Rangers 3-1 Braga (Agg 3-2): Player ratings as Gers storm into Europa League semi-final


Rangers put on an absolutely stunning performance as they saw off nine-man Braga to seal a spot in the Europa League semi-final, although a late wobble which saw the Portuguese side take the tie to extra-time made things harder than they needed to be.

It took the Gers just 70 seconds to open the scoring and tie things up on aggregate. Joe Aribo flicked on a Borna Barisic corner but looked to have asked too much of James Tavernier, but the right-back was at full-stretch as he struck from a tight angle and sent the home fans wild.

Just over three minutes later, Rangers thought they had a second. Another Barisic cross landed right on the head of Kemar Roofe, but his effort was ruled out by VAR after the left-back was deemed to have handled the ball in the build-up.

That frantic pace calmed down soon after but Rangers continued to throw everything at the Braga goal, with Barisic’s crosses proving far too much for the visitors to deal with in the early stages.

Rangers were dominant for the remainder of the first half and could have easily been three or four up. They came close again through Roofe, who connected with another Aribo flick-on but could only divert his effort onto the crossbar.



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