Gers crash out of Europe

Rangers crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Maribor at Ibrox on Thursday after a 1-1 draw meant the visitors won 3-2 on aggregate.

Last Updated: 25/08/11 at 21:59

Lafferty: Challenges with Rajcevic at Ibrox

Lafferty: Challenges with Rajcevic at Ibrox

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Carlos Bocanegra grabbed his first goal for his new club to cancel out Dalibor Volas' opener, but Rangers could not find a second goal to at least force the tie to extra-time.

They exited the tournament with a 1-1 draw on the night and a 3-2 aggregate defeat, while Celtic suffered a similar fate against Sion and Hearts faced an uphill battle against Tottenham.

Rangers made three changes from their Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Motherwell for the visit of the Slovenians.

Bocanegra started, after UEFA threw out a complaint from Maribor over his eligibility for the first leg, along with Maurice Edu and Kirk Broadfoot.

Steven Naismith was suspended and youngsters Ross Perry and Jordan McMillan dropped out of the starting line-up following Sunday's 3-0 win.

Rangers looked dangerous early on when Gregg Wylde, who tonight signed a new five-year deal, whipped an inviting cross into the box from the left but Kyle Lafferty just failed to connect in front of goal.

With the ball still in play, Juan Manuel Ortiz went to ground under pressure from Arghus but pleas for a penalty were ignored by the referee.

The home side were threatening again, this time from a Wylde corner into the packed goalmouth, where Nikica Jelavic connected well with the header only to nod wide of target.

Wylde was then the provider yet again, setting up Edu for a header that lacked power and was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic.

Rangers continued to pile on the pressure and Jelavic released Lafferty through on goal but Handanovic raced off his line to block before Ortiz's rebound effort was deflected wide.

Edu then nodded wide of the post, before Dorin Goian was also off target with a free-kick from 25 yards out.

Rangers were forced to make a change after 38 minutes when Lee Wallace hobbled out of the action and was replaced by Perry, with Bocanegra switching to left-back.

Jelavic then won a free-kick just before the break and connected with Wylde's ball into the box only to nod straight into the grateful hands of the goalkeeper.

Rangers were dealt a major blow after the restart when Maribor opened the scoring on the night after 55 minutes.

Volas collected a long ball and calmly sent a right-foot shot past goalkeeper Allan McGregor from 18 yards.

Ally McCoist made his second change of the night after 67 minutes when Ortiz was withdrawn for the introduction of David Healy as Rangers desperately tried to rescue the tie.

Rangers threw themselves a life-line after 75 minutes when Bocanegra met Goian's knock down from a Wylde corner and rifled home from close range to open his goalscoring account for his new club.

The home side then almost found the back of the net again when Lafferty teed up Healy for the shot and the Northern Irishman saw his point-blank effort blocked by Handanovic.

Maribor suffered a setback when Nejc Potokar was stretchered off as the game entered the final 10 minutes but they held on to book their place in the group stages.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Thursday, 28 August 2014
21:15
Rio Ave 1-0 Elfsborg  
20:00
Club Brugge 1-0 Grasshoppers  
Din Zagreb 2-1 Petrolul Ploies  
Leg Warsaw 2-0 FC Aktobe  
19:45
M'gladbach 7-0 Sarajevo  
Hull City 2-1 Lokeren Report
Inter 6-0 Stjarnan  
Nacional 2-3 Dinamo Minsk  
Tottenham 3-0 AEL Report
Villarreal 4-0 Astana  

Footer 365

FIFA president Sepp Blatter welcomes US investigations

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has issued a statement welcoming investigations by US and Swiss authorities

FIFA face FBI criminal investigation as indictment alleges 'generations of bribery and corruption'

The FBI have outlined details of their damning 47-count indictment in their FIFA criminal investigation.

Dnipro 2-3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca inspires Unai Emery's side's to record fourth Europa League title

Sevilla won a record fourth Europa League title and claimed a place in next season's Champions League with a 3-2 victory over Dnipro.

Mail Box

Vidic Is Part Of United's 'Budget XI'

We have post-2000 budget XIs on behalf of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Plus gaelic football, FIFA, more awards and the majesty of Il Fenomeno...

Europa League: Hardly The AIA Cup

A Spurs fan definitely isn't bothered his side aren't in the Europa League final tonight. Also, a warning about Michael Laudrup, and how to build a team with less than £20m.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company