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Ajax Amsterdam secured a seat in the European League by beating Rangers 3-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, adding to the Scottish team’s suffering at the continental level.
Ajax finished the group stage in third place in Group A, behind Napoli and Liverpool, and will compete in the European League play-off.
While Rangers are bottom of the group after becoming the first Scottish team to lose all their matches in the group stage, in the worst return in the first round of the championship in three decades.
Stephen Berghaus advanced to Ajax in the fourth minute, taking advantage of a pass from Mohamed Kaddous, who added the second goal with a shot that hit the goal in the 29th minute.
James Tavernier reduced the difference for Rangers from the penalty mark four minutes before the end of the original time of the match, in the Scottish team’s second goal in the tournament, but Ajax expanded the difference with a goal scored by young substitute Francisco Conceicao two minutes later.
At the end of the first half, the fans booed Rangers, who needed to win by five goals to bypass Ajax and qualify for the European League.
During the group stage, Rangers conceded 22 goals while scoring only two, in the worst result in the group stage since Dinamo Zagreb’s career in the 2011-2012 season, when the difference between the goals scored by the Croatian team and those conceded was -19.
Viktoria Plzen also lost its six group matches with a difference of 19 goals.
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