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|Rangers 1-0 FC Ufa: Connor Goldson gives Gers the advantage
sbo888 A first-half Connor Goldson strike gave Rangers a slender lead over FC Ufa in their Europa League play-off first- leg tie.Goldson capitalised on Ufa goalkeeper Aleksandr Belenov's blunder after 40 minutes, to ensure Steven Gerrard's side extended their unbeaten run at the start to the season to 10 matches.
Ufa showed little as an attacking threat but were technically sound and defended in numbers; that, coupled with Rangers' inability to find a second goal, means the tie is finely balanced ahead of the second leg in Russia next Thursday.Steven Gerrard's side had huge amounts of possession, but in a match of numerous free-kicks, they were unable to test Belenov sufficiently enough to ensure a more comfortable advantage.
Rangers came into the match unbeaten in nine matches under Gerrard, and he made four changes from the side that beat Kilmarnock in the League Cup on Sunday. Allan McGregor and sbo888 Ryan Jack both returned after being rested, whilst Jon Flanagan and Daniel Candeias replaced the ineligible Borna Barisic and injured Jamie Murphy respectively.
More notable were two of Rangers' substitutes; sbo888 Kyle Lafferty, a day after signing from Hearts, and Lee Wallace. Former club captain Wallace had not played since September 2017, and was making his first squad appearance since serving a suspension, following a dressing-room row with former manager Graeme Murty in April.