'Didn't expect it': Fransergio admits Rangers did something that left Braga stunned

Fransergio of Sporting Braga gestures to the Braga fans at the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Rangers FC and Sporting Braga at Ibrox...

Steven Gerrard's Rangers sealed a stunning comeback win in the Europa League thanks to Ibrox heroics from Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo.

Rangers' Romanian midfielder Ianis Hagi is mobbed by teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between Rangers and...

Braga star Fransergio was left stunned by Rangers’ rapturous second-half display at Ibrox in Thursday’s Europa League clash, admitting to A Bola that the Portuguese visitors ‘didn’t expect it’.

Once Barcelona loanee Abel Ruiz had rattled home Braga’s second goal of the night on the hour mark, it looked for all the world that Steven Gerrard’s already out-of-sorts side were heading out of the competition with a whimper.

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But then the Ianis Hagi show began.

 

In the space of just 18 second-half minutes, the Romanian wonder-kid sparked a stunning comeback with a display that even his legendary father would have been proud of. Hagi’s two goals, either side of a superb solo effort from Joe Aribo, means the Gers have the most unexpected of leads to protect in Portugal next week.

And Fransergio, who opened the scoring at Ibrox with an outrageous 30-yard screamer, admitted that Braga were ill-prepared to deal with an aggressive, ravenous Rangers side in the final half hour.

Fransergio of Sporting Braga gestures to the Braga fans at the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Rangers FC and Sporting Braga at Ibrox...

“We didn't expect it. They were aggressive and in the middle of the rush, they managed to make the challenges that we didn't,” Fransergio said.

“We could have done the third goal, but we couldn't get it. Now, we have to thank our fans and give them victory at home.”

Stirring comeback or not, Gerrard will be fully aware that Rangers cannot afford to produce another error-strewn defensive display if they want to reach the round-of-16.

Hagi was the hero but, without 38-year-old goalkeeper Allan McGregor, this tie would be over already.

Allan McGregor of Glasgow Rangers  during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Glasgow Rangers and FC Porto at Ibrox Park, Glasgow on Thursday 7th November 2019.

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