Braga holds Dynamo Kiev to 1-1 draw in Europa
Braga secured a 1-1 away draw against 10-man Dynamo Kiev after an own goal canceled out the host's early lead in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday.
Andriy Yarmolenko headed the Ukrainian team into the lead in only the 6th minute, rising to meet a floated cross from Oleh Husev. But Husev deflected the ball into his own net in the 13th to give Portuguese side Braga a crucial away goal.
Dynamo looked the brighter team but was hampered when talisman Andriy Shevchenko was sent off only 15 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.
''The tie consists of two games, and if we weren't lucky in this game it's not so bad, as we'll be more pumped up for the next match,'' said Dynamo goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy.
It seemed Dynamo was set for a good evening when Husev picked out Yarmolenko with a floated cross.
But calamity followed when a corner from Hugo Viana somehow threaded its way past several players in the box, and Ognjen Vukojevic stretched for the ball under pressure from Alan, hitting it off Husev into the goal.
The rest of the first half belonged to Dynamo.
In the 16th, Goran Popov powered up the left touchline, and passed into the box to Milevskiy, whose deft backheel into the path of Yarmolenko was chipped just over.
Husev hit a powerful shot from 25 meters (yards) out in the 37th, which Artur managed to just tip over.
Artem Kravets rose between two defenders in the 43rd to head a corner toward goal, but the goalkeeper was on hand again to acrobatically push the ball over the bar.
The game changed when Shevchenko, on as a halftime substitute, was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 61st after he rounded the goalkeeper and shot into the goal, apparently not hearing the offside whistle.
Shevchenko thought he was unlucky to be sent off.
''I didn't hear the whistle. The goalkeeper didn't hear it either and played on,'' he said.
Alan almost took immediate advantage, sprinting clear two minutes later. But Yevhen Khacheridi did well to get back and make the tackle.
The game became scrappy, as Dynamo struggled to mount attacks with its one-man deficit, and Braga seemed happy to take a 1-1 scoreline back to Portugal next Thursday.