RB LEIPZIG crashed to defeat against ten-man Borussia Mönchengladbach just days before their clash with Rangers.
Domenico Tedesco’s side – who hold a 1-0 lead over the Scottish champions in the Europa League semi-finals – have made five changes since beating Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men.
And they fell behind in their Bundesliga clash after just 17 minutes.
Breel Embolo took advantage of some hesitation from the Leipzig defense to fire home before Christopher Nkunku – who missed a keeper against Rangers – equalized.
Jonas Hofmann restored the lead to the home side in first-half stoppage time.
Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer denied Andre Silva the equalizer as he brilliantly deflected the Portuguese striker’s header onto the bar.
The home side were reduced to ten men in the 64th minute after Nico Elvedi knocked down Nkunku.
But Hofmann netted Mönchengladbach’s third goal 13 minutes from time to seal the victory.
The result leaves Tedesco’s side fifth in the table, one point behind Freiburg in the battle for fourth place.
And that will be the last thing Tedesco wanted as his Leipzig side prepare to take on Rangers at Ibrox on Thursday.
The Light Blues will want to capitalize on this poor preparation as they bid to reach the Europa League final in Seville, Spain.
Whoever wins the draw will face the winners of the other semi-final between Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham.
In this game, the German side currently hold a 2-1 lead on aggregate and host the Hammers on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Rangers have been given a Champions League boost ahead of next season.
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If the Light Blues finish the Premiership season in second place, they will now enter the third qualifying round rather than the second.
It comes after UEFA confirmed that the ban on Russian clubs in continental competition will remain in place next season.
Of course, if Rangers ultimately win the Europa League, they will go straight to the Champions League group stage.
A statement from UEFA read: “Russia will not have any affiliated clubs participating in UEFA club competitions in the 2022/23 season.
“As a result, the respective access lists for the men’s and women’s club competitions have been rebalanced in accordance with the principles set out in the regulations of the relevant competitions.
“In addition, Russia will be awarded a number of coefficient points equivalent to the lowest number they have won in any of the last five seasons, i.e. 4.333 points for the coefficient of the men’s association club and 1.750 for the women’s association club coefficient for the purposes of the points calculation for the 2022/23 season.”
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