Steven Davis’ late strike gave Rangers a much-needed lifeline as they qualified for the Champions League third round, losing the first leg 2-1 in Malmö.

Steven Gerrard’s side saw the best chances in the first half. Ryan Kent was involved in several of the good offensive moves, including a blocked shot just before the break.

But the Rangers were punched early in the second period, playing in front of a noisy home crowd. Soren Reiks scored the first goal in the 47th minute, before Veljko Birmancevic (49) – who had set it up – saw a home shot through the bottom of the post to finally seal the hosts’ victory.

However, there was late drama when, with the last kick of the game, Davis (90 5) shot from the edge of the box to cut the deficit in half and give the Rangers a fighting chance.

That still leaves the Scottish Premiership champions with a huge task on Tuesday, when they welcome Malmo to Ibrox and try to organize a Champions League play-off with Ludogorets or Olympiakos.

Rangers travel to Dundee United for the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, live on Sky Sports; kick-off at 12:30 p.m. They will then welcome Malmo to Ibrox on Tuesday evening; kick off at 8 p.m.

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