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VIDEO: Kouka scores as Braga beat Istanbul Basaksehir

Ahmed Hassan Kouka scores as Braga beat Istanbul Basaksehir

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Egypt international Ahmed Hassan ‘Kouka’ scored as SC Braga earned a 2-1 victory over İstanbul Başakşehir in the second round of the Europa League Group Stage on Thursday.

Kouka got Braga off to a quick start at The Municipal Stadium of Braga as he scored the first goal in the 26th minute from João Carlos Teixeira assist. However, only two minutes later, the guests scored the equaliser through Emre Belozoglu.

Paulinho went close to scoring a second goal for the Portuguese side in the 39th minute, but was saved by Başakşehir goalkeeper Volkan Babacan. A minute before halftime Teixeira dribbled past two defenders but his shot went wide of goal.

At the hour-mark, Marcelo Goiano’s cross was met by Kouka but his shot was off target. Just minute from time, Fransérgio sent a great header past the Belözoğl keeper to give his side a 2-1 victory.

Following the victory, SC Braga remain on top of Group C, maintaining their perfect record with six points from two games, two points above second-placed Ludogorets Razgrad.

Braga will return to league play on October 1 as they take on Estoril Praia before the international break, which will see Kouka join Egypt squad as they take on Congo in Alexandria on October 8.

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