Rangers’ Europa League rivals Benfica are now without a win in three matches as they fell to their second consecutive Primeira Liga defeat in a row.
The talent-strewn Portuguese giants went 3-0 down to familiar foes Braga at the Estadio de Luz but a Haris Seferovic inspired fight-back couldn’t rescue the match for As Aguias as they lost 3-2.
The result comes after Rangers let a two-goal lead in the Europa League slip midweek as 10-men Benfica fought back from 3-1 down to rescue a draw for Jorge Jesus’ side.
Benfica were also trounced 3-0 by Boavista heading into the Rangers match with the international break coming at just the right time for the Lisbon outfit.
Rangers shot themselves in the foot early on against Benfica with individual errors costing the Ibrox side who’d hoped to break the Portuguese side’s outstanding record at home in the Europa League, where they remain unbeaten.
Their last two domestic results show that Benfica can be got at and Rangers will be hoping to show the club what they’re made of when they welcome them to Ibrox in just over a fortnight’s time.
Rangers currently sit top of Group D in the Europa League, courtesy of the fact they’ve earned a point on the road against Benfica.
Both sides have seven points from three matches with Polish outfit Lech Poznan taking up third place after dumping bottom place Belgian side Standard Liege 3-1 in the last round of fixtures.