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UEFA Europa League: AC Sparta Praha - Rangers FC Match press kits

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AC Sparta PrahaAC Sparta PrahaStadion Letná - PragueThursday 30 September 2021
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Group A - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

European Champions Clubs' Cup
02/10/1991R1Rangers FC - AC Sparta Praha2-1
agg: 2-2 ag (aet)
GlasgowMcCall 48, 93 ET; Siegl 98 ET
18/09/1991R1AC Sparta Praha - Rangers FC1-0
PragueNěmec 20
AC Sparta Praha110010010000210122
Rangers FC110010010000210122

AC Sparta Praha - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
26/11/2020GSAC Sparta Praha - Celtic FC4-1
PragueHancko 26, Juliš 38, 80, Plavšić 90+4; Édouard 15
05/11/2020GSCeltic FC - AC Sparta Praha1-4
GlasgowGriffiths 65; Juliš 26, 45, 77, Krejčí 90
28/09/2006R1AC Sparta Praha - Heart of Midlothian FC0-0
agg: 2-0
14/09/2006R1Heart of Midlothian FC - AC Sparta Praha0-2
EdinburghKolář 34, Matušovič 71
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
30/09/1992R1AC Sparta Praha - Airdrie United2-1
agg: 3-1
PragueVrabec 31, Vonasek 37; Black 56
15/09/1992R1Airdrie United - AC Sparta Praha0-1
AirdrieMistr 89

Rangers FC - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
18/03/2021R16Rangers FC - SK Slavia Praha0-2
agg: 1-3
GlasgowOlayinka 14, Stanciu 74
11/03/2021R16SK Slavia Praha - Rangers FC1-1PragueStanciu 7; Helander 36
03/10/2002R1Rangers FC - FK Viktoria Žižkov3-1
agg: 3-3 ag (aet)
GlasgowR. de Boer 42, 58, S. Arveladze 97 ET; Licka 101 ET
17/09/2002R1FK Viktoria Žižkov - Rangers FC2-0
PraguePikl 6, Straceny 59
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
30/09/1981R1Rangers FC - FK Dukla Praha2-1
agg: 2-4
GlasgowBett 42, McDonald 43; Štambachr 21
16/09/1981R1FK Dukla Praha - Rangers FC3-0
PribramRada 4, Štambachr 55, Nehoda 74
AC Sparta Praha4310430100008611155
Rangers FC4301401300008314812

Last updated 28/09/2021 13:36CET

Match background Only this chapter

The record champions of the Czech Republic and Scotland go head to head for the first time in 30 years as Sparta Praha host Rangers, with both teams looking to register their first win in UEFA Europa League Group A.

• While Sparta drew their opening group fixture 0-0 at Brøndby, Rangers were defeated 2-0 in Glasgow by Lyon – the Scottish champions' second successive home defeat by that margin in the UEFA Europa League following their loss to, and elimination by, Sparta's city rivals Slavia Praha in last season's round of 16.

Previous meetings
• The only previous UEFA contest between the clubs was in the 1991/92 European Cup first round, Sparta winning the first leg 1-0 in Prague and taking the tie on away goals after a 2-1 extra-time defeat at Ibrox.

• Sparta are undefeated in six matches against Scottish opposition since that 1991 encounter, beating Celtic 4-1 both in Glasgow and Prague in last season's group stage with five of the eight goals scored by Lukáš Juliš. Their home record against Scottish teams is W3 D1.

• Rangers have never won in four visits to the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia. Their 1-1 draw in the first leg of last season's UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie with Slavia was the first time they had avoided defeat, with Filip Helander's equaliser their first goal in the country.

Form guide
• Sparta finished distant runners-up to Slavia in the 2020/21 Czech Liga, 12 points in arrears, but their European prize was the same – a place in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. Unlike Slavia, Pavel Vrba's team won that tie, beating Rapid Wien 3-2 on aggregate (1-2 a, 2-0 h), before falling in the next round to Monaco (0-2 h, 1-3 a) and therefore qualifying for an eighth appearance in the UEFA Europa League group stage – a Czech record.

• This is the club's 39th successive European campaign and their second in a row in the UEFA Europa League group stage. They failed to make further progress last time, winning those two games against Celtic but losing all four against LOSC Lille and AC Milan. Nevertheless, they have prolonged their involvement in four of their previous seven participations, reaching the quarter-finals in 2015/16.

• Sparta have lost only three of their 21 UEFA Europa League home group games (W12 D6) but had their 15-match unbeaten run ended on Matchday 1 last term when they were humbled 4-1 in the Czech capital by LOSC. After beating Celtic by the same score in Prague on Matchday 4, they bowed out with a further home defeat, 0-1 against Milan.

• Undefeated champions of Scotland in 2020/21 as they claimed a record-extending 55th domestic league title, Rangers also played 13 matches in the UEFA Europa League as they progressed from the second qualifying round to the round of 16, only to have their run ended by Slavia.

• Rangers returned to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in a decade this term, but their adventure lasted just two matches as they lost both third qualifying round legs 2-1 to Malmö and therefore transferred to the UEFA Europa League play-offs, where they edged Armenian champions Alashkert (1-0 h, 0-0 a) to reach the UEFA Europa League group stage for the fourth successive season. They have improved in each of the previous three campaigns, all under manager Steven Gerrard, finishing third in 2018/19, second in 2019/20 and first, ahead of Benfica, Standard Liège and Lech Poznań, in 2020/21.

• Rangers went through the whole of their 2020/21 European campaign without an away defeat (W5 D2) and have lost just one of their last 12 fixtures outside Glasgow in the UEFA Europa League, qualifying included (W6 D5). Their record on the road in the UEFA Europa League group stage is W2 D4 L3, the two victories having come last season – at Standard and Lech (both 2-0).

Links and trivia
• This is Gerrard's 50th European match in charge of Rangers.

• Sparta goalkeeper Florin Niţa and Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi are both current Romanian internationals.

• Ondřej Čelůstka started the Czech Republic's 2-0 win against Scotland at UEFA EURO 2020 in Glasgow, his Sparta team-mate Adam Hložek later coming on as a substitute.

• Sparta's Swedish midfielder David Moberg Karlsson played on loan for Kilmarnock in in the second half of 2013/14, but made only four appearances in the Scottish Premiership.

• In addition to scoring there for Rangers against Slavia last season, Helander has happy memories of Prague, where he helped Sweden win the final of the 2015 UEFA Under-21 Championship against Portugal – though he was substituted at half-time in a game that was eventually decided on penalties after a goalless draw.

• The Scottish club are one of eight reigning domestic champions competing in the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League group stage.


Team facts Only this chapter

AC Sparta Praha
Železná Sparta (Iron Sparta)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• none

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 36 (2014)
Czechoslovakian/Czech Cups: 21 (2020)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
group stage
third qualifying round
second qualifying round
third qualifying round
round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
quarter-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
2014/15: group stage (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
2013/14: second qualifying round
round of 32

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
10-0: Sparta v Anorthosis Famagusta
16/09/64, European Cup Winners' Cup preliminary round first leg

• Biggest away win
0-6: Anorthosis Famagusta v Sparta
20/09/64, European Cup Winners' Cup preliminary round second leg

• Heaviest home defeat
1-5: Sparta v Steaua Bucureşti
07/09/88, European Champion Clubs' Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0 three times, most recently v Lyon
08/12/04, UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
5-0: Sparta v Sarajevo
28/07/11, third qualifying round first leg

• Biggest away win
1-4: Celtic v Sparta
05/11/20, group stage
0-3 three times, most recently v Lazio
17/03/16, round of 16 second leg

• Heaviest home defeat
1-4: Sparta v LOSC Lille
22/10/20, group stage
0-3: Sparta v Copenhagen
16/12/09, group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
4-0 twice, most recently v Rostov
16/02/17, round of 32 first leg


Rangers FC
Nicknames: The Gers, The Teddy Bears, The Light Blues

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup: (2008)
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): (1961), (1967), 1972

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 55 (2021)
Scottish Cup: 33 (2009)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
round of 16
round of 16
group stage
2017/18: first qualifying round
2016/17: did not take part in UEFA competition
2015/16: did not take part in UEFA competition
2014/15: did not take part in UEFA competition
2013/14: did not take part in UEFA competition
2012/13: did not take part in UEFA competition
2011/12: play-offs (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
10-0: Rangers v Valletta
28/09/83, European Cup Winners' Cup first round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-8: Valletta v Rangers
14/09/83, European Cup Winners' Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-4: Rangers v Juventus
01/11/95, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
6-1: Eintracht Frankfurt v Rangers
13/04/60, European Cup semi-finals first leg
5-0: Köln v Rangers
03/11/82, UEFA Cup second round second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
6-0: Rangers v St Joseph's
18/07/19, first qualifying round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-5 twice, most recently v Lincoln Red Imps
17/09/20, second qualifying round

• Heaviest home defeat
1-3: Rangers v Leverkusen
12/03/20, round of 16 first leg
0-2 three times, most recently v Lyon
16/09/21, group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0: Köln v Rangers (see above)


Squad list Only this chapter

AC Sparta Praha - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Florin NițăROU03/07/198734 - 4-1-9-14-30-
29Milan HecaCZE21/03/199130 - ------3-3-
40František KotekCZE03/01/199922 - ----------
49Jakub TůmaCZE17/05/200219 - ----------
54Adam BenadaCZE23/03/200120 - ----------
77Dominik HolecSVK28/07/199427 - ----------
3Ondřej ČelůstkaCZE18/06/198932 - --1-2110-291
4Adam GabrielCZE28/05/200120 - 1---1---1-
17Casper Højer NielsenDEN20/11/199426 - 2---1---5-
19Lukáš ŠtetinaSVK28/07/199130 - 2---3---8-
27Filip PanákCZE02/11/199525 - 2---61--2-
28Tomáš WiesnerCZE17/07/199724 - 4-1-9-2-6-
33Dávid HanckoSVK13/12/199723 - 4-1-813191
41Martin VitíkCZE21/01/200318 - ----1-2-2-
48Martin SuchomelCZE11/09/200219 - ----------
51Iva GelashviliGEO08/04/200120 - ----------
6Filip SoučekCZE18/09/200021 - 1-1-914-5-
7David Moberg-KarlssonSWE20/03/199427 - 421-927-153
8David PavelkaCZE18/05/199130 - 4-1-92211392
9Ladislav KrejčíCZE05/07/199229 - 2---212974311
10Bořek DočkalCZE30/09/198833 - 3---3-3446915
11Martin MinchevBUL22/04/200120 - 1---414-5-
16Michal SáčekCZE19/09/199625 - 3-1-9-10-15-
21Jakub PešekCZE24/06/199328 - 411-945-121
22Lukáš HaraslínSVK26/05/199625 - --1-311-3-
24Matěj PolidarCZE20/12/199921 - 3-1-614-7-
32Andreas VindheimNOR04/08/199526 - 2-1-3-141221
36Adam KarabecCZE02/07/200318 - 3---815-8-
37Ladislav KrejčíCZE20/04/199922 - 21--115192
43David Holoubek19/06/200219 - ----------
50Tomáš JonášCZE28/05/200120 - ----------
53Martin AmblerCZE08/07/200021 - ----------
55Petr PudhorockýCZE13/06/200120 - ----------
56Matěj RynešCZE30/05/200120 - ----------
58Filip ŠilhartCZE17/03/200219 - ----------
59Dominik SimacekCZE17/03/200021 - ----------
14Vaclav DrchalCZE25/07/199922 - --1-421-1-
18Matěj PulkrabCZE23/05/199724 - 1---4-6191
20Adam HložekCZE25/07/200219 - 4-1-932-71
39Lukáš JulišCZE02/12/199426 - 1---2-238288
45Matyáš KozákCZE04/05/200120 - ----------
46Václav SejkCZE18/05/200219 - ----------
47Tomáš SchánělecCZE20/06/200219 - ----------
52Vojtech PatrakCZE18/03/200021 - 1-----1-2-
-Pavel VrbaCZE06/12/196357 - 4-1---30-91-
Rangers FC - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Allan McGregorSCO31/01/198239 - 2-1-1-2-42-95-
28Robby McCrorieSCO18/03/199823 - --1---1---1-
33Jon McLaughlinSCO09/09/198734 - ------4-1-1-
44Jay HogarthSCO18/07/200318 - ------------
54Kieran WrightSCO01/04/199922 - ------------
65Lewis BudinauckasSCO19/06/200219 - ------------
67Jack McConnellSCO11/02/200417 - ------------
2James TavernierENG31/10/199129 - 2-1-1-61263518
3Calvin BasseyENG31/12/199921 - --1---4-3-5-
5Filip HelanderSWE22/04/199328 - 1-2---31101272
6Connor GoldsonENG18/12/199228 - 2-2-1-61271505
16Nathan PattersonSCO16/10/200119 - --1-----5171
26Leon BalogunNGA28/06/198833 - 1---1-5-11-12-
31Borna BarišićCRO10/11/199228 - 2-1-1-3-233446
43Leon KingSCO14/01/200417 - ------------
61Lewis MacKinnonNIR03/03/200318 - ------------
63Kyle McClellandSCO10/02/200219 - ------------
64Adam DevineSCO25/03/200318 - ------------
69Jack HarknessSCO19/01/200417 - ------------
70Kelsey EwenSCO29/06/200417 - ------------
71Harley EwenSCO29/06/200417 - ------------
80Zak McKaySCO24/04/200516 - ------------
81Kristian WebsterSCO05/03/200516 - ------------
4John LundstramENG18/02/199427 - 1-1-1-6-1-3-
7Ianis HagiROU22/10/199822 - 1-2---31103254
8Ryan JackSCO27/02/199229 - --------15-501
10Steven DavisNIR01/01/198536 - 212-1-6-352653
14Ryan KentENG11/11/199624 - 2-1-1-5-223334
17Joe AriboNGA21/07/199625 - 1-2-1-72182285
18Glen KamaraFIN28/10/199525 - --1-1-7-191301
22Juninho BacunaCUR07/08/199724 - ------2-1-1-
23Scott WrightSCO08/08/199724 - 2-1-1-413-201
27Stephen KellySCO13/04/200021 - --1-------1-
30Fashion SakalaZAM14/03/199724 - 2---1-511-3-
37Scott ArfieldCAN01/11/198832 - 2-2---31253475
51Alex LowrySCO23/06/200318 - ------------
58Cole McKinnonSCO29/01/200318 - ------------
59Murray MillerSCO29/01/200219 - ------------
60Robbie FraserSCO02/04/200318 - ------------
72Darren McInallySCO08/03/200417 - ------------
73Connor AllanSCO10/01/200417 - ------------
74Mackenzie StrachanSCO23/02/200417 - ------------
75Leyton DunlopSCO03/10/200416 - ------------
20Alfredo MorelosCOL21/06/199625 - 11211-6125115529
25Kemar RoofeJAM06/01/199328 - ----1-628292
55Christopher McKeeNIR07/04/200219 - ------------
56Arron LyallSCO27/09/200318 - ------------
62Ross McCauslandNIR12/05/200318 - ------------
76Robbie UreSCO26/02/200417 - ------------
78Tyler PasnikSCO10/01/200516 - ------------
-Steven GerrardENG30/05/198041 - 2-1-1---27-49-

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Fixtures and results Only this chapter

AC Sparta PrahaFixtures and results
20/07/2021UCLSK Rapid Wien (A)L 1-2Krejčí 3
24/07/2021LeagueSK Sigma Olomouc (H)W 3-2Moberg-Karlsson 12 (P), Krejci 64, Hubník 78 (og)
28/07/2021UCLSK Rapid Wien (H)W 2-0Moberg-Karlsson 16 (P), Pešek 81
31/07/2021LeagueFC Slovan Liberec (A)W 5-0Pešek 25, Hložek 62, Karabec 66 (P), Krejčí 70, Souček 79
03/08/2021UCLAS Monaco FC (H)L 0-2
07/08/2021LeagueMFK Karviná (H)W 2-0Hložek 23, Pavelka 78
10/08/2021UCLAS Monaco FC (A)L 1-3Moberg-Karlsson 78
14/08/2021LeagueBohemians Praha 1905 (A)D 1-1Pavelka 55
21/08/2021LeagueFC Hradec Králové (H)W 4-0Hložek 53, Pešek 66, 88, Polidar 71
28/08/2021LeagueSK Dynamo České Budějovice (H)W 1-0Hancko 38
11/09/2021LeagueFC Viktoria Plzeň (A)L 2-3Moberg-Karlsson 40, Drchal 87
16/09/2021UELBrøndby IF (A)D 0-0
19/09/2021LeagueFK Jablonec (H)D 1-1Drchal 4
22/09/2021CupSK Líšeň (A)W 3-0Drchal 14, 38, Minchev 88
25/09/2021LeagueFC Zlín (A)W 5-2Čelůstka 8, Panák 45+1, Pešek 57, Simersky 81 (og), Minchev 90+1
30/09/2021UELRangers FC (H)
03/10/2021LeagueSK Slavia Praha (H)
16/10/2021LeagueFK Pardubice (A)
21/10/2021UELOlympique Lyonnais (H)
23/10/2021LeagueFK Mladá Boleslav (H)
30/10/2021LeagueFC Baník Ostrava (A)
04/11/2021UELOlympique Lyonnais (A)
06/11/2021LeagueFK Teplice (H)
20/11/2021League1. FC Slovácko (A)
25/11/2021UELRangers FC (A)
27/11/2021LeagueFC Slovan Liberec (H)
04/12/2021LeagueMFK Karviná (A)
09/12/2021UELBrøndby IF (H)
11/12/2021LeagueBohemians Praha 1905 (H)
18/12/2021LeagueFC Hradec Králové (A)
05/02/2022LeagueSK Dynamo České Budějovice (A)
12/02/2022LeagueFC Viktoria Plzeň (H)
19/02/2022LeagueFK Jablonec (A)
26/02/2022LeagueFC Zlín (H)
05/03/2022LeagueSK Slavia Praha (A)
12/03/2022LeagueFK Pardubice (H)
19/03/2022LeagueFK Mladá Boleslav (A)
02/04/2022LeagueFC Baník Ostrava (H)
09/04/2022LeagueFK Teplice (A)
16/04/2022League1. FC Slovácko (H)
23/04/2022LeagueSK Sigma Olomouc (A)
1FC Viktoria Plzeň980115724
2SK Slavia Praha871024722
3AC Sparta Praha962124920
4FC Baník Ostrava9612191119
51. FC Slovácko961216919
6SK Sigma Olomouc8341201313
7FC Hradec Králové933381212
8SK Dynamo České Budějovice9315101210
9Bohemians Praha 1905923414219
10FK Jablonec92346139
11FC Zlín930612239
12FK Mladá Boleslav922515178
13FC Slovan Liberec92256138
14FK Pardubice913512166
15FK Teplice91267175
16MFK Karviná904510184
Rangers FCFixtures and results
31/07/2021LeagueLivingston FC (H)W 3-0Hagi 8, Wright 78, Roofe 90
03/08/2021UCLMalmö FF (A)L 1-2S. Davis 90+5
07/08/2021LeagueDundee United FC (A)L 0-1
10/08/2021UCLMalmö FF (H)L 1-2Morelos 18
19/08/2021UELAlashkert FC (H)W 1-0Morelos 67
22/08/2021LeagueRoss County FC (A)W 4-2Aribo 15, Goldson 19, Morelos 56, Arfield 84
26/08/2021UELAlashkert FC (A)D 0-0
29/08/2021LeagueCeltic FC (H)W 1-0Helander 66
11/09/2021LeagueSt Johnstone FC (A)W 2-1Roofe 58 (P), Tavernier 79
16/09/2021UELOlympique Lyonnais (H)L 0-2
19/09/2021LeagueMotherwell FC (H)D 1-1Sakala 12
25/09/2021LeagueDundee FC (A)W 1-0Aribo 16
30/09/2021UELAC Sparta Praha (A)
03/10/2021LeagueHibernian FC (H)
16/10/2021LeagueHeart of Midlothian FC (H)
21/10/2021UELBrøndby IF (H)
24/10/2021LeagueSaint Mirren FC (A)
27/10/2021LeagueAberdeen FC (H)
31/10/2021LeagueMotherwell FC (A)
04/11/2021UELBrøndby IF (A)
07/11/2021LeagueRoss County FC (H)
25/11/2021UELAC Sparta Praha (H)
28/11/2021LeagueLivingston FC (A)
01/12/2021LeagueHibernian FC (A)
04/12/2021LeagueDundee FC (H)
09/12/2021UELOlympique Lyonnais (A)
12/12/2021LeagueHeart of Midlothian FC (A)
15/12/2021LeagueSt Johnstone FC (H)
18/12/2021LeagueDundee United FC (H)
26/12/2021LeagueSaint Mirren FC (H)
29/12/2021LeagueAberdeen FC (A)
02/01/2022LeagueCeltic FC (A)
26/01/2022LeagueLivingston FC (H)
29/01/2022LeagueRoss County FC (A)
05/02/2022LeagueHeart of Midlothian FC (H)
09/02/2022LeagueHibernian FC (H)
19/02/2022LeagueDundee United FC (A)
26/02/2022LeagueMotherwell FC (H)
02/03/2022LeagueSt Johnstone FC (A)
05/03/2022LeagueAberdeen FC (H)
19/03/2022LeagueDundee FC (A)
02/04/2022LeagueCeltic FC (H)
09/04/2022LeagueSaint Mirren FC (A)
1Rangers FC751112516
2Hibernian FC743013615
3Heart of Midlothian FC743012515
4Motherwell FC742111714
5Dundee United FC73224511
6Celtic FC731317510
7Aberdeen FC7223898
8Saint Mirren FC71428147
9St Johnstone FC7133356
10Livingston FC71153124
11Ross County FC70346153
12Dundee FC70344133

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

AC Sparta Praha

  • UEFA Champions League - Second qualifying round
    SK Rapid Wien 2-1 AC Sparta Praha
    0-1 Krejčí 3, 1-1 Knasmüllner 63, 2-1 Knasmüllner 71
    Niță, Pavelka, Krejčí (69 Pešek), Dočkal (83 Karabec), Højer Nielsen, Štetina, Hložek, Wiesner (83 Moberg-Karlsson), Vindheim, Hancko, Krejčí
  • (28/07/2021)
    AC Sparta Praha 2-0 SK Rapid Wien (agg: 3-2)
    1-0 Moberg-Karlsson 16 (P) , 2-0 Pešek 81
    Niță, Moberg-Karlsson (77 Krejčí), Pavelka (34 Sáček), Dočkal, Højer Nielsen (62 Polidar), Štetina, Hložek, Pešek, Wiesner, Hancko, Krejčí
  • Third qualifying round
    AC Sparta Praha 0-2 AS Monaco FC
    0-1 Tchouameni 37, 0-2 Volland 59
    Niță, Moberg-Karlsson (46 Juliš), Pavelka, Dočkal (60 Karabec), Sáček, Hložek, Pešek, Polidar (77 Vindheim), Panák, Wiesner, Hancko
  • (10/08/2021)
    AS Monaco FC 3-1 AC Sparta Praha (agg: 5-1)
    1-0 Gelson Martins 50, 2-0 Golovin 56, 2-1 Moberg-Karlsson 78, 3-1 Diop 81
    Niță, Souček, Pavelka, Sáček (59 Pulkrab), Hložek (66 Minchev), Pešek (67 Moberg-Karlsson), Polidar, Panák, Wiesner (84 Gabriel), Hancko, Karabec (83 Patrak)
  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    Group A - Group Standings
    Olympique Lyonnais1100203
    AC Sparta Praha1010001
    Brøndby IF1010001
    Rangers FC1001020
    Matchday 1 (16/09/2021)
    Brøndby IF 0-0 AC Sparta Praha
    Niță, Čelůstka, Souček, Pavelka, Sáček (90 Drchal), Hložek, Pešek, Haraslín (64 Moberg-Karlsson), Polidar (38 Vindheim), Wiesner, Hancko
  • Matchday 2 (30/09/2021)
    AC Sparta Praha-Rangers FC
  • Matchday 3 (21/10/2021)
    AC Sparta Praha-Olympique Lyonnais
  • Matchday 4 (04/11/2021)
    Olympique Lyonnais-AC Sparta Praha
  • Matchday 5 (25/11/2021)
    Rangers FC-AC Sparta Praha
  • Matchday 6 (09/12/2021)
    AC Sparta Praha-Brøndby IF

Rangers FC

  • UEFA Champions League - Third qualifying round
    Malmö FF 2-1 Rangers FC
    1-0 Rieks 47, 2-0 Birmančević 49, 2-1 S. Davis 90+5
    McGregor, Tavernier, Lundstram, Helander, Goldson, S. Davis, Itten (63 Sakala), Kent, Wright, Barišić, Arfield
  • (10/08/2021)
    Rangers FC 1-2 Malmö FF (agg: 2-4)
    1-0 Morelos 18, 1-1 Čolak 53, 1-2 Čolak 58
    McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, S. Davis, Kent, Aribo, Morelos, Wright (63 Sakala), Balogun, Barišić, Arfield (70 Hagi)
  • UEFA Europa League - Play-off
    Rangers FC 1-0 Alashkert FC
    1-0 Morelos 67
    McGregor, Tavernier, Bassey, Lundstram, Helander, Goldson, Hagi (95 Kelly), S. Davis, Kent (46 Wright), Aribo (81 Arfield), Morelos (83 Itten)
  • (26/08/2021)
    Alashkert FC 0-0 Rangers FC (agg: 0-1)
    Robby McCrorie, Helander, Goldson, Hagi (64 Itten), S. Davis, Patterson, Aribo, Kamara, Morelos, Barišić, Arfield
  • Group stage
    Matchday 1 (16/09/2021)
    Rangers FC 0-2 Olympique Lyonnais
    0-1 Ekambi 23, 0-2 Tavernier 55 (og)
    McGregor, Tavernier, Lundstram, Goldson, S. Davis (59 Wright), Kent (70 Roofe), Aribo (76 Sakala), Kamara, Morelos, Balogun, Barišić
  • Matchday 2 (30/09/2021)
    AC Sparta Praha-Rangers FC
  • Matchday 3 (21/10/2021)
    Rangers FC-Brøndby IF
  • Matchday 4 (04/11/2021)
    Brøndby IF-Rangers FC
  • Matchday 5 (25/11/2021)
    Rangers FC-AC Sparta Praha
  • Matchday 6 (09/12/2021)
    Olympique Lyonnais-Rangers FC

Last updated 30/09/2021 17:32CET

Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAli Palabıyık (TUR)
  • Assistant refereesCeyhun Sesigüzel (TUR) , Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
  • Video Assistant RefereeAbdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)
  • Assistant Video Assistant RefereeHalis Özkahya (TUR)
  • Fourth officialHüseyin Göçek (TUR)
  • UEFA DelegateJeroen Roest (NED)
  • UEFA Referee observerGeorgi Yordanov (BUL)


NameDate of birthUEFA Europa League matchesUEFA matches
Ali Palabıyık14/08/19811949

Ali Palabıyık

Referee since: 2000
First division: 2012
FIFA badge: 2015

Tournaments: 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

2017 UEFA Youth League

UEFA Europa League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
12/11/2015U21QRCzech RepublicBelgium1-0Jablonec nad Nisou
30/10/2016U19QRScotlandIsrael0-1Andorra la Vella
05/07/2017U19GS-FTCzech RepublicPortugal1-2Tbilisi
10/09/2019EUROQRMontenegroCzech Republic0-3Podgorica
26/08/2021UECLPOPFC CSKA-SofiaFC Viktoria Plzeň3-0Sofia

Last updated 29/09/2021 03:06CET



Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • QUAL: All UEFA qualifiers
  • UEL: Current season total UEFA Europa League appearances from the group stage onwards prior to the current matchday
  • UEL: Total appearances in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on