Don’t miss the full playback and highlights of the Sporting Braga vs Union Berlin match.
KICK-OFF at 20:00 (GMT) on 29th November 2023
The head official for this game is C. Turpin
Event held at the Estádio Municipal de Braga
This is a Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group C, Season 2023/2024 match.
Sporting Braga vs Union Berlin Full Match Reports
Braga staged a remarkable comeback from a goal down with 10 men to keep their UEFA Champions League (UCL) aspirations alive, securing a 1-1 draw against Union Berlin and thwarting Nenad Bjelica’s quest for a win in his debut as the die Eisernen’s manager.
Taking over from Urs Fischer, Bjelica aimed to guide his team to their first competitive victory since August. Early in the game, Union had to resort to last-ditch defending to prevent Braga’s Simon Banza from opening the scoring, and Álvaro Djaló missed a golden opportunity, heading wide to the relief of Frederik Rønnow.
While Braga initially dominated the first half-hour, the dynamics shifted dramatically when referee Clément Turpin consulted the pitchside monitor. A swift review led to Sikou Niakaté receiving a red card for a reckless challenge on Kevin Behrens. Exploiting the numerical advantage, Union took the lead through Robin Gosens, who delivered a powerful strike past Matheus, securing a crucial halftime lead.
Despite being a man down, the Portuguese hosts mounted a resounding response within six minutes of the second half. Djaló capitalized on time and space to score his 12th competitive goal of the campaign, surprising Braga’s German opponents. As the contest entered the closing stages, the hosts, fatigued but resilient, thwarted Union’s attempts to secure a winner, with Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana unable to direct his header on target.
Artur Jorge’s team held on, securing a vital point, placing them in third position, three points behind second-placed Napoli, whom they will face on the final matchday. Despite Union’s 16-game winless streak, they still hold an outside chance of securing a Europa League place.
Man of the Match: Álvaro Djaló (Braga).