first_imgRangers Football Club’s Jon Flanagan has thanked his teammates after he picked up a red card which reduced the team to nine men in their UEFA Europa League tie against FC Ufa.The Scottish club came into the tie with a 1-0 aggregate lead after winning the first leg at home at the Ibrox.Rangers got off to the best possible start at the Stadion Neftyanik when Ovie Ojaria, on loan from Liverpool, opened the scoring in the ninth minute.Ufa equalised in the 32nd minute when Dmitry Sysuev sprung the offside trap to beat goalkeeper Allan McGregor and while the Russian Premier League side were camped out in the Rangers half for the majority of the second half they could not find the two goals they needed to advance.2019/20 Europa League group stage draw in full Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 The 2019/20 Europa League group stages have been set, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, AS Roma and Sevilla all in the mix.Rangers striker Morelos received two yellow cards within seconds of each other for kicking the ball away and dissent eight minutes before the break, while Flanagan, booked in the first half, was then dismissed after an aerial challenge left his opponent crumpled in a heap.The Russian club launched wave after wave of attacks on the Rangers goal but could not breach their defence and the Scottish side clung on until the final whistle.“We apologise to the fans and to our team mates — they have done incredibly well and have got us out of jail,” Flanagan, who joined the club on a free transfer in the close season, told RangersTV, as quoted by Reuters.“I’m personally disappointed at letting my team mates down, but the main aim here was to come and get to the group stages.”last_img

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