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UEFA Champions League

  • December 5, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Estádio AXA, Braga
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 8964

Live Commentary

  • Thank you for tuning in for's LIVE coverage of Galatasaray's 2-1 away win against Braga. I've been Simon Harrison, I'll see you again next time!
  • Terim may not be happy with the manner in which his team won, but I don't suppose their travelling fans will care, as Galatasaray move into the knockout stages of the Champions League!
  • Galatasaray are through, after news of Cluj's goal in Manchester proved to be the catalyst for a comeback! The club have coach Terim to thank, as his half time substitutions changed the game - altering his side from a lacklustre one, to a team who wanted to win.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Burak Yılmaz
  • 90' + 2'
    Alan whips in what promises to be the final ball, but after pinball in the area, Eboue deals with it!
  • 90'
    CLOSE! The two Yilmaz's combine, with Burak firing a vicious effort at Quim's near post - the veteran keeper does well to turn the ball onto his bar!
  • 87'
    Braga win a corner after sustained pressure, but Viana is again as fault, playing a terrible cross into the near post - it didn't even allow his teammates the opportunity to attack the ball!
  • 86'
    SubstitutionÉder CARLAO
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Selçuk İnan
  • 86'
    Braga pick up a free-kick in a reasonable area, after Mossoro was pushed over, but the delivery from Viana is atrocious - doesn't even make it over the first man.
  • 85'
    Yellow Card Marcio Mossoro
  • 84'
    Galatasaray are already taking the ball into the corner, Aydin Yilmaz is the culprit. It seems that both Gala and their jubilant away support are more than happy to try and hold onto their slender lead!
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Ruben Amorim
  • 83'
    Gala are content to hold the ball and force Braga to close them down, they're not in a hurry now they're in the driving seat!
  • 80'
    Muslera races out to throw a wild double-fist at an ambitious cross, almost Superman-esque, and just about manages to turn the ball away from the danger zone. Odd, would be the word to describe that technique.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionCustodio Hugo Viana
  • 79'
    Goal Aydın Yılmaz
    GOAL!!!! The substitute Yilmaz turns home, after Quim parries the ball out to the midfielder. The two Yilmaz' have struck!
  • 77'
    Burak Yilmaz almost manages to get on the end of a Gala hoof upfield, but his marker just about beats the striker to the ball - although he did have a ten yard head-start.
  • 75'
    After a first half which involved almost no challenges, the last ten minutes have gone mental! Free-kicks and yellow cards for all kinds of unimpressive challenges, the majority of which look very soft indeed.
  • 73'
    Muslera comes out quickly to claim a Braga cross, taking the ball off the heads of the onrushing Eder and Ismaily! Good goalkeeping.
  • 71'
    Ismaily tries an ambitious effort, as he attempted a volley from the edge of the Gala 18-yard box, but it goes horrifically wide. And I mean really horrifically.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionEmre Çolak Umut Bulut
  • 69'
    Riera has had a couple of close calls in the past few minutes! The full back first caught the ball, despite it being debatably out of play, and then potentially blocked off Alan on the edge of the penalty area - all whilst on a yellow card!
  • 67'
    Mossoro curls another effort at goal, from a similar position to where he scored the opener, but a block from Semih prevented Muslera from being called into action.
  • 66'
    CLOSE! Ismaily again! The winger thrashes a venomous strike at Muslera's front post, and almost caught the Gala keeper out! He'll be very glad to have heard the ball hit his side netting!
  • 65'
    Yellow Card Riera
  • 65'
    Muslera is nearly left red-faced, as a swirling Ismaily free kick almost catches the keeper out - it threatened to drift into the top corner of the Gala net. Very close!
  • 63'
    Eboue drives forward from full back, and makes his way into the Braga area, but then seemingly trips over thin air and hoofs the ball away whilst unbalanced!
  • 62'
    This game could go either way now, Braga haven't been able to get on top in the second half, and since Cluj took the lead against Man United, Gala almost look a different team!
  • 60'
    Felipe Melo drives at Braga's defence, which in some ways personifies Gala's sudden endeavours to try and win the game - news from the Cluj game must definitely have filtered through!
  • 58'
    Assist Nordin Amrabat
  • 58'
    Goal Burak Yılmaz
    GOAL! Burak Yilmaz heads home to give Galatasaray a lifeline!
  • 55'
    Cluj have gone a goal up in Manchester! This leaves Gala hanging dangerously on the cusp of elimination, they need to kick-start their performance in this match!
  • 53'
    Amrabat attempts to slide Burak Yilmaz in behind, but fails to even beat the first man with his pass - he's yet to make an impact in the game.
  • 51'
    Ooooh, Alan has missed another good chance! The prolific forward seems to be having problems communicating with his feet tonight, he's mis-kicked another shot!
  • 50'
    Ismaily fires in a teasing cross, aiming to play it across Gala's six yard box, but an outstretched leg touched the ball out for a corner - from which Melo heads the ball away.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Leandro Salino
  • 48'
    Gala enjoy a spell of possession, without any real penetration. Altintop and Elmander were worthy of being substituted at the break, neither had a true effect on the match. The experience of their replacements could bring a greater element of calm to the Turkish side's midfield.
  • 47'
    Galatasaray start the second half in the same vein as the first, losing the ball in a sloppy manner, and then being penalised for an offside decision.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionHamit Altıntop Aydın Yılmaz
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJohan Elmander Nordin Amrabat
  • 46'
    The game is back underway, with two changes being made by Gala. Amrabat and Aydin Yilmaz take to the field in place of the lacklustre Altintop and Elmander.
  • I'll rejoin you when the referee signals the start of the second half, where hopefully the away side will be inspired by Terim's half time words!
  • Terim may well be plugging in his hairdryer during the break, his side have failed to turn up thus far - and with Cluj still drawing at Old Trafford, his side are in danger of elimination.
  • 45'
    The referee calls time at the end of the first half, with Mossoro's great finish being the only real highlight in a dull 45 minutes!
  • 43'
    Eder breaks quickly, after Altintop loses possession cheaply, however the home side fail to do anything with the ball, and Gala recover.
  • 41'
    Quim punches away a Galatasaray corner, the ball is lumped back into the area but Semih can't quite get the right contact with his header - turning it out for a goal kick.
  • 40'
    Muslera beats away a powerful long range strike from Alan, which looked to swerve in the air! Braga have definitely tested Muslera far more than their opponents have tested Quim.
  • 39'
    Selcuk sees his free kick turned over the bar by Quim, with a strong hand from the ex-Portugal man. That's the closest Gala have come!
  • 38'
    Colak is brought down in what could be a dangerous area, under a Custodio challenge.
  • 37'
    Alan attempts to slip an eye-of-the-needle through ball to Mossoro, but Eboue cuts out the pass well. The ex-Arsenal man has looked composed on the ball tonight - sometimes too much so!
  • 35'
    The travelling Gala fans light flares in their section of the stands, their team could do with igniting too! Thus far, other than Melo and Yilmaz, they've looked pedestrian.
  • 34'
    The away side need to react now, they will only progress to the next round if Manchester United beat Cluj - as things stand they'd be eliminated.
  • 32'
    Goal Marcio Mossoro
    GOOOOAL! Mosorro! The Brazilian places a great finish into Muslera's bottom corner!
  • 30'
    Gala's defenders are taking it in turns to take Muslera's kicks for him. The keeper was a major doubt for this game with a thigh problem.
  • 28'
    Moments after a failed break from Gala, Eder sees a strike blocked by two opposing defenders. This has been the theme of the game thus far, Gala being sloppy but Braga failing to capitalise.
  • 27'
    Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim told reporters yesterday that his side will lay their body and soul on the pitch to win tonight's match - they haven't given an ounce of effort so far.
  • 26'
    Yilmaz breaks up the pitch quickly, works his way into the Braga penalty area, but isn't given any support at all. Gala don't look interested.
  • 23'
    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Alan makes an absolute howler of a good chance, ballooning a half volley literally miles over the bar, after initially great control. He will not want to see that again!
  • 21'
    Ismaily whips in a devilish cross from the left flank, which Muslera fails to deal with. The keeper flaps at the delivery, and is lucky to see it rebound off one of his own defenders - allowing him to collect it.
  • 21'
    Ismaily whips in a devilish cross from the left flank, which Muslera fails to deal with. The keeper flaps at the delivery, and is lucky to see it rebound off one of his own defenders - allowing him to collect it.
  • 19'
    Yilmaz is again put through by Gala, but he can't quite stretch to bring the ball into his stride, and in doing so lightly punts the ball to Quim.
  • 17'
    Yilmaz races through on goal, but is called back for an offside decision.. that was tight! Unpredictable play at the moment from the visitors, sloppy one minute, dangerous the next.
  • 15'
    OH! Close again! Vinicius sees an effort blocked, after Mossoro whipped in a cross. Galatasaray don't look like they want this!
  • 13'
    OOOOH! Almost a goal for Braga! Sloppy passing again from Galatasaray allows Mossoro to nip in and slip Eder into acres of space. However, the forward takes too much time with his effort, and Melo managed to track back and block his shot - which loops just over Muslera's bar!
  • 12'
    A sloppy pass from Eboue gifts Braga the chance to get forward, but Muslera catches Mossoro's eventual effort easily.
  • 11'
    Yilmaz falls victim to the first bad foul of the evening, as Alan stamps down on his ankle. That looked quite nasty! No booking though.
  • 9'
    Despite Braga looking dangerous with quick breaks, Galatasaray have started the more comfortably of the two sides and have worked the ball into Yilmaz well so far.
  • 8'
    Hamit Altintop manages to whip a ball into the Braga area, after good build up play from the Turkish side, but the cross is easily dealt with and cleared.
  • 6'
    Although we're only six minutes in, it's clear to see that Braga aren't willing to take a beating, despite their elimination from the competition. The home side look fired up for this game!
  • 4'
    Yilmaz is keen to get involved in the game, as the away side settle on the ball first, keeping the ball well - not that Braga are willing to press them with any urgency.
  • 3'
    CHANCE! Mossoro clutches his ankle, after spurning a great chance. The ball was cut back to the midfielder, but from around 12 yards out, he skies his efforts. Ismaily then tests Muslera.
  • 2'
    Mossoro threatens first for the home side, as the little man tried to drive into the Gala area, but saw his path blocked. Lively start for the Brazilian.
  • 1'
    And we are underway!
  • The Champions League anthem rings out in the evening air, we are minutes away from kick-off!
  • Galatasaray starting line-up: Muslera; Riera, Nounkeu, Kaya, Eboue; Colak, Inan, Felipe Melo, Altintop; Yilmaz, Elmander.
  • Braga starting line-up: Quim; Leandro Salino, Nuno Coelho, Paulo Vinicius, Elderson; Ismaily, Ruben Amorim, Custodio, Alan, Mossoro; Eder.
  • I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you fully updated with tonight's proceedings, in what promises to be an interesting game - with Braga playing for pride and Gala playing for a place in the knockout stages.
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