Porto v Rangers

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Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Porto 0-0 Rangers

    Slow, slow, slow, quick from Porto as the home side knock it about languidly then suddenly burst forward as Corona swings in a peach of a cross from the right. Ze Luis gets his head on it but can only steer the ball wide from a promising position. An early warning for Rangers…

  2. ‘Rangers fans creating quite a din’

    Porto 0-0 Rangers

    Keir Murray

    BBC Scotland in Portugal

    The chat among the Portuguese journalists is that they
    expect Rangers to be physical, combative in midfield but ultimately short of
    the class to beat Porto on their own patch.

    The Rangers fans are packed into one half of the top
    tier. They have been creating quite a din in the old town down by the river,
    clearly enjoying the city in the past two days. The locals seem less enthused
    by the fixture – the home stands are no more
    than a quarter full.

  3. Post update

    Porto 0-0 Rangers

    The first corner of the evening goes the way of the hosts after a run from full-back Telles. Connor Goldson heads clear and Ryan Kent is off and running deep into Porto territory. The winger just runs out of steam near the home penalty box, with a defender stepping across him to clear.

  4. Is counter-attacking the answer for Rangers?

    Porto 0-0 Rangers

    Neil McCann

    Former Hearts & Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: To counter-attack effectively you need speed, and that’s why Barker is in the starting line-up. He’s very direct, and with Kent as well it gives Rangers that speed in transition. I don’t think it’s outwith the realms of possibility that Rangers get a result tonight.

    To counter-attack effectively you need speed, and that’s why Barker is in the starting line-up. He’s very direct, and with Kent as well it gives Rangers that speed in transition. I don’t think it’s outwith the realms of possibility that Rangers get a result tonight.

  5. Post update

    Porto 0-0 Rangers

    Brandon Barker is wide on the right for now. Both Rangers winger are probably more comfortable on the left and I’m sure there will be a bit of switching to and fro

  6. KICK-OFF

    Porto 0-0 Rangers

    Here we go. Rangers in red, with white socks. The stadium is more than half empty, which is very disappointing, although the Rangers fans are making a right old racket.

    Rangers

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  7. Gerrard wants better game management

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Some more fromRangers manager Steven Gerrard speaking to BT Sport:“Individual errors get punished at this level so we need to eradicate those and, in important times in the match, we need to manage the game better to get us over the line.”

    Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

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  8. ‘We shouldn’t have too much respect for them’

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard speaking to BT Sport:“We’ve got to be organised, have a structure and be hard to play against. Porto have to feel us. We’ve got to be aggressive in our defending and when our opportunities come, our ball carriers need to get us up the pitch and try to create. We’ve got some speed in there, some one-v-one merchants, but I’m really excited to see how they play. We shouldn’t have too much respect for them. We know they are a good team and have good players but so have we and we’ve come here to take something from the game.”

    Rangers fans are making themselves heard inside the stadium

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    Image caption: Rangers fans are making themselves heard inside the stadium
  9. A lot of empty seats…

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Journalist Ben Palmer’s snap of the home sections in Portugal hint that tonight will be far from a sell-out crowd.

  10. ‘Defending not Tavernier’s strong point’

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Billy Dodds

    Former Rangers striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: James Tavernier will have to defend better. He cost Rangers both goals in Switzerland. He cost them the goal on Sunday. He’s supposed to set a standard as the Rangers captain and that’s not always the case with him. He’s a good player but we all know defending is not his strong point.

    James Tavernier will have to defend better. He cost Rangers both goals in Switzerland. He cost them the goal on Sunday. He’s supposed to set a standard as the Rangers captain and that’s not always the case with him. He’s a good player but we all know defending is not his strong point.

  11. Morelos gamble?

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Neil McCann

    Former Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: Home wins are going to be so important in this group, so it’s a bit of a gamble going with Morelos tonight. If he is booked, he will miss the return game at Ibrox

    Home wins are going to be so important in this group, so it’s a bit of a gamble going with Morelos tonight. If he is booked, he will miss the return game at Ibrox

  12. ‘All eyes on’ Morelos v Pepe

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos is another
    red hot striker, with nine of his 15 goals this term coming in
    Europe.

    Standing in his way
    tonight is Pepe, a master of the dark arts with
    three Champions League winners’ medals from his time at Real Madrid.

    He’s 36 these days but the vastly experienced defender still presents a formidable barrier.

    “There will be a lot
    of really intriguing key battles across the pitch but I’m sure all eyes will be
    on that one,” said Rangers manager Steven Gerrard at yesterday’s media
    conference.

    Pepe has more than 100 caps for Portugal and was a Nations League winner this year

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    Image caption: Pepe has more than 100 caps for Portugal and was a Nations League winner this year
  13. More to Celtic than Edouard – Inzaghi

    Celtic v Lazio (20:00)

    Odsonne Edouard is a striker bang in
    form, with 10 goals already this season.

    Lazio sporting director Igli Tare
    has previously revealed his admiration for the 21-year-old Frenchman but boss
    Simone Inzaghi insists there is a lot more to Celtic.

    Inzaghi said: “Celtic has lots of
    great players. Just as good as he is up front, they have other good players who
    are on the wings, great players in defence where they are nice and physical and
    they even have a good goalkeeper who has played in the Premier League.”

    Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

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  14. Barker a ‘surprise’ starter?

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Neil McCann

    Former Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: I’m a bit surprised that Brandon Barker is starting but he does have real pace and he carries the ball well. Rangers obviously plan to hit Porto on the counter.

    I’m a bit surprised that Brandon Barker is starting but he does have real pace and he carries the ball well. Rangers obviously plan to hit Porto on the counter.

  15. Porto ready for Rangers’ ‘fight & aggression’

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Porto boss Sergio Conceiçaowas a very nifty player
    in his day, speeding down the wing for the Dragons as well as Lazio, Parma and
    Inter Milan.

    You may remember him scoring a hat-trick for Portugal against Germany at Euro 2000.

    The 44-year-old returned to the Estadio do Dragao in 2017 and immediately led them to the tile, ending a
    five-year wait.

    On this fixture he said: “Rangers are a team who play
    like they do traditionally in Scotland, with good fight and aggression and a
    positive attitude.

    “They are strong in these
    moments when you fight for the second balls, but when you talk of duelling and
    second balls people sometimes misunderstand that they are not playing football.

    “It depends on the team’s
    strategy, principles and dynamics because playing in a more direct way can be
    positive if it is properly considered.

    “Rangers’ strategy is designed
    for this. We observed some matches where they have more space and they occupy
    the space properly in a very interesting way. If we are passive in defence we
    will have a lot of problems. But we are prepared for these scenarios.”

    Porto manager

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  16. Rangers must ‘max out’ – Gerrard

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    “We have to find a performance that’s
    close to our best to take something, we are well aware of that,” saidRangers manager Steven Gerrardyesterday.

    “I don’t
    think this is an arena or fixture where you can come and perform below par. If
    we have got any ambition to take anything away from this, whether it’s a win or
    a point, we have to max out, that’s in and out of possession.

    “But I
    have belief in the players that we can find that because coming to a place like
    this, an arena that has the wow factor, a pitch that’s perfect, against an
    opposition that all the players will have huge respect for, more often than not
    that’s when you can find your performance.”

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard at the Estadio do Dragao

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    Image caption: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard at the Estadio do Dragao
  17. Good memories for Gerrard

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has a winning record against Porto. The former Liverpool captain was on target in a 4-1 win at
    Anfield in the 2007-08 Champions League group stage and featured in a
    2-0 aggregate success against the same opponents in the 2000-01 Uefa Cup
    quarter-finals.

    Steven Gerrard scores a penalty against Porto

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    Image caption: Steven Gerrard tucks away a penalty against Porto at Anfield
  18. Unfamiliar territory Porto

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    Porto are Champions League group regulars – they reached the last eight last year season – so
    what are they doing here?

    The Dragons suffered a shock defeat by Krasnodar in the third
    qualifying round, winning the first leg in Russia 1-0 but losing the home
    return 3-2 after being three goals down at half-time.

    It’s only the second time they have been in the Europa League
    group phase since the tournament was given a makeover 10 years ago. The first
    time was in 2010-11 and they only went on to lift the trophy…

    Porto beat domestic rivals Braga in the 2011 final in Dublin

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    Image caption: Porto beat domestic rivals Braga in the 2011 final in Dublin
  19. Can Celtic stay in front?

    Celtic v Lazio (20:00)

    Celtic lead the way in Group E after a draw in
    Rennes and a revenge victory over Cluj, who bundled them out of Champions
    League qualifying. However, Lazio and the Romanians are just a point behind.

    How seriously are Lazio taking this tournament?
    We’ll see when the team lines are announced. Even if some stars are rested
    before a weekend visit to Fiorentina, the Rome club have a squad packed with international
    talent and some seriously dangerous forwards.

  20. Couldn’t be tighter in Group G

    Porto v Rangers (17:55)

    All four teams in Group G are locked on three
    points, with Rangers and Porto opening with home victories then slipping
    up on the road. The Ibrox men will be kicking themselves after shipping a late
    goal in a 2-1 loss to Young Boys but they can’t afford to dwell on that as they
    go into a very tough double-header with the big-spending Portuguese.

    Young Boys host Feyenoord this evening.