Soccer-Ten-man Braga keep last-16 hopes alive with Union draw


Soccer Football - Champions League - Group C - S.C. Braga v 1. FC Union Berlin - Estadio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal - November 29, 2023 S.C. Braga's Ricardo Horta in action with 1. FC Union Berlin's Lucas Tousart REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

BRAGA, Portugal (Reuters) - Ten-man Sporting Braga came from a goal down to draw 1-1 at home with Union Berlin in Champions League Group C on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16.

Midfielder Robin Gosens gave Union the lead three minutes before halftime when he sent a low shot past Braga keeper Matheus before the hosts levelled through Alvaro Djalo after the break with an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

The Portuguese side were left with 10 men after the half-hour mark when Union forward Kevin Behrens was fouled by Sikou Niakate, who was initially shown a yellow card that was upgraded to a red following a VAR review.

Braga, third in the standings with four points, can still finish in the top two if they beat second-placed Napoli by more than one goal in the final game next month. The Italian champions won 2-1 in Portugal.

Leaders Real Madrid, who had already clinched a last-16 spot, top the group with 15 points following a 4-2 win over Napoli. Union are bottom on two points.

(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk, editing by Ed Osmond)

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