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Braga defeat Liberec to qualify for Round of 32

Koka Braga Liberec Round of 32

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Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ had a frustrating night, as his Braga team came from behind to defeat Czech side Slovan Liberec 2-1 and qualify for the Europa League Round of 32.

The first clear chance of the game fell to Koka, and though his half volley was struck well Koubek was able to pull off a stunning save.

After an eventful spell including a string of fine saves by Matheus, Liberec opened the scoring through Efremov after some good team play in the 35th minute.

Following the goal, the game came into life with Koka again finding himself in a fantastic position following a good cross; however, his header struck the bar.

Koka was heavily involved in the equaliser following Braga’s pressure, with some excellent link-up play finding the captain Alan in the box, who’s low strike was deflected in.

In the second half Koka continued to find himself in promising positions, but he couldn’t apply the finishing touches to score.

The Braga pressure paid off as Crislan struck home in stoppage time to win the game 2-1.

The win puts Braga through to the Round of 32 with a game to spare, while Slovan Liberec have to defeat Marseille to reach the knockout stages.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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