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Braga 1-0 Rangers

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Braga 1-0 Rangers

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Full time in Portugal, and Braga, hold on for a 1-0 first-leg win over Rangers.

Ruiz’s opener came during a dominant first half for the hosts, and their victory is probably deserved.

Still, Van Bronckhorst’s team improved after making a raft of second-half substitutions, with Goldson missing two decent chances after the break.

Starting Lineup:

BRAGA (3-4-3): Matheus;

Fabiano, Vitor Tormena, David Carmo;

Yan Couto, Ali Musrati, Andre Horta, Rodrigo Gomes;

Iuri Medeiros, Abel Ruiz, Ricardo Horta.

 

SUBS: Tiago Sa, Lukas Hornicek, Diogo Leite, Paulo Oliveira, Lucas Mineiro, Leonardo Buta,

Francisco Moura, Berna, Bruno Rodrigues, Castro, Miguel Fale, Victor Oliveira.

 

RANGERS (4-3-3): Allan McGregor;

James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey;

Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, John Lundstram;

Ryan Kent, Scott Arfield, Fashion Sakala.

 

SUBS: Robby McCrorie, Jonathan McLaughlin, Amad Diallo, Steven Davis, Aaron Ramsey,

Joe Aribo, James Sands, Scott Wright, Kemar Roofe, Borna Barisic.

Goals:

BRAGA, TAKE THE LEAD! Ruiz scores the opener, and there’s no ruling that one out! Balogun is at fault for the Rangers, getting a soft touch to Couto’s flicked pass on the edge of the Rangers box. Consequently, allowing Ruiz to fire past McGregor at his near post.

What does it mean? All to play for in Glasgow.

Braga was good value for their breakthrough goal when it arrived, with that Abel Ruiz strike making it 10 European away games in a row for Rangers without a clean sheet.

While the hosts were comfortable for an hour, there was little between the sides.

And it was reflected in the expected goals figures – 0.49 versus 0.47.

The Gers are still very much alive in the tie, having won three and drawn one of their last four home matches in the competition, scoring nine times in the process.

So, what’s next?

This Europa League quarter-final tie remains in the balance after an intriguing first leg, with Braga taking the slenderest of leads to Ibrox next week.

The Portuguese outfit produced some excellent football at times.

And will carry a genuine threat once again in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, the Rangers will believe they are still in the tie after an improved second-half showing.

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