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Braga progress, Birmingham on the brink

Published: Wednesday 30 November 2011, 21.45CET
SC Braga 1-0 Birmingham City FC
Hugo Viana's goal secured the 2011 runners-up a last-32 berth, although things could have been different had Nikola Žigić scored a penalty.

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Match statistics

BragaBirmingham

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners7
 
9
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed14
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 30 November 2011, 21.45CET

Braga progress, Birmingham on the brink

SC Braga 1-0 Birmingham City FC
Hugo Viana's goal secured the 2011 runners-up a last-32 berth, although things could have been different had Nikola Žigić scored a penalty.

A hugely deflected effort from Hugo Viana confirmed SC Braga's place in the round of 32 and left Birmingham City FC hoping for a favour from their opponents on UEFA Europa League matchday six.

The outcome might have been different had Blues striker Nikola Žigić not had a first-half penalty saved by Quim. In the end, though, Viana's 51st-minute strike, which went in via Curtis Davies, means the English side must defeat eliminated NK Maribor when Group H concludes on 15 December and keep their fingers crossed that Braga overcome Club Brugge KV in Belgium.

The visitors should have taken the lead after 11 minutes, when Ewerton pulled down Wade Elliot, but Žigić's penalty was comfortably kept out by Quim. David Murphy also had a free-kick well saved in a positive start from Chris Hughton's men, before Chris Burke beat Ewerton and squared to Keith Fahey, who shot straight at Quim.

As the game progressed, last season's runners-up gradually found their rhythm, however. Alan found space on the right but was unable to find a team-mate with a dangerous cross, while Leandro Salino might have done better than place his cross too close to Boaz Myhill after beating two defenders.

Viana knocked the wind out of the visitors' sails, though, with a strike which Davies was desperately trying to block. The Arsenalistas will progress as section winners by beating Club Brugge next month.

Last updated: 27/11/12 12.44CET

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Lineups

braga

Braga

birmingham

Birmingham

1
QuimQuim (GK)
1
MyhillBoaz Myhill (GK)
5
EwertonEwerton
Yellow Card10
3
MurphyDavid Murphy
8
MossoróMossoró
Substitution84
4
CaldwellSteven Caldwell (C)
Yellow Card39
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
Substitution69
7
BurkeChris Burke
Yellow Card90+3
18
LimaLima
8
N'dawGuirane N'daw
20
EldersonElderson
Substitution68
11
BeausejourJean Beausejour
Substitution64
22
DjamalDjamal
15
ElliottWade Elliott
Substitution64
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
18
FaheyKeith Fahey
26
Paulo ViníciusPaulo Vinícius
19
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Penalty11
Substitution76
30
AlanAlan (C)
Yellow Card86
23
SpectorJonathan Spector
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
24
DaviesCurtis Davies
Goal51

Substitutes

32
BerniTommaso Berni (GK)
13
DoyleColin Doyle (GK)
2
Rodrigo GaloRodrigo Galo
5
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution69
9
KingMarlon King
Substitution64
17
MéridaFran Mérida
Substitution84
14
GomisMorgaro Gomis
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
17
RooneyAdam Rooney
44
DouglãoDouglão
Substitution68
22
RedmondNathan Redmond
Substitution64
48
NuninhoNuninho
39
WoodChris Wood
Substitution76

Coach

Leonardo Jardim (POR) Chris Hughton (IRL)

Referee

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Magnus Sjöblom (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Michael Lerjeus (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE), Johan Hamlin (SWE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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