Europa League: Aribo Bags Assist, Bassey, Balogun In Action As Rangers Edge Braga 

Super Eagles midfielder, Joe Aribo was at his best mettle as he produced an assist in Rangers’ 3-1 win over Braga in Thursday’s Europa League game.

The Nigerian international wasted no time as he he gave a sublime pass to James Tavernier to net Rangers opening goal in the second minute.

However, he was substituted in the 106th minute for Fashion Sakala after an impressive display.

Meanwhile, the duo of Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey were also in action as they produced a solid defence to prevent Braga from making any threat.

Balogun came on for Borna Barisic and he gave a good account of himself.

James Tavernier’s early goal cancelled out the Portuguese side’s first-leg lead, before he had Ibrox on its feet again with a first-half penalty moments after Vitor Tormena was sent off.

Rangers were utterly dominant, hitting the woodwork twice and having three strikes disallowed, but their profligacy was punished when David Carmo’s header forced extra-time.

Rangers will travel to Germany for the first leg on 28 April, with the Ibrox return the following Thursday, and the mouthwatering games come either side of the final Old Firm derby of the season at Celtic Park.

It is Rangers’ first continental semi-final in 14 years, and a huge boost to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Premiership leaders Celtic at Hampden.


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