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Osorio Alan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Anderson Luisao restarts play with the free kick.
Nicolas Gaitan takes the inswinging corner, Anderson Luisao produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
The ball is swung over by Franco Jara, clearance made by Junior Paulao.
Shot from deep inside the area by Vanderson Vandinho goes over the bar.
Angelo Miguel Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Gaitan. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anderson Luisao on Marcio Mossoro. Free kick taken by Marcio Mossoro.
Do Carmo Leandro Salino gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vieira Jardel. Santos Airton on for Javier Saviola. Free kick taken by Francisco Javi Garcia.
Rodrigo Lima leaves the field to be replaced by Claudio Kaka.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Pablo Aimar, Javier Saviola produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Rodrigo Lima takes a shot. Save made by Jimenez Roberto.
Foul by Victorio Maxi Pereira on Osorio Alan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sa Peraira Silvio.
Angelo Miguel Garcia delivers the ball.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Pablo Aimar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Saviola on Alberto Rodriguez. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alberto Rodriguez by Pablo Aimar. Direct free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
Alexandre Fabio Coentrao challenges Marcio Mossoro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.
Osorio Alan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Oscar Cardozo challenges Alberto Rodriguez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.
Franco Jara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jorge Carlos Martins. Nicolas Gaitan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paulo Cesar Peixoto.
Marcio Mossoro comes on in place of Miguel Hugo Viana.
Pablo Aimar takes a inswinging corner to the near post, de Castro Custodio manages to make a clearance.
Osorio Alan challenges Jorge Carlos Martins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Oscar Cardozo hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Benfica 2-1 Braga.
Osorio Alan challenges Victorio Maxi Pereira unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anderson Luisao.
Osorio Alan is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jimenez Roberto.
Sa Peraira Silvio concedes a free kick for a foul on Jorge Carlos Martins. Albert Ze Meyong leaves the field to be replaced by de Castro Custodio. Paulo Cesar Peixoto delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Miguel Hugo Viana gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Anderson Luisao.
Osorio Alan fouled by Pablo Aimar, the ref awards a free kick. Caution for Pablo Aimar. Cross/shot scored by Vanderson Vandinho. Benfica 1-1 Braga.Miguel Hugo Viana provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is sent over by Victorio Maxi Pereira, Headed effort from inside the area by Oscar Cardozo strikes the post. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes. Vieira Jardel grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Benfica 1-0 Braga.
A cross is delivered by Rodrigo Lima, save by Jimenez Roberto. Albert Ze Meyong is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jimenez Roberto takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, Sa Peraira Silvio gets a block in.
Foul by Paulo Cesar Peixoto on do Carmo Leandro Salino, free kick awarded. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodrigo Lima on Francisco Javi Garcia. Free kick taken by Anderson Luisao.
Foul by Oscar Cardozo on Guilherme Artur Moraes, free kick awarded. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.
Jorge Carlos Martins takes a shot. Alberto Rodriguez gets a block in.
Shot by Oscar Cardozo from inside the penalty box hits the post.
Foul by Angelo Miguel Garcia on Paulo Cesar Peixoto, free kick awarded. Angelo Miguel Garcia goes into the book. Francisco Javi Garcia takes the direct free kick.
Osorio Alan sends in a cross, Jimenez Roberto makes a save.
Pablo Aimar takes a shot. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
The referee blows for offside against Rodrigo Lima. Indirect free kick taken by Jimenez Roberto.
Foul by Vanderson Vandinho on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, free kick awarded. Vanderson Vandinho goes into the book. Pablo Aimar takes the direct free kick.
Anderson Luisao fouled by Rodrigo Lima, the ref awards a free kick. Victorio Maxi Pereira takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Miguel Hugo Viana by Francisco Javi Garcia results in a free kick. Sa Peraira Silvio restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Oscar Cardozo offside. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jorge Carlos Martins by Osorio Alan results in a free kick. Victorio Maxi Pereira takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on do Carmo Leandro Salino by Paulo Cesar Peixoto results in a free kick. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the direct free kick.
Indirect free kick taken by Francisco Javi Garcia. Unfair challenge on Victorio Maxi Pereira by Osorio Alan results in a free kick.
Effort on goal by Oscar Cardozo from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The referee blows for offside. Jimenez Roberto takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Junior Paulao by Oscar Cardozo. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Osorio Alan. Free kick taken by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
The ball is swung over by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.
Rodrigo Lima challenges Jorge Carlos Martins unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jorge Carlos Martins.
Corner from right by-line taken by Paulo Cesar Peixoto.
Javier Saviola takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
Unfair challenge on Angelo Miguel Garcia by Paulo Cesar Peixoto results in a free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Victorio Maxi Pereira on Sa Peraira Silvio, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by do Carmo Leandro Salino from left wing, clearance made by Anderson Luisao.
Shot from 18 yards from Javier Saviola. Comfortable save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
Corner taken left-footed by Paulo Cesar Peixoto to the near post, Alberto Rodriguez manages to make a clearance.
Albert Ze Meyong fouled by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana, Jorge Carlos Martins manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Oscar Cardozo. Alberto Rodriguez restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Vanderson Vandinho on Victorio Maxi Pereira, free kick awarded. Centre by Jorge Carlos Martins, Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a save. Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. The official flags Oscar Cardozo offside. Indirect free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
Vanderson Vandinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Saviola. Victorio Maxi Pereira takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jorge Carlos Martins, Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Aimar by Alberto Rodriguez. Booking for Alberto Rodriguez for unsporting behaviour. Francisco Javi Garcia has an effort direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jorge Carlos Martins by Vanderson Vandinho. Jorge Carlos Martins takes the direct free kick.
Shot from outside the area by Sa Peraira Silvio misses to the left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Paulo Cesar Peixoto, Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a save.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Pablo Aimar, Anderson Luisao takes a shot. Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a comfortable save.
Teams prepare for all-Portuguese affair
The final stages of this year's Europa League look like belonging to Portugal and they are guaranteed to have at least one team in the Dublin final as Benfica face Braga in the semi-finals.
While Porto must get past Villarreal to ensure an all-Portuguese affair, their great rivals Benfica are hoping to book their passage as part of an ongoing salvage mission for their season.
Left for dead in the league, 19 points behind Porto, they finally conceded the title on home turf and then suffered the further indignity of a second defeat to their hated rivals in the space of three weeks, exiting the Portuguese Cup.
Benfica clawed back some pride with a 2-1 victory over Pacos Ferreira in the Taca de Portugal final at the weekend, but there is still work to do.
Now they turn their attention to playing a side that sit 14 points - but only one place - behind them in the Liga standings.
"The important thing is to be mentally focused," said defender Maxi Pereira. "Our goal is to reach the final.
"We know it will be difficult because they want the same, but the Europa League is our next target and we want to win it.
"This win restores our confidence. We have won another cup and I believe in the future things will be better for Benfica."
However, they also know things will not be so straightforward on the pitch as they were on Saturday.
Benfica lost their last meeting with Braga - 2-1 away from home in the league - and the pressure of the `favourites' tag could work against them as they face a Braga side who have already knocked the likes of Liverpool and Dynamo Kiev out of this competition.
There is also a little bad blood between the two teams, demonstrated in that testy league meeting in March.
The winner was scored by Mossoro, who took special delight having suffered a broken leg against Benfica a year before - a match in which he claimed he had been targeted due to a previous tunnel brawl.
Braga will be playing with the freedom of an underdog which has bitten the opponent before, while Benfica will have to keep their focus as they pursue one final chance to beat Porto to a trophy this season.
For Braga, Rodriguez, Elderson and Kaka are back from injury and suspension to boost the squad, but Paulo Cesar is suspended while Quim and Vinicius remain in the treatment room.
Benfica remain without Toto Salvio, Nuno Gomes and Ruben Amorim.
Benfica claim narrow lead
Benfica will take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg of their all-Portuguese Europa League semi-final following a deserved victory over Braga at the Estadio da Luz.
The hosts dominated for long periods but victory was only secured by a thumping Oscar Cardozo free-kick after an hour.
Only nine minutes earlier Benfica had finally been rewarded for a dominant first half when Jardel poked them ahead, but in between Braga claimed a valuable away goal when Vandinho glanced in a Hugo Viana set piece.
It could prove an important goal from the veteran Brazilian although he will miss the second leg after picking up a first-half booking.
Benfica will, however, also be without their key playmaker Pablo Aimar after he was cautioned for the foul that led to Vandinho's goal.
The nerves of the first-ever all-Portuguese European semi-final were evident from the kick-off when Braga immediately sold themselves into danger before Paulao cleared with a hacked clearance over his own crossbar.
The visitors would spend the majority of the half living on their wits, although they came close to a second-minute opener when Lima's long-range effort flew just wide past a sprawling Roberto.
Benfica had the ball in the net soon after but Cardozo needed to be offside to be first to the ball after Artur saved from Javi Garcia's header.
The hosts then settled into an attacking routine with Aimar pulling the strings as he picked out Javier Saviola, who stung the palms of Artur, before Cardozo wasted a good chance by chipping over.
Aimar almost caught out Artur with a long-range effort before teeing up Cardozo who, after shrugging off Paulao, sent a low shot against the post.
Benfica were unlucky to only be level at the break but deservedly led on 50 minutes following an eye-catching move.
Maxi Pereira tricked his way past Alan and into the area and while Cardozo headed his floated cross against the post, the rebound fell perfectly for Jardel to poke home.
The lead lasted just three minutes as Braga claimed their valuable away goal.
Hugo Viana whipped in a free-kick and Vandinho, who held his position ahead of the retreating defence, expertly diverted his header past a wrong-footed Roberto.
It was the second impressive goal of the game but both were overshadowed by Cardozo's emphatic free-kick soon after.
Alan was again exposed in defence as he felled Carlos Martins just outside the area to allow Cardozo to size up the free-kick. He went for power and placement to devastating effect as the ball whistled over the wall and past a helpless Artur.
With the lead regained Benfica sat back to negate Braga's counter-attacking threat and, while the visitors briefly threatened through Alan and Lima, the hosts maintained a lead to take to their rivals next week.
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