Real Betis star Isco insists Rangers were lucky to beat them in their opening Europa League group stages encounter.

The Ibrox side got off to an excellent start in their section with a 1-0 win against the La Liga stalwarts this week.

Spanish international Isco, who has won 38 caps, was at the centre of a controversial incident when he fell to the ground clutching his face after a clash with Rangers captain James Tavernier only for TV replays to prove there was no contact.

But the ex-Real Madrid star was gutted they lost the game. He said: "If we play like that in every match, then we will win more games than we lose.

"Luck was on Rangers' side. We had plenty of chances in what was a tight game. They scored a fortunate goal too.

"We then pressed them for an equaliser, but it was not to be. Look we know we had chances to score here in the first half and in the second half and I think we took the wrong options too many times.

"It's a lesson to us at this level that we need to take our chances."

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His manager Manuel Pellegrini also felt the Spanish club were unlucky to come away from Govan with nothing.

The former Manchester City boss felt the scoreline was not a fair reflection of the fixture.

He told Spanish TV: "I think it's an unfair result considering what happened on the pitch. I'm very happy with the team's personality, they went out looking for the game from the start.

"From a corner, they unbalanced the game."