Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has compared his team’s comeback against Braga yesterday evening to some of his greatest nights as a player for Liverpool.
The Light Blues were 2-0 down midway through the second half before Ianis Hagi inspired a 15-minute turnaround with the Romanian scoring two goals and providing an assist in the 3-2 victory.
Gerard said he was delighted by the spirit that was shown by his players at Ibrox:
“It is our responsibility to try to get as many of these nights back as we can. We saw some people leaving at 2-0. I’m not sure if that was the scoreline or the weather. There was a bit of negativity behind the bench, but in European football magical nights happen. I’ve experienced them as a player and I hope I experience a lot more. This was right up there.”
“I’m still waiting for my heart rate to cool down a little bit! It was a fantastic game of football and I think both teams played their part. We’ve beaten a real good, dangerous team. Braga were outstanding at times.”
Rangers may only have a slender advantage going into the second leg in Portugal next week, but, considering the position they were in, they will be delighted by the result.
As Gerrard says, Braga played some good football at times in the first leg, and it will be a big challenge to keep hold of the narrow lead on Thursday evening, but the dramatic fightback has certainly given them a chance of progressing to the last 16; something which seemed highly unlikely even with 25 minutes to go last night.