Rangers suffered a first home European defeat in 18 games as they lost to Bayer Leverkusen

Rangers 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Rangers suffered a first home European defeat in 18 games as they lost to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Kai Havertz’s first-half penalty – given after a VAR check for handball against George Edmundson – put the Germans in front and Charles Aranguiz crashed in a second.

Edmundson gave Steven Gerrard’s side hope when he headed in a James Tavernier cross, but Leon Bailey lifted in a stunning third to condemn Rangers to a third defeat in four matches.

The second leg of the tie is scheduled to be played in an empty Bay Arena in the north-west of Germany next Thursday amid measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

However, with leagues suspended around the continent and the first legs of two Europa League last-16 ties already postponed, it remains to be seen if that encounter will take place as planned.

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