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UEFA Champions League

  • 20 September 2012
  • • 00:15
  • • Estádio AXA, Braga
  • Referee: P. Rasmussen
  • • Attendance: 15000

Braga - CFR Cluj Preview: Jose Peseiro's side look for three points against the Romanian champions

Braga - CFR Cluj Preview: Jose Peseiro's side look for three points against the Romanian champions

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The Minhotos are hoping for three points against a Railwaymen side who haven't won in the Champions League group stage for four years


Douglao, Ismaily, P. Vinicius
L. Salino, Custodio, H. Viana, Mossoro
Eder, Alan, H. Barbosa

Mario Felgueiras
Ivo Pinto, Cadu, Rada, Camora
R. Bastos, Godemecha, Muresan, Rui Pedro

Braga go into tonight's Champions League game with an almost fully-fit squad, and so should name near enough the same side that beat Udinese in the play-off round.

Beto will start between the sticks, marshalling a three-man defence of Douglao, Ismaily and Paulo Vinicius.

In midifeld, Leandro Salino, Custodio, Hugo Viana and Mossoro will be in the starting XI, supporting a three-pronged attack of Eder, Alan and Helder Barbosa.

For Cluj, boss Ioan Andone will be without Ciprian Deac, Adam Vass, Bakary Sare and Vasile Maftei through injury. Ronny is serving a one-match suspension.

Therefore, Mario Felgueiras will start in goal, with a back-four of the Portuguese pair Ivo Pinto and Cadu, with Ionut Rada and Camora playing on the left-side of defence.

Rui Bastos, Nicolas Godemecha, Gabriel Muresan and Rui Pedro will begin in midfield, whilst Panetilis Kapetanos supports goal-scoring machine Modou Sougou.

  • Braga qualified for the Champions League by beating Udinese on penalties in the play-off round.
  • The Portuguese side will hope to avoid the kind of start they made in 2010-11, when they lost their opening game 6-0 to Arsenal.
  • This is Jose Peseiro's side's first game against Romanian opposition.
  • CFR Cluj are making their third Champions League appearance in five years.
  • However, in their 2008-09 and 2011-12 campaigns they finished bottom of the group.
  • In six Champions League group games, the Railwaymen have only ever won one - an away win against Roma.


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44Nuno CoelhoDefender
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