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September 19, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Estádio AXA — Braga
Referee:‬ P. Rasmussen‎
Attendance:‬ 15000‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Braga 0-2 CFR Cluj

Goal.com rates the players on show at Estadio Muncipal de Braga, as a Rafael Bastos double in the first half handed the Romanians an impressive opening-day victory

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Beto
    0
    1
    2.00

    Beto

    Could do little about the two goals that he conceded, as he was exposed by his defence on both occasions, and was rarely tested after that.

  • Nuno Coelho
    0
    1
    2.50

    Nuno Coelho

    Formed an understanding with Vinicius at the back, although he was given the run around by Kapetanos in the first half.

  • Ismaily
    0
    1
    1.50

    Ismaily

    Was more interested in supporting his side's attacks than defending, although he worked hard from deep. Still, he was undisciplined in his position.

  • Paulo Vinícius de Souza Nascimento
    0
    1
    2.50

    Paulo Vinícius de Souza Nascimento

    Generally a solid showing at the back, but his high line saw him and his defensive colleagues sorely caught out. Not given much help at the back, however.

  • Mossóro
    0
    1
    2.00

    Mossóro

    Entrusted with the responsibility of holding the Braga midfield, he was comfortable in possession but was bypassed with consummate ease on the break for Cluj's goals.

  • Rubén Micael
    0
    1
    2.50

    Rubén Micael

    The Atletico Madrid loanee had a glowing reputation as a goalscoring midfielder prior to the match, but could not find a passage to unlock a resolute Cluj side, bar a late effort. A subdued showing.

  • Leandro Salino
    0
    1
    2.00

    Leandro Salino

    Sat deep with Mossoro, taking on the role of ball winner, he was found wanting in the middle for Cluj's goals as he offered little protection to his defence and was soon replaced by Cesar.

  • Custodio
    0
    1
    2.00

    Custodio

    Alongside Viana, he dictated the play in the early stages of the encounter, but Cluj's pair of killer blows saw his impact on proceedings fade away.

  • Hugo Viana
    0
    1
    2.50

    Hugo Viana

    The playmaker looked to pull the strings for Braga at the start, but after that could only muster a string of speculative attempts at goal. Replaced by Barbosa in the second half.

  • Éder
    0
    1
    1.50

    Éder Flop of the Match

    Fluffed a number of chances for his team, including a pair of one-on-ones along with a free header. Struggled as the focal point of the attack.

  • Alan
    0
    1
    2.50

    Alan

    The Brazilian displayed lots of fancy flicks and tricks, but lacked penetration when it mattered. His performance typified that of his side's on the whole.

Substitutions

  • Rocha Paulo Cesar
    0
    1
    2.50

    Rocha Paulo Cesar

    Came on with the hope of injecting a cutting edge to his side's forays, but failed to inspire a breakthrough. Nonetheless, he was classy at times.

  • Hélder Barbosa
    0
    1
    1.50

    Hélder Barbosa

    A very quiet second half from Alan's replacement, a late yellow card was his only noteworthy contribution.

  • Zé Luís
    0
    1
    2.00

    Zé Luís

    Replaced Viana on the hour mark, but he too could not find a way past Cluj's resilience. Style but little substance.

  • Mário Felgueiras
    5
    0
    3.50

    Mário Felgueiras

    Made a number of stops to deny Braga's attackers, as he enjoyed a happy return to his native country.

  • Ivo Pinto
    2
    1
    2.50

    Ivo Pinto

    The right-back struggled to deal with the panache of Braga's attacks, as he left gaping holes down his flank. Forced the opposition through the middle in the latter stages, though.

  • Laszlo Sepsi
    3
    0
    3.00

    Laszlo Sepsi

    Conceded lots of space in the early stages, along with his fellow full-back, he grew into the game as the match wore thin, getting much more tighter to his marker.

  • Cadu
    4
    0
    3.50

    Cadu

    Led from example at the back, the centre-back won the aerial battle with Eder for most of the night and was a commanding presence.

  • Ionut Rada
    5
    0
    3.50

    Ionut Rada

    Made a number of vital interceptions and blocks throughout the night, and stood tall alongside Cadu at the back.

  • Camora
    2
    1
    2.00

    Camora

    Playing in an advanced position down the flank, he provided little support to Sepsi in the early stages, and was nowhere near as adventurous as Sougou on the other side.

  • Gabriel Muresan
    3
    0
    3.50

    Gabriel Muresan

    The elegance of Braga's passing meant he was in for a difficult night, but his work rate could not be faulted. Protected his back four adequately.

  • Rafael Bastos
    6
    0
    4.50

    Rafael Bastos Top of the Match

    The match-winner. The attacking midfielder stepped up to the plate when it mattered with a pair of well-taken finishes.

  • Luís Alberto
    3
    1
    2.50

    Luís Alberto

    Played a key role in the early stages, closing down a number of Braga shots, but didn't offer much in terms of enterprise. Replaced by Godemeche.

  • Pantelis Kapetanos
    4
    1
    2.50

    Pantelis Kapetanos

    Missed a golden opportunity to put Braga out of sight in the first half, but fortunately it didn't prove decisive. Slotted into his side's attack reasonably well.

  • M. Sougou
    4
    0
    3.50

    M. Sougou

    The architect of Cluj's attacking play, the winger was the catalyst behind his side's goals. A lively display, he was replaced at the break, with the win already sewed up.

Substitutions

  • M. Aguirregaray
    3
    0
    3.00

    M. Aguirregaray

    Brought on to give his side some much-needed solidity in the wide areas, with the more advanced Sougou being sacrificed, he did his job without any frills.

  • Nicolas Godemèche
    1
    1
    2.00

    Nicolas Godemèche

    Late cameo from the midfielder, he added protection as Braga looked to pile the pressure on his team near the end of the match.

  • Rui Pedro
    1
    1

    Rui Pedro

    Came on to replace Bastos, who was yellow-carded earlier in the game, with 10 minutes to spare.

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