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Braga beat Konyaspor as both sides finish with 10 men


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Braga moved up to second in their UEFA Europa League group with a 3-1 home win against Turkish underdogs Konyaspor.

Egypt international Ahmed Hassan Koka played the full 90 minutes, as Velazquez, Eduardo and Horta scored for Braga in a game that saw both sides have a player sent off.

Braga XI: Matheus; Velazquez; Rosic; Baiano; Goiano; Mauro; Horta; Vukcevic; Koka; Eduardo; Fonte

Konyaspor XI: Kirintili; Bardakci; Turan; Uslu; Skubic; Jønsson; Findikli; Hadziahmetovic; Meha; Milosevic; Rangelov

The Turks did create some shooting opportunities, but the majority of the early chances fell to Braga, namely with early headers for Rui Fonte and a shot from distance from Velazquez.

Somewhat against the run of play, it was Konyaspor who broke the deadlock thanks to a precise finish from Rangelov into the top corner at the half-hour mark.

Uruguayan defender Velazquez, on loan from Atletico Madrid, would equalise for the Arsenalistas four minutes later, with a header akin to his compatriot Diego Godin, which found its way to the bottom of the net.

The Portuguese side would continue to dominate the possession and the chances, however they were stopped in their tracks as Mauro received a second yellow to make Braga have to play just under an hour with ten men.

However, just before half time, Wilson Eduardo proved that the man advantage didn’t matter as he put Braga a goal ahead from a free kick.

Ten minutes into the second half, Konyaspor themselves lost a player as Nejc Skubic received a second booking for a forceful challenge.

In what was an overall aggressive match, there was a large amount of added time at the end of the game. Braga would take advantage of this as they doubled their lead in the 97th minute, as Ricardo Horta scored from just outside the penalty area.

The win moves Braga up to second in Group H, one point clear of Gent who lost 5-3 to leaders Shakhtar Donetsk. Braga’s next group game is in Belgium, as they face fellow challengers Gent on Nov. 24.

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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