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Last 16 beckons for Braga

Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 23.30CET
SC Braga 3-0 R. Standard de Liège
The Portuguese side certainly look well placed to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Cup after a comfortable first-leg victory over their Belgian opponents.
Last 16 beckons for Braga
Andre Leone (44) celebrates after scoring Braga's second ©AFP

Match statistics

BragaStandard

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners6
 
2
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
22
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 23.30CET

Last 16 beckons for Braga

SC Braga 3-0 R. Standard de Liège
The Portuguese side certainly look well placed to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Cup after a comfortable first-leg victory over their Belgian opponents.

Braga look set for a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup after a comfortable first-leg victory over R. Standard de Liège.

Braga buoyant
The Portuguese side were two up within the first half-hour through goals from Renteria and Andre Leone. Chances were few and far between after the break but Luis Aguiar managed to make it 3-0 in the closing stages.

Renteria opener
The game started in unfortunate circumstances for Standard when attacking midfielder Steven Defour was forced off with an ankle injury in the eleventh minute, to be replaced by Benjamin Nicaise. Things went from bad to worse for the Belgian side six minutes later, when Renteria broke the deadlock with a 30-metre shot that found its way past Rorys Aragón.

Leone influence
It was 2-0 just ten minutes later after the visitors' defence failed to clear a Luis Aguiar cross and, via Evaldo, the ball found Leone, who smartly finished high into the net. The Brazilian defender was in action at the other end on the half-hour mark as he fouled Dieudonné Mbokani on the right wing. Marcos Camozzato's free-kick found Eliaquim Mangala, but his header across goal went wide, with no Standard player able to capitalise.

Late third
Chances were scarce in the second half with the Portuguese side largely happy to play possession football and hold on to their lead. Standard pressed in the closing stages, with Nicaise seeing his shot blocked and Mbokani firing over. But Braga were still dangerous at the other end and Renteria drew a fine save from Aragón before Alan set up Luis Aguiar to fire home six minutes from time, putting the result beyond doubt.

Last updated: 19/02/09 0.41CET

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Lineups

braga

Braga

standard liège

Standard Liège

1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
1
AragónRorys Aragón (GK)
6
EvaldoEvaldo
5
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
17
FrechautFrechaut (C)
6
DalmatWilfried Dalmat
18
RenteriaRenteria
Goal17
8
DefourSteven Defour (C)
Substitution11
19
MeyongAlbert Meyong
Substitution70
9
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
Yellow Card23
21
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Yellow Card42
Substitution80
10
De CamargoIgor De Camargo
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
Goal84
15
MikulićTomislav Mikulić
30
AlanAlan
Substitution88
17
CamozzatoMarcos Camozzato
44
LeoneAndre Leone
Goal27
23
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Substitution90+1
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
28
WitselAxel Witsel
88
VandinhoVandinho
Yellow Card32
36
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Substitution64

Substitutes

24
Mário FelgueirasMário Felgueiras (GK)
38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
7
MossoróMossoró
2
GoreuxRéginal Goreux
10
JorginhoJorginho
3
JansenAlexandre Jansen
11
Orlando SáOrlando Sá
Substitution80
14
MulemoLandry Mulemo
Substitution64
13
StélvioStélvio
Substitution88
21
BentekeChristian Benteke
Substitution90+1
66
EdimarEdimar
26
NicaiseBenjamin Nicaise
Substitution11
Yellow Card79
99
MatheusMatheus
Substitution70
33
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) László Bölöni (ROU)

Referee

Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Assistant referees

Andreas Xanthou (CYP), Michael Soteriou (CYP)

Fourth official

Panayiotis Gerasimou (CYP)

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