Rangers’ Europa League opponents Braga have won the country’s League Cup after a 1-0 win v Porto at the Estadio Municipal de Braga.
The result came courtesy of a last-minute strike from Ricardo Horta who hit the back of the net with the solitary goal in the fifth minute of injury time.
The result has led to an outpouring of support for new Braga boss Ruben Amorim who has turned the Portuguese club’s domestic form around since taking over in early January.
Braga looked to have the better of the early proceedings and even crashed an effort off the crossbar within the first five or so minutes.
Porto would miss two guilt edge chances in a row as a cross came into the box and Jesus Corona couldn’t force it past the Braga keeper before Tiqinho smashed it off the crossbar.
An industrious Braga side would continue to force the issue and even hit the bar in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the game.
But as they pressed for a winner they would eventually get it through Horta when the ball cruelly deflected its way through the Porto defence and the attacking midfielder swept it home.
It wasn’t exactly a strike to light up a cup final.
Whilst Rangers fans might’ve been quite justified in celebrating the draw over an Ajax or Inter Milan, the club’s supporters will now be more than aware of the threat Braga bring.
Porto were of course also in Rangers’ group, with the Ibrox side taking four points off the former Champions League winners.
Braga finished top of Europa League Group K, going unbeaten in six games and scoring 15 goals against Wolves, Besiktas and Slovan Bratislava.