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Benfica gets a draw against Rangers

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Benfica gets a draw against Rangers

In an entertaining game against efficient Rangers, Benfica was too indecisive going forward – and benefited from a Glasgow dropout in the 2-2 draw. The second leg will take place at Ibrox Stadium next Thursday.

Fight for the ball: Benfica’s Joao Neves stretches to steal the ball from Sterling (#21). IMAGO/Shutterstock

After the cup exit against city rivals Sporting and the bitter 5-0 defeat at FC Porto, Benfica Lisbon and coach Roger Schmidt were under pressure in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League. The start of the game went badly for the Portuguese: Diomande crossed on the baseline to Lawrence, who beat Trubin in the Benfica goal with a powerful header (7th). It didn’t take long for the equalizer chance, both David Neres and Arthur Cabral’s follow-up shot found their match in Rangers keeper Butland (15th), who with the Ranges had lost for the first time in eleven competitive game wins against Motherwell (1: 2).

Di Maria equalizes – Rangers counter immediately

Europa League, round of 16

After the goalkeeper parried further opportunities from David Neres and di Maria, the Argentine overcame him from the spot in stoppage time in the first half (45th +2). Souttar had previously received the ball in the penalty area, so German referee Tobias Stieler decided on a penalty after a VAR check. Nevertheless, the Portuguese went into the break with a deficit, after the Benfica defense had collectively slept, Sterling brought Glasgow back in front shortly after the equalizer (45th +2).

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Goldson gives Benfica the equalizer

After David Neres wasted the ball in a promising position after the break (52′), Benfica needed a mistake from Rangers to equalize: Goldson headed a free kick from di Maria completely unchallenged into his own goal – 2-2 (67′). There were no further great opportunities.

Due to the efforts of the Portuguese, the draw against efficient Rangers was fair. Next Thursday the second leg at Ibrox Stadium will be about a place in the quarter-finals (6.45 p.m.). Benfica expects the home game against Estoril Praia in the league on Sunday (9.30 p.m.), Glasgow faces Hibernian Edinburgh three hours earlier.

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