague - they lost the first meeting of the teams with 1-0 - and finish ahead of Brondby, who they are currently leading with two points. To finish second, the Rangers - under new coach Giovani van Bronckhorst - have to improve the performance of Sparta Prague - they lost the first meeting of the teams with 1-0 - and finish ahead of Brondby, who they are currently leading with two points. Monaco, Sociedad and PSV are fighting for the first two places with 8, 6 and 5 points respectively. Monaco, Sociedad and PSV are fighting for the first two places with 8, 6 and 5 points respectively. Spartak defeated Naples yesterday evening and led the group head-to-head with both teams with 7 points. Spartak defeated Naples yesterday evening and led the group head-to-head with both teams with 7 points. Frankfurt is guaranteed a playoff place with 10 points and wins the group in which they beat Antwerp, which are canceled. Frankfurt is guaranteed a playoff place with 10 points and wins the group in which they beat Antwerp, which are canceled. All four teams can still qualify. Galatasaray leads the group with 8 points and can eliminate Marseille with 4 points by defeating them. Lokomotiv has to beat Lazio with 5 points with 2 points to keep the chance of the playoffs. Braga, front runner with 9 points, can guarantee a playoff spot by beating Midtjylland with 5 points and if Crvena zvezda disagrees with his result with 7 points they secure the top spot. If both win, Midtjylland is out; Ludogorets are already out. Leverkusen secured the top spot with 10 points with a win over Celtic with 6 points, and if Betis wins with 7 points and Celtic does not win, Celtic is eliminated. Ferencvaros is gone with 0 points. West Ham is guaranteed a playoff spot with 10 points, and a win from the last two games leads to a top spot. Zagreb with 6 points, Genk with 4 points and Rapid with 3 points all stay in the race. Oh yes, and the Conference League is also taking place. Spurs are second in their group with 7 points behind Rennes with 10 points and can be seen at Mura at 5.45 pm with 0 points; behind it sits Vitesse, with 6 points. When asked about Rice Rice's baby, Davey Moyes says he hears more about his social media than his soccer, and prefers to focus on the latter. He will play Bowen first but knows he can swap him out with Yarmolenko and while obviously disappointed in losing Angelo Ogbonna he has other good defenders to replace him with. He's hoping to win tonight so he can rest the players in the next game and wants to win the group too, but if he'd been offered European football in the New Year - as Ryan Giggs would say - he would have accepted. Good effort to get Postecoglou into a melody as well. What can I say, I really enjoy what Ange Postecoglou is doing with Celtic. Kyogo and Jota both look serious players, but beyond that it looks like he's wrapped the club in his personality, which means people - players and fans - are accepting his ideas. West Ham meanwhile makes eight changes. Areola, Masuaku, Diop, Coufal, Noble, Lanzini, Vlasic and Yarmolenko are added; Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Benrahma, Fornals and Antonio are eliminated, but Rice, Fornals and Benrahma sit on the bench. Celtic have made one change from their St. Johnstone win over the weekend, with James Forrest replacing Liel Abada. Leverkusen meanwhile leaves out Tapsoba, Sinkgraven, Demirbay and Amiri - all Bar Demirbay sit on the bench. I'll see Bayer Leverkusen against Celtic and Rapid Wien against West Ham, so here are the lineups (I think these should actually be lineups - someone who knows grammar can blame me):

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Bayer Leverkusen scores twice in the final minutes to eliminate Celtic

The guests led 2-1 eight minutes before the end of the game, but lost 3-2 in five minutes after two goals (Author: Gardener)

Bayer LeverkusenCeltic's hopes of advancing in the Europa League were tortured when a late race to catch up from Bayer Leverkusen denied them a famous win in Germany. Ange Postecoglou's spirited side knew they would likely need a win to keep their dream of the last 32 alive and they stayed that way until the very end after a penalty from Josip Juranovic and a goal from Iota Robert Andrichs destroyed an early goal for the hosts. Celtic have made a change to the side that defeated St. Johnstone in the Premier Sports Cup semifinals last weekend. Celtic looked reasonably comfortable in the early stages, although Cameron Carter-Vickers had to score a decisive equalizer from his own six-yard box when former Hoops right-back Jeremie Frimpong shot into the box and drilled a dangerous low ball across the face on goal in the 12th century. Minute. The guests ignored the warning from the former Leverkusen corner and fell behind in the 16th minute when Andrich headed another Wirtz proposal in front of Stephen Welsh. Celtic made a rare push forward in the 35th minute, which resulted in David Turnbull dropping a through pass for Kyogo Furuhashi. After the guests had been in the game for a long time, the guests equalized with a penalty in the 39th minute after a VAR review after Leverkusen's goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky carelessly tumbled into Kyogo when he tried to put an Jota cross into the box defend. Juranovic was lucky enough to get away with a mistake in the 44th minute when he gave the ball away cheaply just outside his penalty area and Moussa Diaby fired a powerful, angled half volley from the intersection of post and crossbar before Wirtz sent the rebound against the goal opposite post. Celtic suffered another major loss eight minutes into the break when Joe Hart made a brilliant one-two save against Diaby and then Amine Adli. Notably, Celtic took the lead in the 56th minute when Jota drilled a clinical low-angle shot from the box after being kicked off by Kyogo after a brilliant game by Forrest and Nir Bitton. Hart made a couple of saves to fend off Adli as the Scots began to believe they could get closer to their first win in Germany. But Andrich destroyed hopes in the 82nd minute, when he drilled a low shot through Hart's legs from 12 meters away after he had been prepared by substitute Nadiem Amiri. And the hosts celebrated victory in the 87th minute when Diaby shot home with a volley after a chipped pass from Wirtz. West Ham moved into the second round of the Europa League with one game before the end of their 2-0 win at Rapid Vienna. Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Mark Noble in the first half secured David Moyes' side first place in Group H. It was an important win for the Hammers as they now go straight to the knockout round after playing a play in February -off against a team eliminated from the Champions League. With Vienna under a new coronavirus lockdown, the game was played in an empty stadium, meaning Rapid couldn't ask their boisterous fans to pick them up, and West Ham just had too much class. They got almost the perfect start when Arthur Masuaku shot a flat cross into the box to make the sliding Jarrod Bowen just miss after five minutes. Their dominance finally betrayed six minutes before the break when Vlasic crossed from the left and Yarmolenko went over the net with a simple header. It was the first Hammers goal since January for the Ukrainian international, who has only played 52 minutes in the Premier League this season. Yarmolenko had a great hand with the second goal in stoppage time in the first half after he had turned Rapid skipper Maximilian Hofmann in the penalty area and brought him down. After the break, Bowen's quick feet caught three defenders in the penalty area, but his shot went straight to Rapid goalkeeper Paul Gartler. Gartler also denied Tomas Soucek before Bowen's successor was blocked on the line. Youthful striker Sonny Perkins was substituted on for his Hammers debut and almost scored a goal when he hit Vladimir Coufal's cross with a fine header, but Gartler made a stunning reflex and West Ham had to settle for two.

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Rapid Vienna - West Ham, Leverkusen - Celtic

Get the latest on a busy night of European football with West Ham, Celtic, Leicester and the Rangers in action (Author: Gardener)

ViennaThis website uses cookies for analysis, personalized content and advertising. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Get the latest on a busy night of European football with West Ham, Celtic, Leicester and the Rangers in action. If they can't equalize then Celtic will be out but since I was tapping in front of the goal their fans know that every time they see Postecoglou's squad they see a team trying to do something good. Ah, a goal I missed: Milik pulled one back for Marseille, who are now 3-1 behind Galatasaray. Celtic loses in midfield and moves too easily into the penalty area, a dink on the edge hits the volley of Diaby, who hits Hart. Sick for Celtic! Ralston's panicked clearance goes to the Leverkusen right and the flank is good, on the back post by Adli, I think, tapped so that Andrich Hart can drill in the legs. One point is okay for Celtic, but they have to persevere ... Photo: Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters Leverkusen - Celtic was a really good game. Coufal storms down to the right and pounds a blinding cross. Perkins gets up too, arching because he's a little behind him, but with a really good, solid header - he must think he scored a goal - I think he scored a goal, I'm half standing - but the keeper considers a brilliant response. David Moyes has sent Sonny Perkins, a 17-year-old striker, on his debut. "How Spurs thirsted for that moment!" Peter Drury yells about a Conference League equalization in Mura. It's a nice finish that was pounded over the goalkeeper from an acute angle, but his side are still in trouble. Assuming Vitesse defeated Mura in the final round of the Games, Spurs would have to beat Rennes. Harry Kane equalized for the Spurs. Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters I didn't say much about Rapid-West Ham because there isn't much to say. West Ham is in control and they'll win the group tonight. Celtic picks up Jota and Forrest and brings Abada and Johnston. It looks like Group E is expecting a serious ending: Lazio will have to beat Galatasaray by two goals to get to the top. Gala are guaranteed a playoff spot, but if they can avoid a two-goal defeat in Rome they will move straight to the round of 16. Cameron Carter-Vickers has just been cautioned for a harmless foul and is now suspended for the Betis game. Hart throws at Forrest, he finds Bitton, who switches to Kyogo when Tapsoba slips, sp Kyogo moves one more to Jota, and he puts a left-footed drive absolutely deep in the back corner! Leverkusen will wonder what on earth is going on, but they are lagging behind! Jota celebrates with David Turnbull after taking Celtic into the lead. Photo: Lukas Schulze / Getty Images Earlier we talked about own goals, hence a forgotten classic on that day in 1990. Another thing that is very impressive about West Ham: They have changed eight players and are still making their way at Rapid. It's still 1-0 for Mura after 63 minutes. I forgot to say that Dele Alli was in a crush with the opposing goalkeeper in Mura, but nothing came of it. If the results remain unchanged, Red Star will lead the group tonight. If the score remains unchanged, Leverkusen still leads Group G with 10; Betis will also have 10; and Celtic will have nine. So I'm not sure what a win will change for the Hoops - they still have to win their last game and only finish second - probably - but the away team definitely doesn't see it that way. It will be very close in group F. WHAT A RESCUE JOE HART! Diaby storms into the box on the left and Hart saves his shot from an acute angle. Hart refuses to give it up, however, and dips into his feet on the leash to push them away! Ah, I'm glad Canales made it. But what can I say: imagine having to go into his locker room to shame him like the Spurs are doing now. When I was discussing with my editor what games I would watch, I jokingly said I would put Spurs on my phone if there were cheap sports and here we are. "The Rennes-Vitesse game deserves a mention," wrote Kári Tulinius via email. “Gaëtan Laborde has already scored a brace for Stade Rennais, but Daan Huisman has made up for the Arnhem team. It sounds like an exciting game and the result has all sorts of implications for Spurs, three behind the French club and one ahead of the Dutch. ”I had to watch the Vitesse-Spurs game professionally and I'm not sure whether I've ever hated a job more - and I was a trainee lawyer. But yes, Spurs will be in trouble if they lose here because Spurs will have to play Rennes last while Vitesse is at home against Mura. West Ham goes to the last sixteen! Noble opens his body and places a huge penalty in the right wing net, above the goalkeeper's jump. Mark Noble scores with a penalty in the empty Allianz Stadium. Photo: Lisi Niesner / Reuters In Group G, Celtic is in third place behind Leverkusen - which they won't be able to catch up tonight if they don't win - and Betis, who are three ahead. When that happens, Celtic will have to beat them by two goals or more than four if it's a win by one goal to get second. A long header and that's Yarmolenko's first start to the season! West Ham goes back to the top of the group! Andriy Yarmolenko rises to head the ball in Vienna. Hoffman pushes Yarmolenko for no reason, and here comes Mark Noble, flat cap and everything. Juranovic, still wobbling under the covers, gives the ball away and Diaby drives into the box, unleashes a terrible shot that falls from the close angle, then someone else - I don't know who - bangs the rebound against the post! Somehow, Celtic survive. Thanks to David Warren for letting me know that the tables I've been looking at all day have turned into live tables. Dinamo will finish second if both they and West Ham win. They've improved over the last 10 and Radetsky comes in for a cross, almost gets close to the ball but absolutely destroys Kyogo and that is sure to be a penalty! Oh my days this is a close deal Juranovic breaking off his pen, being under it to swim, and seeing it penetrate from the bottom of the bar. Ryan Sessegnon receives his second yellow card and is sent off for Spurs! I would love to enjoy that, really, but I feel for Sessegnon - being celebrated as a star, he struggles to achieve his supposed potential. He didn't get the ball, got the legs, and although I didn't think it was red, I saw Umgivun. Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC / Getty Images "I watch the game Rapid Vienna - West Ham United as Falco against London Calling!" Back in Leverkusen, Palacio started his career at Turnbull and was suspended. That was a yellow and a half these days. Diaby screeches on the counterattack in the Celtic half, but on the right in the penalty area he should shoot, but decides to cut back and the pass is cut off. Celtic are struggling to get everything going, but they only have residue and the firepower to cause a lot of aggro if they can just get their attackers on the ball. And while we are talking they step down to the right, but when the cross passes, Kossounou comes in front of Kyogo. The next corner is coming now, but it's a start. My WhatsApp pings and it's our London correspondent Jacob Steinberg who unites two of our previous topics: He advises that Joe Cole said West Ham had to deal with fans. It comes in general, and you have been specifically warned. Andrich races to a corner all Welsh is static so the defender has no chance and the ensuing header hits down and in. Robert Andrich jumps into the opening goal to head the ball. Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Gosh, one of the Rapid defenders just made a terrible defensive header to prevent Bowen's corner kick against Dawson - a type you might neglect in the Sunday League because you know that you will keep them past your own guardian. It costs another one, which Rapid makes clear, but they're right under the pump here. Speaking of West Ham, what I love about seeing them right now isn't even the results, it's their style. They play like a team that expects to win but doesn't think they're going to be given it. I think I wrote about something classically West Ham earlier this week, but here's a little more, courtesy of Daniel Barnett: “Can I treat you like a Radio 2 DJ and say hi to my father Ralph Barnett, West Ham sufferer, 77 years old? After years of pain and false hope, we were both delighted that our team was finally coming to Europe, and since my dad's last European night with the Hammers was the 1965 Wembley Cup final, we decided not to go to the next opportunity wait and go to a European away game. And then - lockdown, three days before the big night. Do other readers have even more painful stories about missing a long-awaited gaming experience or waiting more than 56 years between games in the same competition? I hope you go to the playoffs or the round of 16. It's been a quiet start in Vienna, but West Ham are on the up and almost taking the lead as I type! Masuaku goes down left, crosses deep and hard - it's an excellent delivery - and Bowen just misses on the slide. That was very good of both - although I'm sure Bowen is disappointed that he missed, his run was great, a product of his jumping determination. Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Marseille will be eliminated if they lose tonight, while Gala would have to lose against Lazio by more than one goal or not 1-0 to stay out of the lead land when they can hang down. This is a beautiful goal, Horvat is dancing in Sanchez who slips like Charlie Chaplin and then unfolds a curler that swings right on the long post into the outside net! In Germany, Andrich has just thrown a header over the top after a corner. Celtic didn't want that, but Ferencvaros is bottom of group G with zero pwa. If Celtic wins both games they should at least make the playoffs. That is a huge goal. Braga currently leads the group with 9 points, while Midtjylland has eight points and so does Red Star - who play against the already eliminated Ludogorets. When Leverkusen came to Parkhead, they gave up a 4-0 hiding place and looked in a class of their own - although it can be said that Celtic could well have equalized before their second goal. I bit the bullet apple and put Mura-Spurs on my phone so I'll keep you updated on any goals that emerge. How to do it, I'd love to take a look at Bryan Gil who I like the look of; it starts tonight. Unfortunately, there are no fans at Rapids Allianz Stadium - Austria is back in lockdown. Here come the teams! Lokomotiv Moscow also play early - they face Lazio - who are on the verge of losing their heads to Manchester United for sport and development. Back to Tapsoba, I've heard really good things about him. I think Liverpool will have looked at him before concluding that Konaté was the best of the young center-backs, but based on the little I've seen and heard more, I wouldn't be surprised if he proved that they are wrong. While ultimately it's not a head-to-head competition, both of them could be brilliant. But from the snapshot I heard while listening to Postecoglu, he seemed a top guy, and Cole confirmed that if you talk to everyone on the training ground, you will tell you that he is a great boy. I don't know if it's because I'm old, but seeing all these young guys who have the time of their lives is such an affirmative buzz. Postecoglu sounds very confident in their players and says they did well getting back into position after a bad start. BT shows VT by Jeremie Frimpong, formerly Celtic and now Leverkusen. He's been looking great lately and I'm really looking forward to seeing him and Edmond Tapsoba in particular. BT has Joe Cole in the studio which I'm excited about - he really is an excellent expert. If you tell you things you don't know or haven't noticed, don't take it or yourself too seriously, Rio Ferdinand calls “Ri”. Good morning everyone and welcome to the real soccer factories, another fascinating night of Europa League behavior. However, I fear that our initial task will be to take care of the household, so please be patient. Rather, the eight group winners advance to the round of 16, while the eight runners-up play in a two-legged playoff against one of the eight third-placed winners in the Champions League, each of which moves on to the winners. I don't think it's very fair, but it wasn't yet, and this should give us more DRAMA, Narrative, and MONEY MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY, so here we are. To finish second, the Rangers - under new coach Giovani van Bronckhorst - have to improve the performance of Sparta Prague - they lost the first meeting of the teams with 1-0 - and finish ahead of Brondby, who they are currently leading with two points. Monaco, Sociedad and PSV are fighting for the first two places with 8, 6 and 5 points respectively. All four teams can still move on. Spartak defeated Naples yesterday evening and led the group head-to-head with both teams with 7 points. Frankfurt is guaranteed a playoff place with 10 points and wins the group in which they beat Antwerp, which are canceled. Galatasaray leads the group with 8 points and can eliminate Marseille with 4 points by defeating them. Lokomotiv has to beat Lazio with 5 points with 2 points to keep the chance of the playoffs. Braga, front runner with 9 points, can guarantee a playoff spot by beating Midtjylland with 5 points and if Crvena zvezda disagrees with his result with 7 points they secure the top spot. If both win, Midtjylland is out; Ludogorets are already out. Leverkusen secured the top spot with 10 points with a win over Celtic with 6 points, and if Betis wins with 7 points and Celtic does not win, Celtic is eliminated. Ferencvaros is gone with 0 points. West Ham is guaranteed a playoff spot with 10 points, and a win from the last two games leads to a top spot. Zagreb with 6 points, Genk with 4 points and Rapid with 3 points all stay in the race. Spurs are second in their group with 7 points behind Rennes with 10 points and can be seen at Mura at 5.45 pm with 0 points; behind it sits Vitesse, with 6 points. When asked about Rice Rice's baby, Davey Moyes says he hears more about his social media than his soccer, and prefers to focus on the latter. He will play Bowen first but knows he can swap him out with Yarmolenko and while obviously disappointed in losing Angelo Ogbonna he has other good defenders to replace him with. He's hoping to win tonight so he can rest the players in the next game and wants to win the group too, but if he'd been offered European football in the New Year - as Ryan Giggs would say - he would have accepted. Good effort to get Postecoglou into a melody as well. What can I say, I really enjoy what Ange Postecoglou is doing with Celtic. Kyogo and Jota both look serious players, but beyond that it looks like he's wrapped the club in his personality, which means people - players and fans - are accepting his ideas. West Ham meanwhile makes eight changes. Areola, Masuaku, Diop, Coufal, Noble, Lanzini, Vlasic and Yarmolenko are added; Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Benrahma, Fornals and Antonio are eliminated, but Rice, Fornals and Benrahma sit on the bench. Celtic have made one change from their St. Johnstone win over the weekend, with James Forrest replacing Liel Abada. Leverkusen meanwhile leaves out Tapsoba, Sinkgraven, Demirbay and Amiri - all Bar Demirbay sit on the bench. I'll see Bayer Leverkusen against Celtic and Rapid Wien against West Ham, so here are the lineups (I think these should actually be lineups - someone who knows grammar can blame me):

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