European Soccer

Edu scores late goal, puts Rangers through to UEFA Europa League final 16

Edu (Reuters Pictures)

With time ticking down in Rangers' UEFA Europa League campaign, United States international midfielder Maurice Edu delivered.

In second-half stoppage time, Edu ran onto a cross from the right, slid and tapped home the goal that sent Rangers past Sporting Lisbon and into the Europa League final 16. Sporting had gone ahead 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate) just minutes earlier with an 83rd-minute tally, but Edu's goal leveled the score and gave Rangers the edge on away goals. 

Rangers will face PSV Eindhoven in the next knockout stage.

Video of the match highlights and Edu's clutch goal is after the jump:


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  • Rob

    How can you be a true Celtic fan, if you want anyone on Rangers to do well? Its like a Knicks fan cheering for Michael Jordan, because he will help get the US gold. It like a Red Sox fan rooting for Jeter to do amazing, because he may help the US in the world baseball classic.

    To this point I am a Red Bull fan. I go all in, and in turn I could care less how Davies does as long as he is on DC. I understand we are a young soccer supporting nation, but come on.


  • Brett

    Headline should read “Lisbon gives up goal” not “Edu scores goal”… Offside trap fail, and then the defenders just turned off. You cant be offside on a back pass.


  • AshortDeparture

    Couldn’t have been offside, he was behind the ball when it was played. In fact any of the three or four guys waiting to poach the tap in were onside. Not sure what the Lisbon defense was doing there.


  • away goals

    “Hi, I’m brett, I suck the joy out of everything. People love talking to me at parties because of my genial nature.”

    Eh, probably too much. I just get tired of people on here criticizing every goal that gets highlighted.

    “That was all luck. The defense was terrible. What was the keeper doing?” etc etc.


  • Joamiq

    … that is the most poorly executed offside trap I’ve ever seen. 4 guys wide open in front of the goal = ur doin it wrong


  • nbox

    Hi, I’m brett, I suck the joy out of everything. People love talking to me at parties because of my genial nature.”


  • DB

    Rangers in general have had a bad stretch and Edu, who admittedly hasnt played well, got a fair bit of the blame.

    Hopefully the win (and goal) will be a big boost in confidence for him. Its nice to see.


  • Eric B

    +1 for the sarcasm font!

    And practically the whole team was waiting there to score on Edu’s goal, great defense!


  • Mike Caramba

    Rob – good point, but I don’t think you can really compare international soccer to international baseball or basketball.


  • PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo

    He was not good in the Old Firm game. He was also struggling in the first half of this one, count the number of passes he had to the wrong color jersey…or on one occassion to booted out of bounds when his teamate was uncovered. In the first when he is asked to play back he struggled.

    The 2nd half was a different story. Especially when Laffertyu was inserted and Fleck taken out. Rangers went to a 4-4-2 and Edu all of a sudden was a revelation. Then when Diof was pulled Edu moved into the hole and things clicked.

    But last week…he looked a lot the whole game like he looked in the first half of this. Bad. I half thought he was going to be pulled at half with the yellow card, and am really glad he was not. Great game in the end, I’d guess a 7 or so on the Sky ratings.


  • Erik


    Edu started on the bench in the WC. Findley always started.

    Good sarcasm has truth in it. :)


  • Rob

    Why not? Is the Basketball Olympic team regard as a lower tier team. Fact is we as Americans regard the Basketball gold, as many countries regard a World Cup trophy. That’s just how it is. Will it change maybe, but Basketball is a more popular sport right now (in the US). I think a lot has to do with the media’s attitude towards the two sports, but in the US a basketball player is much more famous then a soccer player. Labron, Kobe, shaq are all bigger stars then Donovan.

    As for baseball, yes the World Baseball Classic means nothing, but the analogy still stands.


  • Spectra

    offside trap means you move up behind the forwads not laterally away from them I thought that to be hilarious.

    Besides it makes me laugh whenever someone thinks there might have been offside and holds their hand up instead of trying to get back and mark.


  • Rob

    And since our northern brothers feel the same way about Hockey, you think a Montreal fan will ever hope Crosby does well on Pittsburg? I don’t think so.

    All these sports are sadly ahead of Soccer, and we treat them like the rest of the world treats Soccer. We are just not true fans of a team (like Celtic), until we can get past the nationality of the players that make up that team and Rival teams.


  • Seriously

    None of you are true fans of any team in another country anyway. Their true fans are the people that are from the same area as the team. Get over yourselves. The only true fans of soccer teams in America are people who pull for their local club teams and the USMNT.


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