Standard Liege warmed up for their Europa League clash against Rangers with a dramatic draw against Club Brugge on Saturday.

Les Rouches finished fifth in the Belgian Pro League last season and like the Gers, they made it through three rounds of qualifying to make the group stages.

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Standard Liege defeated MOL Fehervar FC of Hungary in the Europa League qualifying play-off. ( Photo by Gregory Van Gansen / Photonews via Getty Images)

The two sides meet on Thursday evening in the opening round of EL fixtures and both will be in high spirits ahead of the game.

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Rangers won the first Old Firm of 2020 on Saturday afternoon and that night, Standard snatched a late point against reigning Belgian champions, Club Brugge.

Club Brugge ran away with the league last season, earning them a spot in the Champions League group stages for the third consecutive season.

 

They’ve started this season strongly too and took a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.

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However, Standard very much held their own in the contest, shading the possession stats and getting 13 shots off on goal.

It looked as though all the hosts’ efforts were to be in vain with Club Brugge’s lead still intact as the final whistle approached, but a handball from an opposition defender gifted them a penalty, which was cooly converted by left-back Nicolas Gavory in the 93rd minute.

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Nicolas Gavory equalises from the spot for Standard Liege against Club Brugge ahead of their fixture against Rangers. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The dramatically secured 1-1 draw moved Standard up to fourth in the table, just a point off top spot.

Rangers have faced stronger opposition than the Belgian outfit in this competition in recent seasons, but they’ll still need to perform on Thursday if they’re going to take three points back to Glasgow.

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