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United fightback douses early Braga burst

Published: Tuesday 23 October 2012, 22.55CET
Manchester United FC 3-2 SC Braga
Alan put the visitors two up after 20 minutes but, in time-honoured fashion, Sir Alex Ferguson's side fought back to record a third win in Group H.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

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Match statistics

Man. UnitedBraga

Goals scored3
 
2
on target9
 
4
off target3
 
5
Corners8
 
4
Offsides7
 
3
Fouls committed10
 
10
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47

Standings

Last updated: 16/11/2012 08:53 CET

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Published: Tuesday 23 October 2012, 22.55CET

United fightback douses early Braga burst

Manchester United FC 3-2 SC Braga
Alan put the visitors two up after 20 minutes but, in time-honoured fashion, Sir Alex Ferguson's side fought back to record a third win in Group H.

Manchester United FC added another page to their long history of comebacks as they recovered from two goals down to beat SC Braga and take a big step towards the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Braga had real hope of becoming the first Portuguese visitors to triumph at Old Trafford when Alan struck twice in the opening quarter. However, goals from Javier Hernández and Jonny Evans restored parity before the Mexican's second of the night, 15 minutes from time, secured United's third victory in Group H.

In his programme notes Sir Alex Ferguson had written of United's vulnerability in their narrow home success against Galatasaray AŞ. With defenders missing, they have leaked goals this term and relied on their forwards to save the day; so it proved again as for the sixth time since August they came from behind to win and, in the process, moved five points clear at the group summit.

José Peseiro's visitors ensured an early hush around Old Trafford by making a dream start with a goal after two minutes. Alan got in front of UEFA Champions League debutant Alexander Büttner to meet a cross from out on the left by Hugo Viana and head low past David de Gea. Büttner was playing in place of Patrice Evra while Rio Ferdinand's presence on the bench meant Michael Carrick dropped into central defence alongside Jonny Evans.

It was Carrick who was caught out when Braga doubled their lead. The makeshift centre-back was outfoxed by Éder's quick feet out on the left, the tall striker leaving Carrick in his wake before crossing low for Alan to stab the ball into the same corner of De Gea's goal.

United had their lifeline, though, when Hernández halved the deficit five minutes later. Robin van Persie's trickery on the left led to a crossing opportunity for Shinji Kagawa and he picked out Hernández at the far post. His header had too much power for Beto to keep out.

Sir Alex's half-time response was to introduce Nani in place of the injured Kagawa, a switch that gave United extra width. They now had Braga firmly on the back foot and drew level in the 62nd minute through Evans. When Van Persie's corner was flicked on by Carrick, Evans failed to connect initially but the ball deflected back his way off Alan and he stabbed in.

Beto kept out a Nani drive yet the force was now with United and Hernández, heading in a superb far-post cross by Tom Cleverley, made sure the points were theirs too.

Last updated: 27/11/12 20.14CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

braga

Braga

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
33
BetoBeto (GK)
2
RafaelRafael
4
Nuno André CoelhoNuno André Coelho
6
J. EvansJonny Evans
Goal62
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Substitution80
10
RooneyWayne Rooney (C)
14
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Substitution88
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Goal25
Goal75
Substitution79
17
ÉderÉder
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
20
EldersonElderson
Yellow Card53
20
Van PersieRobin van Persie
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
23
CleverleyTom Cleverley
26
Paulo ViníciusPaulo Vinícius
Yellow Card48
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
27
CustódioCustódio
26
KagawaShinji Kagawa
Substitution46
30
AlanAlan (C)
Goal2
Goal20
Substitution86
28
BüttnerAlexander Büttner
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana

Substitutes

50
JohnstoneSam Johnstone (GK)
1
QuimQuim (GK)
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
8
MossoróMossoró
Substitution86
8
AndersonAnderson
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
Substitution80
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
Substitution79
12
MichelMichel
17
NaniNani
Substitution46
15
BaianoBaiano
18
YoungAshley Young
29
Zé LuisZé Luis
Substitution88
19
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
80
Aníbal CapelaAníbal Capela

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) José Peseiro (POR)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Igor Radojčić (SRB)

Fourth official

Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Milenko Vukadinović (SRB), Miodrag Gogić (SRB)

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