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Braga grab last-gasp winner against AIK to reach Europa League play-offs

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Ahmed Hassan ‘Kouka’ started for SC Braga as they beat Swedish side AIK 2-1 to qualify for the play-off stage of the UEFA Europa League qualification.

The Egypt international played the entire 120 minutes in the second leg of the third round of qualifiers after the first leg saw Braga score a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw at AIK’s Stadium.

Kouka was active throughout the game held the Municipal Stadium of Braga, and was on the end of the first attacking chance of the match, missing a shot in the second minute.

It was AIK forward Chinedu Obasi who opened the scoring in the 14th minute as the guests enjoyed a 1-0 advantage at half-time. The Portuguese team kept pushing for an equaliser and eventually levelled the scoreline in the 74th minute with a goal from attacker Rui Fonte.

As the score was level 2-2 on aggregate, the match went into extra time.

AIK had few chances in extra time and Braga took advantage of the opportunity they were given to score the winner in the 120th minute. Kouka saved the ball from going out of bounds before Nikola Vukčević’s strike was diverted by Raul Silva into the net.

The late goal helped Braga qualify for the play-off round of the prestigious European club competition with a 3-2 aggregate win.

The draw for the play-off round will take place on August 4 at Nyon, Switzerland, while the first and second legs will be held on August 17 and 24, respectively.

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