The European fairytale for Rangers FC continues as the underdogs stun the Bundesliga Giants, Borrusia Dortmund. What makes this victory more interesting is that Rangers achieved this feat in the Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund’s home stadium.
It was a staggering victory in terms of the level of both teams as the Rangers trashed Dortmund, 2-4 thus taking an upper hand in the R16 tie of the UEFA Europa League. Dortmund has a big task as they face Rangers FC in the upcoming away leg.
Fans and betters all around the world expected it to be an easy victory for Dortmund. Both teams put up their best available squads and opted out of their original formations. A big loss for Dortmund was their star striker, Erling Haaland.
Borrusia Dortmund played with a classic 4-3-2-1 with Donny Malen as out-and-out striker.
Rangers FC opted with a counter-attacking 4-2-3-1 formation. Thus trying to cut out Dortmund.
First Half: Havoc for Dortmund
With the start of the match began Dortmund’s struggle. The team was struggling to maintain possession in their own home ground. The rangers were dominating Dortmund in all aspects of the game.
With Dortmund’s defensive trying their best to deal with every attack but finally failed as Ranger FC scored a stunning penalty at the 38-minute mark.
After a VAR check was conducted which should Dortmund defender, Dan-Axel Zagadou handled the ball with his hands. Rangers FC’s defender takes a beautiful penalty and sends the keeper the wrong way.
Misery continues as soon after this goal, Rangers score another. Morelos taps in a delicious whipped-in ball from the right flank.
At halftime, Rangers FC had two goals to the good.
Second Half: “Crushed” Ray of Hope
Dortmund fans expected their team to play slightly better in the second half after a convincing team talk but to their utter disappointment, Dortmund concede a third. Lundstram taps in after a solo play by Kent who sends in a low cross.
Fans at the Signal Iduna Park were given a slight hope as their young midfielder, Jude Bellingham scores a beautiful curler in the top corner.
The struggle for Dortmund defender, Dan-Axel Zagadou further increases as he scores his own goal! This makes things further difficult for Dortmund. Score’s 1-4 at the 54th-minute mark.
Dortmund was given a ray of hope at the 82nd minute as their star LB, Raphaël Guerreiro made the score 2-4.
This however wasn’t enough for Borrusia Dortmund. With the final whistle gone, Rangers FC pulls off a historic 2-4 win at the Signal Iduna Park.