Scottish Premiership club Rangers booked its return to the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday with James Sands and Malik Tillman both excelling in a second leg victory in Eindhoven.
Tillman and Sands both went the distance for Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s squad in a 1-0 second leg win over PSV, booking Rangers’ first trip back to the UCL group stage since 2010. Tillman assisted on the winning goal scored by Antonio-Mirko Colak while Sands helped Rangers post a shutout in an important road victory. Tillman made the most of Walter Benitez’s error in the 60th minute, stealing possession in the box before setting up Colak for an easy tap-in finish.
Sands won four of his seven duels, made six clearances, and two interceptions as he continued to impress in Rangers’ backline. Both Sands and Tillman will now turn their attention towards Matchday 1 of the Champions League after being paired with Liverpool, Napoli, and Ajax in Group A.
“I haven’t had many moments like this so it’s an incredible feeling,” Sands said postmatch on Wednesday. “Having the guys like we have around me makes it that much easier. When I got here [in January, Champions League] seemed quite far away, but time flies. We have gotten a lot stronger as a team and it’s well deserved at this point. Now it’s about testing ourselves against some of the best teams in Europe and I think we showed in the Europa League last season that we can.”
In England, Chris Richards helped Crystal Palace advance in the EFL Cup. Marlon Fossey logged 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-0 loss to Crawley Town. Jonathan Tomkinson also went the distance in Norwich City’s shootout loss to AFC Bournemouth.
Here is a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad:
Champions League Qualifying
Malik Tillman, James Sands started and played 90 minutes in Rangers 1-0 second leg win over PSV on Wednesday. Rangers advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
Richie Ledezma did not dress (Injury) for PSV.
Josh Cohen started, made THREE SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Maccabi Haifa’s 2-2 second leg draw with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. Maccabi Haifa advanced 5-4 on aggregate.
Europa League Qualifying
Konrad de la Fuente and Olympiakos host Apollon Limassol on Thursday. (Teams tied 1-1 on aggregate)
Henry Wingo started and played 90 minutes in Ferencvaros 1-0 second leg loss to Shamrock Rovers on Thursday. Ferencvaros advanced 4-1 on aggregate.
Romain Gall is OUT (Injury) for Malmo.
Conference League Qualifying
Sam Vines started and played 90 minutes in Royal Antwerp’s 3-1 second leg loss to Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday. Istanbul Basaksehir advanced 4-2 on aggregate.
Rokas Pukstas did not dress in Hajduk Split’s 2-0 second leg loss to Villarreal on Thursday. Villarreal advanced 6-2 on aggregate.
Jonathan Tomkinson started and played 90 minutes in Norwich City’s 5-3 penalty shootout loss to AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Josh Sargent did not dress for Norwich City.
Chris Richards started and played 90 minutes in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Oxford United on Tuesday.
Brenden Aaronson dressed but did not play in Leeds United’s 3-1 win over Barnsley on Wednesday.
Tyler Adams did not dress for Leeds United.
Marlon Fossey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-0 loss to Crawley Town on Tuesday.
Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream did not dress for Fulham.
Matthew Olosunde started and played 45 minutes in Preston North End’s 2-1 loss to Wolves on Tuesday. Olosunde left with a leg injury.
Daryl Dike is OUT (Injury) for West Brom.