World media reacts to Rangers Champions League glory as blundering PSV ripped apart by high press heroics

It’s the morning after the night before for Rangers fans and the club is finally back among the European elite.

The Champions League play-offs were well balanced at the Philips Stadium after a scintillating first leg at Ibrox, but in form Antonio Colak sacked Rangers to the promised land for the group stage, for the first time in 12 years as he took a total win. of 3-2. It was a nerve-wracking night in the heat of the Netherlands, but Colak proved to be the coolest man in Eindhoven when Malik Tillman sent the ball to the Croat after depriving defender Andre Ramalho of the ball with Gio van Bronckhorst’s patented high pressure.

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PSV keeper Walter Benitez and Ramalho were both in the firing line after the game when the media tore apart Ruud van Nistelrooy’s mediocre representation, with the standard dip in the second half with Luuk de Jong limping due to an injury at the peace. After keeping Rangers in Ibrox, the Eredivisie side came into play on their own patch as heavy favorites.

Rangers celebrate victory over PSV with fans

The historic Rangers’ achievement was the playoff roster on Wednesday night and caught the attention of the world media. Media in the Netherlands did not hesitate when it came to PSV, while the performance of The Light Blues did not go unnoticed. Here’s a selection of the best responses from around the world.

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BN De Stem (Netherlands)

‘Make us proud’ the PSV supporters wrote on a colossal banner before the match. The players would have liked that, but it didn’t work out on a night that ended in powerlessness and frustration. On the threshold of the Champions League. Then the goal is close, yet so far away. PSV simply came up short against a not so special opponent. With a 0-1 victory, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his Rangers FC certainly didn’t get too much.”

NOS (Netherlands)

“PSV has not qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. After the 2-2 draw in Glasgow, Eindhoven lost 1-0 on Wednesday evening. The group stage of the Europa League is now waiting for PSV. A goal by striker Antonio Colak was sufficient. for Rangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst for a crucial victory. That goal came after some fiddling in the run-up to PSV.”

NOW (Netherlands)

PSV missed participation in the Champions League on Wednesday. A blunder by André Ramalho cost the team of coach Ruud van Nistelrooy the head in the play-off match against Rangers FC in Eindhoven (0-1), after the first game in Glasgow had ended in a 2-2 draw.

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“PSV did not score on the stroke of half-time via Luuk de Jong and Cody Gakpo and the club was settled for that after the interruption. The Eindhoven team proposed the goal themselves: Ramalho blundered after a bad pass from goalkeeper Walter Benitez. Antonio Colak punished the mistake on behalf of the team of trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS – AUG 24: Antonio-Mirko Colak (L) of Glasgow Rangers scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League play-off Secaon Leg match between PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers at Phillips Stadium on August 24, 2022 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

“Despite another imposed chance from Gakpo, PSV was unable to score. As a result, defensive blunders cost PSV a ticket for the Champions League. In Glasgow, Benitez was still responsible for a goal with a blunder.”

Marc (Spain)

“A very valuable win for the Scots in a very even game, which can even be considered a surprise as PSV had home advantage. However, tonight’s result may be a bit unfair for the local team, who had more and better chances, but none purpose.” The absence of Luuk De Jong due to injury in the second half was crucial and a defensive error between Ramalho and Benitez enabled the Scots to return to the top European league. The Netherlands will have to settle for the Europa League.”

L’Equipe (France)

Facing a slow but harmless PSV team, especially after De Jong left injured at halftime, Rangers took advantage of a defensive error by Ramalho on the hour to qualify. Twelve years after their last entry into the Champions League group stage. Rangers will be present during the draw for the Champions League that will take place in Istanbul next Thursday. The Scottish club has been relieved of a clumsy PSV Eindhoven.”

Fox Sports (Australia)

Antonio Colak scored the only goal on Wednesday to take Rangers to the Champions League group stage, a year after he was responsible for knocking the Scottish side out of the European elite club tournament. Colak found the target on the hour and managed a 1 -0 win at PSV Eindhoven to seal a 3-2 aggregate win in their play-off.

The Croatian international stopped the ball after Malik Tillman created the chance after a mix-up in the Dutch defence. Rangers will now enter Thursday’s draw after securing a place in the money-spinning group stage for the first time since 2010. .

“Twelve months ago, Colak was public enemy number one for Ibrox fans when he scored twice for Malmö to give the Swedish club victory over Rangers in the third qualifying round. They will join the draw at Glasgow rivals Celtic, the first time in 14 years that both Scottish giants have been in the group stage at the same time.”

Globo (Portugal)

Rangers secured a place in the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday. The Scottish team defeated the Dutch PSV 1-0 in Eindhoven, after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Glasgow.

The hero of the standings was attacker Colak, who scored in the 15th minute of the second half. After that, PSV still pressed for the equalizer, but did not get past the Rangers mark.”

The Guardian (London)

Another famous European night for Rangers, this one returned to the promised land as a 12-year exile from the Champions League group stage came to an end.

“Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team held their ground against the opponents who were coached by his good friend Ruud van Nistelrooy. Antonio Colak’s goal in the second half came when PSV, frustrated by their dominance that did not result in a clear opening, Coughing up a catastrophic mistake. The outstanding Malik Tillman forced the mistake which saw Rangers join Celtic on Thursday, the first time in 15 years that Scotland’s big two have been there together.”


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