Rangers’ Europa League qualifying playoff round opposition, Legia Warsaw, secured an impressive three points on Sunday afternoon, ahead of Thursday’s trip to Ibrox.
The Gers came through a tough assignment earlier in the day away at St Mirren and the Polish giant’s resolve was similarly tested on the road at LKS Lodz.
Just three points separated the sides going into the fixture, and the hosts were up for the clash from the off. They took the lead with just four minutes on the clock and still held that advantage at the interval.
Rangers’ opponents Legia win on the road
Things really shifted up a notch in the second period though, with Legia locating their proverbial shooting boots which have been missing for the early part of the 2019/20 campaign.
Dominik Nagy drew things level after 51 minutes, although the parity was to prove short-lived. When Lodz’s Lukasz Sekulski netted his second from the penalty spot on the hour mark, it looked as though Legia would head to Glasgow on the back of a shock defeat.
Jaroslaw Niezgoda has other ideas, though. He scored twice in the space of nine minutes to complete a stunning comeback. The 24-year-old certainly proved a point having been left out for the first leg of the Gers tie in midweek. Back in form, he’s now likely to lead the line at Ibrox.
— Legia Warszawa (@LegiaWarszawa) August 25, 2019
A big confidence-boosting win for Legia then, who near doubled their goalscoring return for the season in one half of football.
They know they’ll need to score at Ibrox to go through, and they’ll have more believe in their ability to do so after Sunday’s exploits.