Europa League: Barisic scores two penalties as Rangers earn late win over Antwerp in seven-goal thriller

Jordan Lukaku of Royal Antwerp and Joe Aribo of Rangers FC during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, first leg match between Royal Antwerp FC and Rangers FC at Bosuil on February 18, 2021 in Antwerpen, Belgium.

Two goals in the final seven minutes earned Rangers victory in an astonishing Europa League last-32 epic against Royal Antwerp in Belgium.

Steven Gerrard's side led, then equalised twice, in the first leg of the tie, before Borna Barisic's second penalty snatched the win with two minutes of regulation time remaining.

Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent also netted for the Scottish Premiership leaders, but injuries to James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe diluted the joy a little before next Thursday's second leg at Ibrox.

Still, the dramatic late triumph leaves Rangers well-placed to reach the last-16 of the Europa League for the second consecutive campaign and maintain Gerrard's impressive European record.


Ajax left it late to beat Lille 2-1 in France, where United States forward Timothy Weah opened the scoring for Lille in the 72nd.

It was Weah’s second goal in the competition. The 20-year-old forward is the son of former Milan great George Weah, the current president of Liberia.

Renato Sanches gave away a penalty for a foul on Nicolás Tagliafico, and Dušan Tadic equalized from the spot in the 87th, two minutes before the 19-year-old Brian Brobbey scored the winner.

A last-minute penalty from Borna Barišic, his second of the game, gave Rangers a 4-3 win at Belgian team Antwerp.

Milan Pavkov scored in injury time for Red Star Belgrade to draw 2-2 against visiting AC Milan.

Bayer Leverkusen fought back from three goals down at the break against Young Boys, before Jordan Siebatcheu scored in the 89th to give the Swiss team a 4-3 win.

“We showed we're a team in the second half,” Leverkusen captain Jonathan Tah said. “It's disappointing and such a shame to lose in the end.”

The German team is used to disappointment, mockingly called “Bayer Neverkusen” by rival supporters for often finishing runner-up.


Two goals in two minutes from Brazilian forward Kenedy and Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera gave Spanish side Granada a surprising 2-0 win over Napoli.

Shakhtar Donetsk won 2-0 at Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dynamo Kyiv drew 1-1 with Club Brugge, Leicester drew 0-0 at Slavia Prague, Roma won 2-0 at Sporting Braga, Dinamo Zagreb beat Russian team Krasnodar 3-2 away, and Olympiakos earned a 4-2 win at home over PSV Eindhoven.

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