FC Slovan Liberec | Report: Liberec - Braga 0:1
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17.09.2015

Slovan entered Europa League with a close deafeat

Marek Janoš
Our club entered the group stage of Europa League on Thursday against Portuguese Sporting Braga, member of 2011 finals. Squad of coach Trpišovský lost, becouse they couldn’t take their chances into a goal, amazing game played goalkeeper Matheus. The game resulted for Braga after Rafa Silva scored the only goal of the evening. Liberec’s series without losing a game was over.
Group F, Thursday 17.9.2015, 19:00, U Nisy
Liberec Liberec
0:1
(0:0)
BragaBraga
Liberec: Koubek - Coufal, Hovorka, Pokorný, Bartošák - Soungole (64. Sýkora), Pavelka - Bartl, Shala (64. Rabušic), Šural - Bakoš (75. Kerbr).
Braga: Matheus Magalhães – Baiano, Boly, Pinto, Djavan – Alan (75. Augusto), N. Vukčević, Mauro, R. Silva – Crislan (62. Eduardo), Fonte (86. Ricardo Ferreira).
Goals: 60´ Rafa Silva. Yellow cards: 32. Soungole, 89. Šural, 90. Pavelka, 90. Kerbr - 58. Alan, 66. Vukčević, 79. Mauro. Referees: Pawson - Mullarkey, Brooks (England).
Diváci: 8132

Commentary

Match started with a few chances on both sides. At first Shala passed the fierce ball in front of Matheus, but found noone. On the other side was close to scoring a goal Djavan, but his attempt was blocked. After the corner of Bartosak many White and Blues tried to head the ball into the net, but nobody hit it, even Bakos did not.

Braga made a dangerous attack with combination of Baian and Font, second of the two shot, but Koubek showed amazing reflexive save. This duo was a danger for Liberec again after half an hour of the game. This time Baiano got into chance on the right wing, and passed on to Fonte, but his one-timer from penalty box was too high. Then Bartl passed long-term ball for Josef Sural, who could score an opener with his head, but Matheus made another amazing save and kept the game scoreless.

Portuguese had a chance after the pause. Djavan was a leader of a quick break, he passed to Silva and his shot ended in Koubek’s gloves. Visiting captain Alan showed a beautifil header, but his attempt wasn’t strong enough.

The opener came in 60th minute. Brazilian Alan moved to the centre, he passed to the right wing, Fonte found Rafa Silva, who scored with an amazing shot. Bakos could equalize the game in a minute, but he didn’t hit the ball aptly. Then Sural hit just the outer side of the net. Another chance had Bartosak, but he missed the goal.

Braga could score the second goal in 80th minute. Rafa Silva was close to score, when he advantaged gap in the middle of the field and faced Koubek, his attempt missed the goal as well. Kerbr fired after the Sural’s corner kick, but his shot wasn’t strong enough. Another shot was kicked by Pavelka, but ball was deflected in front of the net.

Liberec was close to scoring the equalizer many times in the end, but any ended in the net. Slovan lost 0:1.


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