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Braga   1 - 0   Liverpool

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is beaten by Braga midfielder Alan's penalty
Reina could do little to stop Alan's precise penalty for Braga's opener

By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool face a test to keep their Europa League campaign alive after they were beaten by Braga in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

The Reds went behind when Sotirios Kyrgiakos clumsily fouled Mossoro and Alan stepped up to power in a penalty.

Braga's Silvio struck the crossbar with a 30-yard piledriver as the visitors struggled to provide any danger.

Andy Carroll had a shot deflected wide and Dirk Kuyt had a strike tipped over in Liverpool's best chances.

Carroll had come on as a late substitute in Sunday's win over Manchester United as he made his Liverpool debut with a cameo appearance having been out with a thigh injury since his £35m move from Newcastle in January.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish resisted the temptation of starting him against Braga but when the 6'3" striker did arrive on the scene after 58 minutes, despite lacking match fitness, he immediately helped shift the impetus in Liverpool's favour.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll (right) goes to ground after being caught by the elbow of Braga defender Kaka
Carroll goes down after being caught by Kaka's elbow

The home side's defender Kaka escaped a red card for what appeared a deliberate elbow on Carroll as the two went up for a header in injury-time before the Portuguese side again proved they had the beating of British opposition at the Estadio Municipal.

Braga are sixth in their domestic top flight and 31 points behind leaders Porto but have shown the capacity to raise their game when the mood takes them.

On home territory, they beat Celtic 3-0 in a Champions League qualifier and defeated Arsenal in the group stages of the competition before dropping into the Europa League.

Their latest conquest at their stadium in northern Portugal ended the national record 18-match winning streak of Benfica with a 2-1 victory on Sunday.

The emphasis was on Braga to make the most of their home advantage as Liverpool started with a cagey and and conservative approach.

The visitors' strategy worked for only 17 minutes until Reds centre-back Kyrgiakos found Mossoro's pace and skill too much to deal with and brought down the Braga midfielder to concede a spot-kick.

Alan, one of seven Brazilians in the Braga side, expertly powered in from 12 yards, despite Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina diving the right way.

The Reds were struggling to find any rhythm or resonance to their passing and were only saved from going further behind when the woodwork came to their rescue.

An unmarked Mossoro should have done better than to slice a shot when a free-kick was squared to him 12 yards out but the ball was cleared to Braga left-back Silvio, whose spectacular 30-yard strike crashed back off the crossbar.

Liverpool's frustration only grew as lone striker Kuyt found the offside trap of the home side difficult to beat as he failed to hold up the ball and bring his team-mates into the game.

A lot was made of Arsenal failing to get a shot on target in their demise against Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Tuesday and Liverpool were not faring much better at the less illustrious Braga as they had a tame header to show for their first-half efforts.

Kuyt needed support and it came just before the hour mark in the form of Carroll and he did not take long to make an impact.

The towering striker quickly nodded a header across goal which was just out of the reach of Kuyt before having a left-foot shot deflected wide as Carroll's arrival changed the complexion of the game.

With support, Kuyt was a different proposition and he chested down a Raul Meireles cross before a half-volley was tipped over by Braga keeper Artur.

That proved to be as close as Liverpool were to get to a prized away goal and, although Braga might have been reduced to 10 men after Kaka appeared to elbow Carroll, the Reds suffered a first defeat in 14 European games.

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Braga 1-0 Liverpool FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Alan (pen) 18

    Braga

    • 01 Artur
    • 02 Alberto Rodriguez
    • 04 Kaka yellow card
    • 15 Miguel Garcia
    • 28 Silvio
    • 08 Mossoro (Paulao 69)
    • 25 Leandro Salino
    • 45 Hugo Viana
    • 09 Paulo Cesar (Helder Barbosa 90+4)
    • 18 Lima (Meyong 77)
    • 30 Alan

    Substitutes

    • 42 Cristiano ,
    • 03 Paulao,
    • 43 Dani,
    • 48 Anibal,
    • 46 Peterson,
    • 10 Helder Barbosa,
    • 19 Meyong

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: GumiennyAtt: 12,991
    BRAGA
    LIVERPOOL

    Possession

    • Braga 50%
    • Liverpool 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Braga 2
    • Liverpool 4

    Attempts off target

    • Braga 3
    • Liverpool 2

    Corners

    • Braga 3
    • Liverpool 6

    Fouls

    • Braga 15
    • Liverpool 19
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:38 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+5:11 Glen Johnson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Junior Paulao.
    • 90:00+4:53 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by Angelo Miguel Garcia.
    • 90:00+4:29 Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, Alberto Rodriguez makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 90:00+3:03 Free kick crossed by Miguel Hugo Viana.
    • Correction - 90:00+3:03 Substitution Jorge Helder Barbosa is brought on as a substitute for Rocha Paulo Cesar.
    • Correction - 90:00+3:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Albert Ze Meyong by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 90:00+3:03 Free kick crossed left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana from left channel,
    • 90:00+3:03 Substitution Jorge Helder Barbosa comes on in place of Rocha Paulo Cesar.
    • 90:00+3:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Albert Ze Meyong.
    • 90:00+0:05 Albert Ze Meyong produces a cross.
    • 86:20 Junior Paulao concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Carroll. Raul Meireles takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:05 Jamie Carragher produces a cross.
    • 84:12 The ball is crossed by Osorio Alan, Sa Peraira Silvio takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 82:55 Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Hugo Viana. Miguel Hugo Viana delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Jose Reina.
    • 81:39 Glen Johnson produces a cross, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
    • 81:08 Claudio Kaka challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
    • 79:21 Claudio Kaka fouled by Joe Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Junior Paulao restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:21 Sa Peraira Silvio takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:21 Substitution Albert Ze Meyong joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodrigo Lima.
    • 76:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Rocha Paulo Cesar.
    • 71:30 Angelo Miguel Garcia crosses the ball, blocked by Raul Meireles. Corner taken left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana from the right by-line, save by Jose Reina. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Miguel Hugo Viana, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Angelo Miguel Garcia on Raul Meireles. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 69:07 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Osorio Alan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Junior Paulao.
    • 68:14 Substitution (Braga) makes a substitution, with Junior Paulao coming on for Marcio Mossoro.
    • 67:06 Raul Meireles delivers the ball, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save made by Guilherme Artur Moraes. Corner from the left by-line taken by Raul Meireles, Sotirios Kyrgiakos produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 65:54 Glen Johnson challenges Osorio Alan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.
    • 63:10 Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Alberto Rodriguez gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Raul Meireles. The official flags Andrew Carroll offside. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
    • 61:44 Unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Rodrigo Lima results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
    • 60:58 The referee blows for offside against Andrew Carroll. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the indirect free kick.
    • 60:22 Raul Meireles takes the inswinging corner, free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Angelo Miguel Garcia. Direct free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
    • 58:35 Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Alberto Rodriguez manages to make a clearance.
    • 57:31 The ball is delivered by Osorio Alan, blocked by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 57:17 Andrew Carroll produces a cross, Claudio Kaka makes a clearance.
    • 56:06 Joe Cole takes the direct free kick.
    • 56:06 Substitution Andrew Carroll joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Poulsen.
    • 56:06 Foul by Angelo Miguel Garcia on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded.
    • 53:58 Jay Spearing is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
    • 53:22 Osorio Alan fouled by Joe Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:10 Jay Spearing produces a cross.
    • 48:47 Centre by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Miguel Hugo Viana.
    • 48:22 Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Claudio Kaka.
    • 47:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by do Carmo Leandro Salino on Joe Cole. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Raul Meireles, Sa Peraira Silvio makes a clearance.
    • 45:33 The offside flag is raised against Rodrigo Lima. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:10 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+1:49 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, clearance by Alberto Rodriguez.
    • Correction - 45:00+1:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Alberto Rodriguez. Free kick crossed by Jamie Carragher, clearance made by Claudio Kaka.
    • 45:00+1:10 Alberto Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:39 Joe Cole produces a cross, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
    • 43:20 Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcio Mossoro. Shot comes in from Miguel Hugo Viana from the free kick, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
    • 42:40 Foul by do Carmo Leandro Salino on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
    • 41:45 Angelo Miguel Garcia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.
    • 38:22 Osorio Alan challenges Christian Poulsen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles from right channel, clearance by Claudio Kaka.
    • 36:39 Rodrigo Lima fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick. Marcio Mossoro takes a shot. Shot by Sa Peraira Silvio from 30 yards.
    • 35:39 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana, clearance by Leiva Lucas. A cross is delivered by Miguel Hugo Viana.
    • 34:41 Free kick taken by Rodrigo Lima. Shot from 25 yards from Miguel Hugo Viana. Blocked by Jay Spearing.
    • 34:41 Booking Christian Poulsen is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 34:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Poulsen on Miguel Hugo Viana.
    • 34:06 Unfair challenge on Marcio Mossoro by Christian Poulsen results in a free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:22 Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rocha Paulo Cesar. Free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.
    • 32:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Spearing by Rocha Paulo Cesar. Direct free kick taken by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 29:50 A cross is delivered by Rocha Paulo Cesar, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
    • 29:05 The ball is delivered by Osorio Alan, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 27:16 The official flags Joe Cole offside. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
    • 27:00 The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, Osorio Alan gets a block in.
    • 26:17 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 25:17 Raul Meireles produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 25:17 Booking Booking for Claudio Kaka for unsporting behaviour.
    • 25:07 Joe Cole fouled by Claudio Kaka, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 22:12 Rodrigo Lima challenges Jamie Carragher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
    • 20:53 Angelo Miguel Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
    • 20:03 Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Miguel Hugo Viana restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:55 Sa Peraira Silvio sends in a cross, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
    • 18:58 Corner taken by Raul Meireles played to the near post, Sotirios Kyrgiakos concedes a free kick for a foul on Guilherme Artur Moraes. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
    • 18:42 The ball is delivered by Jay Spearing, clearance made by Alberto Rodriguez.
    • 18:20 Alberto Rodriguez challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
    • 17:14 GOAL - Osorio AlanBraga 1 - 0 Liverpool Osorio Alan scores a placed penalty. Braga 1-0 Liverpool.
    • 16:21 Penalty awarded for a foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Marcio Mossoro.
    • 14:28 Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Alberto Rodriguez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.
    • 13:52 Dirk Kuyt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Alberto Rodriguez.
    • 13:22 Unfair challenge on Rocha Paulo Cesar by Jay Spearing results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sa Peraira Silvio.
    • 11:59 Jay Spearing takes a shot. Sa Peraira Silvio gets a block in.
    • 11:40 The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, Sa Peraira Silvio gets a block in.
    • 9:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Osorio Alan. Miguel Hugo Viana delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.
    • 8:56 Angelo Miguel Garcia produces a cross.
    • 6:07 Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Alberto Rodriguez takes the free kick.
    • 4:38 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.
    • 4:00 Sa Peraira Silvio crosses the ball, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 3:49 Sa Peraira Silvio produces a cross, clearance made by Jay Spearing.
    • 2:12 Dirk Kuyt is ruled offside. Alberto Rodriguez restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:55 Foul by Raul Meireles on Miguel Hugo Viana, free kick awarded. Miguel Hugo Viana restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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