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Ronaldinho rocket a bitter blow for Braga

Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.59CET
AC Milan 1-0 SC Braga
Ronaldinho's startling added-time strike proved to be a cruel blow for their Portuguese opponents, as the UEFA Cup favourites moved top of Group E.
Ronaldinho rocket a bitter blow for Braga
Ronaldinho celebrates with Mathieu Flamini after the final whistle ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MilanBraga

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
14
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.59CET

Ronaldinho rocket a bitter blow for Braga

AC Milan 1-0 SC Braga
Ronaldinho's startling added-time strike proved to be a cruel blow for their Portuguese opponents, as the UEFA Cup favourites moved top of Group E.

A stunning strike by substitute Ronaldinho saw AC Milan snatch a last-gasp victory against SC Braga to take a three-point lead at the top of UEFA Cup Group E.

Stunning shot
Ronaldinho, who had replaced Pato in the 63rd minute, unleashed an unstoppable added-time winner to deny Braga the point their gutsy performance looked to have earned. With the final whistle in sight, a cross from the left was flicked towards the Brazilian by Gennaro Gattuso and Ronaldinho unleashed a stunning shot into the top-left corner from outside the area.

Flying start
Milan almost got off to the perfect start when Filippo Inzaghi headed wide of the right-hand post with less than four minutes on the clock. Andriy Shevchenko and Pato also went close for the Rossoneri in the early exchanges, while Renteria might have found the target twice for Braga in the opening ten minutes. Indeed, Braga had the best chance of the half after 28 minutes with César Peixoto's point-blank strike demanding a great save from Dida.

Final flourish
Milan could have taken a quick lead after the break but Shevchenko's diagonal attempt from the edge of the box sailed wide, with Pato and Inzaghi screaming for the ball. Renteria threatened on the hour but sent his effort narrowly wide from distance. Substitute Clarence Seedorf dribbled his way past three defenders and into the area in the 77th minute before sending in a shot which was deflected away by Moisés. However, the UEFA Cup favourites had one more throw of the dice late on, and Ronaldinho struck lucky, registering his first European goal since his summer move from FC Barcelona.

Last updated: 07/11/08 10.25CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

braga

Braga

1
DidaDida (GK)
1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
17
FrechautFrechaut (C)
24
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
5
MoisésMoisés
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
6
EvaldoEvaldo
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso (C)
88
VandinhoVandinho
5
EmersonEmerson
Substitution68
30
AlanAlan
Substitution89
84
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
21
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution74
7
PatoPato
Substitution63
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
18
RenteriaRenteria
76
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
19
MeyongAlbert Meyong
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
31
KieszekPaweł Kieszek (GK)
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution89
36
DarmianMatteo Darmian
23
Andrés MadridAndrés Madrid
51
PedrocchiJordan Pedrocchi
7
MossoróMossoró
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution68
10
JorginhoJorginho
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Substitution63
Goal90+3
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution46
11
BorrielloMarco Borriello
99
MatheusMatheus
Substitution74

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Martin Wulff (DEN)

Fourth official

Lars Christoffersen (DEN)

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