Europa League roundup: Wolves cruise, Rangers wobble and Aberdeen slump | Football
Wolves moved a step closer to the Europa League group stages with a comprehensive 4-0 win in the qualifying third-round first leg at Pyunik.
Matt Doherty’s opener, a double from Raúl Jiménez and Ruben Neves’s stoppage-time penalty made it an easy evening in Armenia for Wolves, who start their Premier League campaign at Leicester on Sunday.
They will look to complete the job next Thursday in the second leg at Molineux and move into a play-off against Torino or Shakhtyor.
A 6,370-mile round trip was not ideal for Wolves and their journey got off to a bad start when Adama Traoré forgot his passport. The 23-year-old winger brought an ID card to the airport and was not allowed to board the plane.
Scott Arfield settled Rangers nerves in Denmark as they beat Midtjylland 4-2. Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo and Nikola Katic had Rangers cruising before Frank Onyeka and Sory Kaba threatened to turn the tie on its head. It took Arfield’s calm finish 20 minutes from time to restore a two-goal advantage for the return leg.
Should Rangers see the tie out they will face either Legia Warsaw or Atromitos in the play-off round.
Aberdeen slumped to a 2-0 defeat at HNK Rijeka. The Croatian side took the lead through a Antonio-Mirko Colak penalty midway through the second half, before Robert Muric’s curling left-foot shot found the net with three minutes to go.
If Aberdeen can turn the tie around at Pittodrie next Thursday they will face the Cypriot side AEK Larnaca or Gent of Belgium.