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Alan penalty makes it advantage Braga

Published: Thursday 10 March 2011, 20.53CET
SC Braga 1-0 Liverpool FC
Alan's first-half spot kick earned Braga their third British scalp of the season and left Liverpool with it all to do in the Anfield return.

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Match statistics

BragaLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
2
Corners3
 
6
Offsides1
 
8
Fouls committed15
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 10 March 2011, 20.53CET

Alan penalty makes it advantage Braga

SC Braga 1-0 Liverpool FC
Alan's first-half spot kick earned Braga their third British scalp of the season and left Liverpool with it all to do in the Anfield return.

A penalty from Alan enabled SC Braga to end Liverpool FC's unbeaten UEFA Europa League run this season, earning the Portuguese club a narrow lead when the round of 16 tie concludes next week.

Alan punished Sotiris Kyrgiakos's trip on Mossoró after 18 minutes of an encounter which the hosts controlled before the break. Although Liverpool perked up in the second half, particularly after the introduction of club-record signing Andy Carroll, they seldom looked like scoring what would have been only their second away goal in the competition proper this term.

Following a quiet opening, any designs Liverpool had of a fourth successive European clean sheet evaporated when Mossoró's sharp turn drew a foul from Kyrgiakos and Alan tucked away Braga's 100th goal in UEFA competition. Domingos Paciência's men were on their way to adding the Merseysiders' scalp to those of Celtic FC and Arsenal FC.

If that partly stirred Liverpool into action, the Reds' response remained muted. Without the injured Steven Gerrard and the ineligible Luis Suárez, Kenny Dalglish's side were struggling to recapture the fluency which had characterised their weekend victory against Manchester United FC.

Braga, meanwhile, were asking all the questions in attack and but for the woodwork would have doubled their advantage before the interval, Sílvio rattling the crossbar with a left-footed strike from distance. Liverpool's response was limited to a tame header from Raul Meireles which goalkeeper Artur fielded comfortably.

The early phase of the second period brought little change for the visitors, prompting the introduction of Carroll for his European debut in Liverpool red. The burly forward's appearance almost paid immediate dividends as his glancing header set up Dirk Kuyt, who was thwarted by the sliding Artur, and moments later the €40.25m January acquisition had an effort deflected wide.

Suddenly it was the English team threatening, with Kuyt chesting down Meireles's pass on the edge of the box, spinning and forcing Artur into a fingertip save. Despite late pressure, Braga held firm, setting up an intriguing return leg in seven days' time.

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Lineups

braga

Braga

liverpool

Liverpool

1
ArturArtur (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez (C)
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
4
KakáKaká
Yellow Card26
4
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
8
MossoróMossoró
Substitution69
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution90+4
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
18
LimaLima
Substitution78
21
LucasLucas
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
28
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
26
Spearing Jay Spearing
30
AlanAlan
Goal18
28
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Yellow Card36
Substitution57
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel

Substitutes

42
CristianoCristiano (GK)
42
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
3
PaulãoPaulão
Substitution69
12
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
Substitution90+4
17
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez
19
MeyongAlbert Meyong
Substitution78
22
WilsonDanny Wilson
43
DaniDani
24
NgogDavid Ngog
46
PetersonJoseph Peterson
29
CarrollAndy Carroll
Substitution57
48
Aníbal CapelaAníbal Capela
38
FlanaganJon Flanagan

Coach

Domingos Paciência (POR) Kenny Dalglish (SCO)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Danny Huens (BEL)

Fourth official

Christof Dierick (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Christof Virant (BEL), Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

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