Match report: Braga 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Sheffield Wednesday fans in Portugal to witness their side play Braga
Sheffield Wednesday fans in Portugal to witness their side play Braga
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Carlos Carvalhal played for, captained and managed Braga.

The Primeira Liga side will forever be a club close to Carvalhal’s heart.

But make no mistake, the Wednesday boss wanted to put one over them in his homeland last night

While the Owls ultimately failed to get the result Carvalhal was looking for, he will have been encouraged by their performance.

Carvalhal watched on as striker Caolan Lavery cancelled out Rodrigo Pinho’s first half effort.

For long spells after the re-start, the Owls dominated but they were undone by a close range strike from Alan.

Braga started on the front foot and came close to opening the scoring after four minutes with Pinho shooting inches wide.

But Wednesday did not heed that warning and Pinho duly punished them four minutes later following a swift counter attack, firing in from 12 yards.

Things went from bad to worse for Wednesday in the 13th minute when Keiren Westwood was forced off with an injury.

Vincent Sasso, on a season long-loan deal from Braga, was yellow carded just after the half hour mark following a late tackle on the lively Pinho.

And even more Portugal action

And even more Portugal action

It took a fine last-ditch challenge by Willy Boly to deny Lavery a sight at goal as the Owls kept on pressing.

Wednesday more than held their own in the sweltering heat and Ross Wallace had an effort comfortably kept out by Stanislav Kritsyuk before Alex Lopez had a penalty shout turned down on the stroke of half-time following a collision with Baiano.

Carvalhal shuffled his pack at half-time, throwing on Stevie May, Filipe Melo and captain Glenn Loovens.

Wednesday nearly restored parity in the 55th minute when Lewis McGugan, their top performer, saw his clever chip hit the crossbar and bounce to safety.

Moments later, McGugan blazed a free-kick over before Lavery levelled things up with a quarter of the match remaining following a good through ball by May.

But Braga edged a hard-fought friendly after Owls switched off from a Tiago Gomes corner, allowing Alan to volley home.

Braga: Kritciuk; Baiano, Boly, A. Pinto, Djavan; Vukcevic, Luiz Carlos P. Santos, Rafah; R. Pinho, Crislan.

Wednesday: Westwood (Price 13); Palmer (Hunt 79), Sasso (Loovens HT), Lees, Helan; Semedo (Melo HT), Lopez (Lee 79), McGugan; Matias, Wallace (May HT), Lavery (Nuhiu 79).

# The Star is making a donation to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice as part of an agreement with Sheffield Wednesday over coverage of their pre-season trip to Portugal.

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