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SC Braga scraped into the UEFA Europa League Final with a hard fought 1-0 win over SL Benfica.
A first half header from Custodio gave Braga the win and sealed their progress on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw over two legs. Braga will now face FC Porto in Europe’s first ever all-Portuguese final.
Braga threatened first and it took good defensive work from Benfica captain Luisao to prevent Mossoro from scoring. Brazilian striker Lima then had a good chance for Braga but sent his finish high over the bar.
Braga’s good start paid off in the 19th minute when they took a decisive 1-0 lead. Hugo Viana swung over a corner and Portuguese midfielder Custodio rose highest to plant a header past Roberto.
SL Benfica will be defending a slender 2-1 aggregate lead when they travel to face SC Braga in the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg.
Braga captain Vandinho cancelled out Jardel’s opener during the first leg, before Oscar Cardozo struck to give Benfica a 2-1 win.
Braga know if they keep a clean sheet one goal will be enough to see them advance. This task will be made difficult by the fact that Benfica have found the net in every away game they have played in this seasons Europa League. Braga midfielder Hugo Viana is unnerved by this fact. “I have been told Benfica always score away goals, but I heard the same about Dynamo Kyiv and also that Liverpool always score at home,” Viana told the official UEFA website.
Benfica midfielder Javier Saviola will feature in the Benfica midfield as they look to reach the final. Saviola played for Sevilla when they beat Middlesbrough FC 4-0 in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final.
SL Benfica gained a slim advantage with a 2-1 win over SC Braga in the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg.
All the goals were scored in a nine minute spell early in the second half. Braga captain Vandinho cancelled out Jardel’s opener, before Oscar Cardozo gave Benfica a 2-1 aggregate lead ahead of the second leg.
Both sides had an early scoring chance, first Benfica striker Javier Saviola had his shot cleared, before Silvio fired wide at the other end.
After 20 minutes Saviola forced a good save from Braga goalkeeper Artur, before Pablo Aimar played in Cardozo, only for the Paraguay striker to lift over the bar. Cardozo went close again just before half-time when he collected Saviola’s through ball only to fire against the goal post.
Portugal Giants Benfica travel to Greece to play greek side AEK Athens in the UEFA Europa League Match day 2, October 1, 2009
Benfica have been in stellar form lately in their domestic campaign and playing great attacking football with the new discovered form of Argentina´s Pablo Aimar as well as the goals coming from Di Maria and Cardozo. Benfica have been walking over all their competition with large victories. They currently are 5-1-0 in the Portugal Liga Sagres league with 21 goals and only 3 against. That´s more than double the goal differential of FC Porto. Benfica sit in 2nd shadowing SP. Braga thanks…