Real Madrid vs Sporting Braga

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Don’t miss the thrilling full match replay and captivating highlights of the Real Madrid vs Sporting Braga showdown. The action kicks off at 20:00 (GMT) on 8th November 2023 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Keep an eye out for referee H. Meler as the two teams clash in Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group C, Season 2023/2024. Catch all the excitement on and experience the intensity of this epic match.

Real Madrid vs Sporting Braga Full Match Reports

Real Madrid secured their passage into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) with a convincing 3-0 victory over Braga, extending their impressive unbeaten run at the Bernabéu in European competitions to nine matches.

Braga started the match positively, successfully navigating the initial stages at the Bernabéu. However, their fortunes took a sour turn when they squandered a golden opportunity to take the lead. Lucas Vázquez’s foul on Cristian Borja resulted in a penalty for Braga, but Andriy Lunin, standing tall in the Madrid goal, denied Álvaro Djaló from converting the spot-kick with a fantastic save.

Real Madrid capitalized on Braga’s missed opportunity and finally found their rhythm with a goal shortly before the half-hour mark. Rodrygo made a darting run to collect Ferland Mendy’s precise pass, and Brahim Díaz was there to finish off Rodrygo’s cut-back. Despite some appeals for a second penalty, Braga struggled to claw their way back into the game, while Real Madrid continued to dominate the final third.

The second goal came just before the hour mark when Vinicius Junior expertly maneuvered inside the box and, despite a deflected strike, the ball found its way past Matheus and nestled into the corner of the net. Empowered by their growing goal tally, Real Madrid pressed on and added a third goal minutes later. Vinicius once again played a crucial role, setting up Rodrygo, who delicately chipped the ball over Matheus to seal the victory.

With a comfortable lead, Real Madrid made strategic substitutions, mindful of their upcoming match against Valencia. The flow of the game was disrupted, and with both teams showing mercy, the scoring remained at three goals. Nevertheless, Real Madrid’s comprehensive victory propelled them to the last-16, while Braga now face an uphill battle in their pursuit of the second spot, currently held by Napoli.

Rodrygo’s outstanding performance earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match accolade, highlighting his significant contribution to Real Madrid’s success.