Scottish champions Rangers were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League by Malmo. Rangers will now compete in the Europa League next season. Rangers were down 2-1 after the first leg away from home, leveled the aggregate score when Alfredo Morelos headed the hosts in front. Malmo then had Bonke sent off just before halftime for two bookings.
Like the first leg, Rangers began the half sloppily and were made to pay with forwarding Antonio Colak scoring a brace just five minutes into the half. Malmo’s remarkable comeback left the crowd in shock. This was the first time that the Ibrox cold host a near-capacity crowd. this was their third defeat in a row to cap week Rangers will soon want to forget.
Rangers: McGregor (5), Tavernier (5), Goldson (5), Balogun (5), Barisic (6), Davis (6), Aribo (6), Arfield (5), Wright (5), Morelos (6), Kent (5).
Subs: Hagi (5), Sakala (5).
Malmo: Dahlin (6), Lewicki (6), Ahmedhodzic (6), Nielsen (6), Moisander (6), Veljko (6), Innocent (3), Christiansen (6), Rieks (7), Colak (9), Berget (6).
Subs: Rakip (5), Beijmo (n/a), Abubakari (n/a).
Man of the Match: Antonio Colak
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: “In terms of our performance, it was certainly a game of two halves. I thought we were really good in the first half and started the game ever so well.” he added after his Rangers side was beaten by Malmo. “The crowd was terrific and we have gone in at half-time exactly where we wanted to be. We’ve got two restarts in the second-half badly wrong from throw-in situations. At this level, good players and decent teams hurt you and that’s what happened tonight.”