A thrilling game, the first of the two teams in Scotland where Braga advanced to the first quarter of each half and we all felt he had already qualified. However, the 0-2 advantage came in less than 20 minutes 3-2 with a Scottish goal at 67, 75 and 82 making Aimbrox go crazy.
The qualification hangs on a thread as Braga needs a 1-goal win with scores of 1-0 and 2-1 to give them a qualification. Steven Gerrard's team qualifies for a win or a draw and is the team that has no interest in opening the game, let alone against Braga.
The Portuguese have been firing offensively in Europe, scoring 27 goals in 11 games since August with no-nonsense opponents like Besiktas, Wolves and Spartak Moscow.
With this in mind, the Rangers coach knows that it is very difficult to keep his home team unbeatable on this stadium when he actually eats two goals from St John's and would say he should have at least one goal. But if he tries to open it, it will be butter in his opponent's bread with unknown results. On the other hand, he can choose not to go against the nature of his team and try to surprise his opponent. I can't know what the former Liverpool boss has in mind. What I know, I probably think it is how Braga will someday find the goal that will give them the coveted qualification and if they do it early then the Rangers will surely have to come forward and we will have more than one goal in the quintessential stadium where I see Braga win no matter what. in the 90 minute qualification.
I bet on Braga's win with over 1,5 goals overall in the match.