Morelos on the mark to rescue 10-man Rangers
Goal: Alfredo Morelos (pic: SNS Group)
Rangers 1 Alashkert 0
Europa League play-off, 1st leg
Alfredo Morelos rescued 10-man Rangers on a frustrating night for Steven Gerrard’s men as they were forced to dig deep to stay on course for the group stages.
The Scottish champions would have been hoping to take a bigger lead to Armenia for the second leg but instead had to settle for the slimmest of margins after playing the entire second half with 10 men.
John Lundstram’s two yellow cards in the opening period forced a change of plan for Gerrard, who will have been relieved just to have won the match in the circumstances.
Morelos’ strike after 67 minutes after being put through on goal by James Tavernier was just reward for a good second-half performance from the home side.
While the Armenians posed little threat in attack, they could prove to be a different proposition with home advantage next week.