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Beşiktaş look to finish Braga off

Lifelong SC Braga fan and former coach Carlos Carvalhal will look to finish the job against his old side in Turkey as his Beşiktaş JK team defend a 2-0 round of 32 lead in Istanbul.

Tomáš Sivok celebrates Beşiktaş's success in Braga
Tomáš Sivok celebrates Beşiktaş's success in Braga ©Getty Images

Beşiktaş JK will look to book a UEFA Europa League round of 16 meeting with S.S. Lazio or Club Atlético de Madrid as they defend a 2-0 lead at home against coach Carlos Carvalhal's old club, SC Braga.

• Hélder Barbosa's dismissal 29 minutes into the first leg tilted the game in Beşiktaş's favour, and Tomáš Sivok (37) and Simão (58) pressed home their advantage.

Previous meetings
• The sides have been paired for the first time in UEFA competition.

• Beşiktaş's six matches against Portuguese teams have ended W2 D1 L3 (W0 D0 L2 at home). They were without a win in four games against Liga opposition before their first leg success against Braga.

• Braga beat Sivasspor 5-0 on aggregate (2-0 away and 3-0 at home) in the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup third round in their only previous meetings with Turkish opposition prior to the first leg.

Match background
• Beşiktaş have won all four of their European home matches this season, averaging three goals a game in Istanbul.

• Last term Beşiktaş made it through the round of 32 for the first time since the advent of the UEFA Cup group stage, only to lose 8-1 on aggregate to FC Dynamo Kyiv. They met again in this season's group stage, trading 1-0 home wins.

• Beaten UEFA Europa League finalists last season, Braga's four 2011/12 away games in Europe have produced a win and three draws.

• Braga have reached the round of 32 for the fifth time in the last six seasons; on only one of those previous occasions − in 2007/08 − have they failed to progress, falling foul of an SV Werder Bremen side featuring Beşiktaş's Hugo Almeida.

Team facts
• Beşiktaş boast a Portuguese coach − Carlos Carvalhal − and six Portuguese players: Manuel Fernandes, Simão, Ricardo Quaresma, Júlio Alves, Hugo Almeida and Bebé, who is on loan from Manchester United FC and had a short spell at Braga's local rivals Vitória SC in 2010. He and Braga midfielder Custódio were briefly team-mates at Guimaraes at the start of last season.

• Manuel Fernandes has produced five assists since the start of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League group stage − more than any other player in this season's edition.

• Brazilian defender Sidnei played in Portugal with SL Benfica, where he was a team-mate of Braga striker Nuno Gomes from 2008 to 2011.

• Carvalhal was born in Braga, has often proclaimed himself a supporter of the team and was in charge at the Estádio Municipal in 2006/07. He started his playing career as a defender at the club and represented them in three spells.

• Fran Mérida, who was loaned to Braga in the autumn, and Beşiktaş winger Simão were team-mates at Atlético last season.

• Leonardo Jardim is in charge at Braga having replaced Sporting Clube de Portugal-bound Domingos Paciência in the summer. The Venezuelan-born coach had spells at AD Camacha, GD Chaves and SC Beira-Mar before joining Braga.

Round of 16
• The winners of this tie will take on Lazio or Atlético in the round of 16 on 8 and 15 March, playing the second leg at home.

• Braga have met neither of their potential opponents in UEFA competition.

• Beşiktaş have never met Atlético but took on Lazio in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup quarter-finals (losing 1-0 in Rome, then 2-1 in Istanbul) and the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage (losing 2-0 in Istanbul then drawing 1-1 in Rome).

Competition statistics
• An updated version of the UEFA Europa League Statistics Handbook is available here:

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