Cork seals Burnley progress as McGregor saves penalty in Rangers triumph

Cork seals Burnley progress as McGregor saves penalty in Rangers triumph
Cork seals Burnley progress as McGregor saves penalty in Rangers triumph

Allan McGregor stopped a penalty in added time as Rangers drew 0-0 at Maribor to reach the Europa League play-off round with a 3-1 aggregate victory.

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Steven Gerrard's team will meet Russia's FC Ufa for a spot in the group stage after a battling performance in Slovenia.

Jack Cork scored in the 97th minute of extra-time against Turkey's Basaksehir as Burnley set up a meeting with Greek side Olympiakos in the play-off round with a 1-0 aggregate win.

The Clarets were held to a goalless draw by their Turkish opponents, replicating last week's away leg stalemate, but substitute Cork rifled a 97th-minute winner at Turf Moor as a 1-0 win kept the club's continental adventure going.

The once-capped England midfielder netted at a similar stage in the previous round to break the deadlock against Aberdeen and he will get the chance to extend his unlikely scoring streak next week.

Joe Hart had a night to remember on his home debut, making a series of strong saves in an extended duel with Edin Visca, and has yet to concede after three outings for his new club.

But Neil Lennon's Hibernian are out after going down 3-0 at Molde to crash out 3-0 on aggregate.

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Norway's Molde will face Zenit St Petersburg for a group place after the Russian team recovered from losing the first leg 4-0 to Dinamo Minsk to complete an 8-1 victory after extra-time for an astonishing 8-5 aggregate success.

Maribor have been a thorn in the side of Scottish teams recently, knocking Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibernian out of European competition over the last eight years, and reached the group stage of last year's Champions League.

"We have knocked a Champions League team out of the qualifiers and they are devastated – they had confidence, they had ego coming into this game and they had no respect for us," Gerrard told RangersTV.

"But, my players have proved over two legs we are better than Maribor, and that pleases me and that gives me great confidence going forward."

Gerrard took over at Rangers in May and has brought in 11 players as he looks to end the dominance of Glasgow rivals Celtic, who have won the league for seven successive years.

Reaching the group stage of the Europa League would also provide much-needed funds for a side that are still recovering from financial problems that saw them reformed in the bottom tier of Scottish football in 2012.

UEFA Europa League results

3rd Qualifying Round

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  • Kairat (0) 1 Sigma Olomouc (1) 2
  • aggregate: 1-4
  • Sigma Olomouc win
  • Progrès Niederkorn (1) 2 Ufa (0) 2
  • .... aggregate: 3-4
  • AEK Larnaca (1) 5 Sturm Graz (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 7-0
  • AEK Larnaca win
  • HJK (0) 1 Olimpija (1) 4
  • .... aggregate: 1-7
  • Olimpija win
  • København (1) 2 CSKA Sofia (0) 1
  • .... aggregate: 4-2
  • København win
  • Universitatea Craiova (0) 1 RB Leipzig (1) 1
  • .... aggregate: 2-4
  • CFR Cluj (2) 5 Alashkert (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 7-0
  • CFR Cluj win
  • Molde (1) 3 Hibernian (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 3-0
  • Molde win
  • Zenit (1) 8 Dinamo Minsk (0) 1
  • .... full-time: 4-0 extra-time: 8-1 aggregate: 8-5
  • Zenit win
  • Sūduva (0) 0 Spartaks Jūrmala (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 1-0
  • Midtjylland (1) 3 The New Saints (1) 1
  • .... aggregate: 5-1
  • Midtjylland win
  • APOEL (0) 3 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1) 1
  • .... aggregate: 5-3
  • APOEL win
  • Kukësi (1) 2 Torpedo Kutaisi (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 4-5
  • Kukësi win
  • Žalgiris (0) 0 Sevilla (3) 5
  • .... aggregate: 0-6
  • Sevilla win
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv (0) 2 Pyunik (1) 1
  • .... aggregate: 2-1
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv win
  • Luzern (0) 1 Olympiakos Piraeus (1) 3
  • .... aggregate: 1-7
  • Olympiakos Piraeus win
  • Dinamo Brest (0) 1 Apollon (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 1-4
  • Dinamo Brest win
  • LASK (1) 2 Beşiktaş (0) 1
  • .... aggregate: 2-2
  • LASK win
  • Zrinjski (0) 1 Ludogorets (1) 1
  • .... aggregate: 1-2
  • F91 Dudelange (2) 2 Legia Warszawa (1) 2
  • .... aggregate: 4-3
  • Atalanta (0) 2 Hapoel Haifa (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 6-1
  • Atalanta win
  • Brøndby (0) 2 Spartak Subotica (0) 1
  • .... aggregate: 4-1
  • Brøndby win
  • Basel (1) 1 Vitesse (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 2-0
  • Basel win
  • Lech Poznań (0) 1 Genk (2) 2
  • .... aggregate: 1-4
  • Genk win
  • Maribor (0) 0 Rangers (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 1-3
  • FCSB (0) 2 Hajduk Split (0) 1
  • .... aggregate: 2-1
  • FCSB win
  • Partizan (3) 3 Nordsjælland (1) 2
  • .... aggregate: 5-3
  • Partizan win
  • Rapid Wien (1) 4 Slovan Bratislava (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 5-2
  • Rapid Wien win
  • Feyenoord (1) 1 Trenčín (1) 1
  • .... aggregate: 1-5
  • Gent (1) 3 Jagiellonia Białystok (0) 1
  • .... aggregate: 4-1
  • Gent win
  • Bordeaux (0) 2 Mariupol' (0) 1
  • .... aggregate: 5-2
  • Bordeaux win
  • Rosenborg (2) 3 Cork City (0) 0
  • .... aggregate: 5-0
  • Rosenborg win
  • Burnley (0) 1 İstanbul Başakşehir (0) 0
  • .... full-time: 0-0 extra-time: 1-0 aggregate: 1-0
  • Burnley win
  • Rijeka (0) 0 Sarpsborg 08 (0) 1
  • .... aggregate: 1-2
  • Sarpsborg 08 win
  • Valur (1) 2 Sheriff (0) 1
  • .... aggregate: 2-2
  • Valur win
  • Sporting Braga (0) 2 Zorya (0) 2
  • .... aggregate: 3-3

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