Rangers surpassed Braga in extra time to advance to the Europa League semi-finals, where they will face RB Leipzig. Kemar Roofe scored the game winner as Rangers survived a first-leg deficit to beat Braga in extra time.
With a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, the Scottish champions got off to a flying start, with James Tavernier finding the net after just 70 seconds as Joe Aribo flicked on Borna Barisic’s cross.
ET: FULL-TIME: Rangers 3-1 Braga (Agg 3-2)
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Rangers made it 2-0 on the night just before half-time, thanks to a raucous atmosphere inside Ibrox, when Tavernier struck from the penalty spot. Braga was reduced to ten men after Vitor Tormena was dismissed.
Roofe felt he had scored yet again, but his effort was chalked out for offside after a VAR review, but they appeared to have done enough to advance in normal time.
That was until late in the game, when Braga, despite their clear disadvantage, forced extra time with David Carmo’s header.
Rangers were left unhappy, but they stayed tenacious and finally regained the lead, with Roofe sending the ball into the net after superb work from Glen Kamara and Super Eagles midfielder – Joe Aribo.
Braga fought valiantly, but their chances of efficiently forcing penalties diminished when they were reduced to nine men as Yuri Medeiros was handed his marching orders.
Rangers put up a tremendous performance, displaying great enthusiasm throughout and reaching their first European semi-final in 14 years.
Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun, two of Aribo’s Super Eagles teammates, also played for Rangers, who won the tie 3-2 on aggregate.
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