Rangers 3-2 Benfica: Scottish side’s Champions League group hopes on knife edge

Rangers goalkeeper Victoria Esson was adjudged to have carried the ball over the line for Benfica’s winner

A controversial late own goal condemned Rangers to a Champions League second-round defeat by Benfica and left their group stage hopes on a knife edge.

Two goals from Kayla McCoy looked to have earned the Scottish champions a draw to take to Lisbon.

But Benfica snatched victory when goalkeeper Victoria Esson was adjudged to have narrowly carried the ball over her own line after a wicked deflection.

Ana Vitoria had equalised, then put Benfica ahead in a thrilling game.

The sides will meet again next Wednesday, with Rangers still in the tie despite the late heartbreak.

Ibrox has witnessed its fair share of big European nights in the past. For Rangers Women, it was arguably the biggest tie in their history, and their first ever Champions League match on home soil.

However they looked nervy early on and Benfica, the Portuguese champions, should have led on 19 minutes when an unmarked…

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