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Koka’s Braga exit Europa League with ignominious defeat
Ahmed Hassan Koka’s SC Braga ended their Europa League campaign with a whimper, after falling to a 4-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Having lost the first leg 1-2 in Portugal, Braga needed a win in Ukraine to progress, but the final result was the exact opposite of that.
Darjio Srna opened the scoring with a 25th minute penalty, after Viktor Kovalenko was adjudged to have been fouled inside the area.
18 minutes later, Ricardo Ferreira diverted the ball past his own goalkeeper to make matter worse for the Primeira side just before the half-time break.
Kovalenko then added the hosts’ third five minutes into the second half, as Shakhtar all but secured a semi-final spot in the competition.
Ferreira further increased his side’s woes in the 74th minute, scoring in his own net for the second time in the match to cap off a truly dreadful performance.
With a Champions League qualifying spot all but beyond Braga, the team must now focus on securing Europa League qualification. Paulo Fonseca’s men are fourth in the Liga Primeira standings, six points ahead of sixth-placed Arouca with five matches left.
Braga’s next match is a league fixture at home to Tondela, on Monday night.