Lyon consign Rangers to opening defeat in Europa League

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Joe Aribo
Rangers fell behind to a stunning stike from Karl Toko Ekambi

Rangers suffered a rare Europa League group defeat after being undone by Lyon in their Group A opener.

Cameroon forward Karl Toko Ekambi arced a stunning 23rd-minute opener before an attempted clearance rebounded off James Tavernier into his own net at Ibrox.

Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and John Lundstram passed up first-half chances, while Tavernier’s free-kick crashed off the post at 2-0.

However, a composed showing from Lyon ensured they claimed victory.

Both sides registered the same amount of shots on target, but the Ligue 1 team earned their victory with more composure and nous at the right times in an impressive away display.

The defeat is Rangers’ fourth in their opening 11 games across all competitions this season, and brings to an end a 10-match unbeaten run in the Europa League group stage.

More to follow.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6GoldsonBooked at 14mins
  • 26Balogun
  • 31Barisic
  • 4Lundstram
  • 10DavisSubstituted forWrightat 60′minutes
  • 18Kamara
  • 17AriboBooked at 74minsSubstituted forSakalaat 76′minutes
  • 20MorelosBooked at 74mins
  • 14KentSubstituted forRoofeat 70′minutes


  • 3Bassey
  • 16Patterson
  • 22Bacuna
  • 23Wright
  • 25Roofe
  • 27Kelly
  • 28McCrorie
  • 30Sakala
  • 33McLaughlin
  • 37Arfield
  • 63McClelland


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lopes
  • 17Gusto
  • 27BoatengBooked at 52minsSubstituted forDiomandéat 65′minutes
  • 5Denayer
  • 3Emerson
  • 25Caqueret
  • 39Guimarães Rodriguez Moura
  • 8Aouar
  • 10Tolentino Coelho de Lima
  • 20SlimaniBooked at 30mins
  • 7Toko EkambiSubstituted forShaqiriat 71′minutes


  • 2Diomandé
  • 4Lukeba
  • 12Silva Milagres
  • 18Cherki
  • 19Keita
  • 21Da Silva
  • 29Shaqiri
  • 30Pollersbeck
  • 40Bonnevie
  • 45Barcola

Andreas Ekberg

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Rangers 0, Lyon 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Rangers 0, Lyon 2.

  3. Lucas Paquetá (Lyon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Foul by Kemar Roofe (Rangers).

  5. Bruno Guimarães (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Foul by Scott Wright (Rangers).

  7. Offside, Lyon. Maxence Caqueret tries a through ball, but Lucas Paquetá is caught offside.

  8. Malo Gusto (Lyon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Foul by Fashion Sakala (Rangers).

  10. Lucas Paquetá (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

  12. Foul by Emerson (Lyon).

  13. James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Attempt missed. Glen Kamara (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  15. Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Bruno Guimarães.

  16. Attempt missed. Leon Balogun (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Foul by Emerson (Lyon).

  18. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Attempt missed. Fashion Sakala (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Glen Kamara.

  20. Houssem Aouar (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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