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October 2, 2012 7:45 PM BST
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Player Ratings: Galatasaray 0-2 Braga

Goal.com rates the players on show as the Portuguese claimed a crucial Champions League away win

By Stephen Gillett

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    6
    2
    3.50

    Néstor Muslera Micol

    Helpless to stop both goals, although his parry led to Braga's first. Reacted well to falling behind and denied Eder on two occasions late in the second-half. Was left exposed at times, as his side desperately sought an equaliser.

  • Dany Nounkeu
    1
    3
    3.00

    Dany Nounkeu

    Distributed the ball impressively at times, but also had his dodgy moments. Was bailed out by his goalkeeper on one occasion in the first half when he missed his kick and presented Eder with a clear chance. Booked.

  • Semih Kaya
    3
    2
    2.50

    Semih Kaya

    Found the game more of a test of his powers of concentration - having little to do for long periods, before being tested on the counter-attack. Found Eder a handful all night and will not have been pleased with the marking for the visitors' late second.

  • Emmanuel Eboue
    4
    2
    3.00

    Emmanuel Eboue

    Not a great night for the former Arsenal man, who did little wrong, but made little impact on the game. Seemed more intent on arguing with his opponents and the referee at times than making a positive contribution.

  • Selçuk İnan
    1
    2
    2.50

    Selçuk İnan

    A rather inane performance from the captain who got on the ball often enough, but failed to control the tempo of the game. Tried to link defence and attack with little effect and was unable to track Micael well enough to deny him the opening goal.

  • Felipe Melo
    0
    2
    2.50

    Felipe Melo

    Started the game like a worldbeater, but ended the game looking far from it. Dictated the tempo early on, but faded badly after Braga went ahead. Tried to play through the Portuguese on occasion, but was shut down by Viana and Custodio.

  • Riera
    0
    4
    2.50

    Riera

    Started brightly and linked well down the left early on. Has undoubted crossing ability, but was unable to get into good positions often enough and went missing after Braga got their noses in front.

  • Emre Çolak
    0
    3
    2.50

    Emre Çolak

    Had a fine early shot well saved and whipped in some dangerous set-pieces. However, like many of his team-mates, Colak was unable to sustain his performance and faded badly. Subbed second-half.

  • Burak Yılmaz
    2
    4
    2.00

    Burak Yılmaz

    Industrious and energetic for much of the evening, but unable to provide any end product. Missed a decent headed opportunity in the first-half and saw further efforts in the second-half go straight at Beto.

  • Umut Bulut
    0
    3
    2.00

    Umut Bulut

    Worked hard, but unable to find the key to unlock Braga's defence. Charged around willingly, but unable to link up effectively with Yilmaz and limited to scappy efforts on goal that came to nothing.

  • Nordin Amrabat
    0
    5
    1.50

    Nordin Amrabat Flop of the Match

    Industrious performer who gave his opponent Ismaily a tough opening to the encounter. However, the wide midfielder swapped flanks midway through the first half and was unable to get any change out of Leandro Salino. Subbed at the break.

Substitutions

  • Aydın Yılmaz
    1
    5
    3.00

    Aydın Yılmaz

    Came on at the break and tried to influence the match, Shot over when well-placed before curling a fantastic effort beyond Beto, only to see it come back off the crossbar.

  • Johan Elmander
    0
    4
    2.50

    Johan Elmander

    Came on with the hosts desperate for a goal. Was unable to deliver it.

  • Beto
    1
    1
    3.50

    Beto

    Not one to inspire a lot of confidence, with his tendency to flap rather than catch, but dealt well with everything all night. Marshalled his defence well and secured a well-earned clean sheet.

  • Ismaily
    0
    1
    2.50

    Ismaily

    Started shakily and was glad to see the back of Amrabat when the Gala midfielder swapped wings. Grew in confidence, however, and played his part in a solid defensive display.

  • Paulo Vinícius de Souza Nascimento
    0
    1
    3.00

    Paulo Vinícius de Souza Nascimento

    Steady, but unspectacular for much of the encounter before saving his best for last with a vital clearance at the death. Played his part in an impressive collective effort.

  • Douglão
    2
    1
    3.50

    Douglão

    The rangy centre-back coped well with Yilmaz and Bulut and made more than one decisive interception. Looked like he had pace to spare and a key performer on the night for the Portuguese side.

  • Ruben Amorim
    1
    1
    4.00

    Ruben Amorim

    Midfielder has an eye for goal and was instrumental in linking attack and defence for Braga. Heavily involved in the opening goal - his fierce effort rebounding kindly for midfield partner Micael to slot home.

  • Rubén Micael
    2
    1
    3.00

    Rubén Micael

    A good performance with and without the ball that was topped off with a goal. Fully deserved his name on the scoresheet for his desire to follow up Amorim's effort. Subbed late on.

  • Leandro Salino
    1
    1
    3.50

    Leandro Salino

    An intelligent and tidy performance from the full-back, who linked up well with his captain, Alan. Gala were unable to get any change out of him all night, as he doggedly stuck to his task. A threat going forward too.

  • Custodio
    1
    1
    3.00

    Custodio

    Headed a great early chance wide from Viana's free-kick, but soon settled into his rhythm in the centre of midfield. Pressed the ball well and ensured that Melo and Colak were unable to unlock Braga through the centre of the park.

  • Hugo Viana
    1
    1
    2.50

    Hugo Viana

    Broke up the hosts' attacks with aplomb and used the ball intelligently. The former Newcastle man is enjoying the twllight of his career with Braga and his midfield axis with Custodio gave his side a solid base in both attack and defence. Booked.

  • Éder
    6
    1
    4.00

    Éder Top of the Match

    The forward's pace and willngness to work the channels gave Braga a useful outlet, and his rangy running led to both of the visitor's goals. Unable to score himself , however, despite two clear opportunities in the first half.

  • Alan
    1
    1
    3.00

    Alan

    With his side on the backfoot, Braga's captain found it hard to make his mark early on. Became increasingly influential as the game wore on and a threat on the counter-attack. No surprise, therefore, when he clinically converted Braga's late second

Substitutions

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2