Man Utd 3 Sporting Braga 2

Javier Hernandez

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Sport­ing Club Braga 2, Old Traf­ford, UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Group Sta­ge, Oct­ober 23, 2012. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson sing­led Javi­er Hernandes out for praise af­ter he earned Man­chester Uni­ted a ho­me vic­tory ag­ainst Sport­ing Braga. Uni­ted came from 2-0 down to win the mat­ch 3-2 thanks to an amaz­ing brace by Chi­charito and a Jon­ny Evans goal.

Man­chester Uni­ted came from be­ing two goals down to over­come Primeira Liga out­fit Sport­ing Braga by three goals to two in the UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue. A double from Alan han­ded the away te­am a 2-0 lead, but a Chi­charito brace plus a goal from North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al de­fender Jon­ny Evans ev­entually saw Uni­ted run out de­served win­ners. The Es­ta­dio Mu­ni­cip­al de Braga club made a ter­rif­ic start and the Por­tuguese si­de were 2-0 up with­in the fir­st twenty min­utes of the open­ing whistle. The Arch­bish­ops went in­to an early 1-0 lead when for­mer New­castle Uni­ted and Va­lencia mid­fielder Hugo Vi­ana sent a dan­ger­ous high ball in­to the box where dread­locked stri­ker Alan was wait­ing to head it ho­me in the sec­ond min­ute of the en­counter. And af­ter twenty min­utes of in­tense ac­tion, Eder played the ball to the ir­re­press­ible Alan who be­at Da­vid de Gea in the Man­chester Uni­ted goal at the near post to pro­vide the vis­it­ing te­am wi­th a 2-0 ad­vant­age. But Man­chester Uni­ted hit back just five min­utes la­ter as Shinji Ka­gawa bril­liantly cros­sed for Javi­er Her­nandez who nod­ded the ball pa­st the Sport­ing Braga goal­keeper Beto and in­to the back of the net. Then, in the sixty-third min­ute, a dan­ger­ous cor­ner-kick from Robin van Per­sie ev­entually ar­rived at the feet of Evans who some­how ma­naged to squeeze the ball over the chalked line to re­gister the equal­iser for Man­chester United.

Wi­th some fif­teen min­utes re­maining on Ser­bi­an mat­ch of­fi­cial Mi­lorad Mazic´s Swiss made watch, an ab­so­lutely mag­ni­fi­cent cross from dy­nam­ic mid­field work­horse Tom Clev­er­ley fou­nd the ever op­por­tun­ist­ic Chi­charito who­se well pla­ced head­er went bey­ond the phys­ic­al reach of the Por­tuguese shot stop­per and in­to the net to make the fi­nal sco­reline of the con­test read 3-2 in the fa­vour of Man­chester Uni­ted. Fol­low­ing the hard fou­ght and nar­row win over Jose Peseiro´s Sport­ing Braga, Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s Uni­ted troops now had a max­im­um nine points from their three open­ing en­coun­ters to top Group H. A pro­lif­ic marks­man, Javi­er Her­nandez had now notched up thirty-five goals in a total of ninety fir­st te­am out­ings for Man­chester Uni­ted since ar­riv­ing at Old Traf­ford from Club De­port­ivo Guadala­jara at the start of the 2010-11 sea­son. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “Javi­er Her­nandez is im­prov­ing all the time. He is fant­ast­ic in train­ing and he is al­ways prac­tising. His goal ra­tio for us is fant­ast­ic. For his sec­ond goal he bends ar­ound the back of the de­fender. It´s a great ball in from Tom Clev­er­ley, but his move­ment is ter­rif­ic. He has giv­en me a prob­lem, but that is a good thing.” Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Ra­fael, Mi­chael Car­rick, Jon­athan Evans, Al­ex­an­der Buttner, Tom Clev­er­ley, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Shinji Ka­gawa, Robin van Per­sie, Way­ne Roo­ney, Javi­er Her­nandez. Sub­stitutes: Sam John­stone, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Ash­ley Young, An­der­son, Rio Fer­dinand, Ry­an Gig­gs, Nani. Sport­ing Braga Te­am: Beto, Nu­no Co­elho, Eld­er­son Ech­iejile, Cus­todio, Le­andro Sa­lino, Paulo Vini­cius, Ruben, Ruben Amor­im, Hugo Vi­ana, Alan, Eder. Sub­stitutes: Quim, An­i­bal, Bai­ano, Held­er Barbosa, Mar­cio Mos­soro, Michel, Ze Luis.

 

Javier Hernandez Quickfacts

Javi­er Her­nandez sco­red his fir­st Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue goal for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 1-0 win ag­ainst Span­ish La Liga te­am Va­lencia at Es­ta­dio Mestalla on the twenty-ninth of Septem­ber 2010.

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