HEADING_TITLE Nike Mercurial Vapor XI CR7 FG - Grijs/Metallic Hematite

TEXT_NEWS_PUBLISHED_DATE woensdag 05 juli, 2017

Twenty four hours after the Tour de France came to town, Nike Vpaor 11 Pedro Caixinha's new look Rangers side came to a shuddering halt. One from which they will do well to recover from. Regardless of the infancy of the Portuguese's Ibrox project, this was nothing short of humiliation. A shameful, listless display which got exactly what it deserved. To put the scale of this defeat in context, consider this: Progres Niederkorn, fourth in the Luxembourg league last season, hadn't won a European match in 13 attempts, scoring once and conceding 41 goals in the process.



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Even an evolving, undercooked Rangers side should be taking care of them in their sleep. For all Caixinha will talk of the need for time and patience this is a result that will haunt him for a long time to come and one he will be judged by. Frankly, a rump of the Rangers support will already question the wisdom of his appointment and who could honestly blame them? After a six-year absence from European competition, the Portuguese had talked with cautious optimism about reaching the group stages. AEL Limassol were already in his sights. What he believed to be an unthinkable, defeat to a team of part-timers, has now become all too real. If there has been a worse result in Rangers' long European history, on Tuesday night no one could recall one. Leading through Kenny Miller's first-leg goal, Rangers ought to have gone for the jugular and got the job done with something to spare yet, even allowing for early season ring-rust, were so far off the pace as Nike Mercurial XI to be unbelievable. Yes, they struck the woodwork twice at the death but by that stage they were hoping for their own miracle. Niederkorn scored twice in 10 second-half minutes through Emmanuel Francois and their skipper Sebastien Thill — and would not be denied. Such was the poverty of the performance from the Scots, at times you could scarcely believe what you were witnessing. On the day that Graham Dorrans inched closer to becoming the Rangers manager's ninth summer signing, the Portuguese's selection further demonstrated the wind of change blowing through the club. Daniel Candeias displaced his compatriot Dalcio in the side with Jordan Rossiter ousting Jason Holt to make his first start since August. Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian striker, was preferred to Martyn Waghorn. With its three open sides, the Josy Barthel Stadium is scarcely one of the continents more intimidating arenas but the fact Aberdeen lost a second leg here last year underscored the potential perils that lay within. Backed by over 2,000 travelling fans, Rangers went in search of the goal that would kill the tie stone dead. Both Candeias and James Tavernier were guilty of poor deliveries from advanced areas before Kenny Miller, the scorer in Glasgow, worked Niederkorn keeper Sebastian Flauss with a low shot that stemmed from Niko Kranjcar's corner. The minnows' hopes of pulling off the greatest result in their history rested with set pieces. When Tavernier needlessly fouled Matias Marques, Olivier Thill found Wes Foderingham's positioning suspect. His free-kick had the keeper scrambling to make up the ground only for the ball to land in the side-net. It should have been all the warning Rangers needed. Moments later, another chance passed the visitors by. Morelos cleverly dummied Lee Wallace's cross to give Niko Kranjcar sight of the target. The Croatian rather ballooned the ball over the top. As the midway point of the first half arrived, the script remained the same. Another Kranjcar corner allowed Fabio Cardoso to control with his chest and volley across goal. Miller was inches away from converting with a diving header. By that stage, Niederkorn were starting to fancy their chances. Neat footwork by Emmanuel Francoise presented Mike Schneider with half a chance on the edge of the box. His lack of composure allowed Foderingham to rest easy. Niederkorn's commendable defensive organisation was disrupted by what looked like a serious injury sustained by Flauss. Charly Schinker replaced him in goal. Rossiter attempted to make his first task retrieving the ball from the rigging but his drive from the edge of the box drifted wide. The men from Luxembourg certainly had their chances. Quite why Thill was allowed to motor from middle to front at will just before the break was anyone's guess. Fortunately for Caixinha's men, his fizzing drive was marginally off target. Something had to chance. Morelos had struggled to make any kind of impact and was hooked with Dalcio introduced and Miller shunted to centre forward. Niederkorn restarted with greater attacking intent, though. Thill spotted Wallace out of position and threaded and excellent pass to Francois. He steamed clear on goal and let fly. Only the outstretched hand of Foderingham prevented the unthinkable happening. Outwardly, Caixinha remained calm. Heaven knows how he managed it. Another Kranjcar corner found David Bates lurking at the far post but his header was poor and again the home goal remained untroubled. Josh Windass was next to be introduced. Daniel Candeias made way, the game having passed him by. A goal for Niederkorn still seemed as likely as one for the Scots. Thill wasn't far away from providing it with a well-executed floater from the edge of the box that drifted a yard wide. Rangers' response was a Ryan Jack header from Kranjcar's corner that was easily gathered by Schinkel. Just after the hour mark, the Croat struck the bar with a header from three yards from a Wallace cross when it seemed easier to score. The consequence was drastic. Unable to clear their lines after a corner, Metin Karayer drove at the right side of the Rangers defence with purpose. His in-swinging cross was a gem. Francoise simply had to outstretch a leg and flick the ball beyond Foderingham from close range. A truly staggering upset was on the cards. One squandered Kranjcar free-kick later, we moved into surreal territory. Windass conceded a needless free-kick near the right touchline which Sebastien Thill took charge of. His delivery was outstanding but it caught the entire Rangers defence sleeping. To Foderingham's horror, the curling strike beat him at his far post. Eduardo Herrera represented Caixinha's last throw of the dice from the bench. Windass hit the crossbar with a header while Miller did likewise with shot at the death. But, amid an onslaught of long balls, Niederkorn held on for the greatest result in their European history and Rangers' worst.

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