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Tottenham edge thriller in Braga

Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.56CET
SC Braga 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Robbie Keane's 92nd-minute winner gave Tottenham the edge after Braga had come from two goals down.

Match statistics

BragaTottenham

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners5
 
1
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed9
 
14
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.56CET

Tottenham edge thriller in Braga

SC Braga 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Robbie Keane's 92nd-minute winner gave Tottenham the edge after Braga had come from two goals down.

Robbie Keane's 92nd-minute winner saved Tottenham Hotspur FC's blushes in Portugal after SC Braga had come from two goals down to level.

Goal feast
The English visitors wasted a number of chances before Keane and Steed Malbranque gave them a 2-0 lead in the second half only for Braga to score twice in five minutes through Paulo Jorge and Zé Carlos.

Berbatov promptings
Tottenham had the first opportunity of the UEFA Cup Round of 16 first leg when Dimitar Berbatov toe-poked wide of Paulo Santos's goal, before Teemu Tainio was denied by the Braga keeper. The hosts responded with Paul Robinson being called into action to push away Bruno Gama's long-range deflected effort and Vítor Castanheira firing wide.

Personal duel
Berbatov missed another opening on 20 minutes while Gama spurned his second opportunity of the night as his snap-shot flew straight at Robinson. Keane was the next Tottenham player to test Santos, the No1 touching over his attempt before Berbatov continued his personal duel with Santos with two more drives.

Tottenham breakthrough
Braga sought to up their game after the break with Zé Carlos drilling into the sidenetting, but Tottenham quickly resumed control and made the breakthrough on 57 minutes as Aaron Lennon's chip found Keane and the Irish international volleyed in. Martin Jol's side looked to put the tie to bed, and it was no surprise when they increased their advantage after 72 minutes. Lennon skipped into the Braga box, and after Santos had parried the winger's shot, Malbranque slammed the rebound into the roof of the net.

Braga comeback
Braga were given hope when Diego went down under a challenge from Anthony Gardner in the area four minutes later. Paulo Jorge's penalty was pushed away by Robinson but the same player turned in the loose ball. Then, on 81 minutes, the Liga team grabbed an unlikely equaliser as Zé Carlos headed in Castanheira's free-kick. Yet there was still more drama as Didier Zokora's pass to Keane split the Braga defence two minutes into added time and the striker rolled a shot under Santos for the decider.

Last updated: 09/03/07 9.55CET

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Lineups

braga

Braga

tottenham

Tottenham

1
Paulo SantosPaulo Santos (GK)
1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
20
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
2
ChimbondaPascal Chimbonda
Yellow Card76
3
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge (C)
Penalty76
Goal76
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
28
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
30
GardnerAnthony Gardner
13
Carlos FernandesCarlos Fernandes
3
Lee Young-PyoLee Young-Pyo
16
AndradeAndrade
25
LennonAaron Lennon
10
João PintoJoão Pinto
Substitution80
6
TainioTeemu Tainio
Substitution74
14
CastanheiraCastanheira
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
87
Bruno GamaBruno Gama
Substitution69
15
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Goal72
77
Zé CarlosZé Carlos
Goal81
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Yellow Card50
15
WenderWender
Substitution69
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Goal57
Goal90+2

Substitutes

12
Dani MalloDani Mallo (GK)
12
ČernýRadek Černý (GK)
5
NemNem
7
StalteriPaul Stalteri
8
PaítoPaíto
14
GhalyHossam Ghaly
11
CésinhaCésinha
Substitution69
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
18
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Substitution69
19
TaarabtAdel Taarabt
19
MacielMaciel
Substitution80
22
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Substitution74
21
Ricardo ChavesRicardo Chaves
38
LeeCharlie Lee

Coach

Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida (POR) Martin Jol (NED)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Alexandre Gonchar (RUS)

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