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Europa League: Bayer Leverkusen v Rangers – Barker in for Hagi

Posted at 19:35 6 Aug19:35 6 AugSee you soonFT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Well, that’s the end of the road for Rangers in last season’s Europa League.Luckily for them, they get to do it all over again in this season’s campaign, which starts for them in just over a month.Thanks for joining us tonight,…

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Posted at 19:35 6 Aug19:35 6 AugSee you soonFT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Well, that’s the end of the road for Rangers in last season’s Europa League.Luckily for them, they get to do it all over again in this season’s campaign, which starts for them in just over a month.Thanks for joining us tonight, goodbye.Posted at 19:32 6 Aug19:32 6 Aug’We could have scored more’FT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Posted at 19:31 6 Aug19:31 6 Aug’Morelos has had his head turned’ – GerrardFT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Here’s Rangers manager Steven Gerrard speaking with BT Sport following his side’s loss in Germany.”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 the game
and the best side 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.”On Rangers’ Europa League run:”The run’s been amazing, the players have been fantastic they’ve
gave me everything they’ve got. They’ve really pushed themselves to the max and
at times we’ve punched above our weight. Its an amazing achievement to get to
where we got to, but we’re Rangers and we need to keep striving for more and
get better individually. We never qualified against a part-time team two years
ago and now we are competing in the last 16. But it’s important we keep improving.
On Alfredo Morelos’ future:”I can’t control
what goes on outside. Everyone knows he’s had his head turned, for sure. There’s
no denying that. But we just move forward. My focus is on the team and the
players that want to be here, and the focus is on St Mirren. If a bid comes
that the board like and they are interested in, and the player tells me face-to-face he wants to go, we’ll see what happens. “Alfredo is professional enough to block the noise out and
focus, he hasn’t had the best of games tonight, but we haven’t as a team
either. There’s no fingers blamed on anyone. But Alfredo needs to remain
focused.”Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty Images20:15Full-time statsBayer Leverkusen 1-0 RangersBBC SportCopyright: BBC SportPosted at 19:08 6 Aug19:08 6 Aug’Their quality shone through’ – GoldsonFT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Rangers defender Connor Goldson had a solid game alongside Filip Helander. Here’s what he had to say in his post-match interview with BT Sport:”It was tough,” he said.”They are a good side, no doubt about it. In the first half we weren’t aggressive enough. It was too easy for them. We had a bit more of a go second half but in the end their quality shone through.”I’m proud of everyone. The quality and commitment we’ve shown was brilliant. All the lads deserve all the praise, maybe tonight was a bit too far for us.”Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 19:00 6 Aug19:00 6 AugFor the stats lovers…FT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Rangers
have lost both legs of a two-legged tie in a major European competition
for the first time since the 1997-98 UEFA Cup first round against
Strasbourg.Posted at 18:55 6 Aug18:55 6 AugNot much rest for Leverkusen…FT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Posted at 18:51 6 Aug18:51 6 AugA marathon of a campaignFT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Posted at 18:48 6 Aug18:48 6 AugFULL-TIME – RANGERS ARE OUT OF THE EUROPA LEAGUEFT: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)There we have it. We knew it would be tough. The first-leg deficit put Rangers right up against it, and they needed to score at least three goals tonight to have any chance of progressing through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Steven Gerrard said they wanted an early goal, and when that didn’t come, heads started to drop.Moussa Diaby, who was superb, scored the game’s only goal five minutes after the break, and Rangers had no response.Now Rangers can focus on the Scottish Premiership and this year’s Europa League campaign.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty Images89 minsPost updateBayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Kai Havertz wants his goal, but it doesn’t look like he’ll get it. He’s just hit the side netting from an impossible angle.Exequiel Palacios has just been replaced by Adrian Stanilewicz for the hosts.Posted at 18:40 6 Aug18:40 6 Aug’Maybe that’s the last time we’ll see Morelos’Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Neil McCannFormer Hearts & Rangers winger on BBC SportsoundQuote Message: Two strikers are not being brought into Ibrox for nothing. A few quid has been spent there. Alfredo Morelos’ attitude to the job here has been found wanting. Maybe it’s time for a deal to be done. It’s a shame because as a player and a goalscorer he’s got it, but maybe that’s the last time we will see him Two strikers are not being brought into Ibrox for nothing. A few quid has been spent there. Alfredo Morelos’ attitude to the job here has been found wanting. Maybe it’s time for a deal to be done. It’s a shame because as a player and a goalscorer he’s got it, but maybe that’s the last time we will see him82 minsCLOSE!Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Lukas Hradecky gives the ball away and the ball ends up at the feet of Greg Stewart. He decides to try to bend a left-footer round the keeper, rather than slide it to Scott Arfield. It’s deflected wide for a corner, which is easily cleared.Posted at 18:35 6 Aug18:35 6 AugPost updateBayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Neil McCannFormer Hearts & Rangers winger on BBC SportsoundQuote Message: I think guys like James Tavernier and Borna Barisic have been guilty of being sloppy in the final third. They’ve been better than that in pre-season and at the weekend I think guys like James Tavernier and Borna Barisic have been guilty of being sloppy in the final third. They’ve been better than that in pre-season and at the weekend79 minsPost updateBayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)It seems like both benches have accepted that this game is as good as over. Rangers make their final two substitutions – James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos head off, with Nathan Patterson and Greg Stewart replacing them.Jonathan Tah comes on for Sven Bender for the hosts.Posted at 18:30 6 Aug18:30 6 AugPost updateBayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Neil McCannFormer Hearts & Rangers winger on BBC SportsoundQuote Message: What a good chance. The angle meant Connor Goldson could only direct it to the middle of the goal, but he’s totally unmarked and the keeper is all over the place there What a good chance. The angle meant Connor Goldson could only direct it to the middle of the goal, but he’s totally unmarked and the keeper is all over the place there73 minsCLOSE!Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Off the line!Borna Barisic’s inswinging corner catches out Lukas Hradecky in the Leverkusen goal. Connor Goldson heads the ball at the back post, but it’s cleared by Edmond Tapsoba.70 minsPost updateBayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Moussa Diaby is substituted. Lots of noise about Kai Havertz before this game, but Diaby has been the standout player tonight. He’s been excellent.Leon Bailey replaces him.68 minsYELLOW CARD – Ianis HagiBayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Charles Aranguiz is in the wars a bit. Ianis Hagi is the latest to take a swipe at him, and the Romanian is into the book.66 minsPost updateBayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)Is that Steven Gerrard resting players now?Ryan Kent and Steven Davis are substituted, with Jordan Jones and Scott Arfield coming on to replace them.Posted at 18:18 6 Aug18:18 6 AugMind elsewhere, Alfredo?Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Rangers (Agg: 4-1)
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‘We have lost the plot with handball’

MOTD2: ‘Ridiculous’ handball rule has ‘got to change’Football has “lost the plot” with the new handball ruling and decisions made by officials are causing Premier League matches to “lose the spectacle”, says Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.The Magpies were awarded a late penalty after Andy Carroll’s knockdown came off Eric Dier’s arm inside the box.Callum Wilson…

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MOTD2: ‘Ridiculous’ handball rule has ‘got to change’Football has “lost the plot” with the new handball ruling and decisions made by officials are causing Premier League matches to “lose the spectacle”, says Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.The Magpies were awarded a late penalty after Andy Carroll’s knockdown came off Eric Dier’s arm inside the box.Callum Wilson converted the 97th-minute spot-kick in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho did not want to comment but said there was “no respect” for his club.’We’ve lost the plot’ – Bruce on handball and VARThe hosts led through Lucas Moura’s first-half strike but missed a number of chances, allowing Newcastle to earn a point with their only shot on target in the contest.With time running out, Jonjo Shelvey floated a free-kick into the area which substitute Carroll nodded down but the ball came off Dier’s outstretched arm – with the defender’s back towards the ball – as he jumped to make a challenge.Following a lengthy consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), on-field official Peter Bankes awarded the penalty after reviewing the incident on the pitch-side monitor.Jose Mourinho says Spurs ‘deserve more respect’Mourinho walked down the tunnel in disgust after seeing Wilson score the penalty and, when asked to give his reaction to the decision, he said: “I don’t want to speak about it.”The only feeling I am ready to share is that I don’t feel Tottenham is respected according to what the club is. No respect.”It is my feeling. You know it is the third club I have managed in the country, so happy so proud, so happy every day, I would not change it for any other job in the world but I feel it, I feel we deserve more respect.”So far this season, six penalties have been awarded for handball compared to 19 in the entirety of the last campaign. At this stage last season, there had been no penalties awarded for handball in the Premier League.The major European leagues were already implementing the new ‘stricter’ interpretation of the handball law last season and that resulted in 50 penalties due to handball in La liga and 60 in Serie A.Bruce added: “The handball has been around for a hundred years. If it is deliberate, no problem, but it has to be clear and obvious. We have lost the plot with it and it loses the spectacle of it.”Maybe we can do something about it, we seem to have these phases where we take everything literally in the Premier League and maybe we have to say no to it.”On Saturday, Roy Hodgson said the “nonsense” handball law that led to a penalty against Joel Ward in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 defeat by Everton was “ruining the game”.Referee Peter Bankes reviewed the decision on the pitch-side monitorSo what is the new law?A new interpretation of the handball law was introduced at the beginning of this season. Under these new rules, a player will be penalised for handball if:The hand/arm is clearly away from the body and outside the “body line” .The player clearly leans into the path of the ball.The ball travels some distance.The ball touches a hand/arm that is clearly raised above the shoulder.The player falls and the hand/arm is extended laterally or vertically away from the body.A deflection clearly makes no difference to the ball touching a hand/arm that is clearly extended away from the body and/or above the shoulder’An absolute joke’ – what the pundits saidFormer Premier League striker Clinton Morrison on BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s a terrible decision. I would be going mad. VAR is ruining our game. It’s the law, I understand, but he is facing the other way. We have got to be more consistent when we are making these decisions.”I totally get it’s the law, but you’ve got to be consistent. Mourinho will be asking why they did not decide to check the handball incident with Jamaal Lascelles moments before, which looked more of a penalty. Dier was looking the other way.”It just frustrates me. At the end of the game I want to talk about football. Instead we are talking about VAR and the handball rule. I would take the handball rule away from the VAR officials.”I like it that the referee goes to the monitor because the players will respect it more. I don’t blame the referee, I blame VAR. That is the problem.”Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports: “An absolute disgrace, a joke. Everyone in this country will say what I am saying. “Dier had no control of where his arm was. Whether it’s the FA, Fifa, Pierluigi Collina, stop it, it is ruining football for everyone. An absolute joke.”Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness: “It is the new rules. It is harsh but these are the rules.”Maybe it is going to create more excitement and goals and eventually we will get to accept it.”‘Get our game back’ – reaction on social mediaWhat you said on #bbcfootball:Ashley: Yes we need VAR, but that was never a handball by Dier. He clearly didn’t know where the ball was! Change the rule NOW!Adam Salter: In all seriousness, accidental handball should not be given as a penalty. Give it the hockey treatment and award an indirect free-kick on the corner of the box on the byline.
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Man City set to complete £65m Dias deal

Ruben Dias scored during Benfica’s league win over Moreirense on SaturdayManchester City are set to sign Portugal defender Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m his week.City’s Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 32, will go the other way for about £13.7m in a separate transfer.Manager Pep Guardiola has wanted a right-sided central defender since Vincent Kompany retired…

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Ruben Dias scored during Benfica’s league win over Moreirense on SaturdayManchester City are set to sign Portugal defender Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m his week.City’s Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 32, will go the other way for about £13.7m in a separate transfer.Manager Pep Guardiola has wanted a right-sided central defender since Vincent Kompany retired last summer.Dias, 23, was captain for Benfica’s win over Moreirense on Saturday and hugged team-mates and sporting director Rui Costa at the final whistle.After the match, Dias – who had scored his 12th goal for the club in 133 appearances – told Benfica TV: “It was a very important game for me and being able to mark it with a goal was very special.”I believe that everyone already has an idea why I hugged Rui Costa.”While Dias’ transfer is yet to be completed, only a few minor details remain to be agreed.The failure to secure a replacement for former skipper Kompany was seen as a major reason for City not putting up more of a challenge to Liverpool in last season’s Premier League title race.Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, was initially City’s top target this summer, but the Italian club wanted £80m for the Senegal defender, which City were not prepared to pay.Vardy hat-trick in stunning Leicester win at Man CityWhy John Stones can still save his Man City career – Joleon LescottCancel Culture: Has it gone too far?Video Games: The industries problem with inclusion
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FIA tightens rules on drivers’ clothing

Hamilton displayed the message in ItalyFormula 1 drivers have been told they cannot wear clothing bearing any slogans or messages while doing official duties after grands prix.The move is a reaction to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wearing a T-shirt at the last race in Tuscany referencing the case of a woman killed by US police.The FIA…

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Hamilton displayed the message in ItalyFormula 1 drivers have been told they cannot wear clothing bearing any slogans or messages while doing official duties after grands prix.The move is a reaction to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wearing a T-shirt at the last race in Tuscany referencing the case of a woman killed by US police.The FIA said podium finishers “must remain attired only in their driving suits done up to the neck”.This must be the case throughout the podium ceremony and interviews.The requirements include a “medical face mask or team-branded face mask”.The move had been expected after talks between the FIA, Mercedes and Hamilton’s representatives before this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.At Mugello, Hamilton wore a T-shirt saying: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” at the official pre-race anti-racism demonstration and on the podium and during the post-race interviews.He had previously worn a Black Lives Matter T-shirt for the demonstration, but not after the race, while other drivers wore the FIA official “End Racism” T-shirts.FIA to clarify rules on anti-racism shirtsThe FIA looked into whether they should investigate Hamilton on the grounds of breaking any rules, but decided against it.Political messages have long been banned on the podium in F1.Hamilton said at the Russian Grand Prix: “I did something that has never really happened in F1 and obviously they will stop it from happening moving forwards.”Taylor was a black woman shot multiple times as officers raided her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March. The case is one of a number that has been at the centre of civil rights protests in the US.On Wednesday, authorities in the US decided not to change any of the police officers involved with her killing, a decision that led to sports stars across the world, including Hamilton, expressing their anger and disappointment. Hamilton said in Sochi on Thursday: “I don’t regret a single moment of it. I usually follow my heart and do what I feel is right. “People talk about sport not being a place for politics. Ultimately, it’s a human rights issues and in my opinion that is something we should be pushing towards. “We have a huge collective group of amazing people who watch our sport from multiple different backgrounds and cultures. We should definitely be pushing positive messages towards them, especially for equality. “We push towards road safety and you could say that is human rights.”
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