Tuesday February 14, 2012 Last 32 Finished Estádio Municipal de Braga

Sporting Braga 0 - 2 Besiktas

  • Sivok 37’
  • Simão 58’

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    Besiktas punish 10-man Braga

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sporting Braga
    • Besiktas
    • 90+5' FULL TIME. Braga pay for the first-half dismissal of Barbosa as goals from Sivok and Simao hand Besiktas a huge advantage going into the second leg.
    • 90+4' Alan has a cross blocked and that could be the last chance for Braga tonight.
    • 90+3' Here is the substitute Pektemek and he shifts the ball to Almeida, who sees his effort blocked.
    • 90+1' One last change for Besiktas as Simao comes off, to a cascade of whistles, to be replaced by Mustafa Pektemek.
    • 90' Besiktas hit on the break through and only a timely intervention prevents the Turks from extending their lead and ending the tie for good.
    • 89' Still Braga look for that elusive goal but the Besiktas backline stands firm.
    • 88' On comes Ekrem Dag for Besiktas and he replaces Tanju.
    • 86' Besiktas look to kill the tie off completely as Kavlak finds space 20 yards from goal and forces Quim into a diving stop. The Turkish fans are buoyant, as you might expect.
    • 84' Besiktas have been in almost total control since the dismissal of Barbosa and his dive after 30 minutes has cost his team dearly tonight.
    • 82' Almeida is waiting for the cross from Simao but it is put behind for a corner.
    • 80' The chances of Braga progressing at this stage seem distinctly remote. No run to the final for them this year.
    • 78' Fernandes tests Quim with a decent shot from range but the keeper holds onto it.
    • 76' The pace has dropped out of the game a touch and Besiktas look comfortable.
    • 74' The substitute almost makes an immediate impact as his low effort is saved by Gonen as he dives to his left.
    • 73' Braga make their final change with Lopes replaced by Paulo Cesar.
    • 71' Amorim, just on as a sub, tries to bend in a shot from the edge of the box but his effort flies harmlessly wide and he pounds the turf in disgust.
    • 69' Almeida goes into the book for a poor challenge.
    • 68' A change for Braga as Custodio is replaced by Ruben Amorim.
    • 66' Quaresma comes off as he is replaced by another Portugal international in Hugo Almeida.
    • 65' Quaresma puts the ball out of play so Custodio can receive treatment. It was the Besiktas winger who connected with the ankle of his opponent.
    • 64' Lovely stuff from Fernandes as he pulls out a backheel in an attempt to find Quaresma in the box. However, his team-mate strayed offside.
    • 62' Does anyone think Braga will overturn a two-goal deficit in Turkey? It seems very unlikely so they really need to try and push forward for a goal here.
    • 60' Braga may have reached the final last season but they appear to be heading for a swift exit this time, unless they can produce something special.
    • 59' GOAL! Braga 0-2 Besiktas! It's a Portuguese one-two as Besiktas break quickly from the corner through Fernandes, who slips a pass through to Simao. The midfielder pokes the ball past Quim and into the far corner.
    • 58' Viana with the set-piece and Carlao puts the keeper under pressure but Gonen gets hold of it.
    • 57' Simao goes into the book for clattering into Lima. That was a silly, silly challenge.
    • 56' Now, at the other end ,Ewerton cleans out Quaresma with a forceful challenge and concedes a free kick. Fernandes picks out Egeman at the near post with his delivery but the defender turns the ball over the bar.
    • 55' Ewerton flings a cross into the box from deep on the left but Gonen rushes off his line to catch the delivery.
    • 54' A corner from Fernandes is headed clear before Quaresma lifts a lovely ball over the top of the defence. Ibrahim controls with his chest and fires a volley over the bar but is adjudged offside.
    • 52' Just a reminder that the winners of this two-legged tie will face Lazio or Atletico Madrid in the last 16.
    • 51' A good start to the second half for Braga, who you feel may need to score tonight given they have a tricky trip to Turkey in the second leg.
    • 49' Ibrahim goes into the book for kicking the ball away, which given he was out wide and just cut it back, and apologised quickly, seems rather harsh.
    • 48' Viana delivers a teasing corner but Custodio can't head home. He appeals for a penalty and replays show Ibrahim had a hold of his shirt. Why didn't the extra officials spot it?
    • 47' Alan attempts to play the substitute in but Egeman holds of Carlao to clear. Now the Brazilian wins a corner though.
    • 46' A change for Braga as Carlao replaces Mossoro in attack.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. One man down following that early red card to Barbosa, Braga also find themselves a goal down to a header from Sivok.
    • 45' We will have one added minute in Portugal.
    • 44' Lima gets away from Ernst in the centre of the pitch but sees his shot blocked by Egeman.
    • 43' Viana halts Fernandes in full flight with a sliding challenge from behind and is arguably fortunate to avoid a yellow card. Fernandes takes the free kick, which is headed clear.
    • 41' Alan takes the following set-piece and he floats the ball to the back post, where Gonen is waiting to pluck it out of the air.
    • 40' A corner is headed back out to Alan on the left and Kavlak brings the forward down with a clumsy bodycheck.
    • 39' Fernandes tries to pick out Simao with a nice pass but it is cut out by the Braga backline.
    • 38' Alan goes down in a lot of pain after being dumped to the ground by Simao. However he appears fine to continue.
    • 37' GOAL! Braga 0-1 Besiktas! Defender Tomas Sivok exploits from dreadful marking to get to Fernandes's delivery and beat Quim with a firm header, even if the goalkeeper got his fingers to it.
    • 36' Ibrahim Toraman breaks down the right for Besiktas and wins a corner. Now Besiktas have another as Alan turns the ball behind from Fernandes's delivery.
    • 35' Salino embarks on a clever run from the right that takes him into the centre 30 yards from goal but Besiktas shirts converge on him as he runs out of options.
    • 33' Quim anticipates a Besiktas through-ball so hurtles off his line to boot the ball into the stands.
    • 32' Either way, Braga are down to 10 men and now face a stern challenge in front of their home fans. They are very good on the counter-attack though.
    • 30' He anticipated the contact from Korkmaz, which never actually came, and technically did dive. It might be a tad harsh to send him off though as he was brushed slightly.
    • 29' Viana plays in Barbosa, who throws himself to ground on the edge of the box to earn a second booking! Oh dear.
    • 28' Anyway, Viana takes the free kick and goes close with a curling, dipping effort that left Gonen stationary on his line. If that had gone under the bar it wouldn't have been saved.
    • 27' Meanwhile, Miguel Lopes requires treatment after going down injured on the far side. He looks in some pain.
    • 26' Egeman Korkmaz is hugely unfortunate to be booked when Alan runs into him 25 yards from goal. There was hardly any contact.
    • 24' Barbosa miscontrols the ball and in an attempt to win it back clumsily slides in on Veli Kavlak. That's a booking all day long.
    • 22' It has been a rather slow game so far in truth, with neither side really testing the opposition keeper.
    • 20' Alan whips in a neat cross from the right but can't find Lima with the delivery as Gonen claps the ball.
    • 19' It sounds as though the travelling Besiktas fans are making plenty of noise here in Portugal.
    • 18' Quaresma does look a persistent threat though. Now he cuts in again from the left, slaloms past a couple of markers and fires wide from inside the box.
    • 17' Quaresma is told to get to his feet after throwing himself to ground on the edge of the box under minimal contact from Salino. The referee wasn't going to be fooled there.
    • 16' Quaresma goes close! The winger cuts in from the left and hammers a dipping effort at goal from 25 yards that flies narrowly over the bar. What a shot.
    • 15' Lovely stuff from Mossoro and Viana as they combine in the final third, but the pass for Lima doesn;t find its target.
    • 14' Alan sends a first-time cross into Lima but puts it far too close to Gonen. Disappointing from the Braga forward.
    • 13' Oh dear, that is a shocking effort from Douglao. The ball rolls out to him some 25 yards from goal and he sends it high into the stands. Well, not the stands, because that end of the Braga ground is of course carved out of a rockface.
    • 12' Lopes and Barbosa link up well on the left for Braga but fail to find Lima with a low cross.
    • 10' Another free kick on the right for Braga and Viana stands over the ball. Instead of looking to find a team-mate he attempts to go for goal and sends his effort floating well off target.
    • 8' Manuel Fernandes, formerly of Everton and Portsmouth, links up well with German midfielder Fabian Ernst in midfield but they can't find a way through the Braga line.
    • 7' Besiktas keeper Cenk Gonen has to run off his line to collect a loose header from Tanju which almost gives Alan the chance to sneak in.
    • 5' The ball deflects into Mossoro 's face off a Besiktas player and the Braga midfielder is down requiring treatment. He looks in some pain as he clasps his face but will be fine.
    • 4' Ricardo Quaresma gets his first touch of the ball as he pings a pass down the line for Tanju Kayman. The cross comes in but Quim catches with ease.
    • 3' Viana's corner causes havoc in the Besiktas box as they fail to clear properly, and then leave Alan unmarked to head back across goal. Viana has arrived in the box but is penalised for offside.
    • 1' Simao brings down Braga's Alan to concede an early free kick. Hugo Viana delivers the set-piece from wide and when it is cleared to Helder Barbosa his low effort is deflected just wide.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 17.25 Want to get in touch during the game? Say hello on Twitter and I will try and use some of your comments here. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 17.20 The Europa League will be unexpectedly high profile this season due to the fact that Manchester United and Manchester City have both dropped into it from the Champions League. United face Ajax on Thursday but the Dutch club are in some disarray at present as Pitchside Europe explains here.
    • 17.15 The winners of the two-legged tie will face Lazio or Atletico Madrid in the last 16 so there is a semi-glamour tie awaiting the victors. Braga are firm favourites tonight given Besiktas have only taken one point in their past four league appearances, but the return fixture in Turkey on February 23.
    • 17.10 This is the fifth time in six years that Braga have reached this stage of the competition and only once have they failed to advance to the last 16. It is a hugely impressive statistic. The men to watch in their line-up are forwards Lima and Alan, as well as former Newcastle midfielder Hugo Viana, who plays a key role in dictating the tempo of the game from midfield.
    • 17.05 The club have been caught up in the match-fixing scandal in Turkish football in recent months - with a former coach and executives arrested - but under Carvalhal they topped Group E to reach this stage. Braga also qualified well and in fact have lost only one game in Europe this season. They are currently third in the Portuguese table, with Besiktas also third in Turkey.
    • 17.00 Besiktas have a very distinct Portuguese flavour about them with coach Carlos Carvalhal taking on his hometown club today, and the club he also represented as a player and coached briefly. He owns a house near the stadium and boasts Portuguese players Ricardo Quaresma, Manuel Fernandes, Simao, Julio Alves and Hugo Almeida in his squad today.
    • 16.55 TEAMS: Braga: Quim, Ewerton, Lopes, Douglao, Mossoro, Salino, Custodio, Viana, Barbosa, Lima, Alan. Subs: Berni, Coelho, Djamal, Amorim, Cesar, Gomes, Carlao. /// Besiktas: Gonen, Toraman, Sivok, Korkmaz, Kayhan, Fernandes, Quaresma, Kavlak, Uysal, Simao, Ernst. Subs: Kaya, Sidnei, Dag, Alves, Almeida, Pekternek, Edu.
    • 16.50 Yes, bizarrely the Europa League is actually resuming just prior to the Champions League, which gets underway later on Wednesday, and we have already had one match today with Roy Carroll becoming an unlikely hero for Olympiacos. Rubin Kazan 0-1 Olympiacos
    • 16.45 Helllo and welcome to our live coverage of the Europa League last 32 first leg tie between last season's beaten finalists Braga and Turkish club Besiktas.
  • Summary

    • 86' Besiktas look to kill the tie off completely as Kavlak finds space 20 yards from goal and forces Quim into a diving stop. The Turkish fans are buoyant, as you might expect.
    • 74' The substitute almost makes an immediate impact as his low effort is saved by Gonen as he dives to his left.
    • 59' GOAL! Braga 0-2 Besiktas! It's a Portuguese one-two as Besiktas break quickly from the corner through Fernandes, who slips a pass through to Simao. The midfielder pokes the ball past Quim and into the far corner.
    • 48' Viana delivers a teasing corner but Custodio can't head home. He appeals for a penalty and replays show Ibrahim had a hold of his shirt. Why didn't the extra officials spot it?
    • 37' GOAL! Braga 0-1 Besiktas! Defender Tomas Sivok exploits from dreadful marking to get to Fernandes's delivery and beat Quim with a firm header, even if the goalkeeper got his fingers to it.
    • 29' Viana plays in Barbosa, who throws himself to ground on the edge of the box to earn a second booking! Oh dear.
    • 28' Anyway, Viana takes the free kick and goes close with a curling, dipping effort that left Gonen stationary on his line. If that had gone under the bar it wouldn't have been saved.
    • 18' Quaresma does look a persistent threat though. Now he cuts in again from the left, slaloms past a couple of markers and fires wide from inside the box.
    • 16' Quaresma goes close! The winger cuts in from the left and hammers a dipping effort at goal from 25 yards that flies narrowly over the bar. What a shot.
    • 10' Another free kick on the right for Braga and Viana stands over the ball. Instead of looking to find a team-mate he attempts to go for goal and sends his effort floating well off target.
    • 16.55 TEAMS: Braga: Quim, Ewerton, Lopes, Douglao, Mossoro, Salino, Custodio, Viana, Barbosa, Lima, Alan. Subs: Berni, Coelho, Djamal, Amorim, Cesar, Gomes, Carlao. /// Besiktas: Gonen, Toraman, Sivok, Korkmaz, Kayhan, Fernandes, Quaresma, Kavlak, Uysal, Simao, Ernst. Subs: Kaya, Sidnei, Dag, Alves, Almeida, Pekternek, Edu.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Sporting Braga

    Manager: Leonardo Jardim

  • Besiktas

    Manager: Carlos Carvalhal

  • Line-up

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      Substitution Out74′ 5.2 -
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      Substitution Out45′ 4.8 -
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