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  • Date:05 May 2011
  • Kick-off:20:05
  • Venue:Estadio AXA
  • Attendance:25,384
( agg 2 - 2 ) Braga win on away goals rule
  • Custodio (17)
Goal!

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93:48 +3.48

Francisco Javi Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Angelo Miguel Garcia. The referee shows Guilherme Artur Moraes a yellow card. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.

92:14 +2.14

Corner taken by Jacomo Felipe Menezes.

91:55 +1.55

Franco Jara sends in a cross, Junior Alan Kardec takes a shot. Alberto Rodriguez gets a block in.

91:04 +1.04

Sa Peraira Silvio fouled by Anderson Luisao, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Anderson Luisao. Miguel Hugo Viana crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save made by Jimenez Roberto.

89:22

The assistant referee signals for offside against Oscar Cardozo. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the indirect free kick.

88:45

Victorio Maxi Pereira fouled by Osorio Alan, the ref awards a free kick. Jacomo Felipe Menezes takes the free kick.

88:18

Foul by Jorge Helder Barbosa on Vieira Jardel, free kick awarded. Francisco Javi Garcia restarts play with the free kick.

87:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao on de Castro Custodio. Free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.

87:24

Alexandre Fabio Coentrao produces a cross. Junior Alan Kardec takes a shot. Junior Paulao makes a clearance.

86:07

Jacomo Felipe Menezes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Javier Saviola. Jorge Helder Barbosa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Albert Ze Meyong.

85:11

Short corner taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.

84:17

De Castro Custodio takes a shot. Save by Jimenez Roberto.

83:48

Corner taken by Miguel Hugo Viana from the left by-line played to the near post, Junior Alan Kardec makes a clearance.

83:18

Miguel Hugo Viana takes a shot. Save made by Jimenez Roberto.

82:06

Albert Ze Meyong is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Anderson Luisao restarts play with the free kick.

81:47

Victorio Maxi Pereira delivers the ball, clearance by Claudio Kaka.

79:29

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jorge Carlos Martins, Header from close range by Anderson Luisao misses to the right of the goal. Junior Alan Kardec on for Jorge Carlos Martins.

78:41

Nicolas Gaitan takes a shot. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes. Claudio Kaka is brought on as a substitute for Marcio Mossoro.

78:01

The ball is delivered by Angelo Miguel Garcia, Albert Ze Meyong takes a shot. Save by Jimenez Roberto.

76:58

Foul by Vieira Jardel on Albert Ze Meyong, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.

76:39

Foul by Marcio Mossoro on Nicolas Gaitan, free kick awarded. Nicolas Gaitan takes the direct free kick.

76:06

The offside flag is raised against Albert Ze Meyong. Jimenez Roberto restarts play with the free kick.

74:27

Foul by Javier Saviola on Angelo Miguel Garcia, free kick awarded. Booking for Alexandre Fabio Coentrao for time wasting. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

72:18

Rodrigo Lima leaves the field to be replaced by do Carmo Leandro Salino.

70:49

Effort on goal by Nicolas Gaitan from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

70:39

De Castro Custodio is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.

69:45

Javier Saviola is caught offside. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

67:38

Jorge Carlos Martins fouled by Miguel Hugo Viana, the ref awards a free kick. Oscar Cardozo has an effort direct from the free kick.

64:39

Oscar Cardozo crosses the ball, clearance by Junior Paulao.

63:18

Franco Jara produces a cross, Header by Javier Saviola from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

63:01

The ball is sent over by Nicolas Gaitan, Miguel Hugo Viana manages to make a clearance.

62:43

De Castro Custodio takes a shot. Vieira Jardel gets a block in.

59:55

The referee shows Junior Paulao a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

59:18

Effort from outside the penalty box by Franco Jara goes wide right of the target.

58:36

Victorio Maxi Pereira concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcio Mossoro. The referee shows Victorio Maxi Pereira a yellow card. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick.

57:15

Paulo Cesar Peixoto leaves the field to be replaced by Franco Jara.

55:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Osorio Alan by Victorio Maxi Pereira. Rodrigo Lima produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

55:15

Effort from outside the penalty box by Victorio Maxi Pereira goes wide right of the target.

54:26

Albert Ze Meyong concedes a free kick for a foul on Vieira Jardel. Free kick taken by Vieira Jardel.

54:08

The ball is swung over by Nicolas Gaitan, save made by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

53:35

Unfair challenge on Nicolas Gaitan by Marcio Mossoro results in a free kick. Victorio Maxi Pereira restarts play with the free kick.

52:38

Sa Peraira Silvio takes a shot. Blocked by Anderson Luisao.

50:15

The referee blows for offside against Javier Saviola. Alberto Rodriguez takes the direct free kick.

49:40

Paulo Cesar Peixoto challenges de Castro Custodio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paulo Cesar Peixoto receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Angelo Miguel Garcia.

49:27

The assistant referee flags for offside against Albert Ze Meyong. Victorio Maxi Pereira takes the free kick.

48:45

Marcio Mossoro challenges Victorio Maxi Pereira unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jimenez Roberto takes the direct free kick.

48:09

The official flags Javier Saviola offside. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the indirect free kick.

47:46

The ball is crossed by Paulo Cesar Peixoto, clearance by Osorio Alan.

46:52 +1.52

The ball is delivered by Victorio Maxi Pereira, Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a brilliant save.

46:52

Miguel Hugo Viana takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jimenez Roberto.

45:30

Alexandre Fabio Coentrao crosses the ball, clearance by Alberto Rodriguez.

44:10

A cross is delivered by Javier Saviola, Foul by Anderson Luisao on Guilherme Artur Moraes, free kick awarded. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the direct free kick.

43:49

Inswinging corner taken by Nicolas Gaitan.

43:24

Unfair challenge on Jorge Carlos Martins by Miguel Hugo Viana results in a free kick. Francisco Javi Garcia restarts play with the free kick.

42:00

The ball is delivered by Victorio Maxi Pereira, clearance by de Castro Custodio.

41:44

Close range effort by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao clears the crossbar.

41:05

The ball is sent over by Oscar Cardozo, Effort from deep inside the area by Javier Saviola bounces off the post.

38:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anderson Luisao on Junior Paulao. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.

37:09

Paulo Cesar Peixoto takes a shot. Blocked by Junior Paulao.

35:01

The offside flag is raised against Javier Saviola. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

34:28

Angelo Miguel Garcia challenges Paulo Cesar Peixoto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jimenez Roberto takes the direct free kick.

33:18

Francisco Javi Garcia fouled by Albert Ze Meyong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jorge Carlos Martins.

32:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victorio Maxi Pereira by Rodrigo Lima. Victorio Maxi Pereira takes the direct free kick.

31:27

Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

31:10

The ball is delivered by Paulo Cesar Peixoto.

30:57

Paulo Cesar Peixoto delivers the ball, Junior Paulao gets a block in.

30:39

Nicolas Gaitan produces a cross.

30:09

Osorio Alan challenges Alexandre Fabio Coentrao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jimenez Roberto.

29:09

Sa Peraira Silvio produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

28:12

Osorio Alan fouled by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.

27:30

Paulo Cesar Peixoto concedes a free kick for a foul on Osorio Alan. Miguel Hugo Viana delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Anderson Luisao.

26:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paulo Cesar Peixoto on de Castro Custodio. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.

26:17

The ball is crossed by Angelo Miguel Garcia, blocked by Francisco Javi Garcia.

25:56

Osorio Alan crosses the ball, blocked by Vieira Jardel.

22:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao by Marcio Mossoro. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao takes the direct free kick.

21:26

Alexandre Fabio Coentrao takes a shot. Junior Paulao gets a block in. Corner taken by Jorge Carlos Martins from the left by-line, clearance made by Junior Paulao. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jorge Carlos Martins from the left by-line, clearance made by de Castro Custodio.

21:00

The ball is swung over by Oscar Cardozo, blocked by Junior Paulao.

19:45

Angelo Miguel Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Jorge Carlos Martins takes the free kick.

17:56

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Miguel Hugo Viana, de Castro Custodio finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Braga 1 (2)-(2) 0 Benfica.Assist on the goal came from Miguel Hugo Viana.

17:35

A cross is delivered by Albert Ze Meyong, Anderson Luisao gets a block in.

15:40

The ball is sent over by Jorge Carlos Martins.

15:18

Corner taken by Jorge Carlos Martins from the left by-line to the near post.

14:59

Corner taken left-footed by Paulo Cesar Peixoto, de Castro Custodio manages to make a clearance.

13:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paulo Cesar Peixoto by Angelo Miguel Garcia. Shot on goal comes in from Jorge Carlos Martins from the free kick, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

11:47

The ball is swung over by Sa Peraira Silvio.

10:31

The ball is sent over by Angelo Miguel Garcia, Rodrigo Lima produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

8:55

Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. Blocked by Angelo Miguel Garcia. Inswinging corner taken by Jorge Carlos Martins, Anderson Luisao takes a shot. Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a comfortable save.

8:02

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana from the left by-line, Alexandre Fabio Coentrao makes a clearance.

7:38

Centre by Rodrigo Lima, clearance by Anderson Luisao.

6:42

Nicolas Gaitan crosses the ball, clearance by Alberto Rodriguez.

4:13

Anderson Luisao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Albert Ze Meyong. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the free kick.

3:13

The ball is sent over by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, save made by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

1:51

Sa Peraira Silvio challenges Nicolas Gaitan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sa Peraira Silvio goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Anderson Luisao.

Match Preview

Paciencia refuses to give up hope Braga boss Domingos Paciencia believes his side can continue to defy the odds by overturning a first-leg deficit against Benfica and reaching the Europa League final. A 2-1 victory at the Estadio da Luz gives Benfica the upper hand, but Braga have a potentially vital away goal. And Paciencia, who has masterminded wins over the likes of Liverpool and Dynamo Kiev in the tournament, is targeting a place in the final in Dublin ahead of Thursday's match. "It's very important for SC Braga and its history, but there are no favourites at this point," he told the pre-match press conference. "It is legitimate to think that our team can go and reach the final in Dublin." Paciencia expects a close game as the two sides play each other on a regular basis, and the former Portugal international also knows what his team must learn from the first leg if they are to progress. "It will be a balanced game because both teams are well known," he said. "The team have to be more cold, make fewer mistakes and show less nervousness." One statistic that Paciencia highlighted is Benfica's inability to keep a clean sheet, their last coming against Stuttgart in this competition back on February 24. "If you look at the Benfica goal it has been breached in 14 straight games so this factor also has to be played in, knowing that it is possible to score goals," he said. "I know my team, per game, manages to create three or four situations to score a goal - hopefully Thursday we will be effective." Benfica striker Nuno Gomes believes his side can get the result they require, but admits they face a tough challenge. "We are focused on what must be our task and we know it will be a difficult game and the environment in Braga is a bit hostile," he told the club's website. After missing out on their domestic league title, Gomes and the squad are hungry to reach the Europa League final. "We lost the championship and we are saddened by this, but we still have an important team competition where we have aspirations to reach the final," he said.

Formation:4231Manager: Domingos Paciencia

Braga

Formation: 4312Manager: Jorge Jesus

Benfica

  • Guilherme Artur Moraes
  • Angelo Miguel Garcia
  • Junior Paulao
  • Alberto Rodriguez
  • Sa Peraira Silvio
  • de Castro Custodio
  • Miguel Hugo Viana
  • Osorio Alan
  • Marcio Mossoro
  • Rodrigo Lima
  • Albert Ze Meyong
  • SUBS
  • Figueiredo Cristiano
  • Claudio Kaka
  • Jorge Helder Barbosa
  • Uwa Echiejile
  • do Carmo Leandro Salino
  • Joseph Peterson
  • Capela Anibal

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Match Report

Custodio puts Braga into final Braga secured their first ever appearance in a major European final with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over Portuguese rivals Benfica on Thursday Europa League semi-final second-leg clash at Estadio AXA. Castro Custodio's first-half header was sufficient to send Braga through on the away-goals rule as Vandinho's strike in the 2-1 first-leg defeat a week ago proved crucial. The win sends Domingos Paciencia's troops through to an all-Portuguese final in Dublin on May 18, where Porto lie in wait after they lost 3-2 to Villarreal in the other last-four encounter but won 7-4 on aggregate. Should Braga upset the form book against the reigning Portuguese champions in just under a fortnight, it would secure the club their first major silverware since lifting the Portuguese Cup in 1966. The opening was understandably cagey, with only Benfica defender Luisao's ninth-minute header from a corner forcing either goalkeeper into meaningful early action. But the hosts were ahead after 18 minutes with a chance out of nothing. Hugo Viana's corner dropped right on the edge of the six-yard-box and should have been dealt with by the visiting defence, but Custodio was allowed to rise unchallenged to thump home a great header. Fabio Coentrao was making good inroads down the left for Benfica and he started the move which nearly led to the leveller four minutes before the break. Coentrao broke forward and played the ball through for Oscar Cardozo, who squared the ball first time. Javier Saviola met the ball with a low left-footed effort but saw the ball come back off the upright. The rebound broke to Coentrao but he could do no more than blaze wastefully over. Benfica started the second half on the front foot with Saviola looking to burrow his way through the home defence after getting the ball in a good position in the area, but Braga's backline cleared. Just before the hour the visitors went agonisingly close when Franco Jara worked space 22 yards out and curled in a shot which just missed the angle of post and bar. On 69 minutes Cardozo attempted a repeat of his exquisite free-kick that gave Benfica the edge coming into the game, but on this occasion he could only fire harmlessly over. Coentrao got in behind the Braga defence two minutes later but Artur was alert to the danger and cleared just a fraction of a second ahead of the Benfica winger. And with 12 minutes remaining Artur kept his side ahead once again, this time making a good save going low to his right after Nicolas Gaitan connected sweetly with a half-volley on the edge of the area. And from the resulting corner another chance went begging for an increasingly frantic Benfica, as Luisao's flick-on was bundled wide on the goal-line by Saviola, who in any case could have been hauled up for either handball or offside had he put the ball in the net. Viana might have sealed the win for the hosts on 83 minutes but Roberto was equal to his effort from the edge of the box, as he was just 60 seconds later when he beat away Custodio's fierce drive. Benfica almost snatched it with two minutes left but Braga were indebted to the smart positioning of Junior, who hacked the ball off the line to deny Alan Kardec's goalbound header. Benfica threw everything they had at Braga in what time remained, but the hosts stood firm to register their eighth clean sheet in nine European games this season - which perhaps more than anything was the key to their remarkable run to the final.

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