LiveRECAP: Benfica 3-3 Rangers - As it happened : Morelos sets club record after Kamara goal but ten-men maintain Eagles' European home record after Otamendi red card
Steven Gerrard leads Rangers into matchday three of the UEFA Europa League group stages and The Scotsman will bring you all the updates you need from the crucial fixture in Portugal.
Our live blog is set and running for the early evening kick-off with the latest news you need to know from all that’s happening in the Estadio da Luz.
Rangers are heading to the section’s top seeds on the back of two clean-sheet victories – 1-0 over Lech Poznan last week and 2-0 in Liege against Standard.
That has led to tonight’s fixture being a top of the table clash with Benfica also registering two wins in the group over the Belgian and Polish sides after dropping to the Europa League by way of the Champions League qualifiers. The Eagles were KO’d by Greek side PAOK Salonkia.
That defeat, and one at the weekend in a 3-0 domestic shock from Boavista have been the only blots on the Jorge Jesus copybook this season, so far – but will Steven Gerrard be the next to register against the Portuguese Primiera Liga’s second-placed side?
Rangers are going great guns both at home and abroad sitting top of the SPFL Premiership and have lost just once in their last seven trips to Portugal.
Click on and scroll down for the latest. Kick off is at 5.55pm.
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Benfica 3-3 Rangers: LIVE
Last updated: Thursday, 05 November, 2020, 21:56
- Benfica 3
(Goldson og 1, Silva 76, Nunez 90)
Otamendi s/o 19
- Rangers 3
(Goncalves og 23, Kamara 24, Morelos 50)
- HT (1-2)
- UEFA Europa League Group D - Matchday 3
- Estadio da Luz, Lisbon
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And finally, what you said
'Need to learn', 'Give Helander a shake', 'Good practice for the Champions League,' 'Livid': Rangers fans react to Benfica 3-3 draw
Rangers fans had a mixture of emotions to convey on social media after watching an exciting 3-3 draw with Benfica in Portugal earlier this evening.
What the pundits said
The views of Ally McCoist, Neil McCann and Michael Stewart
Darwin Nunez scored a late, late equaliser to snatch a point for ten-man Benfica against Rangers in a match Steven Gerrard’s team dominated.
David Oliver’s man by man ratings
Rangers aimed to go top of Group D in the matchday three meeting of the section’s two unbeaten Europa League sides in Lisbon.
Stephen Halliday on tonight’s 3-3 draw
What a game.
Six goals, one in the first and in the final minute but in between Rangers were excellent against Benfica’s 10-men.
90 - GOAL
Straight through the middle. Darwin Nunez converts and maintains Benfica’s home European record
86 - Chance
FLicking footwork from Kent picks the defence open and Arfield’s lay-off to Morelos looks like a goal but goalkeeper smothers at the Colombian’s feet.
Three minutes to go
76 - GOAL
Benfica scramble one back - Rafa Silva taps in at close range
Really untidy one and a passage of play Helander will again not want to look back on. Darwin gets the better of the Swede after initially rounding Allan McGregor. He hacks his way by Helander and McGregor again for the easy tap in in front of goal.
3-2 with 13 minutes to go.
So close for Tavernier and Arfield after a lovely exchange of passes just doesn’t come off
69 - Substitution
Aribo comes off and Arfield replaces him.
Midfielder has been given around an hour since his return from injury. Tonight is a little more and progress on his return to fitness, and Arfield will provide that endless running and energy that will be vital in seeing out this match.
62 - POST
Ryan Kent hits the post - how he could have done with that goal to lift his confidence.
Lovely slide-rule pass from his namesake Jack as well.
59 - Change again
Benfica make yet another change - replacing Swiss striker Seferovic with Darwin Nunez who has scored three goals in the competition already.