Rangers reached the semi-finals of the Europa League after extra-time winner Kemar Roofe tackled a gritty match against Braga, who finished with nine men.
James Tavernier’s early goal canceled out the Portuguese’s lead in the first leg, before he held Ibrox on his feet again with a first-half penalty after Vitor Tormena was sent off.
Rangers were completely dominant, heading into the woodwork twice and having three disqualifications, but their misstep was punished when David Carmo’s header forced extra time.
However, the match against Leipzig was resolved when Roofe rushed in from close range.
And as Ibrox rocked, hopes of another Braga comeback were dashed when Iuri Medeiros was booked and sent off for a yellow card controversy.
Rangers will travel to Germany for the first leg on April 28, with Ibrox returning next Thursday, and exciting matches set to take place either side of the final Old Firm derby of the season at Celtic Park.
It was Rangers’ first continental semi-final in 14 years, and a big boost for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against leaders Celtic at Hampden.
The prospect of a European final against English Premier League side West Ham still lingers, as David Moyes’ men face Eintracht Frankfurt in another round of four tie.
In a month in which Van Bronckhorst’s side were rocked by defeats to group rivals Celtic, which left them six points behind, and a loss in the first leg in Portugal, they remained at the top. high of history.
If Ibrox were to raise his voice at the start, it would take only 70 seconds on the grounds of the stadium to send shivers as the Scottish champion roared in front of him.
Joe Aribo made Borna Barisic’s pass to Tavernier, who edged past the defense to cushion the ball close to the post.
Three minutes later, Rangers had the ball again when Roofe met Barisic’s cross with an accurate header. This time, celebrations were cut short after a VAR check brutally punished Barisic for handball during set-up, but that didn’t dampen Rangers’ intensity as they continued to pour. forward.
Tavernier was annoyed when he successfully headed Aribo’s cross to the post. Roofe, fresh from a hat-trick at the weekend, scored a lot later.
Aaron Ramsey finishes, then another Barisic poke is caught by both Tavernier and Aribo but neither of them can direct it on target.
No permission. As the number of corners increased, Roofe made a serve in front of goal but he shot it wide. Minutes later, Aribo sent an inviting shot into the far corner to the post but no one was on, and Kent headed home Matheus’s goal.
The pressure is immense. And four minutes before the break, Rangers were in control.
Roofe had a long ball and was ahead of defender Tormena, who was strapped to the striker’s back. The Brazilian was sent off, while Tavernier headed coldly for a free-kick in the middle.
It’s almost perfect in the 45 minutes that Rangers can get by. They have turned the game upside down in their favor and now have an advantage over others.
Another goal will end it. Aribo cut in when perhaps a pass to Kent was a better choice. Right after that, Kent turned to head and picked Roofe to block his header. Connor Goldson vibrates outside a post.
Braga just couldn’t defend against Barisic’s wand with his left foot. Another cross hit Aaron Ramsey’s head, but he couldn’t continue.
Roofe’s joy was short-lived when he broke through the defense and shot into the net, but was deemed offside.
But without a third goal, Rangers’ lead remains slim. And with Braga’s first real chance, they leveled the lead in the seventh minute when Carmo headed the net from a corner.
That blew the wind out of the Rangers’ sails. Goldson headed off the post in the final seconds of the 90th period, but into extra time.
The rangers had expended a large amount of energy, and they looked tired. But after two undeserved goals, Roofe was the hero.
Glen Kamara picked Aribo, who drilled the ball over goal for the striker to pounce and send the crowd into a delirious swoon.
It should have been at 4 o’clock when Scott Arfield was strained in the box but he shot deftly, then shot over the bar when a bounce went right in his place.
Those misses have kept the game alive. Braga’s bench screamed for a penalty as Richard Horta fell to the floor under the challenge of Glen Kamara.
In the end, however, the Rangers deserved to keep their European dream alive.
Man of the Match – Joe Aribo
What have we learned?
The Glasgow Blues were more confident in Sunday’s Scotland Cup tie. However, tonight may just be the catalyst for Rangers to trust again.
They come to Braga early and often. Rangers were so dominant that the Portuguese failed to focus a single shot on target after an hour.
The Ibrox men were momentarily shut down and punished by Carmo’s goal, and that was the only stain on their book for 120 minutes.
The good news for Rangers is that even without the injured Alfredo Morelos, at Roofe they found a more capable striker who could lead the line on the big stage.
Rangers face Old Firm rivals Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden (14:00 BST), and they will take on German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in the Europa League fourth round on April 28. and May 5.
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- 8JackReplaced forKamarain 80′minute
- 16RamseyReplaced forOkayin 80′minute
- 17Ayodele-AriboReplaced forSakalain 105′minute
- 25RoofeSet at 85 minutesReplaced forArfieldin 105′minute
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- 15Rodrigues de Oliveira
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- 8Al MusratiReplaced forda Silva Izidoroin 100′minute
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- 57Martins GomesReplaced forPicanço Medeirosin sixty one ‘minuteSet at 105 minutes
- 9RuizReplaced forCarvalho Oliveirain sixty one ‘minute
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- 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
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- 25da Silva Izidoro
- 45Picanço Medeiros
- 50Ulineia Buta
- sixty sevenGorby
- 74Sampaio de Moura
- 79Duarte Couto
- eighty sixFerreira Rodrigues
- 96Mariano Fale
- 99Carvalho Oliveira
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Game over, Rangers 3, Sporting Braga 1.
Extra time ends, Rangers 3, Sporting Braga 1.
James Tavernier (Rangers) concedes a free kick from the right by-line.
Ricardo Horta (Sporting Braga) fouled.
Ryan Kent (Rangers) gets a free kick in his own half.
Fabiano (Sporting Braga) fouled.
John Lundstram (Rangers) gets a free kick in his own half.
Fouled by Lucas Mineiro (Sporting Braga).
Substitute, Sporting Braga. Miguel Falé replaces David Carmo.
Attempted to be blocked. Scott Arfield (Rangers) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked
Glen Kamara (Rangers) gets a free kick in his own half.
Ricardo Horta (Sporting Braga) fouled.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Fabiano.
Attempted to be blocked. Fashion Sakala (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Lundstram.
Scott Arfield (Rangers) right footed shot from the center of the penalty area misses the bar.
Attempted to be blocked. Fashion Sakala (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Wright.
DO NOT ENTER!!!! Scott Arfield (Rangers) left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left of the goal. Powered by Ryan Kent.
Offside, Sporting Braga. Paulo Oliveira tries to make a pass, but Vítor Oliveira is offside.
Substitute, Rangers. Sakala Fashion replaces Joe Ayodele-Aribo.
Substitute, Rangers. Scott Arfield replaces Kemar Roofe.