THE Sporting de Braga took, this Thursday, one step closer to qualifying for the semi-finals of the Europa League, after beating Rangers 1-0 at home, in the first leg of the quarter-finals. end of the test.
The only goal of the match was scored by the Spaniard Abel Ruiz, who seems to have found himself with goals in recent games.
The match started with high pressure from the Scots, who even came close to scoring in the five minutes. After a high recovery, Kent appeared isolated, but Matheus did the spot very well and avoided that the bid could end in a goal for the Scottish champion.
Then, around ten minutes, there was a curious moment, Matheus asked for medical assistance, which allowed Al Musrati to go to the substitute bench to eat. Since we are in the period of Ramadan, which the Libyan is observing, the average Minho can only feed after sunset.
Rangers continued with high pressure and Tavernier created danger in the opposing area in the 15th minute. The right-back crossed to Sakala and, at the limit, Al Musrati managed to clear the ball.
This scare was enough to wake up Sporting de Braga, who began to dominate the match. In the 24th minute, Ricardo Horta appeared in a good position to shoot and hit the post. In the next move, André Horta scored against the Scots, but the Portuguese midfielder’s shot was ruled out for lack of Fabiano during the play.
Braga’s party did not take place at that minute, but a goal would be screamed in the crowded Municipal de Braga in the 40th minute. After a pass from Yan Couto, Abel Ruiz, who had already scored in Monaco, appeared at the edge of the area to shoot into the back of Rangers’ net.
The outsiders entered the second half determined to tie the game. Giovanni van Bronckhorst made three changes in one stroke in the 62nd minute and the Scots began to play more directly and in their most defensive sector, as if to protect themselves for the second leg at home, seeking to nullify the offensive references of the Braga
Sporting de Braga tried to extend the advantage, and André Horta even shot for a good defense by McGregor, but the Minho had difficulties in entering the defensive zone of Rangers, which little or nothing scared Matheus Magalhães in the second half, contrary to what had happened in the first 25 minutes of the first half at Estádio Municipal de Braga.
The match between Rangers and Sporting de Braga, at the Ibrox Stadium, is scheduled for next Thursday, at 8:00 pm, and the Minho have an advantage for this game that defines the passage to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Game time: Abel Ruiz gave Sporting de Braga the victory with a well-placed shot inside the penalty area, at a time when the minhotos already justified being in advantage.
Sporting de Braga eleven: Matheus, Fabiano, Tormena, David Carmo, Yan Couto, Al Murati, André Horta, Rodrigo Gomes, Iuri Medeiros, Ricardo Horta and Abel Ruiz.
Sporting de Braga substitutes: Tiago Sá, Lukáš Horníček, Diogo Leite, Paulo Oliveira, Buta, Moura, Bruno Rodrigues, Lucas Mineiro, Castro, Berna, Falé and Vitinha.
Our Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Bassey, Jack, Lundstram, Kamara, Fashion Sakala, Kent and Arfield.
Rangers Substitutes: McCrorie, McLaughlin, Barišić, Davis, Ramsey, Aribo, Sands, Scott Wright, Amad and Roofe.
Preview: Sporting de Braga receives this Thursday the Scots from Rangers, in a game counting for the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
After beating Benfica in the last round of the I Liga, the Minho are looking to continue their positive path in European competitions, and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League for a second time, repeating what happened in 2010/11. Rangers, on the other hand, are looking to put the Old Firm’s defeat against the eternal rival Celtic behind their backs.
The match between Sporting de Braga and Rangers, which starts at 20:00, will be refereed by the Italian Davide Massa and can be watched live on the Sports by the Minute.
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