Rangers will feel frustrated to have fallen to Braga in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.

The visitors began the game on top but faded away as the clock ticked on, allowing Braga to start taking control of the game midway through the half.

Ricardo Horta hit the posts after 24 minutes and was then celebrating two minutes later after putting the ball in the back of the net, but Rangers had VAR to thank as a foul on Ryan Jack earlier in the move was spotted and the goal was ruled out.

There would be no denying them five minutes before the break, however. Leon Balogun failed to cut out a smart pass from Manchester City loanee Yan Couto and Abel Ruiz made no mistake with his finish to put Braga 1-0 up.

Couto and Horta were outstanding in the first half and threatened to continue their brilliance after the break with some smart moves early on, but Rangers weathered the storm and soon took control of proceedings.

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