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Braga's Peseiro wants no Udinese repeat

Published: Friday 17 August 2012, 11.45CET
José Peseiro has suffered UEFA Champions League elimination against Udinese Calcio once before and will want a different outcome when his SC Braga team take on the Italian side.
Braga's Peseiro wants no Udinese repeat
José Peseiro has already suffered at Udinese's hands once before ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 17 August 2012, 11.45CET

Braga's Peseiro wants no Udinese repeat

José Peseiro has suffered UEFA Champions League elimination against Udinese Calcio once before and will want a different outcome when his SC Braga team take on the Italian side.

SC Braga coach José Peseiro will want to avoid history repeating itself when his team take on Udinese Calcio in the UEFA Champions League play-offs. It was the Italian side who denied Peseiro passage to the group stage with Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2005/06 and he will be determined to make amends.

• Third in last season's Portuguese top flight, Braga are looking to add to their debut UEFA Champions League appearance in 2010/11 but Udinese – whose own solitary appearance was in that 2005/06 campaign – want the same thing after missing out at this stage 12 months ago.

Match background
• Braga hold home advantage in the first leg but had mixed fortunes at their Estádio Municipal de Braga in last term's UEFA Europa League – winning two and losing two of five matches.

• The Portuguese team won their only previous UEFA Champions League play-off against Sevilla FC two summers ago under coach Domingos Paciência, embarking on a journey that led eventually to the 2011 UEFA Europa League final.

• Udinese went down 3-1 on aggregate to Arsenal FC in last season's play-offs but did get the better of Peseiro's Sporting seven years ago. Under then coach Serse Cosmi, the Italian club won the first leg 1-0 in Lisbon before a 3-2 home triumph. The only survivor of those ties in Udinese's UEFA Champions League squad is Antonio Di Natale.

• Braga can take heart from a 100% record against Italian opposition in two-legged ties – both in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup. They beat AC Chievo Verona 3-2 on aggregate in the first round, winning 2-0 at home then scoring a decisive third goal in extra time of the second leg through Wender after Chievo had levelled the aggregate scores. Braga subsequently overcame Parma FC with successive 1-0 victories in the round of 32 – both thanks to late goals.

• There has been a goal scored after the 80th minute every time Braga have faced a Serie A side and that tradition continued with Ronaldinho's solitary 93rd-minute winner when the Portuguese side visited AC Milan in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage. Alan and Paulo César featured in that match.

Team ties
• Hugo Viana helped Valencia CF eliminate FC Internazionale Milano from the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in 2006/07. He faced AS Roma too in that season's group stage in a 1-0 defeat in Rome and his experience also includes games against Juventus and Inter in the 2002/03 competition as a Newcastle United FC player – indeed he came up against Udinese's Giovanni Pasquale when Inter won 4-1 at Newcastle in the second group stage.

• Quim played in both legs of SL Benfica's 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round tie against SCC Napoli – a 3-2 loss in Italy and 2-0 home win – while Ruben Amorim featured as a second-leg substitute. Quim also faced Milan with the Eagles in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage, losing 2-1 away before a 1-1 draw in Lisbon.

• Custódio was in the Sporting side beaten 1-0 at Inter in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions group stage.

• Alan played against Inter for FC Porto in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage, winning 2-0 at home before losing 2-1 in Milan.

• Mossoró and Danilo were team-mates at Paulista FC in Brazil in 2004/05.

Last updated: 29/08/12 3.00CET

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