Rangers Vs Braga - Ratings and AnalysisIt is an exciting game to watch in the Champions League this week and the game between Rangers and Braga is no different. While Rangers started brightly‚ Braga began slowly and were unable to capitalize on their home advantage. But that didn't stop the Gers from stepping up their game and winning 3-2. While Fabiano's goal from the penalty spot was disappointing‚ this game was far from a drab affair.
Rangers beat Braga 3-2A late goal from Kemar Roofe proved the difference in the Europa League quarter-final between Rangers and Braga. The winner came after Rangers had seen two goals disallowed by VAR‚ and after the game‚ the Gers declared the tie an open goal. The result means Rangers will face RB Leipzig in the semi-final on May 5. Until then‚ Rangers have to face Celtic in their home match. The first half was a nervy affair‚ with Braga defending well. The Gers had chances to increase their lead‚ but failed to take them. The first came when Tavernier pounced on a long ball before being thwarted by Vitor Tormena. The goal came after a penalty was awarded to the Gers after the latter conceded a foul by Tormena in the penalty area. Tavernier converted the spot-kick. In addition to this‚ Roofe scored against Red Star Belgrade and Borussia Dortmund in the knockout round play-off.
Rangers' defensive third feeds off the home crowdDortmund were hitting their stride in the first half‚ but the visitors' defensive third was a revelation and helped Rangers to a 2-2 draw. The Rangers' defensive third kept cool to slot the ball down the middle and a late penalty by Tavernier gave the visitors a lifeline. Scott Arfield broke into the Dortmund box‚ but his finish was thwarted by Gregor Kobel. The rebound fell to Morelos who leathered his first-time effort past Mats Hummels on the goal line. Afterwards‚ Tavernier poked home his second goal of the night to secure the win. While the visitors were fortunate not to be behind at half-time‚ it would have been far better for Rangers to be 2-0 up at the break. Despite the early setback‚ Rangers' defensive third was a huge boost as they fed off the home crowd. They are likely to be buoyed by the support from the home crowd and will have a great opportunity to go through as a result.
Fabiano shoots well over for BragaAs Fabiano shoots well over for Bragata‚ the home crowd erupted in anguish. Rangers had already led 1-0 on aggregate in the first leg‚ and they could have been further ahead after the interval. But the Portuguese side were down to nine men after an incident involving Medeiros‚ and Rangers are now on course to book a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League. The game looked to be heading for extra time when the first goal was disallowed. But with twenty minutes remaining‚ the Gers threatened again. After Joe Aribo's curling left-footed shot was deflected behind by the post‚ and the hosts continued to threaten. Aaron Ramsey's dangerous cross was met by Fabiano‚ but he can't get over the bouncing ball and shoots over.
Atalanta's Fabiano scores for BragaFabiano's brace secured a 2-0 aggregate victory over Atalanta as Braga booked their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League. The Portuguese club had a better first leg‚ but Rangers' performance in the second half improved. In fact‚ the visitors improved so much that the match ended 2-1 to Rangers. With nine minutes remaining‚ Braga were 2-0 up. A Fabiano strike was cancelled out by a mistake from Braga goalkeeper Matheus. Borna Barisic's cross was flicked goalward by Aribo‚ but Matheus was unable to make a touch to prevent the goal from being scored. Rangers captain Fabiano stepped up to meet the cross and blasted home from a tight angle.
Fabiano's own goalA Fabiano own goal secures a dramatic 2-1 win for Rangers over Braga. The visitors had blown a 2-1 lead in the second leg‚ but a David Carmo header had forced extra-time at Ibrox. Rangers were threatening to end their season over the Easter weekend‚ but Roofe's header made sure of a place in the semi-final. The referee's decision to award an own goal was highly controversial. The French official did not want to use VAR‚ so he pointed to the spot and determined that Braga's quantity three had not played the ball. Rangers celebrated the goal‚ but VAR ruled that it was an own goal‚ but the referee was unsure whether a handball by the defender had resulted in the own goal.
Fabiano's red card for BragaAfter a 1-0 victory over Braga in the Europa League quarterfinal‚ Rangers will face RB Leipzig in the next round. In a close encounter‚ the Gers trailed by a goal to nil going into extra time‚ but James Tavernier equalised for Rangers. In the opening minutes of extra time‚ the Gers had Kemar Roofe on target but VAR ruled out the goal. Fabiano then converted the penalty for Braga‚ but it wasn't enough to give the hosts the lead. The game ended goalless for the first half‚ but the visitors dominated in the second. The first goal came from a penalty awarded to the hosts after Glen Kamara was fouled outside the box. The second came after David Carmo fouled Roofe in the box‚ resulting in a penalty. Tavernier scored three of the six goals that shocked Borussia Dortmund in the play-off. After conceding the penalty‚ the Gers were reduced to nine men. Despite the stalemate‚ the substitutes were able to keep the game going.
Fabiano's miss for BragaA Fabiano miss for Braga leaves Rangers one point behind but the visitors were still unlucky not to be ahead after the interval. However‚ the visitors grew in confidence in the second half‚ and substitute Iuri Medeiros fired a penalty low into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. Rangers are 2-1 up on aggregate‚ and their reward is a semi-final meeting with Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig. Braga had advanced in nine previous Europa League or UEFA Cup games‚ but this time they had a goal disallowed by referee Paulo Sousa‚ who decided against a VAR test. However‚ the French official pointed to the spot and decided that Braga's quantity three had not played the ball. As a result‚ Tavernier was sent off. The second half saw Rangers come out in a more attacking manner‚ and Andre Horta missed a glorious opportunity to make it 2-0. However‚ Joe Aribo curled a left foot strike wide of the goal post with Ryan Kent higher up on the goal line. The third goal resulted from sloppy defending and rushed possession.
Fabiano's penalty for BragaAfter a tense first half in the Bundesliga‚ the tie seems to have reached its conclusion‚ with the match finishing 2-2 after a Fabiano penalty. Rangers have looked to have played well enough to hold off a 10-men Braga side‚ but Carmo's penalty from the spot pulls Braga level. Goldson misses a late header to bring Rangers level. After the second half‚ the game was still goalless‚ but Rangers had two chances to score a second. After a corner from the right‚ David Carmo rose above Kieran Trippier and headed the ball past Allan McGregor. The visitors continued to press for a third‚ but the penalty was saved by Fabiano. Rangers held their nerve and progressed to the semi-final.
Rangers' penaltyThe Rangers' penalty rating and analysis as the Gers book a place in the Europa League semi-final are all about the importance of the spot-kick. The visitors will look to avenge their last-gasp defeat to Borussia Dortmund‚ who they thrashed 4-1. The defending champions should be in good spirits ahead of the tie‚ and Dani Olmo should keep his place in the starting XI. With a 2-1 first-leg deficit‚ Rangers were left scrambling for a winner. On the final minute of extra-time‚ Rangers pushed for a third‚ but Braga struck back with a header from David Carmo's corner. However‚ Roofe's penalty from close range sealed the tie‚ and the 48‚894 crowd found their voice after the win.
Match reportIn the Europa League quarter-finals‚ Rangers are one step away from a place in the final. After overturning a 1-0 deficit in the first leg‚ the Gers are now set to face RB Leipzig. This result was never in doubt‚ but the Gers have shown their class and determination to earn the semi-final spot. The fans' outstanding support have given them a real boost. In this match‚ Rangers have created a number of chances but failed to convert. The first came in the 82nd minute when the visitors scored from a corner. Rangers were ten men at that point and will have been under pressure to score. However‚ they will not be downhearted. In the 86th minute‚ they equalise thanks to a goal from defender Roofe. The crowd‚ which numbered 48894‚ is in full voice after the goal.
This time it counts for Kemar Roofe! 💪
He converts from close range to restore Rangers' advantage!
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