Next, the Swedish team will face Ludogorets from Bulgaria.
Football the dominant Swedish championship team Malmö FF is one step closer to the group stage of the men’s Champions League when it defeated the Scottish champion Rangers on Tuesday night in Glasgow 2–1. Malmö advanced with 4–2 overall goals.
The attacker became Malmö’s hero Antonio Čolak, who scored both goals for his team. Rangers’ 1–0 lead was also scored in Finland by HJK Alfredo Morelos. The value of Malmö’s victory is increased by the fact that the team had to play just under one player until the end of the first half, when Bonke Innocent received a second warning and a red card.
“These feelings can’t be described in words. I love this team. This was a fantastic performance,” Čolak glowed after the match.
Rangers took the lead in the 18th minute. The response from the Swedes came in the second half.
52 minutes into the game, Malmön Veljko Birmančević gave a perfect pass to Čolakille who shot the ball into the back of the net. Five minutes later, Čolak struck again. This time, he misled two Rangers defenders, reached the draw and scored a winning goal.
“We played short and we had 50,000 Rangers supporters in the stands. All Malmö supporters believed us, even though the situation was not easy,” Čolak said.
In the defense of Malmö, the whole match was played by Finland Niklas Moisander. Finnish player for Rangers Glen Chamber was sidelined due to a ban.
Malmö will next face the Bulgarian Ludogorets, and the winner of the match will advance to the group stage of the Champions League. The season of losing the match continues in the European leagues in the European leagues.
The Rangers will next qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.
In the previous qualifying round, Malmö won HJK’s overall goals 4–3.