Thursday 22 August 2019

Wolves and Rangers progress while Aberdeen crash out of Europa League

Pedro Neto celebrates with Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring during the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round win over FC Pyunik at Molineux
Pedro Neto celebrates with Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring during the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round win over FC Pyunik at Molineux

Wolves and Rangers have progressed to the Europa League play-off round.

Diogo Jota's spectacular late volley capped a fine 4-0 second-leg victory for Wolves over Amenian side Pyunik as they moved closer to the Europa League group stage.

The substitute - who scored Wolves' first European goal for 39 years against Crusaders last month - sealed an 8-0 aggregate success at Molineux.

Quickfire second-half goals from debutant Pedro Neto, Morgan Gibbs-White and Ruben Vinagre had already put Wolves into cruise control on Thursday.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men will now play Torino, who beat FC Shakhtyor 6-1 on aggregate, in the play-off to reach the group stage.

Wolves will travel to Turin for the first leg next week looking to continue their first European campaign since 1980.

Rangers, meanwhile, saw off the challenge of Danish side FC Midtjylland 3-1 in the second leg, winning 7-3 on aggregate.

A brace from Alfredo Morelos, either side of a Sheyi Ojo strike did the damage for Steven Gerrard's side.

The Glasgow side now travel to face Legia Warsaw next Thursday for the play-off round, with the return leg scheduled for Ibrox on Thursday August 29.

Aberdeen suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Croatian outfit HNK Rijeka, losing 4-0 on aggregate.

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