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Hagi strike earns Rangers a draw against Brondby

Rangers remain third in the group after taking a point in Copenhagen.

Hagi strike earns Rangers a draw against Brondby SNS Group

Rangers came from behind to draw 1-1 with Brondby in Copenhagen in the Europa League group stage clash.

An own goal from Leon Balogun had the Scottish champions trailing at half-time but Ianis Hagi came off the bench to score an equaliser that kept his side in third place in Group A, level with second-placed Sparta Prague on points with two games to go.

Fashion Sakala and Alfredo Morelos had chances in the first half but couldn’t find the target as Rangers looked to exploit any gaps as Brondby pushed forward.

The Danes looked a threat at set pieces and took the lead just before half time, though it was a Rangers player who provided the finishing touch.

A corner was whipped to the front post and flicked on, only for Leon Balogun to head the ball into his own net seconds before the break.

Rangers came out after half-time looking to pressure their opponents but it didn’t take long for Steven Gerrard to decide changes had to be made, with Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent all introduced after just 56 minutes.

The changes brought some improvement as Rangers looked for a spark up top and with 13 minutes left Hagi provided it.

Joe Aribo fed Kent the ball and he played in Hagi who angled a shot across goal and inside the far post.

Both sides went searching for a winner in the closing stages, with the game becoming increasingly open but neither could find a decisive moment.

In the other Group A match Lyon beat Sparta Prague 3-0 with Islam Slimani scoring twice and Karl Toko Ekambi finding the net.