Super Eagles attacking midfielder Joe Aribo takes his assist tally to 10 this season after the Scottish Premier League outfit sealed the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night encounter with a 3-1 (3-2 aggregate) win over Sporting Braga at Ibrox Stadium.

The 25-year-old Nigeria international who started the return leg quarter-final clash create the first goal in the tie two minutes into play when James Tavernier rolled underneath Matheus at the back post.

The rangers were in dreamland three minutes later when Kemar Roofe headed home another pulled out from his teammate but the goal was chalked off by VAR after the left-back hand the ball in its buildup.

The club skipper Tavernier got his second of the night via the spot-kick after Vitor Tormena was dismissed for a foul on Roofe.

Rangers were utterly dominant, hitting the woodwork twice and having three strikes disallowed, but their profligacy was punished when Braga center-back David Carmo’s header seven minutes from to force extra time.

However, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst replaced the more attack-minded Barisic with Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun as the extra time approaches as another Nigerian defender Calvin Bassey switches center-half to left-back with the arrival of former Mainz ace.

Aribo picked up his second assist of the game and 10 of the season when he squared the ball to Roofe, who tapped the ball in from close range as he gets lucky this time around after he had two goals disallowed.

The victory sees Rangers reach their first continental semi-final in 14 years, and a huge boost ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Premiership leaders Celtic at Hampden.

Van Bronckhorst’s men will next face RB Leipzig, who defeated Atalanta 3-1 on aggregate on Thursday, with the first leg of the last-four clash coming on April 28.

 

 

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