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VIDEO: Koka stars as Braga progress to quarter-finals
Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ scored as Braga battered 8-man Fenerbahce 4-1 in the Europa League Round of 16 second leg, as his side qualified for the quarter-finals.
In a controversial match, which also saw Rafa, Stojiljkovic and Josue score for Braga, Potuk scored and was sent off for the Istanbul giants, along with two other players.
Following a 1-0 defeat away in Istanbul, Braga hosted Turkish champions Fenerbahce at the Estadio Municipal de Braga, knowing that any Fenerbahce goal would require Braga to win by two goals to progress, due to the away goals rule.
Braga got a dream start, as Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ opened the scoring in the 11th minute; his low, left-footed finish from just outside the box beat veteran keeper Volkan Demirel to level the tie.
Although the Portuguese side dominated possession, Fenerbahce had more chances in the first half, with good chances falling to Robin van Persie among others, as in demand left-back Caner Erkin swung in several dangerous crosses.
Fenerbahce pulled themselves level on the night through winger Alper Potuk in first half injury time, as the possibility of extra time was nullified.
The onus was on Braga to score; they created more chances in the second half, and the pressure started to pay as Mehmet Topal gave away a penalty for handball, which Josue dispatched to make it 2-1. The decision also saw Topal sent off for a second yellow card, leaving the visitors to play with ten men for the remaining 25 minutes.
Just five minutes later, Serbian midfielder Stojiljkovic put Braga ahead on aggregate with a powerful finish from a fairly tight angle, following a header across the penalty area.
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With less then ten minutes to go, Braga finished off the tie when Koka’s pass found young star winger Rafa, who finished calmly past Demirel. Moments later, Fenerbahce goalscorer Potuk received a straight red card for his foul on Baiano, putting the tie beyond any doubt.
In the closing stages of the match, Croatian referee Ivan Bebek found himself at the centre of attention yet again; Volkan Sen talked himself into two yellow cards before seeming to attack the referee with a push; it was a night to forget for Fenerbache.
The result puts Braga into the mix for the quarter-finals draw, which is set to take place on Friday, at 13:00 CLT.
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