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Rangers vs Aberdeen. Viaplay Cup Semi Final.

Hampden ParkAttendance47,562.

Rangers 2

  • R Jack (61st minute)
  • K Roofe (94th minute)

Aberdeen 1

  • B Miovski (41st minute)
  • A Stewart (sent off 93rd minute)

Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen (AET): Kemar Roofe seals Scottish League Cup semi-final comeback win over 10-man Dons

Match report as Rangers come from behind to beat Aberdeen in Scottish League Cup semi-final; goals from Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe cancel out Bojan Miovski opener; Celtic reached Scottish League Cup final with 2-0 win over Kilmarnock on Saturday

Rangers' Kemar Roofe (R) celebrates making it 2-1
Image: Rangers' Kemar Roofe (R) celebrates making it 2-1 against Aberdeen

Kemar Roofe's dramatic extra-time strike gave Rangers a 2-1 win over 10-man Aberdeen at Hampden Park and set up an Old Firm Scottish League Cup final next month.

In a compelling semi-final on a gluepot pitch, Aberdeen striker Bojan Miovski took advantage of hesitancy in the Gers defence four minutes from the break to give the Granite City men the lead.

Former Dons midfielder Ryan Jack drove in a deflected leveller in the 61st minute before Pittodrie skipper Anthony Stewart was handed a straight red card by referee Nick Walsh in added time for a shocking tackle on Fashion Sakala.

Substitute Roofe put Rangers ahead from close range four minutes into extra-time and there was more drama when VAR failed for a few minutes before sparking back into life.

An exhausting tie ended with a ragged Rangers side in the final and they will take on Celtic at Hampden Park on February 26, with another action-packed afternoon likely.

Rangers set up Celtic date with destiny

Roofe scores the crucial extra-time goal
Image: Roofe scores the crucial extra-time goal

A lot of focus pre-match was on the Hampden pitch, which had been criticised by both Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou and Killie manager Derek McInnes following Saturday's last-four clash. Although the weather was better, the surface cut up from the kick-off, doing neither side any favours.

Aberdeen were unchanged but veteran Gers goalkeeper Allan McGregor took over from Jon McLaughlin and striker Alfredo Morelos replaced the injured Antonio Colak.

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Rangers threatened first in the fourth minute with attacker Sakala, whose header from a James Tavernier cross beat Dons 'keeper Kelle Roos but smacked the post.

Miovski had a goal disallowed prior to scoring
Image: Bojan Miovski had a goal disallowed prior to scoring

The Dons defence had to stay firm but slowly they began to edge forward with increasing confidence.

In the 15th minute Miovski broke clear of the Gers defence to latch on to a Leighton Clarkson pass and drove high past McGregor from an acute angle. However, the offside flag went up and VAR confirmed the decision.

At the other end, Sakala lashed a shot from the edge of the box over the bar, before Morelos fired just past the far post.

Aberdeen's Bojan Miovski scores to make it 1-0
Image: Miovski scores to make it 1-0

Roos then parried a long-distance effort from Ryan Kent before Sakala slashed the loose ball wide and then the Aberdeen 'keeper made a good save from Morelos' close-range header.

However, when the Rangers defence momentarily went to sleep the Dons took the lead.

Clarkson's pass split the backline and Miovski looked offside but Matty Kennedy kept going past left-back Borna Barasic to take possession. When he crossed into the middle, the unmarked North Macedonia international had raced in to cushion the ball past McGregor, stunning Rangers and their fans.

Aberdeen's Bojan Miovski celebrates scoring
Image: Miovski celebrates scoring

Just as Gers boss Michael Beale was about to make changes, his team levelled.

Jack played a one-two with Morelos at the edge of the box and his right-footed shot came off on-loan Celtic defender Liam Scales and wrong-footed Roos. The relief among the Light Blue support was palpable.

The excitement continued. Clarkson cracked the woodwork with a shot - but Kennedy was offside - before Roofe and Glen Kamara came on for Morelos and Malik Tillman, with Aberdeen's Connor Barron on for Clarkson, Jonny Hayes having already replaced Luis 'Duk' Lopes.

Rangers' Ryan Jack celebrates making it 1-1
Image: Rangers' Ryan Jack celebrates making it 1-1

The game had swung towards Rangers but they could not take advantage.

Two minutes into added time Stewart was sent packing for a ridiculous lunge on Sakala towards the touchline, while Kent got away with what appeared to be an off-the-ball swing at Scales.

Tavernier clipped the bar with a deflected strike two minutes into extra-time but it was not too long before the lively Roofe converted a cutback from fellow substitute Scott Wright from six yards.

There were near misses at both ends as the Dons kept battling - McGregor made late saves from Scales and Hayden Coulson - and it was Rangers who were glad to hear the final whistle.

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Rangers boss Michael Beale was full of praise for his team after they beat Aberdeen to reach the League Cup final and also gave his thoughts on VAR plus the Hampden pitch

Rangers boss Michael Beale said: "To win the game is fantastic but for me, I'm very fortunate to accept a team that is in a semi-final, so big credit goes to Gio (van Bronckhorst) and his staff and the players prior to me coming in.

"You take the baton on, and I'm just delighted for our fans and our players that we get to come back here in a final.

"I think it's a fantastic final for everybody to look forward to but that's a long way away in my schedule now. My eyes are on [our next match against] Kilmarnock."

What happened to VAR?

Rangers' Malik Tillman and Duk in action on Sunday
Image: Rangers' Malik Tillman and Duk in action on Sunday

Scottish football's recently-introduced VAR technology briefly failed during this game.

Referee Nick Walsh appeared to have trouble with the communication equipment on his arm at the start of extra-time and there was a delay to the additional 30 minutes getting under way.

Walsh went off the field after Roofe put Rangers 2-1 ahead early in extra-time and appeared to be checking the goal could stand.

After another delay, the game restarted and supporters at Hampden were soon told over the public address system that there would be no VAR for the rest of the game.

Rangers struggled to get going in the first half
Image: Rangers struggled to get going in the first half

However, about four minutes later the fans were told that the video assistance technology was back working.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Professional Football League said: "The Scottish FA have confirmed to us that a technical issue with the VAR station at Clydesdale House resulted in a five-minute period where VAR was not in operation at Hampden Park.

"The issue was resolved by moving to the back-up station and VAR was operational immediately thereafter."

VAR was introduced in Scotland's top flight in mid-October.

What's next?

Rangers return to Scottish Premiership action on Wednesday at Kilmarnock, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 8pm.

Aberdeen travel to Hearts on the same night. That match kicks off at 7.45pm.

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