Fri. Feb 16th, 2024

With a simple 3-0 win over Braga on Wednesday night, Real Madrid moved on to the next round of the Champions League.

Real Madrid - Braga - 09-11-2023

Andriy Lunin saved Alvaro Djalo’s easy penalty kick, giving Braga a great chance to take an early lead in the Spanish city. While the game was still going on, Real Madrid responded well and finally took the lead when Brahim Diaz calmly converted Rodrygo’s cutback. At halftime, Real Madrid had a one-goal lead.

In the second half, Vinicius Jr. scored from inside the penalty area to double Madrid’s lead after a well-executed move. Soon after, Rodrygo made it three by chipping the ball over Matheus after Vinicius’s beautiful through ball. The people of Braga couldn’t find any kind of answer.

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How the game went down

Champions League teams that come to the Santiago Bernabeu rarely have better chances to upset the Real Madrid fans than Braga did after only six minutes. Lucas Vazquez got a yellow card for an unnecessary pull in the box, but Djalo missed a penalty kick from 12 yards out that would have put Portugal ahead.

After tackling Bruma in the penalty area 20 minutes in, Vazquez might have been lucky not to give up another penalty kick, but referee Halil Meler and his VAR team ruled there was no foul. After thirty seconds, Federico Valverde almost scored the first goal for Real Madrid, but his volley went over the top.

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Real Madrid finally got even for Braga’s early penalty miss, which happened just after the half-hour mark. Rodrygo was in behind the visiting defense when Ferland Mendy sent a pass that split the defense. The Brazilian then cut back for Diaz to score from close range.

Before the break, Rodrygo had a shot that Matheus stopped well, and Madrid kept trying to get behind Braga’s defense. Even though they tried hard, the home team could only take a one-goal lead into halftime. The guests were upset about that missed penalty early on.

After the break, Diaz continued to terrorize the Braga defense with his quick feet. The Spanish player had a shot blocked, and then Matheus saved the rebound. Rodrygo also had a shot blocked by Matheus.

Real Madrid - Braga - 09-11-2023

Madrid did score a second goal, which they deserved, on 58 minutes. Vinicius Jr. was set up by Vazquez in the penalty area. The Brazilian jinked onto his right foot and then hit a beautiful low shot into the bottom corner.

Soon after, two goals turned into three when Rodrygo finished off a stunning counterattack with a smart chip from Vinicius’ pass. The Brazilian duo played so well together that the game was over. Braga would need the most miraculous events to make a dramatic return.

Real Madrid - Braga - 09-11-2023

The Portuguese team didn’t get that surprise, though. Madrid kept testing the Braga defense even though they took their foot off the gas. The hosts won easily and got three points, which was enough to get them out of Group C after their fourth straight Champions League win.

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