Nigerian trio all shine in Rangers’ Europa League win

Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey all impressed in Rangers’ 3-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie.

Leon Balogun shouts in celebration, while wearing a blue Rangers FC home jersey, with his arms spread apart
Nigerian trio all shine in Rangers’ 3-0 Europa League win

Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey all impressed in Rangers’ 3-0 win in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie.

Within 15 minutes of the encounter, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos had given the hosts a two goal lead over Red Star Belgrade at the Ibrox Stadium.

Aleksandar Katai missed a spotkick for the Serbian champions in the 24th minute as they went on break trailing by a two goal deficit. 

As the second half resumed, the visitors began to for a way back into the game but it proved abortive. 

Super Eagles veteran,Leon Balogun rounded off the scoring with the third goal of the night when he rose to head home a well-delivered James Tavernier corner in the 51st minute.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 10: Leon Balogun celebrates his goal with teammates Ryan Jack & Joe Aribo (17) as he makes it 3-0 Rangers during a UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Red Star Belgrade at Ibrox Stadium, on March 10, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 10: Leon Balogun celebrates his goal with teammates Ryan Jack & Joe Aribo (17) as he makes it 3-0 Rangers during a UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Red Star Belgrade at Ibrox Stadium, on March 10, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

This is Leon’s second goal of the Europa League with his first coming against Bröndby IF in October 2021.

The 33-year-old and Bassey played the entire duration of the match while Aribo was replaced by Fashion Sakala in the 75th minute.

Watch Leon Balogun’s Post-Match Reaction

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