Glasgow Rangers threw away a 3-1 lead to draw with Benfica in Group D of the Europa League after Alfredo Morelos smashed the European goal record previously held by club legend Ally McCoist.
Morelos scored six minutes after the break to overtake McCoist as Rangers’ leading goalscorer in European competitions before Benfica bounced back with late goals from Rafa Silva and substitute Darwin Nunez.
Once again Glen Kamara was excellent, James Tavernier was a real threat on the right flank, but it was Steven Davis who stood out from the rest of the crowd.
Davis continued his fine form for club and country by putting in an imperious performance in the midfield. He floated a wonderful ball over the top to release Ryan Kent, only for former Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi to make a cynical challenge, which left the referee with no choice but to send him off.
The 35-year-old then combined with the club captain for a comical equaliser after Tavernier’s pass was diverted into the back of the net by Benfica forward Diogo Goncalves.
SofaScore gave Davis a high grade of 7.1 for his efforts – the workhorse won five out of seven duels overall (71%), made three tackles and two interceptions, whilst he took 110 touches of the ball, provided 95 out of 101 accurate passes (94%) and completed 8 out of 10 long balls. A look at his heatmap reveals a hub of activity in the middle of the pitch, which just goes to show that he delivered a midfield masterclass in Lisbon last night.
It’s perhaps hardly surprising that the 117-cap Northern Ireland international received a high rating of 8/10 from GlasgowLive, who claimed that he “came up with two huge moments to get Rangers back into the match” and produced a “superb raking pass to Kent led to Otamendi’s red card, and clever pass to put Tavernier in to create equaliser”, whilst The Daily Record went one better, insisting it was “a sensational display from the midfielder, whose pass resulted in Otamendi red card before producing a peach to set up the second goal.”
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Gabriel Agbonlahor hailed his former Aston Villa teammate as “outstanding” after he delivered the goods against Benfica.
Davis has sent Gerrard a timely reminder after being left on the bench in the first game in the group stages against Standard Liege. Since then, he has barely missed a beat, and has surely cemented his place in the starting line-up.