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  • Date:07 Nov 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:
Goal!

Live Commentary

90:00

Second Half ends, Sporting Braga 1, Manchester United 3.

90:00

Goal! Sporting Braga 1, Manchester United 3. Javier Hern'andez (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the top right corner.

90:00

Attempt blocked. Javier Hern'andez (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

90:00

Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00

Foul by Z'e Lu'is (Sporting Braga).

90:00

Substitution, Sporting Braga. Z'e Lu'is replaces Elderson.

90:00

Offside, Manchester United. Patrice Evra tries a through ball, but Javier Hern'andez is caught offside.

88:00

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

88:00

Elderson (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:00

Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:00

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

86:00

H'elder Barbosa (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:00

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

86:00

Substitution, Sporting Braga. Mossor'o replaces Hugo Viana.

85:00

Substitution, Sporting Braga. H'elder Barbosa replaces Rub'en Amorim.

84:00

Goal! Sporting Braga 1, Manchester United 2. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

83:00

Penalty conceded by Nuno Coelho (Sporting Braga) after a foul in the penalty area.

83:00

Penalty Manchester United. Wayne Rooney draws a foul in the penalty area.

83:00

Attempt saved. Javier Hern'andez (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Giggs.

82:00

Foul by Dougl~ao (Sporting Braga).

82:00

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:00

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

81:00

Alan (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:00

Offside, Manchester United. Wayne Rooney tries a through ball, but Javier Hern'andez is caught offside.

80:00

Goal! Sporting Braga 1, Manchester United 1. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Giggs following a fast break.

79:00

Foul by Rub'en Amorim (Sporting Braga).

79:00

Anderson (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:00

Attempt blocked. Rafael (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:00

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Nuno Coelho.

76:00

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

75:00

Foul by Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga).

75:00

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:00

Substitution, Manchester United. Rafael replaces Nani because of an injury.

73:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:00

Delay in match Nani (Manchester United) because of an injury.

71:00

Foul by Elderson (Sporting Braga).

71:00

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:00

Cust'odio (Sporting Braga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:00

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:00

Foul by Cust'odio (Sporting Braga).

69:00

Offside, Sporting Braga. Hugo Viana tries a through ball, but Elderson is caught offside.

68:00

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:00

Foul by Leandro Salino (Sporting Braga).

66:00

Eder (Sporting Braga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:00

Foul by Eder (Sporting Braga).

65:00

Anderson (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:00

Corner, Sporting Braga. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.

64:00

Substitution, Manchester United. Robin van Persie replaces Danny Welbeck.

63:00

Attempt saved. Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:00

Attempt saved. Nuno Coelho (Sporting Braga) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

62:00

Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:00

Foul by Anderson (Manchester United).

57:00

Substitution, Manchester United. Rio Ferdinand replaces Jonny Evans.

57:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:00

Delay in match (Manchester United).

56:00

Hand ball by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

52:00

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Dougl~ao.

52:00

Attempt blocked. Nani (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Giggs.

49:00

Goal! Sporting Braga 1, Manchester United 0. Alan (Sporting Braga) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

48:00

Penalty conceded by Jonny Evans (Manchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.

48:00

Penalty Sporting Braga. Cust'odio draws a foul in the penalty area.

47:00

Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:00

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

45:00

Second Half begins Sporting Braga 0, Manchester United 0.

45:00

First Half ends, Sporting Braga 0, Manchester United 0.

45:00

Foul by Hugo Viana (Sporting Braga).

45:00

Anderson (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Attempt blocked. Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rub'en Amorim.

38:00

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:00

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

38:00

Eder (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:00

Foul by Leandro Salino (Sporting Braga).

35:00

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:00

Attempt saved. Alan (Sporting Braga) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

30:00

Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Antonio Valencia with a cross following a corner.

30:00

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Rub'en Amorim.

28:00

Nani (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:00

Foul by Hugo Viana (Sporting Braga).

26:00

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Nuno Coelho.

25:00

Attempt missed. Hugo Viana (Sporting Braga) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alan.

22:00

Corner, Sporting Braga. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

22:00

Attempt blocked. Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

22:00

Eder (Sporting Braga) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Hugo Viana with a cross.

22:00

Foul by Javier Hern'andez (Manchester United).

22:00

Dougl~ao (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:00

Attempt missed. Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alan with a cross.

19:00

Offside, Sporting Braga. Leandro Salino tries a through ball, but Alan is caught offside.

17:00

Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:00

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

16:00

Attempt missed. Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alan.

15:00

Foul by Eder (Sporting Braga).

15:00

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:00

Offside, Sporting Braga. Dougl~ao tries a through ball, but Alan is caught offside.

12:00

Attempt missed. Leandro Salino (Sporting Braga) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Eder.

8:00

Attempt blocked. Ruben Micael (Sporting Braga) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:00

Attempt missed. Eder (Sporting Braga) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Dougl~ao with a through ball.

5:00

Offside, Manchester United. Wayne Rooney tries a through ball, but Nani is caught offside.

Match Preview

United will look to continue their 100% record in the Champions League when they travel to Portugal to face group rivals Braga.


The Manchester club are unbeaten so far in this season's group stage of the Champions League after Sir Alex Ferguson vowed a repeat of last season's embarrassing 3rd place finish in the group would not happen and so far he's stick to his word. With United getting wins at home and on the road in Europe, beating Galatasaray and Braga at home and CFR Cluj away . Although some will argue United have not hit top form in the competition as of yet. They'll be hoping to do that against Braga to make it four wins on the bounce as they look to progress into the knock-out stages. Braga however will be looking to build on their win over Galatasaray and push for a spot in the next round.

 

Many would agree that Manchester United haven't yet hit top form, in any competition although they have been winning games. Which is often said to be the mark of champions, grinding out results even when the team isn't performing at it's best. They have certainly looked better in Europe this season, winning their first three matches in the group stages home and away and with Rooney and Van Persie now linking up well and Hernandez getting back to top form Braga should be wary of the potency of this new up-front combination. The only concern United will have when they face the Portuguese team is the rate at which they have been letting in goals. Conceding 23 goals in all competitions already this season.

 

Last Five Results:

 

Manchester United  2 – 1  Arsenal

 

Chelsea  5 – 4  Manchester United

 

Chelsea  2 – 3  Manchester United

 

Manchester United  3– 2  Braga

 

Manchester United  4 – 2  Stoke

 

Braga come into the match on good form domestically and in Europe, have won 4 of their last five matches and drawing only one, scoring 15 goals in the process. Although they did lose to Cluj despite the fact they wer e the more dangerous team on the night.

 

Last Five Results:

 

Braga  3 – 1  Gil Vicente

 

Maritimo  0 – 2  Braga

 

Manchester United  3 – 2  Braga

 

Braga  3 – 0  Leixoes

 

Braga  4 – 4  Olhanense

 

The title of star man is normally pretty straight forward for United, Wayne Rooney has been the main threat at the Manchester club since the departure of Ronaldo. But since the arrival of RVP it has been a closer contest, the way Van Persie has got United out of a few sticky situations already this season is impressive, scoring a hat-trick to deny Southampton a famous win, also scoring a brace to see of Cluj single handedly. But despite RVP's imperious form I still have to go with Wayne Rooney, he can score the goals, provide the passes for the goals and a whole lot more. He really is United's talisman and if they were to be without him for a long period of time I think they would struggle to maintain their winning form even with the likes of Robin Van Persie in the team.

 

Braga's star man has to be Eder. He is there main goal threat and has already scored four goals for the club in the Portuguese league this season. Although I have to point out another dangerous player in their ranks, Alan who is their main architect playing on the right wing. He has an awesome final ball and notched seven assists for his team last season.

 

United will be looking to continue their winning form which has seen them beat Chelsea and Arsenal in the space of a week in the Premier League and pushed them to the top of the table after slip-ups from rivals Manchester City and Chelsea

 

Braga have previously only ever faced United once before, and that was this season where they lost 3-2 at Old Trafford. They have played against English teams on a previous 15 occasions. Winning just five, drawing two and losing eight of those encounters. Statistics that bode well for Manchester United.

 

Prediction

 

I'm predicting a win for United, all the facts and statistics go against Braga, although I'm sure many of you will be thinking anything is possible in football, which is of course entirely true. United won't find it easy against this gritty and determined Portuguese side who will be looking to upset the odds.

 

Manchester United  2 – 0  Braga

 

The usual candidates Rooney and Van Persie to get on the score sheet.

 

Match Report

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