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6 The Daily Telegraph Friday 7 August 2020 ** Wolves Olympiacos Jimenez 8 pen Wolves win 2-1 on agg Wolves (3-4-3): Patricio 7; Boly 6, Coady 7, Saiss 7; Doherty 6, Neves 6, Moutinho 6, Jonny 5 (Vinagre 17); Traore 4 (Jota 57), Podence 7 (Dendoncker 71), Jimenez 7. Ruddy (g), Sondergaar­d (g), Jordao, Neto, Gibbs-White, Campana, Kilman, Buur, Marques. Moutinho, Podence, Jimenez. (4-3-3): Allain 5; Elabdellao­ui 7, Ba 5, Cisse 7, Tsimikas 7; Bouchalaki­s 6 (Fortounis h-t), Guilherme 6 (Cafu 82), Camara 7 (Hassan 65); Valbuena 7, El-Arabi 7, Masouras 6 (Randjelovi­c h-t). Tzolakis (g), Lovera, Papadopoul­os, Torosidis, Xenitidis, Gaspar, Martinis, Sourlis. Tsimikas, Ba, Cisse. Szymon Marciniak (Poland). Subs Booked Olympiacos Subs Booked Referee Leverkusen end Rangers’ European adventure When the chronicles impose perspectiv­e on season 2019-20 in Scottish football, one of its peculiarit­ies will be that Rangers still competed in Europe all of 80 days after the domestic season was cut short. Moreover, Steven Gerrard and his players were bidding for a place in the quarter-finals of the 2019-20 Europa League, while having qualified for the 2020-21 version and – to add to the welter of statistics attending their progress – the return leg of this tie was their 18th match in a tournament schedule that began on July 9 last year. Rangers would eventually become Scotland’s longest-surviving European representa­tives for the first time in nine years and such consistenc­y buttressed Gerrard’s reputation at Ibrox, in contrast to his two seasons without domestic success – the first Rangers manager in 68 years to survive such a setback. The first leg against Bayer represente­d the last competitiv­e football played in Scotland before the Covid-19 shutdown and Rangers’ 3-1 defeat looked certain to end their European campaign. Bayer were without five regulars. Karim Bellarabi and Paulihno were injured, Nadiem Amiri is in quarantine, while Kerem Demirbay and Mitchell Weiser were suspended. Rangers, meanwhile, made three changes from Saturday, with Brandon Barker, Steven Davis and Filip Helander in for Leon Balogen, Ianis Hagi and George Edmundson. By half-time the only surprise was that the home team were not ahead, despite their 70 per cent share of possession, his temper when clattered by Charles Aranguiz, who was duly cautioned. Aranguiz redeemed himself 10 minutes after the break by releasing Moussa Diaby, who rifled home a half-volley. Connor Goldson saw a header cleared off the Bayer line but this proved to be a wholly predictabl­e end to a chaotic passage in history. Bayer Leverkusen (4-2-3-1) Hradercky; L Bender (Dragovic 67), Tapsoba, S Bender (Tah 76), Sinkgraven; Aranguiz, Palacios (Stanilewic­z 87); Wirtz (Baumgartli­nger 67), Havertz, Diaby (Bailey 67); Volland. Lomb (g), Ozcan (g), Alario, Wendell. Aranguiz, Sinkgraven, Tah. (4-3-3); McGregor; Tavernier (Patterson 76), Goldson, Edmundson, Barisic; Aribo, Jack, Davis (Arfield 65); Barker (Hagi 60), Kent (Jones 65), Morelos (Stewart 77). Firth (g), Edmundson, McCrorie, Barjonas, Mayo. Barker, Hagi. Danny Makkelie (Holland). Subs Booked Rangers By Roddy Forsyth with a vicious drive from Kai Havertz striking the crossbar. Alfredo Morelos, subject of much transfer speculatio­n, started for Rangers and perhaps indicated that his mind is elsewhere by keeping B Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers Subs Diaby 51 Booked Referee Bayer Leverkusen win 4-1 on agg

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