Real Madrid secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Braga. Goals from Brahim Diaz, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo ensured Real Madrid’s 100% record in Group C, putting them at the top with 12 points from four games. Despite resting some regular starters, Real Madrid maintained their dominance and could secure top spot with just a point in their next game against Napoli. Braga currently sits in third place with four points, while Union Berlin is at the bottom with only one point.
Real Madrid faced an early scare when they conceded a penalty in the fourth minute due to a foul by Lucas Vazquez. However, goalkeeper Andriy Lunin saved Alvaro Djalo’s weak penalty, keeping Real Madrid in control of the game. Vazquez was involved in another controversial challenge in the 20th minute, but he escaped punishment, allowing Real Madrid to take charge. Brahim Diaz opened the scoring in the 27th minute, assisted by Rodrygo, who provided a low cross. Diaz had another chance to extend the lead in the 55th minute, but goalkeeper Matheus made two impressive saves. Vinicius Jr doubled the lead in the 58th minute, and three minutes later, Rodrygo sealed the victory with a brilliant chip over the goalkeeper.
Man-of-the-match Rodrygo expressed his delight with the team’s performance, highlighting the perfect game, three goals, and clean sheet. He praised the squad’s depth and quality, emphasizing that when they are in good form, it is difficult to stop them from scoring. Rodrygo also expressed his satisfaction with the qualification for the next round and hopes for continued success in the upcoming games.
Overall, Real Madrid’s victory against Braga solidified their position in the Champions League and showcased their strength and depth as a team.
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