Braga brushed aside by Shakhtar

Braga, who were hammered 6-0 at Arsenal in their opener two weeks

ago, dominated the first half but failed to take the chances that

came their way. It was a different story after the break as

Shakhtar’s Brazilian connection put the hosts to the sword, Douglas

Costa adding to his compatriot’s strikes with a late penalty. The

win moved the Ukrainians level on six points with the Gunners, with

Braga and Partizan Belgrade both yet to get off the mark and

seemingly in a battle for the third-place Europa League spot. Braga

were the first to threaten, Moises seeing his header from Luis

Aguiar’s outswinging corner from the right blocked by defender

Yaroslav Rakitskiy in the third minute. Braga’s Brazilian forward

Alan then sent a long-range effort wide before Darijo Srna fired

over the top at the other end. The visitors were indebted to

goalkeeper Andrei Pyatov in the 29th minute as he saved with his

feet to keep out Salino’s effort from six yards. Silvio shot high

from 20 yards before Salino put another close-range chance wide of

the left post as the Portuguese side ended the first half in

control. But they found themselves behind 11 minutes into the

second. Adriano slotted Douglas’ pass from the right low into the

net with his right foot. Rodrigo Lima shot wide and Paulo Cesar had

an attempt from the centre of the area parried by Pyatov as Braga

sought an equaliser, but instead they fell further behind in the

72nd minute. Adriano was again on hand to apply the finish, this

time finding the bottom right corner from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s ball

in. Eduardo had a chance to make it three but his header from

Srna’s corner was saved by Felipe. But the Ukrainians did add

another in stoppage time, Costa slotting a penalty low into the

right corner after Cesar had fouled Willian.