Rangers recorded the worst campaign in Champions League history when they lost 3-1 to Ajax in their final group match.
Rangers need a five-goal swing to beat Ajax to third place and the Europa League. while knowing that a two-goal defeat would make them their worst in Europe.
Goals from Steven Berghus, Mohamed Kudas and Francisco Concecao cost them six straight defeats to Ibrox. because of James’ penalty Tavernier could not prevent them from recording a goal difference of minus 20.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team were the first Scottish team to lose all group matches in Europe’s top-flight, while Ajax finished third to secure their place in the Europa League knockout stages.
How Rangers ended a desperate campaign with an unwanted record
Reuniting the squad was a challenge in itself for Van Bronckhorst, whose midfielder John Lundstram was suspended and nine players were injured – including defenders Ben Davies and Ridvan Yilmaz in the weekend’s win over Aberdeen.
Left-back Borna Barisic and veteran midfielders Steve Davis and Scott Arfield were substitutes.
Former Gers defender Calvin Bassey was in a strong Ajax squad who scored first and first to allay early home optimism.
in the fourth minute to end the attack on the left Kudus sets Berghuis to defeat Allan. Gares goalkeeper McGregor from the edge of the box.
It looked ominous for Rangers – McGregor had to backtrack to grab a Berghuis lob from under his crossbar – but the strong home side eventually calmed down and Looking for a leveler
Worst campaign in Champions League history
- Rangers are the first Scottish team to reach the group stage without a point.
- Dinamo Zagreb had previously set an unfavorable worst record with a 19-goal difference from the 2011-12 season that equals Victoria. Plesen this season But was overshadowed by the Scottish Premiership side.
In the 13th minute Bassey led Zacala’s fashion header after a fine performance by Ryan. Left wing Kent to take the ball from the left.
However, another distraction allowed Ajax to take the lead. Owen this time Wijndal is a Kudus carrier. The shot deflected from the teenage defender Leon King to defeat McGregor.
The goalkeeper pulled a good save from Steven. Bergwijn minutes later and the first clamor of frustration from the stands came shortly after when Kudus fired the goal far from the post.
More quiet boos greeted the half-time whistle, but fans tried to side with them at the start of the second half, although a highly unlikely comeback.
Kudus got the ball into the net in the 55th minute after the clearance. But Swedish referee Glenn Nyberg ruled it offside after a VAR review.
Just before the hour, Glen Kamara, Alfredo Morelos and Scott Wright were substituted for Davis, Antonio Colak and Malik Tillman, but Ajax, backed by a huge and resounding departure from supporters. still in control
Arfield’s superb shot in the 70th minute was deflected over the crossbar by missed Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer, but the corner was defended.
In the 84th minute, Morelos took advantage of Pasvir’s mistake. But failed to score with the door gaping.
Moments later, Rangers replaced Rabbi Matondo instead of Kent, Edson Alvarez came in the penalty area and Tavernier fired in the penalty..
However, Conceicao on the field just a minute later fired into close range and referee Nyberg blew his whistle to signal the end of a campaign that has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons for the Glasgow club.
what the manager said
Giovanni van Brockhorst wants his players to learn from the tough battles:
“You know that gap is there. But you don’t want to concede many goals against you.
“If you saw the goals we conceded in a lot of games in this campaign, especially at home against Liverpool. We encountered problems during those times. And it was a great learning experience for us.”
Rangers have three more Scottish Premier League games ahead of the World Cup. They travel to St Johnstone on Sunday, televised on Sky Sports; 12 noon kick-off Rangers face Hearts on Wednesday November 9; Kick off 7:45 p.m.
Their last match before the game takes place on Saturday 12 November when they travel to St Mirren live on Sky Sports; Kick off 12.30
Ajax also has three Eredivisie programs ahead of the World Cup, facing PSV Eindhoven, Vitesse Arnhem and Emmen.