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Spartak Moscow 1-2 Braga; Guimaraes 1-0 FCSB

Spartak Moscow 1-2 Braga; Guimaraes 1-0 FCSB

Both Braga and Guimaraes earned victories in their respective Europa League second legs to advance to the group stage of Europe’s secondary competition.

Braga had talisman Ricardo Horta to thank, who bagged both goals for his side, his first a delightful long-range effort.

Many would have tipped Spartak to come out on top in that outings, but Braga proved that they are a team with European pedigree and the capability to perform well in this competition.

Guimaraes, meanwhile, just about edged through against FCSB. After a first leg stalemate, there was all to play for in Portugal, and Guimaraes just about edged past FCSB, a second-half penalty all that separated the sides.

Nevertheless, it means Portugal still have all 5 of their clubs in European competition, one of only 4 nations to be able to boast a 100% presence in the group stage of both the Champions League and Europa League.

Guimaraes 6-0 Ventspils (agg. 9-0)

Guimaraes 6-0 Ventspils (agg. 9-0)