Rangers reach Europa semi-final after Roofe winner


James Tavernier slides Rangers ahead inside 70 seconds at Ibrox

Rangers are into the Europa League semi-final after Kemar Roofe’s extra-time winner settled a pulsating tie with Braga, who finished with nine men.

James Tavernier’s early goal cancelled out the Portuguese side’s first-leg lead, before he had Ibrox on its feet again with a first-half penalty moments after Vitor Tormena was sent off.

Rangers were utterly dominant, hitting the woodwork twice and having three strikes disallowed, but their profligacy was punished when David Carmo’s header forced extra-time.

However, a tie with Leipzig was sealed when Roofe knocked in from close range.

And as Ibrox rocked, Braga’s hopes of another comeback wilted when Iuri Medeiros was booked and sent off for dissent for arguing over a yellow card.

Rangers will travel to Germany for the first leg on 28 April, with the Ibrox return the following Thursday, with the mouthwatering games either side of the final Old Firm derby of the season at Celtic Park.

It is Rangers’ first continental semi-final in 14 years, and a huge boost to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Premiership leaders Celtic at Hampden.

And the prospect of a final against English Premier League side West Ham United remains alive, with David Moyes’ side facing Eintracht Frankfurt in the other last-four tie.

More to follow.

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Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 3Bassey
  • 31BarisicSubstituted forBalogunat 90+1′minutes
  • 8JackSubstituted forKamaraat 80′minutes
  • 4Lundstram
  • 16RamseySubstituted forWrightat 80′minutes
  • 17Ayodele-AriboSubstituted forSakalaat 105′minutes
  • 14Kent
  • 25RoofeBooked at 85minsSubstituted forArfieldat 105′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Diallo
  • 10Davis
  • 18Kamara
  • 19Sands
  • 23Wright
  • 26Balogun
  • 28McCrorie
  • 30Sakala
  • 33McLaughlin
  • 37Arfield
  • 43King
  • 51Lowry

Sporting Braga

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Lima MagalhĂŁes
  • 15Rodrigues de Oliveira
  • 16Veiga Teixeira CarmoSubstituted forMariano FalĂ©at 118′minutes
  • 3Tormena de FariasBooked at 42mins
  • 70de Souza Silva
  • 88de Castro PereiraSubstituted forGorbyat 105′minutes
  • 8Al MusratiSubstituted forda Silva Izidoroat 100′minutes
  • 10Luz HortaBooked at 97minsSubstituted forSampaio de Mouraat 45′minutes
  • 57Martins GomesSubstituted forPicanço Medeirosat 61′minutesBooked at 105mins
  • 9RuizSubstituted forCarvalho Oliveiraat 61′minutes
  • 21da Luz Horta

Substitutes

  • 2Couto
  • 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
  • 12de Sá
  • 25da Silva Izidoro
  • 45Picanço Medeiros
  • 50Ulineia Buta
  • 67Gorby
  • 74Sampaio de Moura
  • 79Duarte Couto
  • 86Ferreira Rodrigues
  • 96Mariano FalĂ©
  • 99Carvalho Oliveira

Referee:
François Letexier

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