Bongani Zungu makes comeback as Rangers advance to Europa League last 16

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Rangers Bongani Zungu (right) warming up before the UEFA Europa League match at the Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow.
Rangers Bongani Zungu (right) warming up before the UEFA Europa League match at the Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow.
Andrew Milligan

Bafana Bafana international Bongani Zungu made a cameo appearance off the substitute's bench as Rangers secured their passage to the last 16 of the Europa League.

The 28-year-old midfielder was recalled to the Rangers match-day squad by manager Steven Gerrard and was brought on in the 82nd minute as the Scottish giants progressed following their 5-2 win over Belgian side Antwerp at Ibrox.

The Scottish league leaders clinched a dramatic 4-3 win in the first-leg last week as goals from Alfredo Morelos, Nathan Patterson and Ryan Kent put Rangers in control before late penalties from Borna Barisic and Cedric Itten wrapped up the tie 9-5 on aggregate.

"I'm very satisfied, the performance was outstanding in a lot of areas," said Gerrard.

"The first three were top high-level goals. But, as a perfectionist, we still have to look at the areas we went wrong tonight."

Zungu will be hoping now to be more involved in future after a breach of Covid-19 regulations with four other players. The on-loan player's chances of securing a permanent transfer from French side Amiens seem slim with Gerrard admitting he had likely blown any chance of a move.

Before Thursday's fixture, Zungu had finally broken his silence on the matter by issuing a groveling apology to the club and its fans.

"I'd like to apologise to the Rangers fans. It's been a great season so far for the club and my message is I’d like to apologise and hope the fans can continue to support us and we can put this behind us and focus on the future," said Zungu.

Europa League last 32, second leg results on Thursday (first-leg scores in brackets):

At Amsterdam

Ajax (NED) 2 (Klaassen 15, Neres 88) Lille (FRA) 1 (Yazici 78-pen)

Ajax win 4-2 on aggregate

At Kiev

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 1 (Junior Moraes 67-pen) Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR) 0

Shakhtar win 3-0 on aggregate

At Naples, Italy

Napoli (ITA) 2 (Zielinski 3, Fabian Ruiz 59) Granada (ESP) 1 (Montoro 25)

Granada win 3-2 on aggregate

At Sinsheim, Germany

Hoffenheim (GER) 0 Molde (NOR) 2 (Andersen 20, 90+5)

Molde win 5-3 on aggregate

At Vila-real, Spain

Villarreal (ESP) 2 (Gerard Moreno 40, 89-pen) Salzburg (AUT) 1 (Berisha 17)

Villarreal win 4-1 on aggregate

At Glasgow, Scotland

Rangers (SCO) 5 (Morelos 9, Patterson 46, Kent 55, Barisic 59-pen, Itten 90+2-pen) Antwerp (BEL) 2 (Refaelov 32, Lamkel Ze 57)

Rangers win 9-5 on aggregate

At Piraeus, Greece

Arsenal (ENG) 3 (Aubameyang 21, 87, Tierney) Benfica (POR) 2 (Diogo Goncalves 43, Rafa Silva 61)

Arsenal win 4-3 on aggregate

At Eindhoven, Netherlands

PSV Eindhoven (NED) 2 (Zahavi 23, 44) Olympiakos (GRE) 1 (Ahmed Hassan 88)

Olympiakos win 5-4 on aggregate

At Leverkusen, Germany

Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 0 Young Boys (SUI) 2 (Siebatcheu 48, Fassnacht 86)

Young Boys win 6-3 on aggregate

At Zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 1 (Orsic 31) Krasnodar (RUS) 0

Dinamo win 4-2 on aggregate

At Rome

Roma (ITA) 3 (Dzeko 24, Perez 75, Mayoral 90+1) Braga (POR) 1 (Cristante 88-og)

Roma win 5-1 on aggregate

At Leicester, England

Leicester City (ENG) 0 Slavia Prague (CZE) 2 (Provod 49, Sima 79)

Slavia win 2-0 on aggregate

At Milan, Italy

AC Milan (ITA) 1 (Kessie 9-pen) Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 1 (Ben Nabouhane 24)

Aggregate score 3-3; Milan win on away goals

At Manchester, England

Manchester United (ENG) 0 Real Sociedad (ESP) 0

Manchester United win 4-0 on aggregate

At Bruges, Belgium

Club Brugge (BEL) 0 Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 1 (Buyalskiy 83)

Dynamo win 2-1 on aggregate

Played on Wednesday

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 4 (Alli 10, Carlos Vinicius 50, 83, Bale 73) Wolfsberg (AUT) 0

Tottenham win 8-1 on aggregate

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