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Braga advance despite Celtic reverse

Published: Wednesday 4 August 2010, 22.30CET
Celtic FC 2-1 SC Braga (agg: 2-4)
The hosts' victory on the night proved in vain as competition debutants Braga qualified for the play-offs.
by Barry Johnston
from Celtic Park
Braga advance despite Celtic reverse
Gary Hooper equalised for Celtic on the night ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CelticBraga

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
1
Corners7
 
1
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 4 August 2010, 22.30CET

Braga advance despite Celtic reverse

Celtic FC 2-1 SC Braga (agg: 2-4)
The hosts' victory on the night proved in vain as competition debutants Braga qualified for the play-offs.

UEFA Champions League debutants SC Braga secured their place in the play-offs after weathering a late Celtic FC onslaught.

Paulo César's 20th-minute goal effectively completed the job begun a week ago in northern Portugal, when Domingos Paciência's side gained a substantial cushion with a 3-0 victory. Celtic won on the night thanks to second-half goals by Gary Hooper and Efraín Juárez yet it was not enough to loosen Braga's grip on the tie.

History weighed heavy against the hosts from the outset, having never overturned a three-goal first-leg deficit in UEFA competition. For last season's Portuguese Liga runners-up, however, it was about making history of their own in their maiden campaign at this level. The visitors appeared happy to sit deep and absorb Celtic's early blows, with Georgios Samaras and Joe Ledley going close early on. In the 20th minute, though, Braga took the lead with their first effort of the night.

Alan, Celtic's chief tormentor in the tie, broke away on the right before whipping a pinpoint cross towards Paulo César, who completed the move with a perfect glancing header. Celtic were left facing a huge task, but rallied after the interval with Hooper converting Marc-Antoine Fortuné's delivery in the 52nd minute, before Juárez struck the winning goal on the night 11 minutes from time. Disciplined Braga regained their nerve, though, and held on to ensure their progress.

Last updated: 04/08/10 23.28CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

braga

Braga

24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
24
Mário FelgueirasMário Felgueiras (GK)
4
JuárezEfraín Juárez
Goal79
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
Yellow Card68
6
HooiveldJos Hooiveld
Yellow Card32
5
MoisésMoisés
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
Yellow Card58
Substitution88
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Goal20
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
Yellow Card23
11
Cha Du-RiCha Du-Ri
20
EldersonElderson
Yellow Card56
13
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution64
23
Andrés MadridAndrés Madrid
Substitution86
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
Substitution90+3
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
Substitution46
30
AlanAlan
22
LoovensGlenn Loovens
88
VandinhoVandinho (C)
88
HooperGary Hooper
Goal52
99
MatheusMatheus
Yellow Card15
Substitution67

Substitutes

47
CerviDominic Cervi (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
10
FortunéMarc-Antoine Fortuné
Substitution46
3
PaulãoPaulão
Substitution86
18
Ki Sung-YongKi Sung-Yong
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
19
M. RasmussenMorten Rasmussen
18
LimaLima
Substitution67
20
McCourtPaddy McCourt
Substitution88
19
MeyongAlbert Meyong
Substitution90+3
25
RogneThomas Rogne
28
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
27
MurphyDaryl Murphy
Substitution64
40
GuilhermeGuilherme

Coach

Neil Lennon (NIR) Domingos Paciência (POR)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Željko Grgec (CRO)

Fourth official

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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