Estádio Municipal de Braga - Braga 19/09/2012 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Group stage - Group H

Braga - CFR Cluj
0-2
 

Braga - CFR Cluj 0-2 - 19/09/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Rafael double gives clinical CFR victory at Braga

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2012, 22.00CET
Rafael double gives clinical CFR victory at Braga 
Braga-CFR Cluj reaction ©Getty Images

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.

Match in 5

  • CFR enjoy dream start to third group stage campaign
  • Braga old boy Rafael punishes former team
  • Hosts fail to convert any of 23 attempts on target
  • CFR score with two of four shots on target
  • Eight CFR starters either Portuguese or played in Portugal

Reaction

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

José Peseiro, Braga coach

We knew that Braga could be caught on the counterattack and prepared accordingly. We deserved the victory.

Cadú, CFR captain

Cadú, CFR captain

 

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Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Braga
CFR Cluj

0

Goals scored

2

65

Possession (%)

35

35

Total attempts

10

23

Attempts on target

4

12

Attempts off target

6

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

6

Corners

3

0

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

8

Fouls committed

19

19

Fouls suffered

8

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Full-time at the Estádio Municipal de Braga. CFR begin their UEFA Champions League campaign with three points thanks to two first-half goals from former Braga player Rafael Bastos. The hosts rallied after the interval but couldn't find a way past the excellent Mário Felgueiras.
  • Yellow Card
    82
    Hélder Barbosa (Braga) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Substitution
    79
    Rui Pedro (in) - Rafael Bastos (out) (CFR Cluj)
    CFR withdraw Rafael Bastos, whose two goals continue to separate the teams at the Estádio Municipal de Braga.
  • Substitution
    70
    Paulo César (in) - Leandro Salino (out) (Braga)
    Last roll of the dice from José Peseiro, who throws on forward Paulo César.
  • Substitution
    65
    Godemèche (in) - Luís Alberto (out) (CFR Cluj)
    Ioan Andone shuffles his pack, replacing one midfielder with another. The Romanian must be happy with how his side are performing here.

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