The official website for European football

Lima hat-trick ensures history for Braga

Published: Tuesday 24 August 2010, 22.41CET
Sevilla FC 3-4 SC Braga (agg: 3-5)
One goal from Matheus and a Lima hat-trick earned the visitors a remarkable win and a place in the group stage for the first time.
Lima hat-trick ensures history for Braga
Braga celebrate a famous victory in Seville ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SevillaBraga

Goals scored3
 
4
Attempts on target12
 
9
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners8
 
7
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 24 August 2010, 22.41CET

Lima hat-trick ensures history for Braga

Sevilla FC 3-4 SC Braga (agg: 3-5)
One goal from Matheus and a Lima hat-trick earned the visitors a remarkable win and a place in the group stage for the first time.

Lima came on and scored a hat-trick as SC Braga beat Sevilla FC on the night and on aggregate to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time.

Matheus, the match-winner in last week's play-off first leg, gave Braga a telling advantage at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán with his fourth goal in six games. Antonio Álvarez's hosts received a further blow on 58 minutes when substitute Lima left them needing to score four. They swiftly got one through Luís Fabiano but despite Jesús Navas restoring parity on the night, two late goals from Lima extended the Portuguese team's lead, rendering Frédéric Kanouté's added-time strike immaterial.

Navas's ability to ghost into space had caused Braga an early headache, but it was Sevilla's aerial threat which proved most problematic for them throughout the opening period. Luís Fabiano was three times the perpetrator – once heading over and twice at Felipe – though it was Kanouté who spurned the two most presentable opportunities, nodding over on one occasion and into Felipe's arms on another.

The visitors, who appeared overrun in midfield, had nevertheless registered a valuable away goal amid Kanouté's profligacy. Paulo César's break injected some much-needed energy and appeared to catch Andrés Palop off guard, the Sevilla keeper fumbling his drilled shot into the path of Matheus, who turned the ball in despite Palop's best attempts to smother at the second attempt.

Los Rojiblancos emerged from half-time with positive intentions but could muster only a long-range Didier Zokora shot which whistled wide before Braga stretched their lead. Despite being on the back foot, Domingos Paciência's side counterattacked to devastating effect once more, Matheus this time doing the leg work and crossing for Lima to slot past Palop just three minutes after coming on.

With a mountain to climb, Sevilla responded in defiant fashion, Luís Fabiano's low effort squirming through Felipe's grasp almost immediately. José Carlos hit the bar from an acute angle and Kanouté headed over soon after but it was not until Navas's cool finish six minutes from time that their faint hopes received a boost.

They were dashed within 60 seconds, though, Lima racing through and rounding Palop before rubber-stamping a memorable night for he and his team with a last-minute finish from a corner. Kanouté's added-time header barely registered among a delirious away support.

Last updated: 01/04/11 13.50CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000117/match=2002402/postmatch/report/index.html#lima+treble+sinks+sevilla

Lineups

sevilla

Sevilla

braga

Braga

1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK) (C)
84
FelipeFelipe (GK)
2
FazioFederico Fazio
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Goal84
5
MoisésMoisés
8
ZokoraDidier Zokora
Yellow Card43
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution68
9
PerottiDiego Perotti
Yellow Card87
20
EldersonElderson
Yellow Card15
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Goal60
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
Yellow Card43
Substitution55
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
Goal90+1
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
Yellow Card18
14
EscudéJulien Escudé
Yellow Card86
28
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
19
CigariniLuca Cigarini
Substitution61
30
AlanAlan
20
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
Substitution78
88
VandinhoVandinho (C)
24
KonkoAbdoulay Konko
Substitution61
99
MatheusMatheus
Goal31
Substitution80

Substitutes

13
VarasJavier Varas (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
11
RenatoRenato
Substitution61
3
PaulãoPaulão
Substitution68
16
CapelDiego Capel
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
18
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Substitution78
11
KeitaLadji Keita
28
CalaCala
18
LimaLima
Substitution55
Goal58
Goal85
Goal90
30
José CarlosJosé Carlos
Substitution61
19
MeyongAlbert Meyong
31
RodriRodri
85
EltonElton
Substitution80

Coach

Antonio Álvarez (ESP) Domingos Paciência (POR)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.