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Galatasaray out to finish the job at Braga

Published: Tuesday 27 November 2012, 9.10CET
Galatasaray AŞ travel to eliminated SC Braga on matchday six seeking to complete the job of qualification for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Galatasaray out to finish the job at Braga
Galatasaray's win against United has put them in pole position to progress as group runners-up ©AFP/Getty Images

Tournament statistics

BragaGalatasaray

Goals scored7
 
14
on target57
 
70
off target42
 
69
Corners26
 
45
Offsides15
 
31
Fouls committed92
 
155
Yellow cards12
 
26
Red Cards1
 
0
 
Published: Tuesday 27 November 2012, 9.10CET

Galatasaray out to finish the job at Braga

Galatasaray AŞ travel to eliminated SC Braga on matchday six seeking to complete the job of qualification for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Galatasaray AŞ travel to eliminated SC Braga on matchday six seeking to complete the job of qualification for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

• The Turkish side have turned around their fortunes since Braga inflicted their second successive defeat in Group H by winning 2-0 at Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi on 2 October. Fatih Terim's men have subsequently posted two victories and a draw, climbing to second place in Group H.

• Sitting level with CFR 1907 Cluj on seven points, Galatasaray hold the head-to-head advantage and need only match CFR's result at Manchester United FC to wrap up the runners-up spot and advance to the last 16 for the first time since 2001/02.

Match background
• Galatasaray had not won away from home in the UEFA Champions League proper for a decade prior to their matchday four success at CFR. That 3-1 victory was their first in ten attempts, dating back to September 2002, but they are now looking to make it two in a row.

• Braga are playing only for pride but will want to give their home supporters something to cheer after defeats at the Estádio Municipal against CFR and United.

• Braga lost 2-0 at home to Beşiktaş JK in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32, losing Hélder Barbosa to a red card. Lima got the only goal of the Istanbul return as Braga were eliminated.

• Braga's only home victory against Turkish opposition was a 3-0 second-leg triumph over Sivasspor in the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup, Matheus, Roland Linz and Luis Aguiar scoring. Paulo César is the sole survivor of that tie, having featured in the 2-0 first-leg success.

• This is Galatasaray's second away encounter with Portuguese opposition after a 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage visit to SL Benfica, when Emre Aşık and Ümit Karan earned them a 2-0 victory. Sabri Sarıoğlu, Hakan Balta and Milan Baroš all played, with Quim in Benfica's goal.

Team ties
• Terim oversaw a 2-0 UEFA EURO 2008 group stage defeat by Portugal as coach of a Turkey team including Hakan Balta, Sabri and Hamit Altıntop.

• Braga's assistant coach Fernando Couto scored in Portugal's 1-0 victory over Turkey in the EURO '96 group stage and also played in a 2-0 success in the countries' UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-final. Quim was on the bench for the latter game.

• Baroš made his 93rd and final Czech Republic appearance in the 1-0 UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final defeat by a Portugal team that included substitute Custódio.

• Albert Riera scored past Quim as his RCD Espanyol side beat Benfica 3-2 in Spain – and on aggregate – in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

• Hamit visited Braga with FC Bayern München for a 1-1 draw in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage. In that season's first round he faced Rúben Amorim's CF Os Belenenses, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win in Lisbon.

• Last season Amorim featured in Benfica's 2-0 home defeat of Trabzonspor AŞ in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, and later for Braga against Beşiktaş.

• Emmanuel Eboué was in the Arsenal FC team that overwhelmed Braga 6-0 in the Portuguese club's first UEFA Champions League group stage game in September 2010. Hugo Viana, Paulo César, Alan, Hélder Barbosa and Mossoró played for Braga that night. Eboué also appeared in Arsenal's 2-0 loss in the reverse fixture.

• Including matches with Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor, Burak Yılmaz has faced Portuguese opponents six times and, after five defeats and one draw, is still seeking a first victory.

• Viana cancelled out Johan Elmander's opener when a Portugal side also including Custódio beat Sweden 3-2 in an Olympic play-off game at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals. Elmander had scored twice in Sweden's 3-1 group stage win against the Portuguese.

• Viana's Newcastle United FC beat Elmander's NAC Breda 6-0 on aggregate in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup first round.

• In June, Umut Bulut scored twice in Turkey's 3-1 friendly win at a Portugal team that included substitute Custódio.

Last updated: 01/12/12 11.31CET

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