Old Trafford - Manchester 23/10/2012 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Group stage - Group H

Man. United - Braga
3-2
 

Man. United - Braga 3-2 - 23/10/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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United fightback douses early Braga burst

Published: Tuesday 23 October 2012, 22.00CET
United fightback douses early Braga burst 
Man.United-Braga: Reaction ©Getty Images

Manchester United FC added another page to their long history of comebacks as they recovered from two goals down to beat SC Braga and take a big step towards the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Braga had real hope of becoming the first Portuguese visitors to triumph at Old Trafford when Alan struck twice in the opening quarter. However, goals from Javier Hernández and Jonny Evans restored parity before the Mexican's second of the night, 15 minutes from time, secured United's third victory in Group H.

Match in 5

  • Hernández double earns United win from 2-0 down
  • Alan scores twice to put Braga two up in 20 minutes
  • Hernández pulls one back before half-time
  • Evans pokes in before Hernández gets second
  • United open five-point gap at Group H summit

Reaction

It has been the story of our season leaking goals and fighting back for the rest of the game. Some of the football was terrific but losing goals is a concern.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager

We wanted three points but we couldn't get them. We still believe we can win in any stadium and the last 16 is still possible.

José Peseiro, Braga coach

José Peseiro, Braga coach

 

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Standings

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

Legend:

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Match statistics

Man. United
Braga

3

Goals scored

2

53

Possession (%)

47

12

Total attempts

9

9

Attempts on target

4

3

Attempts off target

5

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

8

Corners

4

7

Offsides

3

0

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

10

9

Fouls suffered

10

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    A brilliant Javier Hernández double and one from Jonny Evans turned the game on its head with two headers to bring Man United back from the brink at 2-0 down following Alan’s two goals in the first 20 minutes.
  • Substitution
    88
    Zé Luis (in) - Rúben Micael (out) (Braga)
  • Substitution
    86
    Mossoró (in) - Alan (out) (Braga)
  • Substitution
    80
    Hélder Barbosa (in) - Rúben Amorim (out) (Braga)
  • Substitution
    79
    Giggs (in) - Hernández (out) (Man. United)

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