Thursday 12 December 2019

Young Boys strike late to deny Gers

Christian Fassnacht
Christian Fassnacht

Christian Fassnacht scored a last-gasp winner for Young Boys as Rangers left the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf empty-handed following a 2-1 Europa League defeat.

Rangers looked comfortable on the artificial surface in an open first half and broke the deadlock in the 44th minute when Alfredo Morelos shook off a defender and darted into the box before sliding the ball into the net.

It took Young Boys just five minutes of the second half to level things up as Roger Assale fired in from close range.

And the hosts broke Rangers hearts deep into added time when Fassnacht fired in to snatch all three points.

A point would have been a valuable prize after the opening win over Feyenoord and that looked the most likely outcome as the game neared a conclusion.

However, when a clearing Filip Helander header was redirected back towards the Rangers defence, James Tavernier lost his footing as he tried to clear, allowing Fassnacht to stride forward and fizz a low strike past Allan McGregor.

Within a few seconds, Gerrard's side had gone from topping the group to wondering what had gone wrong. All four teams in Group G now have three points apiece after Feyenoord beat Porto in the pool's other game.

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