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Draw leaves Maribor and Braga deflated

Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 21.09CET
NK Maribor 1-1 SC Braga
First-half strikes from Agim Ibraimi and Elderson meant the spoils were shared in Slovenia, with a late goal elsewhere complicating the Group H picture.
Draw leaves Maribor and Braga deflated
Agim Ibraimi (right) has a shot during Maribor's game against Braga ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MariborBraga

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
10
Corners3
 
6
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
16
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 21.09CET

Draw leaves Maribor and Braga deflated

NK Maribor 1-1 SC Braga
First-half strikes from Agim Ibraimi and Elderson meant the spoils were shared in Slovenia, with a late goal elsewhere complicating the Group H picture.

On a stormy night in north-east Slovenia, NK Maribor and SC Braga cancelled each other out to leave the home side in trouble at the foot of UEFA Europa League Group H.

Agim Ibraimi broke the deadlock to give Maribor the lead on 14 minutes, but they struggled to protect it and were pegged back by Elderson moments before the break. The result leaves the Slovenian champions three points adrift at the foot of the section, with Birmingham City FC's late winner against Club Brugge KV pushing Braga down into third.

In challenging conditions at the Stadion Ljudski vrt, the home seized the early initiative. Ibraimi made the most of the slippery playing surface and fired low to Quim's left, two Braga defenders having slipped in the box and failed to deal with a low Dejan Mezga cross.

The goal sparked the visitors into life, and striker Lima might have had a first-half hat-trick on another night only to miss a series of chances – including two one-on-ones with Jasmin Handanovič, firing narrowly over on 25 minutes and then straight at the goalkeeper shortly after the half-hour.

The home side could have extended their lead on 35 minutes, but Marcos failed to control a defence-splitting cross from Zoran Lesjak and shot high and wide. The mounting Braga pressure was taking its toll at the other end, meanwhile, and the Portuguese outfit equalised just before the break, Elderson on target after Maribor failed to deal with a Hugo Viana free-kick.

Play was bogged down in midfield after the break, but Braga looked the more likely side to win it. A Hugo Viana attempt was brilliantly saved by Handanovič on 61 minutes, and the same player headed against the bar with five minutes remaining.

Last updated: 22/10/11 0.07CET

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Lineups

maribor

Maribor

braga

Braga

33
J. HandanovićJasmin Handanović (GK)
1
QuimQuim (GK)
6
MilecMartin Milec
5
EwertonEwerton
8
MezgaDejan Mezga
Yellow Card77
8
MossoróMossoró
Substitution72
9
TavaresTavares (C)
Substitution74
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
Substitution67
10
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
Goal14
15
BaianoBaiano
17
VolašDalibor Volaš
Substitution85
18
LimaLima
22
PotokarNejc Potokar
20
EldersonElderson
Goal44
24
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
Yellow Card66
22
DjamalDjamal
Yellow Card84
31
LesjakZoran Lesjak
Yellow Card64
26
Paulo ViníciusPaulo Vinícius
44
ArghusArghus
30
AlanAlan (C)
Yellow Card57
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana

Substitutes

13
RadanMatej Radan (GK)
32
BerniTommaso Berni (GK)
4
VidovičJovan Vidovič
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution72
5
Ž. FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
17
MéridaFran Mérida
7
MejačAleš Mejač
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
11
VelikonjaEtien Velikonja
Substitution85
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
Substitution67
20
CvijanovičGoran Cvijanovič
44
DouglãoDouglão
32
BeričRobert Berič
Substitution74
83
CarlãoCarlão

Coach

Darko Milanič (SVN) Leonardo Jardim (POR)

Referee

Stephan Studer (SUI)

Assistant referees

Manuel Navarro (SUI), Matthias Arnet (SUI)

Fourth official

Stephan Klossner (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Alain Bieri (SUI), Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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