Europa League - Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
B LeverkusenBayer 04 Leverkusen1RangersRangers0
By Keir MurrayBBC Scotland
Moussa Diaby scores for Bayer Leverkusen
Moussa Diaby raced clear of James Tavernier to finish with aplomb at the start of the second half

Bayer Leverkusen ended Rangers' 13-month Europa League journey from the first qualifying round to the last 16 with a straightforward win in Germany.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg at Ibrox on 12 March, Peter Bosz's side were rarely troubled in an empty BayArena.

Kai Havertz hit the bar, slid a shot wide, and had an effort saved but it was Moussa Diaby's alert run and finish that broke the deadlock.

The Germans now face Inter Milan in Monday's quarter-final in Dusseldorf.

Rangers - with Brandon Barker starting ahead of Ianis Hagi - looked to trouble the team that finished fifth in the Bundesliga on the break. But opportunities were scarce.

A heavy touch by Alfredo Morelos spurned an early opening, and it was 21-year-old German international Havertz who went closest in the first half, clipping Allan McGregor's crossbar with an angled snapshot and sliding a shot narrowly wide when one on one with the Rangers goalkeeper.

Leverkusen, playing their first match since losing the German Cup final to Bayern Munich on 4 July, were tidy in possession and threatened with balls through Rangers' central defence.

Had it not been for a Filip Helander block from Florian Wirtz's shot after a four-on-three attack, Rangers would have trailed at the break.

Diaby broke the stalemate in 51 minutes when he scampered clear of James Tavernier and on to a Charles Aranguiz ball before finishing high past McGregor.

The veteran goalkeeper used his left foot to save superbly from Havertz soon after before Rangers' best chance - Connor Goldson having a header cleared off the line by Edmond Tapsoba.

That was as good as it got for Gerrard's side, though, as a campaign that began with a win over St Joseph's in Gibraltar on 9 July last year fizzled out.

Man of the match - Charles Aranguiz

Charles Aranguiz is first to the ball in the Rangers box
The Chile midfielder (number 20) scored in the first leg at Ibrox and caused Rangers further pain with his energy, tough tackling and his perfect pass for Diaby's goal. He also stung McGregor's palms with a bulleted header from eight yards, though any goal would not have stood owing to an earlier foul

What did we learn?

The two-goal deficit meant progression to the last eight was always going to be a tall order. Gerrard had hoped the pace of Brandon Barker and Ryan Kent could trouble Leverkusen, but the Germans' passing was too slick and no Rangers player could impose himself enough to change the direction of the tie.

In-demand striker Morelos may have played his last game for Rangers. He scored six of his team's 13 goals in the marathon campaign, but in Germany he offered few glimpses of his earlier danger. Gerrard will list new strikers Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten in his 2020/21 Europa League squad, but funds raised from a sale of Morelos might be well spent on adding thrust and creativity to the midfield.

Rangers competed admirably in the tournament against teams from Poland, Holland and Portugal but came unstuck against the team that finished fifth in the Bundesliga, showing the strength of one of Europe's top leagues.

What did they say?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard told BT Sport: "We're disappointed with the result. I don't think we found our level or performance to give it a good go tonight. The best side won and go through.

"There's a lot we can improve on and a lot we can work on moving forward and we've found a level tonight to strive for. Hopefully one day we can get to that level."

Match stats

  • Rangers lost both legs of a European tie for the first time since the 1997-98 Uefa Cup first round against Strasbourg.
  • Leverkusen have won four consecutive Europa League games - their best run in the competition since February 1995. It is the first time have reached the last eight since 2007-08.
  • Rangers failed to attempt a single shot in the first half. Their first attempt of any kind came with Goldson's 71st-minute header.
  • Aged 17 years and 95 days, Wirtz became the youngest player to feature for Leverkusen in a European tie, surpassing Havertz (17y 144d v Tottenham in the Champions League in November 2016).

What's next?

Rangers return to Scottish Premiership action on Sunday, welcoming St Mirren to Ibrox and looking to add to the opening-day victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Line-ups

B Leverkusen

  • 1Hrádecky
  • 8BenderSubstituted forDragovicat 68'minutes
  • 5BenderSubstituted forTahat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Tapsoba
  • 22SinkgravenBooked at 45mins
  • 20AránguizBooked at 15mins
  • 25PalaciosSubstituted forStanilewiczat 87'minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 27WirtzSubstituted forBaumgartlingerat 68'minutes
  • 19DiabySubstituted forBaileyat 68'minutes
  • 31Volland

Substitutes

  • 4Tah
  • 6Dragovic
  • 9Bailey
  • 13Alario
  • 15Baumgartlinger
  • 18Wendell
  • 28Özcan
  • 30Stanilewicz
  • 36Lomb

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2TavernierSubstituted forPattersonat 77'minutes
  • 6Goldson
  • 5Helander
  • 31Barisic
  • 8Jack
  • 10DavisSubstituted forArfieldat 66'minutes
  • 17Aribo
  • 21BarkerBooked at 53minsSubstituted forHagiat 60'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 14KentSubstituted forJonesat 66'minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forStewartat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Edmundson
  • 7Hagi
  • 12Firth
  • 22Jones
  • 24Stewart
  • 28McCrorie
  • 33Barjonas
  • 37Arfield
  • 51Mayo
  • 63Patterson
Referee:
Danny Makkelie

Match Stats

Home TeamB LeverkusenAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1, Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1, Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Borna Barisic (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Jones.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Jones (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Dragovic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  6. Post update

    Jordan Jones (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Booking

    Jonathan Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  9. Post update

    Jordan Jones (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leon Bailey (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Kevin Volland (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Filip Helander (Rangers).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Adrian Stanilewicz replaces Exequiel Palacios.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Dragovic.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leon Bailey (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Exequiel Palacios (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jack (Rangers).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Aleksandar Dragovic.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Charles Aránguiz.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Greg Stewart (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ianis Hagi.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla65011431115
2Apoel Nicosia6312108210
3FK Qarabag6123811-35
4F91 Dudelange6114818-104

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Malmö FF632186211
2FC Copenhagen62315419
3Dynamo Kyiv61417707
4Lugano603325-33

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411124813
2Getafe640284412
3FK Krasnodar6303711-49
4Trabzonspor6015311-81

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1LASK6411114713
2Sporting6402117412
3PSV Eindhoven6222912-38
4Rosenborg6015311-81

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic6411106413
2CFR Cluj640264212
3Lazio620469-36
4Rennes611458-34

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal6321147711
2Frankfurt6303810-29
3Standard Liege6222810-28
4Vitória Guimarães6123710-35

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto631289-110
2Rangers62318629
3Young Boys62228718
4Feyenoord612379-25

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Espanyol6321124811
2Ludogorets6222101008
3Ferencvárosi TC614157-27
4CSKA Moscow612339-65

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KAA Gent6330117412
2Wolfsburg632197211
3Saint-Étienne604268-24
4Oleksandria6033610-43

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Istanbul Basaksehir631279-210
2Roma623112669
3B Mgladbach622269-38
4RZ Pellets WAC612378-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga6420159614
2Wolves6411115613
3Slovan Bratislava61141013-34
4Besiktas6105615-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd6411102813
2AZ Alkmaar623115879
3Partizan Belgrade6222101008
4FC Astana6105419-153
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