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Micael the hero as Braga oust Udinese in shoot-out

Published: Tuesday 28 August 2012, 23.30CET
Udinese Calcio 1-1 SC Braga (agg: 2-2, Braga win 5-4 on pens)
Rúben Micael was the hero as José Peseiro's charges came from a goal down to win on penalties and earn a UEFA Champions League group stage berth.
Micael the hero as Braga oust Udinese in shoot-out
Rúben Micael scores the penalty to put Braga into the group stage draw ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UdineseBraga

Goals scored1
 
1
on target3
 
12
off target5
 
10
Corners6
 
13
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed19
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 28 August 2012, 23.30CET

Micael the hero as Braga oust Udinese in shoot-out

Udinese Calcio 1-1 SC Braga (agg: 2-2, Braga win 5-4 on pens)
Rúben Micael was the hero as José Peseiro's charges came from a goal down to win on penalties and earn a UEFA Champions League group stage berth.

SC Braga recovered from a goal down to beat Udinese Calcio 5-4 on penalties and book their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage via the play-offs for the second time, following their debut in 2010/11.

Eliminated at this stage last season, Francesco Guidolin's side thought they had exorcised those ghosts courtesy of Pablo Armero's first-half header. But Rúben Micael's second-half leveller forced a shoot-out, and the same man rolled in the winning penalty after Maicosuel had been denied from the spot to earn Braga a dramatic win.

With a first-leg away goal under their belt, Udinese were content to let their opponents try to force the issue. The tactics almost cost the hosts on nine minutes, but keeper Željko Brkić denied Lima when one-on-one.

Unperturbed, a patient, counterattacking Udinese were rewarded by a well-crafted goal on 25 minutes. Diego Fabbrini chipped into the box, Dušan Basta controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed towards the far post, where a charging Pablo Armero met it emphatically with his head.

Udinese threatened twice more from quick breaks as Beto denied Maurizio Domizzi and then, with an outstretched boot, Armero's volley. At the other end Braga twice tested Brkić's reflexes after the restart via Hugo Viana and Alan. Armero passed up a chance to double Udinese's lead by kicking the turf instead of the ball when clean through in a frenetic spell.

Braga were soon level. Brkić wonderfully kept out Viana's whipped free-kick and José Peseiro's side swarmed forward. The tenacious Mossoró saw his near-post shot saved by Brkić, but he had the presence of mind to clip the rebound back into the danger zone, where substitute Micael nodded in a 72nd-minute aggregate equaliser.

Control and composure slowly vanished as the sides frantically traded attacks without reward. Nine minutes into extra time, Braga came within centimetres of the lead as a sliding Lima just failed to connect with Micael's pass across a gaping Udinese goal. The Zebrette almost stole an undeserved advantage as Beto spilled at the feet of Giovanni Pasquale, but recovered to save and atone for his error.

In a tense shoot-out, Maicosuel was the only player to fail, scooping a Panenka-style penalty into Beto's arms. Micael subsequently converted the winning effort to cement his hero status and Braga's place in Thursday's group stage draw. Udinese will play UEFA Europa League football for the second successive season.

Last updated: 04/04/13 1.17CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

braga

Braga

1
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
33
BetoBeto (GK)
5
DaniloDanilo
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution60
8
BastaDušan Basta
8
MossoróMossoró
Yellow Card103 ET
Substitution107 ET
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale (C)
Yellow Card75
18
LimaLima
11
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
21
IsmailyIsmaily
17
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
Goal25
26
Paulo ViníciusPaulo Vinícius
31
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
Substitution81
27
CustódioCustódio
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
Substitution69
30
AlanAlan (C)
Substitution94 ET
66
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Yellow Card61
44
DouglãoDouglão
88
WilliansWillians
Substitution46
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana

Substitutes

93
PawłowskiWojciech Pawłowski (GK)
1
QuimQuim (GK)
7
BaduEmmanuel Badu
Substitution46
4
Nuno André CoelhoNuno André Coelho
16
CodaAndrea Coda
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution94 ET
24
MurielLuis Muriel
14
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Substitution60
Goal72
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution69
17
ÉderÉder
Substitution107 ET
75
HeurtauxThomas Heurtaux
22
DjamalDjamal
77
MaicosuelMaicosuel
Substitution81
83
CarlãoCarlão

Coach

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) José Peseiro (POR)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Berry Simons (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

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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