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Misimović magic conjures victory for Wolfsburg

Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.39CET
SC Braga 2-3 VfL Wolfsburg
Zvjezdan Misimović scored twice in the dying minutes to hand the Bundesliga outfit a dramatic and invaluable Group E victory in Portugal.
Misimović magic conjures victory for Wolfsburg
Zvjezdan Misimović takes the plaudits after his penalty equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

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Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners5
 
7
Offsides8
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.39CET

Misimović magic conjures victory for Wolfsburg

SC Braga 2-3 VfL Wolfsburg
Zvjezdan Misimović scored twice in the dying minutes to hand the Bundesliga outfit a dramatic and invaluable Group E victory in Portugal.

Zvjezdan Misimović scored twice in the dying minutes to give VfL Wolfsburg a dramatic and invaluable victory at SC Braga.

Late drama
The Portuguese side seemed to be heading for a UEFA Cup Group E win when, after a bizarre early home goal was cancelled out by Edin Džeko's strike, Albert Meyong put Braga in front early in the second half. But Misimović converted a penalty with seven minutes remaining and then stunned the home crowd by netting deep into injury time. Not only did that goal ensure group leaders AC Milan's progress, it also meant Wolfsburg need one point from their last two games to join them in the Round of 32.

Lead cancelled out
Wolfsburg, 5-1 victors over SC Heerenveen in their opening match three weeks ago, fell behind on six minutes when Andrea Barzagli's attempted clearance from Meyong's effort hit fellow defender Ricardo Costa and went in. However, the Bundesliga team responded well and after Braga goalkeeper Eduardo was forced to save from Christian Gentner, he was beaten in the 24th minute. Ashkan Dejagah met a cross from the right with a shot that Eduardo could only parry and Džeko was on hand to equalise.

Braga ahead
Braga, level on points with Wolfsburg at kick-off, restored their advantage four minutes into the second half after Matheus advanced down the left and found Meyong, who finished from close range. They nearly made it 3-1 on 74 minutes but substitute Luis Aguiar's free-kick narrowly cleared the top corner and Wolfsburg made the most of their let-off.

Comeback
Džeko was fouled in the box by Rodriguez, enabling Misimović to send Eduardo the wrong way with his penalty. Nor was the Munich-born Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder finished, as in the fourth added minute he pounced to chest down and shoot in the rebound after Eduardo's block from Džeko, giving Braga a repeat of their last-gasp loss at Milan on Matchday 2. Still, victory for Braga in their final fixture at Heerenveen next Thursday would take them through if Wolfsburg avoid defeat against Portsmouth FC.

Last updated: 28/11/08 1.40CET

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Lineups

braga

Braga

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
17
FrechautFrechaut (C)
20
RietherSascha Riether
Substitution67
5
MoisésMoisés
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
Yellow Card13
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
Yellow Card82
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
6
EvaldoEvaldo
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
88
VandinhoVandinho
7
JosuéJosué (C)
30
AlanAlan
2
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo
99
MatheusMatheus
Substitution64
25
GentnerChristian Gentner
21
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
Goal83
Yellow Card90+3
Goal90+4
19
MeyongAlbert Meyong
Goal6
Yellow Card22
Goal49
Substitution90+1
24
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
Yellow Card37
Substitution77
18
RenteriaRenteria
Substitution71
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
Goal24
Yellow Card65

Substitutes

31
KieszekPaweł Kieszek (GK)
12
LenzAndré Lenz (GK)
7
MossoróMossoró
3
Rodrigo AlvimRodrigo Alvim
11
Orlando SáOrlando Sá
Substitution90+1
6
ŠimůnekJan Šimůnek
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
Substitution64
11
CaiubyCaiuby
29
LinzRoland Linz
Substitution71
16
SağlıkMahir Sağlık
Substitution67
Yellow Card85
44
LeoneAndre Leone
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
18
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
Substitution77

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Felix Magath (GER)

Referee

Anton Genov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Ivan Valchev (BUL), Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)

Fourth official

Alexander Kostadinov (BUL)

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