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Determined Braga keep Standard at bay

Published: Thursday 26 February 2009, 23.30CET
R. Standard de Liège 1-1 SC Braga (agg: 1-4)
Braga will meet Paris Saint-Germain FC in the Round of 16 after holding off Standard's comeback, Luis Aguiar's late strike earning a draw on the night.
Determined Braga keep Standard at bay
Luis Aguiar equalised for Braga with two minutes remaining ©Getty Images

Match statistics

StandardBraga

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
1
Corners2
 
4
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
20
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 26 February 2009, 23.30CET

Determined Braga keep Standard at bay

R. Standard de Liège 1-1 SC Braga (agg: 1-4)
Braga will meet Paris Saint-Germain FC in the Round of 16 after holding off Standard's comeback, Luis Aguiar's late strike earning a draw on the night.

SC Braga will meet French side Paris Saint-Germain FC in the UEFA Cup Round of 16 after holding off R. Standard de Liège's attempted comeback, Luis Aguiar's late strike securing a 4-1 aggregate triumph.

Mbokani breakthrough
The Portuguese side already had one foot in the next round after overwhelming Standard 3-0 at home last week, but arrived in Belgium expecting a determined challenge. Initially rebuffed with consummate ease, the waves of attacks from the home team intensified as the match wore on and eleven minutes from time they finally got their breakthrough when Dieu Mbokani turned in Wilfried Dalmat's cross. It set up a frenetic finale as Standard threw caution to the wind before Aguiar – who hit the killer third in Portugal – ended their hopes two minutes from time.

Full-blooded
The home crowd may wonder what might have been had their team attacked with the same intensity from the off, but instead they had to wait fully 30 minutes before their first meaningful opening, Igor De Camargo heading over from five metres. Moments earlier the Brazil-born striker had become the first name in referee Kristinn Jakobsson's book and before half-time four players had joined him as there was no shortage of steel on show. It was end product, not earnest enterprise, that the home side wanted however, and it was Braga who came closest to breaking the deadlock before the break when Jorginho's header was tipped around the post by Sinan Bolat.

Standard pressure
It was Bolat's last contribution as he was replaced by Rorys Aragón, yet the substitute was largely a bystander in the second period as Standard pushed on. Mbokani fired wide from range while Reginal Goreux, Dalmat, Steven Defour and the lively De Camargo were all denied by the besieged Eduardo. Mbokani finally broke through but, after seeing off chances for Dalmat and Defour, Braga had the last word and are the last of the eleven UEFA Intertoto Cup winners left standing.

Last updated: 27/02/09 0.36CET

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Lineups

standard liège

Standard Liège

braga

Braga

38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
Substitution46
1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
17
CamozzatoMarcos Camozzato
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
5
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
13
StélvioStélvio
19
SarrMohamed Sarr
Yellow Card90+3
44
LeoneAndre Leone
Yellow Card41
14
MulemoLandry Mulemo
6
EvaldoEvaldo
Yellow Card35
6
DalmatWilfried Dalmat
Substitution86
10
JorginhoJorginho
Substitution55
8
DefourSteven Defour (C)
Yellow Card34
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
Goal88
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Yellow Card52
88
VandinhoVandinho (C)
Yellow Card87
2
GoreuxRéginal Goreux
Substitution73
21
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Yellow Card43
10
De CamargoIgor De Camargo
Yellow Card28
19
MeyongAlbert Meyong
Substitution69
9
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
Goal79
18
RenteriaRenteria
Substitution90

Substitutes

1
AragónRorys Aragón (GK)
Substitution46
24
Mário FelgueirasMário Felgueiras (GK)
15
MikulićTomislav Mikulić
7
MossoróMossoró
20
BenkoLeon Benko
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution69
21
BentekeChristian Benteke
Substitution86
11
Orlando SáOrlando Sá
Substitution90
26
NicaiseBenjamin Nicaise
30
AlanAlan
Substitution55
33
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Substitution73
66
EdimarEdimar
36
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
99
MatheusMatheus

Coach

László Bölöni (ROU) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL), Olafur Ingvar Gudfinnsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Magnus Thorisson (ISL)

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