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PSG curse Rothen luck as Braga earn draw

Published: Friday 13 March 2009
Paris Saint-Germain FC 0-0 SC Braga
Paul Le Guen's side failed to turn chances into goals despite a commanding second-half performance which saw Jérôme Rothen denied by the upright.
PSG curse Rothen luck as Braga earn draw
Clément Chantôme (right) tries to get round Braga's César Peixoto ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PSGBraga

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
0
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners5
 
1
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 13 March 2009

PSG curse Rothen luck as Braga earn draw

Paris Saint-Germain FC 0-0 SC Braga
Paul Le Guen's side failed to turn chances into goals despite a commanding second-half performance which saw Jérôme Rothen denied by the upright.

Paris Saint-Germain FC failed to make their second-half dominance count as they were held to a goalless draw by SC Braga in the first leg of their UEFA Cup Round of 16 tie.

Off the post
The home side only came to life after the interval and they proceeded to pass up a number of good chances, Jérôme Rothen coming closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the post on the hour mark. Braga failed to build on an impressive opening 45 minutes and will be happy with a draw in the end, tilting the tie slightly in their favour ahead of next week's return leg.

Listless half
Flying high in Ligue 1, PSG started with a 4-5-1 formation but left lone striker Péguy Luyindula too often isolated in a listless first half as Braga controlled. Jorge Jesus's men had the better of possession and passed the ball around neatly, though they did not trouble Édel until the 25th minute, when the PSG goalkeeper dived at the feet of Renteria. The hosts' only meaningful effort on goal before the break came from Stéphane Sessegnon, with his 39th-minute effort from distance deflected wide.

PSG perk up
Things livened up in the second half, and Braga goalkeeper Eduardo did well to tip over Clément Chantôme's powerful header in the 51st minute. With PSG upping the tempo, Sessegnon had an effort saved and Rothen struck the post with an angled shot. By that time Guillaume Hoarau had replaced Luyindula and another striker, Mateja Kežman, entered the fray for the final 21 minutes. The Serbian – in his first game back after a recent club suspension – was to narrowly miss the target twice, while at the other end Édel kept out Luis Burgos' low drive.

Last updated: 13/03/09 0.06CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

braga

Braga

30
ApoulaÉdel Apoula (GK)
1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
2
CearáCeará
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
13
TraoréSammy Traoré
44
LeoneAndre Leone
15
CamaraZoumana Camara
Yellow Card31
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
22
ArmandSylvain Armand
6
EvaldoEvaldo
10
SessegnonStéphane Sessegnon
88
VandinhoVandinho (C)
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele (C)
Substitution58
30
AlanAlan
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
Substitution69
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
23
ClémentJérémy Clément
21
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution58
25
RothenJérôme Rothen
10
JorginhoJorginho
Substitution70
8
LuyindulaPéguy Luyindula
Substitution58
18
RenteriaRenteria
Substitution84

Substitutes

1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
24
Mário FelgueirasMário Felgueiras (GK)
7
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Substitution58
7
MossoróMossoró
Substitution84
9
HoarauGuillaume Hoarau
Substitution58
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution70
14
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution69
13
StélvioStélvio
Substitution58
17
MabialaLarrys Mabiala
17
FrechautFrechaut
32
MakondaTripy Makonda
66
EdimarEdimar
38
BarradaAbdelaziz Barrada
99
MatheusMatheus

Coach

Paul Le Guen (FRA) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Fourth official

Nicola Pierpaoli (ITA)

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