Zungu returns to action as Rangers book last 16 Europa League place

Bongani Zungu returned to action in the Uefa Europa League as Joe Aribo’s Rangers walloped Royal Antwerp 5-2 in the second leg of their round of 32 fixture.

The South Africa midfielder made a cameo appearance in Steven Gerrard’s team on Thursday after he was punished for breaking government rules, A fortnight ago, Zungu was dropped from the Gers’ first-team alongside four other players after breaching coronavirus lockdown rules in Scotland but he was drafted back to Steven Gerrard’s team on Wednesday after they faced ‘strong disciplinary actions’.

A day later, the Bafana Bafana star was introduced as an 82nd-minute substitute for Steven Davis as Rangers cruised to the next round of the European competition with a 9-5 aggregate win.

Alfredo Morelos put Rangers ahead in the first ten minutes before Lior Refaelov had the visitors level thereafter, but Nathan Patterson regained the home side’s advantage after halftime.

Antwerp drew level a little later through Didier Lamkel Ze, but goals from Ryan Kent and two penalties from Borna Barisic and substitute Cedric Itten late on put the contest to bed.

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