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Rangers: Joe Aribo stole the show against Brondby

Rangers picked up their first win in the group stage of the Europa League on Thursday night as they beat Brondby 2-0 at Ibrox.

Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe scored the goals for Steven Gerrard’s side as they strolled to a comfortable victory against the Danish outfit.

The Gers lost their first two matches in the group to Lyon and Sparta Prague but have now given themselves hope of qualifying for the knockout stage with a win against Brondby.

Whilst Roofe came into the team and found the back of the net to help seal the win, another player stole the show for Rangers on the night – Joe Aribo.

Was Aribo man of the match?

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Yes

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The Nigeria international played in his natural central midfield position instead of out wide, and he flourished on the right of the three in the middle of the park. Aribo was superb in the Europa League clash and will surely have left Gerrard feeling delighted.

Defensively, he put in a terrific shift. As per SofaScore, he won an impressive 10 of his 15 ground duels, with his midfield partners John Lundstram and Steven Davis only winning one between them. He also won four tackles and made one interception, whilst also avoiding being dribbled past throughout the 90 minutes as he showcased the defensive side of his game.

Offensively, Aribo also caught the eye. As per SofaScore, the ex-Charlton man provided two key passes and created one ‘big chance’. He also had a passing accuracy of 96% along with completing six of his nine attempted dribbles. This shows that he was able to carry Rangers up the pitch and create space by taking opposition players out of the game, using his quality on the ball to help the Gers control proceedings.

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Meanwhile, Roofe provided zero key passes or dribbles and was dribbled past twice as he made one tackle. The former Leeds man also lost seven of his nine duels on the night, which suggests that his overall display was not particularly impressive in spite of his goal.

Therefore, Aribo was able to steal the show for Rangers as he was excellent at both ends of the pitch and crucial to Gerrard’s side picking up the three points. He merged defensive strength with attacking creativity and transition play, which made him a crucial cog in the machine against the Danes as he facilitated their dominant performance.

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