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Neville and Accrington owner in Twitter row over Salford 'stealing' league place

Salford City co-owner Gary Neville has been accused of trying to “steal” an English Football League spot by Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt in a row between the pair on …

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Neville and Accrington owner in Twitter row over Salford 'stealing' league place

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Alisson: Liverpool's world-record signing from Roma is 'goalkeeper of the future'

Alisson

It has stood for 17 long years. But the 53m euros (£32.6m) Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001 is no longer a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Implicit in the length of time it lasted is the confidence Juventus had in Buffon becoming an all-time great. A once-in-a-lifetime talent. But as the game grew richer and richer, the longevity of the record has been the cause of some surprise.

If anything, it symbolised the enduring undervaluation of the goalkeeping position. Undervalued it is no more.

Liverpool’s decision to invest up to 75m euros (£66.8m) in Alisson looks an expensive one, because it goes against the conventional wisdom. This is the kind of money clubs are supposed to invest in goalscorers. Not goalkeepers.

But, judging by Alisson’s performances for Roma last season, it seems entirely fair. The Brazil international wasn’t just considered the best player in his position in Serie A, but the best in any position, such was his influence on Roma’s play and results.

Alisson didn’t just stop goals. He set them up. He played defence-splitting passes, inch-perfect long balls, completed more dribbles than a whole host of outfield players, and embarrassed opposition strikers with backheels under pressure and a ‘sombrero’ against Crotone.

At no point did Alisson’s tricks cause a quick intake of breath or create a sense of panic. His actions were not frivolous. They were essential. The right decision under the circumstances.

Watch Alisson perform any of the skills listed above and you will not see a showman with a professional death wish, but a self-assured goalkeeper who has earned the complete trust of his team. “He’s the goalkeeper of the future,” Roma manager Eusebio di Francesco said. The evolution of the species in his position.

At least that is how Alisson is perceived in Serie A, where he distinguished himself as the most convincing interpreter of the sweeper-keeper role Italy has seen since Manuel Neuer made that style the benchmark by which goalkeepers are now judged.

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Alisson rushed off his line and cleared the ball 41 times this season. To put that into perspective, the next best goalkeeper in Italy when it comes to sweeping was Pepe Reina – he managed 20. Alisson proved crucial in enabling Roma to play with an aggressive high line in defence.

For all the attributes that mark Alisson out as a thoroughly modern goalkeeper, it is the old-fashioned stuff that makes him a traditionalist’s favourite as well. Tall and broad shouldered, he has an imposing frame and can seem like a magnet for the ball.

Alisson made 109 saves last season and was the only goalkeeper in Serie A with a shots saved percentage of 79% or higher. Limit that to attempts inside the box and his record is the best in Italy over the past five years.

More impressively, Opta’s advance metrics show that given the quality of chances Alisson faced, the average goalkeeper would have conceded 36.31 goals. Alisson is no ordinary goalkeeper. He allowed just 28; a difference of eight, the biggest in Serie A.

As Roma and Edin Dzeko did not score as freely as they had done the previous season, his interventions assumed greater significance. Some were jaw-dropping.

Alisson’s first Champions League game of the season set the tone for the rest of the campaign. Roma were out-played by Atletico Madrid but held out for a 0-0 draw thanks to a goalkeeper who made nine saves.

In October, he had to tell the pundits in the Sky Italia studio to leave the comparisons with Gordon Banks alone. Adam Masina, now of Watford, thought he had scored for Bologna, just as Pele believed he had netted for Brazil against England at the 1970 World Cup. But Alisson was able to dive and flick the ball up and over, stopping a certain goal.

Roma goalkeeping coach Marco Savorani deserves a great share of the credit in the blossoming of Alisson.

Savorani was also behind Wojciech Szczesny’s progression. The former Arsenal goalkeeper came on leaps and bounds under his guidance, so much so that Juventus chose him to be Buffon’s successor.

“He makes everything look easy,” Savorani has said about Alisson. “He reads the game. He keeps very cool. Over the last 18 months he has refined his technique a lot. He’s a champion with a capital C.”

A bargain for the 8m euros (£6.7m) Roma paid Brazil’s Internacional for him, Alisson will be one of the most profitable deals in the club’s history, a parting gift from Walter Sabatini, Monchi’s predecessor as sporting director.

Not that Roma fans are overly pleased with the idea of losing another star in the same summer as Radja Nainggolan’s departure to Inter. That said, 11 new signings have come in and the bitterness is lessened by the confidence in Monchi and the process he started last year.

Roma did not need the money after a run to the Champions League semi-finals and the sponsorship it attracted, which helped free them from their Financial Fair Play settlement agreement with Uefa.

But when someone is willing to pay 22m euros (£19.6m) more than the existing record for a goalkeeper and can offer a salary outside the limits of your wage structure it is hard to turn them down.

At least this summer Roma benefit from the inflation the Neymar transfer provoked, which contributed to making the sale of Mohamed Salah look cheap when they sold him to Liverpool for £34m in 2017.

Liverpool can be confident Alisson will make as big an impact relative to his position as their last signing from the Eternal City.

A top-class goalkeeper was the missing piece in Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield puzzle. But in Alisson, Liverpool look to have found it.

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Alisson: Liverpool sign Brazil goalkeeper from Roma

Liverpool have signed Roma’s Brazil goalkeeper Alisson on a six-year contract.The Reds have not revealed how much they have paid for the 25-year-old but it is …

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Ten goals and an outbreak of fog – Hibs progress in eventful Europa League tie

John McGinn (centre) celebrates his goal for Hibs against Runavik

Hibernian lost two goals in the opening six minutes before recovering to record a remarkable 6-4 victory against Runavik in their Europa League qualifier.

The Easter Road side eased into the second qualifying round 12-5 on aggregate but only after Efe Ambrose’s own goal and the first of Klaemint Olsen’s hat-trick left them trailing.

John McGinn – playing amid interest from Celtic – and Lewis Stevenson hauled Hibs level before a further two goals were traded before the break.

Ambrose scored at the other end and Stevie Mallan netted two more to ensure Hibs were not embarrassed against a side who currently sit fifth in the Faroe Islands top flight.

Neil Lennon’s side now progress to host Asteras Tripolis, who finished fifth in the Greek Superleague last season, in the second round of qualifying next week.

Runavik had defeated Linfield 4-3 at home in 2015 and edged out Dinamo Tbilisi 1-0 seven years earlier only to exit on aggregate. But they had never got through a two-legged European tie.

Despite the match being moved to the 6,000-capacity Toftir venue from Runavik’s smaller home stadium, a sparse crowd indicated that the home support had little belief in even a consolation win.

It seemed the main talking point would be the decision of Lennon to field McGinn – who had missed the first leg through injury – thus ruling him out of Celtic’s Champions League qualifying campaign should the Glasgow club be successful with a third summer approach.

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How the madness unfolded

  • 1-0: Hibs, bereft of Paul Hanlon’s steadying influence in defence, fall behind within a minute as Jann Benjaminsen’s low cross is sliced into his own net by Ambrose.
  • 2-0: Pol Johannus Justinussen’s low cross from the other wing is bundled past goalkeeper Paul Bogdan by Olsen.
  • 2-1: Gray’s cross to the back post is half-volleyed home by McGinn from close range.
  • 2-2: From Mallan’s clever cut-back at a corner, Stevenson thunders a 20-yard drive in off a post.
  • 3-2: Runavik are back in front when Justinussen again lays the ball into the path of Olsen, whose low drive from the edge of the box nestles in the net.
  • 3-3: Gray volleys home from close range at the back post in first-half stoppage time.
  • 3-4: Ambrose gives Hibs the lead with a close-range finish from a Mallan free-kick five minutes after the break as a thick mist descends.
  • 4-4: Olsen pounces on a poor backheader from Ryan Porteous to cleverly chip the advancing Bogdan.
  • 4-5: Mallan, Hibs’ summer signing from Barnsley, curls a fine 30-yard free-kick into the top corner.
  • 4-6: Mallan adds his second as his dipping drive from long range loops over deceived goalkeeper Eli Joensen, who had been given a late call-up following a post-match injury to Tordur Thomsen.

Line-ups

NSÍ Runavík

  • 25Joensen
  • 13Justinussen
  • 10OlsenSubstituted forMortensenat 74′minutes
  • 4Joensen
  • 2Langgaard
  • 16KnudsenBooked at 44mins
  • 7Benjaminsen
  • 22Hansen
  • 15Hentze
  • 18OlsenSubstituted forHansenat 71′minutes
  • 17BenjaminsenSubstituted forMortensenat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Davidsen
  • 9Dalbud
  • 11Frederiksberg
  • 14Mortensen
  • 20Mortensen
  • 24Hansen
  • 55Thomsen

Hibernian

  • 31Bogdan
  • 2Gray
  • 14Mallan
  • 7McGinn
  • 3WhittakerSubstituted forSlivkaat 77′minutes
  • 36Porteous
  • 22Kamberi
  • 6BartleySubstituted forGullanat 88′minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 32ShawSubstituted forSwansonat 78′minutes
  • 25Ambrose

Substitutes

  • 8Slivka
  • 11Swanson
  • 21Laidlaw
  • 24McGregor
  • 26Martin
  • 43Mackie
  • 47Gullan
Referee:
Luis Miguel Teixeira

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Aberdeen should not lose players to English lower leagues – McInnes on Rooney exit

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Roma defend decision to sell Alisson to Liverpool

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Gianfranco Zola: Former Chelsea striker appointed Maurizio Sarri's assistant

Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianfranco Zola has returned to Stamford Bridge as assistant to new manager Maurizio Sarri.As a player, Zola helped the club w…

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Celtic shrug off early red card to power through in Champions League qualifiers

Moussa Dembele (right) celebrates his first goal

Celtic brushed off an early red card to comfortably beat Alashkert and secure their place in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

Moussa Dembele’s quick-fire double – one from the penalty spot – got Celtic off to a flying start, though Jozo Simunovic’s red card threatened to derail their plans.

But James Forrest raced clear on the counter attack and drilled in a third.

Alashkert rarely threatened and only fine goalkeeping denied Celtic more.

One sour note for Celtic was striker Dembele limping off injured, and manager Brendan Rodgers will now sweat over his fitness for next week’s tie with Rosenborg.

A late goal from veteran former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner gave the Norwegian champions a 3-2 aggregate win over Valur, meaning Celtic face a rematch with the side they knocked out in the qualifiers last season.

With a three goal cushion from the first leg, Celtic were never likely to be troubled on the night, but a blistering start ensured there would be no hope from the visitors.

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Dembele picked up the ball on the edge of the box, twisted and turned his way past the Alashkert defence before finishing low past Ognjen Cancarevic.

The early goal proved important for Celtic as they were reduced to 10 men just minutes later. Simunovic was shown a straight red for a high challenge by referee Horatiu Fesnic.

Celtic continued to dominate regardless and doubled their lead when Odsonne Edouard surged into the box before being brought down, with Fesnic pointing to the spot.

Dembele stepped up and sent Cancarevic the wrong way to leave the hosts coasting.

The two Frenchmen Dembel and Edouard continued to wreak havoc. Another powerful run by Dembele ended with Cancarevic denying Edouard from close range.

From the resulting corner Olivier Ntcham launched a shot from the edge of the box which looked destined for the net, before Scott Brown stuck a leg out to put the ball over the bar from six yards.

The Armenia champions struggled desperately to keep hold of the ball despite the man advantage, finding themselves unable to get out of their own half as Celtic moved the ball comfortably.

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A long range strike from Gagik Daghbashyan forced a decent save from Craig Gordon, but a counter attack from the corner had Edouard sprinting through on goal, before slipping in Forrest who calmly tucked the ball into the net to make it 3-0.

Kieran Tierney hit a delicious volley from 20 yards which Cancarevic tipped brilliantly over the crossbar, but Alashkert responded with their best move of the game. Artak Dashyan whipped a dangerous cross in from the left which substitute Mihran Manasyan missed by a matter of inches.

Moments later a deft pass from Artak Yedigaryan forced Gordon to race off his line and smother the ball, denying Manasyan a strike at goal.

The pace of Edouard again caused problems at the other end as he skipped into the box, but couldn’t find the finish to beat the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

Forrest, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie all had chances as Celtic upped the pace despite being a man down.

Despite a final flurry, Alashkert lacked the quality to cause the home side any real problems.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 21Ntcham
  • 10DembeleSubstituted forChristieat 66′minutes
  • 5SimunovicBooked at 11mins
  • 4Hendry
  • 63Tierney
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forSinclairat 64′minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 35AjerBooked at 75mins
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forJohnstonat 76′minutes
  • 42McGregor

Substitutes

  • 11Sinclair
  • 17Christie
  • 19Allan
  • 29Bain
  • 56Ralston
  • 73Johnston
  • 88Kouassi

Alashkert

  • 55Cancarevic
  • 3Voskanyan
  • 15NenadovicSubstituted forManasyanat 45′minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 13SekulicSubstituted forSimonyanat 64′minutes
  • 8DaghbashyanBooked at 16mins
  • 18Reis De JesusBooked at 22minsSubstituted forRomeroat 86′minutes
  • 17Yedigaryan
  • 9Dashyan
  • 22Práznovsky
  • 20Yedigaryan
  • 21Grigoryan

Substitutes

  • 1Avagyan
  • 4Zeljkovic
  • 5Stojkovic
  • 6Antonic
  • 7Manasyan
  • 14Simonyan
  • 19Romero
Referee:
Horatiu Fesnic

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Match ends, Celtic 3, Alashkert 0.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Alashkert 0.

Substitution

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Substitution, Alashkert. Cesar Romero replaces Jefferson.

Substitution

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Substitution, Celtic. Michael Johnston replaces James Forrest.

Booking

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Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

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Substitution, Celtic. Ryan Christie replaces Moussa Dembele.

Substitution

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Substitution, Celtic. Scott Sinclair replaces Odsonne Edouard.

Substitution

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Substitution, Alashkert. Artem Simonyan replaces Danilo Sekulic.

Booking

Posted at 57′

Mihran Manasyan (Alashkert) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

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Substitution, Alashkert. Mihran Manasyan replaces Uros Nenadovic.

Second Half

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Second Half begins Celtic 3, Alashkert 0.

Half Time

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First Half ends, Celtic 3, Alashkert 0.

Goal!

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Goal! Celtic 3, Alashkert 0. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Posted at 22′

Jefferson (Alashkert) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

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Goal! Celtic 2, Alashkert 0. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

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Gagik Daghbashyan (Alashkert) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dismissal

Posted at 11′

Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Goal!

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Goal! Celtic 1, Alashkert 0. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Kick Off

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First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Rangers progress in Europa League after goalless draw

Alfredo Morelos in possession for Rangers against Shkupi

Rangers progressed to the Europa League second qualifying round after a dull goalless draw with Shkupi in Macedonia.

The visitors, holding a 2-0 advantage from last week’s first leg, were seldom troubled, with Josh Windass and Glenn Middleton coming closest to a Gers goal in the second half.

Muarem Muarem almost scored to set up a nervy final two minutes but his shot was well blocked by Allan McGregor.

Steven Gerrard’s men will face Petrocub or Osijek in the next round.

The Moldovan and Croatian outfits meet on Thursday with the aggregate score 1-1 from the first leg.

Ron Broja and Basil Nchama combined to engineer a chance to give Shkupi the perfect start, but James Tavernier was on hand to block the shot, another important intervention in this tie after his late penalty in the opening encounter.

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At the other end, Jamie Murphy twice threatened to make the decisive breakthrough. His close-range effort from Alfredo Morelos’ cross was deflected wide, then the midfielder just failed to reach a terrific Tavernier ball with his head.

The Rangers skipper put his side in trouble soon after, though. He surrendered possession on the touchline midway inside his own half and Baze Ilijoski fired in a shot from 20 yards that McGregor could only divert behind.

A couple of corners flashed dangerously across the Rangers box and Muarem called McGregor into action again with a powerful drive as Shkupi served notice they believed there was life in this tie yet.

Windass almost got the goal to take the sting out of the contest when he carried the ball 60 yards to reach the penalty box, but his effort was too close to goalkeeper Suat Zendeli.

Morelos could and probably should have put the tie beyond doubt in the final minute of the first half when Tavernier’s clipped ball found the Colombian alone in the box. However, his first touch was awful and the chance was lost.

After the break, Windass drew a brilliant save from Zendeli when he cut in on his right foot and struck a fierce drive from the corner of the box. Tavernier again tested the Shkupi captain with a curling 30-yard free-kick.

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Rangers were in complete control and the only thing missing was a goal to put the tie to bed.

Middleton, impressive off the bench in the first leg, was presented with arguably the chance of the game when slipped in by a lovely pass from fellow substitute Ovie Ejaria, but sliced his effort into the side-netting.

Just as it seemed Rangers were cruising home, Muarem left Connor Goldson for dead and would have scored the opener in the 88th-minute but for an excellent one-on-one save from McGregor.

A rare moment of panic on a chiefly comfortable night for Gerrard’s men as they successfully negotiated the first of four hurdles to Europa League qualification.

Line-ups

Shkupi

  • 1Zendeli
  • 3TipuricBooked at 67mins
  • 14BrojaBooked at 62mins
  • 15Owono NchamaaaSubstituted forShabaniat 37′minutes
  • 4Bilali
  • 88Adem
  • 18IlijoskiBooked at 46mins
  • 16Krivanjeva
  • 11MuaremBooked at 59minsSubstituted forIsmailjiat 90+2′minutes
  • 19VujcicSubstituted forMuharemat 76′minutes
  • 23StojkovskiBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 5Bajrami
  • 7Ljamcevski
  • 8Shabani
  • 9Muharem
  • 13Aleksovski
  • 25Veliu
  • 34Ismailji

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 6Goldson
  • 11WindassBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMiddletonat 64′minutes
  • 2Tavernier
  • 8Jack
  • 17McCrorie
  • 21CandeiasSubstituted forEjariaat 72′minutes
  • 7MurphySubstituted forHallidayat 90+1′minutes
  • 15Flanagan
  • 20Morelos
  • 19Katic

Substitutes

  • 10Ejaria
  • 16Halliday
  • 22Docherty
  • 25Alnwick
  • 29Rudden
  • 30Bradley
  • 40Middleton
Referee:
Halil Meler

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Rangers progress in Europa League after goalless draw

Alfredo Morelos in possession for Rangers against Shkupi

Rangers progressed to the Europa League second qualifying round after a dull goalless draw with Shkupi in Macedonia.

The visitors, holding a 2-0 advantage from last week’s first leg, were seldom troubled, with Josh Windass and Glenn Middleton coming closest to a Gers goal in the second half.

Muarem Muarem almost scored to set up a nervy final two minutes but his shot was well blocked by Allan McGregor.

Steven Gerrard’s men will face Petrocub or Osijek in the next round.

The Moldovan and Croatian outfits meet on Thursday with the aggregate score 1-1 from the first leg.

Ron Broja and Basil Nchama combined to engineer a chance to give Shkupi the perfect start, but James Tavernier was on hand to block the shot, another important intervention in this tie after his late penalty in the opening encounter.

Josh Windass of Rangers pressures Shkupi's Bunjamin Shabani<!–<!–[if lte IE 8]><![endif]–>

At the other end, Jamie Murphy twice threatened to make the decisive breakthrough. His close-range effort from Alfredo Morelos’ cross was deflected wide, then the midfielder just failed to reach a terrific Tavernier ball with his head.

The Rangers skipper put his side in trouble soon after, though. He surrendered possession on the touchline midway inside his own half and Baze Ilijoski fired in a shot from 20 yards that McGregor could only divert behind.

A couple of corners flashed dangerously across the Rangers box and Muarem called McGregor into action again with a powerful drive as Shkupi served notice they believed there was life in this tie yet.

Windass almost got the goal to take the sting out of the contest when he carried the ball 60 yards to reach the penalty box, but his effort was too close to goalkeeper Suat Zendeli.

Morelos could and probably should have put the tie beyond doubt in the final minute of the first half when Tavernier’s clipped ball found the Colombian alone in the box. However, his first touch was awful and the chance was lost.

After the break, Windass drew a brilliant save from Zendeli when he cut in on his right foot and struck a fierce drive from the corner of the box. Tavernier again tested the Shkupi captain with a curling 30-yard free-kick.

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Rangers were in complete control and the only thing missing was a goal to put the tie to bed.

Middleton, impressive off the bench in the first leg, was presented with arguably the chance of the game when slipped in by a lovely pass from fellow substitute Ovie Ejaria, but sliced his effort into the side-netting.

Just as it seemed Rangers were cruising home, Muarem left Connor Goldson for dead and would have scored the opener in the 88th-minute but for an excellent one-on-one save from McGregor.

A rare moment of panic on a chiefly comfortable night for Gerrard’s men as they successfully negotiated the first of four hurdles to Europa League qualification.

Line-ups

Shkupi

  • 1Zendeli
  • 3TipuricBooked at 67mins
  • 14BrojaBooked at 62mins
  • 15Owono NchamaaaSubstituted forShabaniat 37′minutes
  • 4Bilali
  • 88Adem
  • 18IlijoskiBooked at 46mins
  • 16Krivanjeva
  • 11MuaremBooked at 59minsSubstituted forIsmailjiat 90+2′minutes
  • 19VujcicSubstituted forMuharemat 76′minutes
  • 23StojkovskiBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 5Bajrami
  • 7Ljamcevski
  • 8Shabani
  • 9Muharem
  • 13Aleksovski
  • 25Veliu
  • 34Ismailji

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 6Goldson
  • 11WindassBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMiddletonat 64′minutes
  • 2Tavernier
  • 8Jack
  • 17McCrorie
  • 21CandeiasSubstituted forEjariaat 72′minutes
  • 7MurphySubstituted forHallidayat 90+1′minutes
  • 15Flanagan
  • 20Morelos
  • 19Katic

Substitutes

  • 10Ejaria
  • 16Halliday
  • 22Docherty
  • 25Alnwick
  • 29Rudden
  • 30Bradley
  • 40Middleton
Referee:
Halil Meler

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