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Brazilian midfielder squandered a golden opportunity in the final in Dublin on Wednesday evening but remains proud of his team’s achievement this season

Braga midfielder Marcio Mossoro has tried to explain how he missed the chance to equalise against Porto in the early moments of the second half.

Braga went into the half-time interval of their Europa League final in Dublin 1-0 behind, but could have restored parity a minute after the restart when substitute Mossoro found himself with the ball after a mistake from Porto’s Rolando but failed to get his shot past goalkeeper Helton.

Reflecting on that missed chance after the game, the 27-year-old said, according to Record: “The move was too fast and I had to think very quickly. I tried to get the ball past him [Helton] but he saved it.”

Despite the defeat to their Portuguese rivals, Mossoro remains proud of his team’s performance in Europe this season and enthused: “We are a team of warriors and we could have won the title.”

This was Braga’s first ever appearance in the final of a European club competition. They finished the 2010-11 Portuguese league campaign fourth in the table and will return to the Europa League next season.


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