Braga vs Monaco: UEFA Europa League history, form guide, previous fixtures | UEFA Europa League

Fresh off a dramatic penalty shootout success in the UEFA Europa League knockout stage, Braga return to the Estádio Municipal to face Monaco, who qualified directly for the knockout stages in the fall as the unbeaten winners of Group B.

• Braga scored a hat-trick in qualifying for the UEFA Europa League group stage by picking up ten points in Group F and finishing second behind Crvena zvezda. They then beat champions Moldova Sheriff 3-2 on penalties in February after the two sides won their home game 2-0, ending a run of three successive aggregate defeats in the knockout stage directly from the competition.

• After narrowly missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification last summer, Monaco have won three and drawn three in their UEFA Europa League group stage matches, taking four points apiece from Sturm Graz, at PSV Eindhoven and Real Sociedad.

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Previous meetings
• This is the first meeting of clubs in UEFA competition.

• Braga have lost their previous two knockout ties against French opponents, against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 16 (0-0 a, 0-1 h) and Marseille in UEFA Europa 2017/18. 16th championship finals (0-3 a, 1-0 h). Their only other matches against a French club were also against Marseille, in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage (3-2h, 0-1a).

• Monaco have lost five of their nine matches against Portuguese teams (2 wins, 2 losses), including their 3-0 loss to Porto in the 2004 UEFA Champions League final in Gelsenkirchen. The only time they avoided defeat in Portugal was on their first visit, when they drew 1-1 at Belenenses in the first round first leg of the 1989 European Cup Winners’ Cup/ 90 before winning the draw – their only previous two-legged tie against Portuguese opponents – 4-1 on aggregate. In addition to their three away defeats against Portuguese clubs, Monaco lost the 1992 European Cup Winners’ Cup final in Lisbon, losing 2–0 to Werder Bremen.

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Form Guide
• Braga’s place in the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League group stage and the club’s 17th European qualification in the past 18 years has been achieved on two fronts – with a fourth place in the Portuguese La Liga and a third triumph in the Portuguese Cup, which they won. with a 2-0 win over Benfica in the final. Carlos Carvalhal’s side also reached the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League last season, where they lost 5-1 on aggregate to Roma.

• Second to Leicester City in last season’s group stage, Braga also had to settle for second place this season, a 1-1 draw at home to Crvena zvezda on Matchday 6 leaving them second in the standings. group F behind the champions of Serbia, who had beaten them 2-1 in Belgrade on the first day. Six of Braga’s ten points came at the expense of Ludogorets (1-0a, 4-2), as they took three from Midtjylland (3-1h, 2-3a) to finish one ahead of Danish team.

• The northern Portuguese side are in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 for the third time. Although beaten in the round of 16 in each of their last three appearances, they have a perfect record at this stage of the competition, having knocked out Liverpool in 2010/11 (1-0h, 0-0a) en route to the final . , lost in Dublin against Porto and Fenerbahçe in 2015/16 (0-1 a, 4-1 h).

• Braga’s home record in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 is W6 D2 L4, winning 2-0 against Sheriff last time out after successive defeats to Rangers (0-1) and Roma (0- 2).

• Third in Ligue 1 last season, five points behind defending champions LOSC Lille, Monaco have returned to Europe in 2021/22 after two seasons away.

• The Principality side were aiming for a tenth appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage this season, but after convincingly defeating Sparta Praha in the third qualifying round, Niko Kovač’s side were eliminated after extra time in the play-offs by Shakhtar Donetsk, thus advancing to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, where he established himself as a convincing section winner, beating Sturm (1-0 h, 1-1 a) , Real Sociedad (1-1 a, 2-1 h) and PSV (2-1 h, 0-0 h). Kovač was replaced as head coach in January by Philippe Clément, who arrived from Belgian champion club Club Brugge.

• This is Monaco’s first UEFA Europa League round of 16 appearance, their only previous appearance in the competition proper having ended in the 2015/16 group stage. They were UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in 2016/17.

• Monaco are unbeaten on their European trips this season (W2 D3), but victory in Eindhoven on Matchday 3 is their only away trip in their last ten non-qualifying UEFA competition matches (D5 L4), since a 3-2 victory at Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final first leg of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League.

UEFA Europa League squad changes
In: David Carmo, Dinis Pinto, Bernardo Fontes
Outside: Mario González (Tenerife, loan), Chiquinho (Benfica, late loan), Raul Silva (Estoril, loan), Lucas Piazón, Galeno (Porto)

In: Vanderson (Gremio), Jean Marcelin
Outside: Krepin Diatta, Wilson Isidor (Lokomotiv Moscow)

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• 21-cap Portuguese Monaco international Gelson Martins joined the club from Atlético de Madrid in 2019 after starting his career at Sporting CP, where his record against Braga was W3 D1 L3. He played alongside current Braga players Paulo Oliveira and Iuri Medeiros at the Lisbon club.

• Braga have 19-year-old French midfielder Jean-Baptiste Gorby in their squad. He joined the club as a youngster from the Nantes squad in 2019.

• The clubs met in a goalless friendly in Braga on July 24, 2019.

• Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim managed both clubs. Coaching Braga in 2011/12, he led Monaco to the French Ligue 1 title and UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2016/17.

• Braga have scored exactly 100 UEFA Europa League goals from group stage to final, becoming the 13th club to reach a century in the competition – and Portugal’s third, after Sporting (109) and Benfica (102). ) – when Ricardo Horta hit his second against Sheriff on Feb. 24.

• Appearing for Braga in the first leg of the knockout stage against Sheriff, Roger Fernandes became, at the age of 16 years and 88 days, the youngest participant in the UEFA Europa League, from the group stage to the final.

• Braga are one of three current domestic cup winners in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, along with Barcelona and Crvena zvezda.

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