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The Scottish team canceled a second-half deficit to claim a thrilling Europa League victory
Even Steven Gerrard, a man well used to European drama, needed to recover after his team Rangers rallied to defeat Antwerp 4-3 in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Scottish club’s recovery from a 66-minute deficit and an injury to captain James Tavernier was capped by Borna Barisic’s injury-time penalty conversion.
With the Scottish Premiership essentially eliminated, Gerrard can devote all his resources to the Rangers’ European fight.
What did Gerrard say about the comeback?
“I’m waiting for my heart rate to drop!” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“It was a fantastic game for the neutrals, I’m sure everyone enjoyed it, but from a manager’s point of view, there is certainly a lot to analyze.
“Defensively we have not done it tonight, we have not been at our best and we have conceded three goals.
“This is the second time at this level that we have done it, so it tells me that we have a lot of work to do in terms of our organization.
“But listen, it is very difficult to win away from home in Europe.
“The experience of Scottish teams going out in Europe tells me that it is very difficult to win that level away from home.
He added: “I think that in the course of the 90 minutes that we deserved to win the game, we could have scored a few more goals.
“It’s a crazy football game to analyze right now because it just ended, but I think once I look at it, it will show that defensively we have to work hard and improve a lot.
“But it shows that we have character and a lot of quality in our team.”
What is Tavernier’s injury?
Tavernier left in the first half with an apparent knee injury. Also, Kemar Roofe came out with a calf injury.
“James [Tavernier] he never leaves the court, “Gerrard told BT Sport.” That worries me a little … but we will look at both situations, we will analyze them over the next few days and hopefully they are not as bad as was feared at first. “