Rangers delivered one of the more memorable performances in recent European history on Tuesday, turning around a two-goal deficit against Union St. Gilloise to advance into the final round of UEFA Champions League qualifying.
James Sands started and played 79 minutes in Rangers’ 3-0 second leg win at Ibrox Stadium, helping Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side set up a final qualification round draw with Eredivisie giants PSV. The U.S. men’s national team defender overcame a shaky first leg in Belgium to help Rangers post a shutout at home and allow only two shots on goal. Sands has now started in three of Rangers’ opening four matches this season and will be pushing to remain in the Glasgow side’s lineup for a weekend showdown with St. Johnstone.
Elsewhere in Europe, Malik Tillman scored the winning goal for Rangers in its comeback win over Union St. Gilloise. Sam Vines helped Royal Antwerp advance in Europa Conference League qualifying while Ian Harkes and Dundee United were eliminated by AZ Alkmaar. Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa advanced in Champions League qualifying.
In England, Auston Trusty logged 90 minutes for Birmingham City, but the Blues were eliminated in EFL Cup action by Norwich City. Jonathan Tomkinson made his senior debut for Norwich City in the win.
Here is a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad:
Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-0 loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Champions League Qualifying
Malik Tillman started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Rangers’ 3-0 second leg win over Union St. Gilloise on Tuesday. Rangers advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
James Sands started and played 79 minutes for Rangers.
Josh Cohen started and played 90 minutes in Maccabi Haifa’s 2-0 second leg loss to Apollon Limassol on Tuesday. Maccabi Haifa advanced 4-2 on aggregate.
Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV’s 3-2 extra time second leg win over Monaco on Tuesday. PSV advanced 4-3 on aggregate.
Henry Wingo did not dress (Injury) in Ferencvaros 3-1 second leg loss to Qarabag FK on Tuesday. Qarabag FK advanced 4-2 on aggregate.
Conference League Qualifying
Sam Vines started and played 90 minutes in Royal Antwerp’s 2-0 second leg win over Lillestrom on Thursday. Royal Antwerp advanced 5-1 on aggregate.
Ian Harkes started and played 90 minutes in Dundee United’s 7-0 second leg loss to AZ Alkmaar on Thursday. AZ Alkmaar advanced 7-1 on aggregate.
Christian Cappis started and played 45 minutes in Brondby’s 2-1 second leg loss to FC Basel on Thursday. FC Basel advanced 3-1 on penalty kicks.
Rokas Pukstas did not dress in Hajduk Split’s 1-0 second leg loss to Vitoria de Guimaraes on Wednesday. Hajduk Split advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
Jonathan Tomkinson started and played 90 minutes in Norwich City’s 4-2 penalty shootout win over Birmingham City on Tuesday. The teams were tied 2-2 after regulation.
Josh Sargent came off the bench and played 12 minutes for Norwich City. Sargent scored the decisive penalty kick in the shootout.
Auston Trusty started and played 90 minutes for Birmingham City.
Duane Holmes started and played 90 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 4-1 loss to Preston North End on Tuesday.
Matthew Olosunde dressed but did not play for Preston North End.
Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Luton Town’s 3-2 loss to Newport County on Tuesday.
Zack Steffen did not dress (Selection) in Middlesbrough’s 1-0 loss to Barnsley on Wednesday.
Lynden Gooch dressed but did not play in Sunderland’s 2-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday.
Daryl Dike did not dress (Injury) in West Bromwich Albion host Sheffield United on Thursday.
Johan Gomez came off the bench and played eight minutes in FSV Zwickau’s 1-0 loss to Duisburg on Tuesday.
Joel Sonora dressed but did not play in Velez Sarsfield’s 1-0 second leg win over Talleres on Wednesday. Velez Sarsfield advanced 4-2 on aggregate.