There is no question Rangers let a big one slip last night. A combination of profligacy up front and gaffes at the back led to a point Benfica didn’t merit, but them’s the way the football cookie crumbles, and Rangers’ bad management gifted the hosts the draw.
However, to give some idea just how superior Rangers actually were to the home side, a stunning stat has surface which is scarcely believable.
Want to know how well Rangers kept the ball last night?
That Joe Aribo, having one of his less effective performances (wide right, admittedly), was Rangers’ worst player on the day, and yet still managed a top class 84% passing accuracy, the worst of all Rangers players, gives some idea of how impressive the visiting team actually was.
Seven players managed over 90%, including Connor Goldson who managed a borderline world class 97% accuracy, and for that side to go to Lisbon and play that well v this side was honestly truly remarkable.
Steven Gerrard has this side playing superbly, and he will be absolutely gutted at how his players let a sure-fire 3 points slip with sloppy play.
But the fact we were in the position we were with 1-3 up at the 70 minute or so mark gives some idea of how well we’d played till then.
Just a pity how it played out.