Portuguese newspaper reacts to Rangers loss to Braga

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Rangers suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Portuguese side Braga in Thursday night’s Europa League tie away from home.

Abel Ruiz’s effort just before the break proved to be the difference between the two teams, and Portuguese newspaper O Jogo writes that Gers could have suffered more “humiliation” in the game.

the journal notes (08 April page 3) that it was “all or nothing” for Rangers in the second half.

“There are more options for the striker position and that was already noticed at the start of the game when the coach blew Roofe off the bench to return to the usual format, hoping to restore at least the ‘tie in marker’, written O Jogo.

“It was all or nothing for Rangers, but it wasn’t worth much as Braga were consistent from start to finish and knew how to shut down when they already looked physically broken, not even feeling the forced exit. of Al Musrati, to rightly accuse usury. .

“It was a breathless Braga and, even when Rangers brought out the ‘bikes’, Sakala and Kent, both very fast and always with an eye on the goal from Matheus’ guard, lost the sense of orientation. We can even say that the humiliation of the Rangers could have taken on greater proportions.

Another Portuguese newspaper, Registration (08 April page 2)suggest Rangers ‘accepted’ defeat with a ‘minimal margin’.

The newspaper writes: “Abel Ruiz’s goal, even before the break, even seemed natural and, let’s repeat, there was only another goal and a little more courage in the 2nd part for the advantage to be more big, but there was also a Rangers. much more concerned with containing the minutes, accepting defeat with the minimum margin and perhaps betting that at home it will turn the tide!

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Rangers need to regroup ahead of the second leg at Ibrox on Thursday, and the Gers need to believe they can secure a heroic win.

Portuguese newspapers will obviously be praising their own team, but to suggest Rangers could have suffered humiliation is utter nonsense.

The Bears improved in the second half, but what they lacked was more creativity. They could muster enough shots on target, and that was a big difference.

Ryan Kent and Fashion Sakala had half chances in quick succession, and had they been able to convert them, the result would have been very different.

The home side believed Andre Horta had scored as his deflected shot sent the net rippling, but referee Davide Massa ruled it out after checking the VAR monitor.

Although Allan McGregor wasn’t tested too often, the Gers looked lackluster.

They have now lost back-to-back games, but they can still turn things around in the next round.

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