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Rafael double gives clinical CFR victory at Braga

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2012, 22.50CET
SC Braga 0-2 CFR 1907 Cluj
Rafael Bastos came back to haunt his former club as a pair of assured first-half finishes gave the Romanian champions a memorable away win.
by Paul Bryan
from Estádio Municipal de Braga

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Match statistics

BragaCFR Cluj

Goals scored0
2
on target23
 
4
off target12
 
6
Corners6
 
3
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed8
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)65
 
35

Standings

Last updated: 16/11/2012 22:22 CET

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Published: Wednesday 19 September 2012, 22.50CET

Rafael double gives clinical CFR victory at Braga

SC Braga 0-2 CFR 1907 Cluj
Rafael Bastos came back to haunt his former club as a pair of assured first-half finishes gave the Romanian champions a memorable away win.

CFR 1907 Cluj enjoyed a dream start to their third UEFA Champions League group stage campaign as a well-worked tactical plan put paid to SC Braga's hopes, the Portuguese side's former forward Rafael Bastos scoring twice.

Featuring eight players who were either Portuguese or had previously played in the country in their lineup, Ioan Andone's Railwaymen knew exactly what to expect and executed their contain and counterattack strategy to perfection. Rafael did the damage, a pair of composed first-half finishes sealing a memorable Group H victory back at his old club.

Home coach José Peseiro said his team would have to be at their best to claim three points from a first competitive meeting between these sides. Despite dominating possession for large parts of the opening period, however, the Arsenalistas always looked vulnerable to a breakaway and it was from one such move that they fell behind in the 19th minute.

Leading a typical burst down the left, Modou Sougou took a pass from Rafael and played the return for the striker to run clear and take his time to stroke low past Beto. Pantelis Kapetanos ought to have punished the hosts further only to pull his effort wide with the goal at his mercy.

That miss mattered little moments later when Rafael skipped past Nuno André Coelho's challenge on the left and cut inside, capitalising on a fortuitous deflection off Rúben Micael to direct his shot into the net.

Braga's only previous UEFA Champions League group stage campaign had opened with a 6-0 reverse at Arsenal FC in 2010/11 and their first-half display threatened a repeat, though they regrouped at the interval. A menacing cross from substitute Hélder Barbosa found Micael whose close-range attempt was parried by Mário Felgueiras. The CFR goalkeeper was well positioned again to block Micael's first-time strike shortly afterwards.

The Romanian champions had lost Sougou to injury at half-time  and with him went much of their attacking menace, although they did pass up another golden chance to confirm their second UEFA Champions League away win. Kapetanos found space behind the Braga defence yet could not escape Ismaily, who rebuffed the Greek's successive shots.

While Éder subsequently headed narrowly over at the other end, CFR were closing in on a fine victory. There was just one late period of Braga pressure to withstand, Felgueiras diving to touch behind Michael's low effort and dealing with Custódio’s header from the resulting corner. Then Andone's side really could celebrate.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.12CET

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Lineups

braga

Braga

cfr cluj

CFR Cluj

33
BetoBeto (GK)
1
Mário FelgueirasMário Felgueiras (GK)
Yellow Card45+4
4
Nuno André CoelhoNuno André Coelho
3
Ivo PintoIvo Pinto
8
MossoróMossoró
6
MureşanGabriel Mureşan
14
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
8
SepsiLászló Sepsi
17
ÉderÉder
9
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
21
IsmailyIsmaily
16
Rafael BastosRafael Bastos
Goal19
Goal34
Yellow Card60
Substitution79
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
Substitution70
20
CadúCadú (C)
26
Paulo ViníciusPaulo Vinícius
24
RadaIonuţ Rada
27
CustódioCustódio
25
Luís AlbertoLuís Alberto
Substitution65
30
AlanAlan (C)
Substitution46
45
CamoraCamora
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution64
99
SougouModou Sougou
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
QuimQuim (GK)
44
StăncioiuEduard Stăncioiu (GK)
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
11
NicoarăViorel Nicoară
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution70
13
PiccoloFelice Piccolo
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
Substitution46
Yellow Card82
19
BjelanovićSaša Bjelanović
22
DjamalDjamal
23
GodemècheNicolas Godemèche
Substitution65
29
Zé LuisZé Luis
Substitution64
30
Rui PedroRui Pedro
Substitution79
44
DouglãoDouglão
31
AguirregarayMatías Aguirregaray
Substitution46

Coach

José Peseiro (POR) Ioan Andone (ROU)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Lars Rix (DEN)

Fourth official

Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Kenn Hansen (DEN), Michael Tykgaard (DEN)

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