RANGERS are in serious trouble as they look to secure Champions League football for the first time since 2010.

A low drive into the bottom corner from Teddy Teuma gave Union Saint-Gilloise a deserved lead in Leuven.

And in the second half, Rangers were left fuming when VAR gave a controversial penalty after Connor Goldson was adjudged to have hanballed.

Dante Vanzeir then converted the spot kick to double the hosts’ advantage to give Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men an uphill battle at Ibrox.

  • VAR from a penalty

    USG’s second goal came from the penalty spot, but the awarding of the penalty has caused plenty of controversy.

    On the replays the ball deflected off a Rangers defender and on to Goldson’s arm from just a yard away.

    VAR under fire again.

  • Bronckhorst beaten

    Rangers boss Bronckhorst looked disappointed for large periods of the game this evening.

    His first substitution came in the 67th minute. Fans may point the finger, suggesting he should have made changes sooner.

    The Dutchman will have plenty of work to do if he’s to turn his side around for next week’s second leg.

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  • Well deserved win

    USG didn’t look like a team who had never played Champions League football before. The Belgian side were positive in their play, creating a number of chances which the visitors were unable to keep out.

    On the other hand, Rangers were very flat and never really got going. They lacked bite in attack, whilst looking shaky at the back.

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  • FULL TIME – USG 2-0 Rangers

    The referee blows his whistle as USG secure their victory.

    An uphill battle awaits Rangers next week at Ibrox.

  • USG 2-0 Rangers

    90+3, Tavernier makes a vital clearance off the line!

    That was very nearly game over for the visitors.

  • USG substitutions – USG 2-0 Rangers

    90+2, Goalscorers Vanzeir and Teuma make way to a warm reception.

    Francois and Puertas are on.

  • USG 2-0 Rangers

    90, There will be 4 additional minutes here. Rangers need a goal.

  • USG change – USG 2-0 Rangers

    85, Adringa strolls off to a standing ovation. Ilyes is on for the last five minutes or so.

  • USG 2-0 Rangers

    84, Wright is at it again, running at defenders and this time wins a free kick of Van Der Heyen. The winger has looked positive since coming on.

  • USG 2-0 Rangers

    82, Wright drives in field and plays a neat one two with Colack before being shoved off the ball. The substitute waves his arms, appealing for a penalty, but the referee looks disinterested.

  • USG 2-0 Rangers

    81, Tavernier’s corner is plucked out of the air by Moris and the home fans celebrate as though they’ve scored. They are loving every second of this.

  • USG 2-0 Rangers

    79, Huge save from McLaughlin!

    Goldson gifts the ball back to USG and Vanzeir is set free one on one with the goalkeeper. McLaughlin does brilliantly, spreading himself, and saving Rangers from conceding a third with an outstretched boot.

  • Rangers Substitutions – USG 2-0 Rangers

    77, Lawrence and Wright are on to help inspire a dramatic finish here.

    New signings Matondo and Tillman make way. Not the start they would have wanted.

  • GOAL! – USG 2-0 Rangers

    75, Vanzeir is the coolest man in the house, sending McLaughlin the wrong way and rolling the ball into the back of the net.

    USG are in dreamland.

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  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    73, Penalty to Rangers!

    The referee took his time before pointing to the spot.

    Goldson picks up a yellow for the incident. It looks harsh on the defender who was just a yard or so away from the ball.

    Vanzeir has the chance fro the spot.

  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    72, Oooo, VAR are checking for a handball against Goldson in the penalty area.

    The referee has been called over to the screen…

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  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    71, Rangers survive.

    USG so nearly double their lead.

    The USG players were lining up to shoot there. McLaughlin is forced into a double save before Adingra slices an effort over the bar.

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  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    68, Rangers come close!

    That’s their best move of the match.

    Tavernier combines with Colak. The Croat flashes a deadly ball across goal, but no one in white and was close enough to it.

  • Rangers substitutions – USG 1-0 Rangers

    66, Here they are then, the Rangers changes, and it’s a double.

    Debutants Davies and Yilmaz are on. Barisic and Jack make way.

  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    65, Rangers are being given no time on the ball. Vanzeir is on to Goldson in a flash, and the Rangers man is lucky to win a free kick.

    Substitutions must be imminent for the visitors. They still look flat.

  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    63, Tavernier looks to skip past Lapoussin, but the Madagascan stands his ground.

    Rangers were in a good position from the free kick. Barisic would have been better floating a ball into the area.

  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    59, USG come close.

    Nieuwkoop lines one up and shaves the post with a left-footed effort.

    Rangers are living dangerously.

  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    Elsewhere Monaco vs PSV has finished 1-1. No clear winner in that tie either.

  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    55, Teuma is on the deck after a clash of heads with Goldson.

    He looks to be okay, but infuriated that the referee doesn’t award a free kick.

  • USG 1-0 Rangers

    52, Goldson looks for Tavernier but skews a simple pass straight out of play, and that just about sums up Rangers evening. They’ve struggled with the basics.

    Van Bronckhorst slumps into his chair in disbelief.

    They need to step up a gear.

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