Europa League: Rangers must wait after losing two-goal lead to Benfica

Officers endured another late breakdown against Benfica as Steven Gerrard’s side passed up the opportunity to plant one foot in the Europa League’s last 32. They seemed to be on course for a popular scalp in what might have been the Ibrox club’s 150th European success after Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe put them ahead.

Yet, similarly as they did in Lisbon three weeks back, Rangers neglected to clutch their lead and had to agree to a 2-2 draw. Jorge Jesus’ replacements had the effect as Goncalo Ramos and Pizzi moved off the seat to grab a point with two objectives in a short time.

Officers expected to beat Benfica and expectation Standard Liège did likewise to Lech Poznan to seal their position in the knockout rounds with two games to save. While the Belgians held up their side of the deal by beating the Poles, Rangers fouled up. Nonetheless, they can in any case secure capability by beating Liège when they visit Ibrox next Thursday.

Napoli conquered Croatian side Rijeka 2-0 in their first match since the passing of Diego Maradona, the club’s most noteworthy and most mainstream player.

On an inwardly charged night, Napoli took the field wearing No 10 shirts with Maradona’s name decorated on the back, while a photo of the Argentinian gazed down from the electronic scoreboard.

Standards indicating pictures of Maradona, who drove Napoli to two Serie A titles during seven unprecedented seasons during the 1980s, were set around the San Paolo Stadium.

“From yesterday, when we went to the inn, you could detect that an alternate state of mind had come over the city,” the Napoli chief, Gennaro Gattuso, said. “It was an incredible misfortune however Diego will never bite the dust. He is a legend, from another planet.”

In spite of the fact that onlookers were not permitted into the ground, fans accumulated external reciting “Diego, Diego” and different songs of devotion. Several blue and white Napoli scarves were attached to railings and blossoms, youngsters’ photos, church candles and even a jug of wine were spread out along the asphalt in an improvised sanctum.


Napoli overwhelmed and made a few possibilities before the Rijeka full-back Armando Anastasio, under tension from Matteo Politano, transformed Piotr Zielinski’s shot into his own net five minutes before half-time.

Hirving Lozano made the outcome protected in the 75th moment, controlling Lorenzo Insigne’s pass prior to opening the ball past Ivan Nevistic to leave Napoli top of Group F with nine focuses from four games, two in front of AZ Alkmaar and Real Sociedad.

The Serie A pioneers Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Lille after an all around worked Jonathan Bamba objective counteracted Samu Castillejo’s work. The outcome leaves Lille on eight focuses at the highest point of Group H, a point in front of Milan with two additional games to play. Capability is as yet not guaranteed after Sparta Prague climbed to six focuses with triumph over Celtic.

Roma made sure about capability from Group A with a 2-0 triumph at CFR Cluj of Romania, because of an own objective and Jordan Veretout punishment.

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