Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu - Cluj-Napoca 20/11/2012 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Group stage - Group H

CFR Cluj - Braga
3-1
 

CFR Cluj - Braga 3-1 - 20/11/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Rui Pedro hat-trick ends Braga's hopes at CFR

Published: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 22.00CET
Rui Pedro hat-trick ends Braga's hopes at CFR 
Cluj-Braga reaction ©AFP/Getty Images

A UEFA Champions League round of 16 place remains a possibility for CFR 1907 Cluj following a frenetic Group H encounter in which Rui Pedro completed a 27-minute hat-trick.

In a dizzying first half, former FC Porto trainee Rui Pedro demonstrated unerring finishing, but SC Braga never seemed out of the game even after they were reduced to ten men when Douglão was sent off. However the defeat, and Galatasaray AŞ's 1-0 win against Manchester United FC, spelled the end of Braga's European campaign, while CFR are sure of a UEFA Europa League berth and will forge on in Europe's top club competition if they can better Galatasaray's result on matchday six.

Match in 5

  • Rui Pedro scores first-half hat-trick to sink Braga
  • Romanian side guaranteed at least UEFA Europa League spot
  • Braga eliminated and finish bottom of Group H
  • Alan's fifth Group H goal not enough to rescue visitors
  • CFR's Douglão sent off just before half-time

Reaction

We played almost perfectly. It's important that we qualify, even if we should have done so in the home match against Galatasaray last time out.

Paulo Sergio, CFR coach

Paulo Sergio, CFR coach

We were not focused during important moments of the match and that cost us the goals we conceded. We are out and it is my fault.

José Peseiro, Braga coach

José Peseiro, Braga coach

 

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Standings

Last updated: 21/11/2012 08:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

CFR Cluj
Braga

3

Goals scored

1

36

Possession (%)

64

14

Total attempts

16

7

Attempts on target

9

7

Attempts off target

7

0

Attempts blocked

0

2

Attempts against woodwork

0

3

Corners

5

0

Offsides

3

3

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

1

22

Fouls committed

17

13

Fouls suffered

21

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    CFR Cluj deserve their 3-1 win having attacked efficiently and defended resolutely. Braga enjoyed most of the possession but could only manage the one goal and their task became even harder when Douglão was sent off. The Portuguese side have now been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.
  • Yellow Card
    88
    Mossoró (Braga) is booked.
  • Yellow Card
    84
    Cadú (CFR Cluj) is booked.
    Cadú deliberately trips Alan who had skipped past the Cluj captain down the left wing.
  • Substitution
    83
    Godemèche (in) - Rafael Bastos (out) (CFR Cluj)
    The former Braga attacking midfielder is replaced by the young French midfielder.
  • Substitution
    81
    Kapetanos (in) - Rui Pedro (out) (CFR Cluj)

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