Braga 1-3 Manchester United: Champions League as It Happened
Final Score: Braga 1-3 Manchester United
UEFA Champions League, Estadio AXA
Goals: Alan 48' (Braga), van Persie 80', Rooney 84', Hernandez 90+1' (Man Utd)
Braga: Beto, Coelho, Douglao, Elderson, Amorim, Micael, Salino, Custodio, Viana, Alan, Eder. Subs: Quim, Ismaily, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, Carneiro Wanderson, Djamal, Ze Luis.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Evans, Smalling, Evra, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Hernandez, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Carrick, Young, Cleverley, van Persie.
90+3'- The final whistle blows at the Estadio AXA and United have stolen a 3-1 win over an unfortunate Braga side.
Goals from substitute Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and a late Javier Hernandez effort sees Sir Alex's side comfortably qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with two group games to spare.
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90+1'- GOAL UNITED!
Javier Hernandez scores to put this one to bed.
United break though Valencia who pulls it back to Rooney who flicks it to Hernandez in acres of space at the far post.
The Mexican poacher feels the need to dribble around both the keeper and a retreating defender before lifting his shot into the top of the net.
88'- de Gea gives United's away support a nervous moment when he dawdles on the ball in his own six-yard box. The Spanish keeper turns away from Eder to clear though.
A far better day in Europe for British teams as Celtic and Chelsea have both claimed huge wins over Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively.
86'- The scoreline is incredibly harsh on Braga who have certainly been the better team. But lapses in concentration have cost them dear tonight.
The Portuguese side pile forward in search of an equaliser.
84'- GOAL UNITED!
Wayne Rooney banishes memories of his nightmare miss against Arsenal to place his spot-kick in the top corner.
Braga 1-2 Manchester United
83'- Braga try and restore their lead, but Smalling is fouled in the Braga penalty area.
Back down the other end Rooney is tripped by Coelho and it's a penalty United. The referee took 10 seconds to give it, but it's the right decision in the end.
81'- GOAL UNITED!
Robin van Persie is fed into space and takes a look up to see Beto a mile out of his goal. His shot lifts over the Braga keeper and into an empty net.
80'- End-to-end stuff as Rooney fails in an attempt to power a Rafael cross at goal.
Braga counter, but Anderson keeps Eder from meeting an Alan pass at the far post.
78'- Not to pick on him, but Rooney plays a fantastic ball to Giggs on the right flank which the United legend can't control, and the ball runs out for a goal kick.
76'- Evra tries to break down the left but Giggs' return ball to him is quite poor. The Welshman has probably been United's weakest player tonight by a shade.
Lo and behold, Celtic are 2-0 up against Barcelona in one of the other Champions League games going on around Europe.
73'- Nani goes down injured and is swiftly replaced by Rafael.
It seems as if Valencia will push up into the right wing position in the wake of that change. He's been United's best attacking threat tonight and should revel in his more familiar role.
72'- Nani looks to pass to Rooney on the opposite flank, but the pass is well cut out by Salino and Braga look to break.
Valencia does well to marshall Viana and the chance is gone.
70'- Braga break through Viana, but he is unable to make the killer pass to either Eder or Alan on either side of him.
That was a three-on-two break that United did well to contain.
68'- Sir Alex is looking increasingly agitated as his side continues to fail to create any real attacking chances.
United haven't been kept scoreless this season since their opening defeat to Everton in the Premier League.
67'- Welbeck comes off for Robin van Persie as United make their second change of the game.
Can the Dutchman inspire his side to victory once again?
65'- CHANCE BRAGA!
Amorin fires a free kick from about 30 yards out at goal, but de Gea does well to get down low and save.
It looks like the Portuguese side who are more likely to score here, and are beginning to really push for a second.
63'- Sloppy passes from Anderson and Rooney give the ball away far too easily once again in the midfield.
United have just been devoid of energy tonight. Welbeck and Giggs the biggest offenders.
61'- United look a little keener to get on with things after that delay. Evra and Valencia are pushing more and more forward to breathe some life into the attack.
What was interesting was that there was no ironic cheer or booing when the lights went out. Clearly the Braga fans are used to it.
The lights are fixed and thankfully we can finish this game as soon as possible.
Rio Ferdinand is on for Chris Smalling by the way.
Blackout in Braga! Reportedly Manchester United are trying to kidnap and swap the referee!— Footy Memes (@FootyMemes) November 7, 2012
Who are we going with guys, Webb or Clattenburg?
58'- Oh dear. The lights have been turned off.
With United in possession, darkness suddenly ascends over the Estadio AXA and we may be facing a lengthy delay here whilst somebody calls an electrician.
56'- United finally start to show some attacking intent with Valencia breaking down the right.
His cross evades Hernandez and Beto, but picks out Welbeck in acres of space at the back post. The Englishman is called for handball though to prevent the Red Devils equalising.
54'- Rooney tracks back to win the ball from Alan's feet, but United aren't set up to break quickly.
Braga have won their last four encounters against English opposition at home, they're on their way to five at the moment.
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