James Tavernier scored a brace to help Rangers produce one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Europa League. James Tavernier opened the scoring in the second minute before Vitor Tormen was sent off for a challenge in the box. Tavernier converted the penalty before David Corma pulled one back with seven minutes to go to take the tie into extra time. Kemar Roofe scored the winner in the 101st minute before Braga had another man sent off in the 105th minute.

Managers Reaction 

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst to BT Sport: “It was a big night and a big result for us. It was a game that was going up and down: 10 men, nine men, decisions, goals disallowed, VAR, penalties, red cards… it had it all and it was quite hectic but in the end, you go through to the semis. I’m very proud. To reach the last four in Europe is a major achievement for everyone. We worked hard for it in the group stages and in the games after. We knew a 1-0 loss in Braga wasn’t a bad result.”

“Against 10 men, nine men we could have played a bit better but I think the players were a bit tense, a bit nervous because you want to go through. But I’m happy for everyone in the end because we succeeded. We know we’re going to play Leipzig in two games. It’s going to be a hectic schedule until the end but you don’t want it any different. I’m really happy we could give the fans a tie they could be proud of and to proceed in Europe is huge. It gave a lot of confidence the hat-trick Roofe scored last Sunday and the important goal he scored to get us through.”

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