23 October 2020 12:38
Join thousands of fans who have signed up to our Rangers newsletter. Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email For a time on Thursday night it appeared the main talking point from Rangers' win over Standard Liege would be the biblical downpour that made the second half a farce. That was until Kemar Roofe hammered one in from his own half to seal a 2-0 win for the visitors and put himself in contention for the Puskas Award. Manager Steven Gerrard described it as the best goal he's ever seen, with the striker booked for his celebration. That put the gloss on a result that was already in the bag after James Tavernier's first half penalty.
How did the Belgian media see it though? Here's a selection of the best reaction. L'Avenir wrote: "With soggy ground and pouring rain, the spectacle inevitably took a hit. "Nothing worked for Liege, who could not raise their level of play on an almost unplayable pitch. In stoppage time, Cop, all alone, had the opportunity to equalise but he missed the ball. "On the counter Roofe scored with a magnificent lob which surprised Bodart. "The former Anderlecht man, whistled at his slightest touch, saw the goalkeeper off his line and didn't hesitate to unleash from his own half. "But if that was magnificent what followed spoke for itself, with the Englishman not hesitating to taunt the fans after his goal." (Image: BRUNO FAHY/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images) La Libre was similarly blown away by Roofe's strike. They wrote: "As we headed toward the end of the match Roofe crucified Bodart with a lob from distance. "Up until that point we could only admire the goal but the striker saw fit to go and taunt the Liege kop." La Derniere Heure wrote: "Standard begin their European journey with a Scottish shower". Focusing largely on the weather they wrote: "On a barely passable pitch at the end of the match, the Liégeois blew hot and cold and started the Europa League badly. "A few years from now, Standard's 250th meeting will be remembered as a loss to Steven Gerrard's Rangers. But for the 2,800 supporters present in Sclessin this Thursday evening, we will remember the match where - excuse us the expression - there was a deathly downpour. And whose last half hour of play took place on a waterlogged and barely passable ground, which made the production of precise and attacking football almost impossible. (Image: REUTERS) "We are ready to bet on it: the match would never have started under the conditions in which it ended this Thursday, since the ball barely rolled in places and stopped squarely in others." Le Soir saw: "a match that was not rich in chances, but several turning points allowed Steven Gerrard's team, a team that is dominating the Scottish Premiership without losing a single game (29 points out of 33), to win". The newspaper was also blown away by Roofe's wonder strike. They wrote: "Despite the deluge that hit Sclessin this Thursday evening, the public was able to witness a world-class effort. "In stoppage time of the game, Kemar Roofe, the former Anderlecht player, recovered the ball for Glasgow Rangers. He passed one Standard player, then another in his own half… and attempted a shot from midfield. "Arnaud Bodart was off his line and therefore he went for it all and took it, his shot lobbing the Rouches goalkeeeper. "A world class goal that crucified Standard." Nieuwsblad felt that the weather conditions played into Rangers' hands. (Image: REUTERS/Yves Herman) They wrote: "The Liégeois were in control, but they had a hard time playing football. That had a lot to do with the sudden thunderstorm that raged over Standard. The water fell from the sky, which gave us a real water ballet. "The ball was forever getting stuck in puddles, normal football became impossible. "They were forced to resort to long balls and hope one fell kindly - exactly the kind of game the Scots know how to master." HLN described Roofe's effort as "an unparalleled goal" in their headline, but were critical of the hosts. The match report noted: "There were 2,800 fans at the Sclessin for Standard's 250th European match. (Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) "The bill was very attractive - a duel against Rangers FC. They wanted to enjoy football one more time. "The Rouches feared the Scots, with their power combined with technique and dribbling ability. "A compact team who are difficult to play, with a coach in Steven Gerrard who has done well. "At the start of the match, there was no getting through for Standard - mainly because the pace in possession was much too slow. Too little movement, no focal point up-front. "However, they also gave nothing away defensively. Until a lost header landed on Gavory's arm. The referee gave a penalty kick, Tavernier converted. Bodart's fingertips were just not long enough." As with most other reports there was also a huge focus on the weather. "A thunderclap, a bolt of lightning, a clatter in the stands. Everything got wet. The newly laid field was transformed into a swimming pool. Water polo at Sclessin. Balls got stuck, playing football became very difficult. "The Scottish singer Shirley Manson sang 'I'm only happy when it rains' in the mid-90s. In other words, Rangers thrived in these circumstances. (Image: OLIVIER HOSLET/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) "For them playing football was no longer necessary, they could sit back and look to hit on the counter. "Standard did not have the strength to make things difficult for the Scots. They weren't playing boldly enough." Finally, the report concludes with a further reflection on Roofe's goal. HLN wrote: "Oh yes, Kemar Roofe saved the best for last. "Just after that chance for Cop, he kicked toward goal from just over the halfway line. Bodart looked and looked and looked: it's in. "What a goal. It will go around the world."