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Braga draw with Zorya Luhansk

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Sporting Braga picked up a draw away in Ukraine against in a Europa League playoff match with Horta and Karavaev scoring the goals for either side.

Zorya Luhansk XI: Luis Philippe, Vernydub, Svatok, Tymchyk, Mykhaylichenko, Khomchenovskiy, Kharatin, Karavaev, Silas, Lednev, Rafael Ratao.

Sporting Braga XI: Matheus, Silva, Esgaio, Goiano, Sequeira, Vianna, Claudemir, Fransergio, Novais, Horta, Eduardo.

In an unfamiliar yellow kit, Braga lined up without some of their bigger names from previous seasons including Montenegrin midfielder Vukcevic who recently transferred to Spanish side Levante, as well as Egyptian international striker who appears to be subject to a move to Greek giants Olympiacos.

Following an uneventful first half, Braga eventually took the lead when a cross from the right wing was dealt with uneffectively and ricocheted to Ricardo Horta who wrongfooted the goalkeeper to make it 1-0. Zorya had qualified in part thanks to prodigious goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, and it was clear that they missed the 19 year old who recently joined Real Madrid.

However, Braga’s lead was short lived as Zorya equalised three minutes later in similar fashion as a much deeper cross was headed clear but only as far as Karavaev who provided a spectacular volley over Matheus who could not reach across enough to keep it out.

The match eventually finished 1-1, meaning that Braga carry an away goal into the second leg which will take place in exactly a week’s time. Should Braga win they will reach the 2018-19 Europa League group stage.

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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