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Matheus gives Braga slender lead

Published: Wednesday 18 August 2010, 22.45CET
SC Braga 1-0 Sevilla FC
A 62nd-minute header from Matheus gave the competition debutants a narrow advantage to defend in next Tuesday's second leg.

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Match statistics

BragaSevilla

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners5
 
1
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed21
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 18 August 2010, 22.45CET

Matheus gives Braga slender lead

SC Braga 1-0 Sevilla FC
A 62nd-minute header from Matheus gave the competition debutants a narrow advantage to defend in next Tuesday's second leg.

SC Braga's dream of a first appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage remains on course after a second-half goal from Matheus gave them a slender victory against Sevilla FC in their play-off first leg.

On the back foot for large parts of the opening half, Domingos Paciência's team responded after the break. The majority of the crowd inside the Municipal Stadium were in ecstasy just after the hour thanks to Matheus's close-range header, which sets up an intriguing encounter when the teams meet in the return on Tuesday.

Prior to the game Paciência warned his players of the serious threat posed by last season's fourth-place Liga finishers and it was not long before Sevilla were demonstrating their attacking strengths. Jesús Navas jinked his way down the right before lifting a precise pass in for Luis Fabiano, whose header bounced back off Felipe's upright.

Antonio Álvarez's side continued to press as the half progressed and thought they had taken the lead when Frédéric Kanouté turned in Diego Capel's centre only for the effort to be ruled out for offside. Looking to reply on the counterattack, Braga were largely frustrated by disciplined opponents yet a chance to take the lead did arrive just before the interval when Alan's defence-splitting pass found Matheus through on goals but the Brazilian could not direct his shot past Andrés Palop.

The momentum quickly swung back in favour of the visitors after the restart with Luis Fabiano this time providing Navas with a pass that allowed the attacker to muster a shot which flew high and wide of Felipe's near post. Buoyed by the home support, Braga began to demonstrate the class they showed when eliminating Celtic FC in the last round and on 62 minutes they took the lead. Substitute Silvio's accurate cross from the right found Paulo César, whose header on target was clawed out by Palop but only onto the head of the onrushing Matheus, who nodded in.

The hosts continued to attack, Lima squeezing through on the left before warming the hands of Palop and the 27-year-old went close again towards the end with a shot that clipped the Sevilla crossbar. It mattered little for Braga, though, who will take a narrow advantage to Spain for the return.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.52CET

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Quotes

  • Matheus

    "It was the first time we heard the Champions League anthem and I scored the winner – what more can you ask?"

  • Luis Fabiano

    "This result is not what we expected or wanted"

Lineups

braga

Braga

sevilla

Sevilla

84
FelipeFelipe (GK)
1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK) (C)
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
2
FazioFederico Fazio
5
MoisésMoisés
5
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
Yellow Card67
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Yellow Card54
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
Yellow Card24
Substitution46
8
ZokoraDidier Zokora
20
EldersonElderson
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
Substitution57
11
RenatoRenato
Substitution83
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
Substitution79
30
AlanAlan
14
EscudéJulien Escudé
Yellow Card64
88
VandinhoVandinho (C)
16
CapelDiego Capel
Yellow Card60
Substitution70
99
MatheusMatheus
Goal62
Substitution75
20
DaboMouhamadou Dabo

Substitutes

1
ArturArtur (GK)
13
VarasJavier Varas (GK)
3
PaulãoPaulão
6
RomaricNdri Romaric
18
LimaLima
Substitution57
9
PerottiDiego Perotti
Substitution70
19
MeyongAlbert Meyong
15
AlfaroAlejandro Alfaro
23
Andrés MadridAndrés Madrid
18
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Substitution79
28
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
Substitution46
19
CigariniLuca Cigarini
Substitution83
85
EltonElton
Substitution75
28
CalaCala

Coach

Domingos Paciência (POR) Antonio Álvarez (ESP)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Markus Schmidt (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Sippel (GER), Christian Dingert (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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