CFR 1907 Cluj enjoyed a dream start to their third UEFA Champions League group stage campaign as a well-worked tactical plan put paid to SC Braga's hopes, the Portuguese side's former forward Rafael Bastos scoring twice.
Featuring eight players who were either Portuguese or had previously played in the country in their lineup, Ioan Andone's Railwaymen knew exactly what to expect and executed their contain and counterattack strategy to perfection. Rafael did the damage, a pair of composed first-half finishes sealing a memorable Group H victory back at his old club.
It was important to stay patient against a team that defends well [but] we got desperate and nervous. We fought but were not balanced.
José Peseiro, Braga coach
We knew that Braga could be caught on the counterattack and prepared accordingly. We deserved the victory.
Cadú, CFR captain
|33||Beto (GK)||1||Mário Felgueiras (GK)|
|4||Nuno André Coelho||3||Ivo Pinto|
|1||Quim (GK)||44||Stăncioiu (GK)|
|José Peseiro (POR)||Ioan Andone (ROU)|
|Peter Rasmussen (DEN)|
|D||Real Madrid||Man. City|