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In a thrilling Champions League encounter, 10-man Braga staged a remarkable comeback against Union Berlin, with Andre Castro becoming the hero by scoring in stoppage time.
The match was finely balanced at 2-2 when Castro, aged 35, entered the fray as a substitute in the 86th minute. In the dying moments of added time, he struck a powerful shot from the edge of the box, sealing the dramatic victory for Braga.
Union Berlin had initially taken a 2-0 lead with Sheraldo Becker scoring both goals for the German club within the first 37 minutes of the game. However, Braga fought back as Sikou Niakate halved the deficit just before half-time, and Bruma leveled the score six minutes into the second half with a splendid finish.
Castro’s late heroics completed the stunning turnaround for the Portuguese side, leaving Union Berlin stunned. Braga’s coach, Artur Jorge, commended his team’s “emotional strength” for the comeback but remained grounded, acknowledging the challenge of competing in a group that includes Napoli and Real Madrid.
This marked Union Berlin’s second consecutive Champions League defeat, having previously lost to Real Madrid with a late goal in their debut campaign in the competition. As a result, Union Berlin currently occupies the bottom spot in Group C, while Braga is in third place, level on points with Napoli.