SC BRAGA v WEST HAM UNITED
TORNEIO DO GUADIANA
ESTÁDIO MUNICIPAL DE PORTIMÃO
TUESDAY 6 AUGUST 2013
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Final score - SC Braga 1-0 West Ham United
Unfortunately, the laptop crashed during the shootout! Profuse apologies for this, but the shootout finished 3-3 after Mohamed Diame saw his penalty saved low down by Eduardo. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.
West Ham United 3-3 SC Braga - And the shootout finishes all-square as Adrian is sent the wrong way from the spot by Edinho and Braga draw level with the final kick.
West Ham United 3-2 SC Braga - Diame's weak penalty is saved low down to his left by Eduardo.
West Ham United 3-2 SC Braga - The Braga player Agra steps up scores emphatically, high into the net.
West Ham United 3-1 SC Braga - Potts hits his penalty well, but Eduardo guesses right and saves diving to his right.
West Ham United 3-1 SC Braga - Alan uses the shuffle run-up too before sending Adrian the wrong way.
West Ham United 3-0 SC Braga - Collison smashes the ball high into the net. Again, Eduardo guesses wrong. This is a rout!
West Ham United 2-0 SC Braga - Adrian makes another fine save, refusing to be put off by Vinicius' strange run-up. West Ham in control.
West Ham United 2-0 SC Braga - Ricardo Vaz Te slams it low and down the middle and Eduardo obligingly dives out of the way. Very kind of him.
West Ham United 1-0 SC Braga - Adrian springs to his left and pushes Santos' penalty away. Great save from the Spaniard.
West Ham United 1-0 SC Braga - Kevin Nolan sends Eduardo the wrong way and drives the ball low into the net.
95 mins - That's it. Braga have won. Now we'll win the penalties. Mark my words.
93 mins - I don't think we're going to see a 1999 Champions League final-style comeback, unfortunately. Eduardo collects Nolan's flick-on. Time is almost up.
90 mins - West Ham win a free-kick for offside. Adrian launches it long, Collins wins it but not before being whistled for a push. We're going to have FOUR added minutes. Come on West Ham! You can still save this and bring the trophy home.
87 mins - Nolan brings down Alan late and gets a yellow card. Free-kick to Braga about 30 yards out in a central position. Agra has a go, but curls over the top in his luminous boots.
87 mins - At least we should have some shots on target during the penalty shootout that will follow the final whistle. You would hope so, anyway!
85 mins - Edinho is on for Yazalde for the final few minutes.
83 mins - It's just not really happened for West Ham tonight, for whatever reason. Before we get too downbeat, though, let's remember that we played last night too, whereas Braga were sitting comfortably in their armchairs. We are also resting a host of regulars tonight, including Jaaskelainen, Reid, Jarvis, Cole and Noble.
81 mins - The ball drops to Vaz Te from a defensive header about 20 yards out. Vaz has a go on the volley, but it's not his best effort and the ball bobbles away and thuds into the advertising board.
80 mins - Morrison runs at the Braga defence after a decent pass from Morrison. Collison will take the free-kick from the left corner of the box but it's clipped and is a routine catch for Eduardo.
76 mins - Ruddock is shown the yellow card after clipping Rafa as the midfielder runs past him. Rafa is immediately replaced by Salvador Agra. West Ham bring on Potts for Rat.
71 mins - Diame spots Eduardo just off his line, but he doesn't get enough on his effort from near halfway and the goalkeeper catches with ease. Moments later, Ruddock's hurried clearances almost leads to an opening for Braga, but the Hammers survive.
70 mins - Better football as Collins sweeps a diagonal out to Rat on the left. He plays a one-two with Nolan and the skipper goes again, gets to the byline and clips the ball back towards Vaz Te and Morrison inside the box, but Eduardo collects above his head.
68 mins - Defensive midfielder Mauro has a speculative go on the volley from 30 yards. Adrian flies to his left to push the ball away. The Spaniard is up quickly and collects the rolling ball near the byline. Good save from the new goalkeeper.
65 mins - Silva is replaced, with the ponytailed Alan coming on in his place.
63 mins - Goal! Vinicius finds Silva, who plays the ball into Yazalde on the edge of the penalty area. Yazalde turns and has a shot from inside the box. It's low and Adrian pushes it out with his right hand. Rafa reacts quickest and fires the ball into the net from about 12 yards. Braga lead.
62 mins - Tomkins is replaced by Pelly Ruddock and Kevin Nolan is on for Taylor. Can the skipper nick a winner for his side?
58 mins - If West Ham can score, we might be denied the opportunity of watching another surreal penalty shootout as the Hammers will have won the tournament. Last night, we finished 4-4 on spot-kicks with Sporting, which was a bit weird.
55 mins - Collison is lucky not to be booked as his touch allows Silva to regain possession. Collison pulls the midfielder back by the arm. Free-kick, but no card shown.
52 mins - No11 Silva has a shot from 30 yards and he's hurt himself as he lets fly. He rolls around on the turf and needs the physio on. He kicked Diarra after shooting. Adrian gathered the shot anyway.
50 mins - Nothing has happened in the opening five minutes of the second period. On the plus side, I've worked out the Braga substitutions. Eduardo has replaced Cristiano in goal, Vinicius is on for Coelho at centre-back, while Hebert has made way for Florent at left-back. In midfield, Barbosa is off and Pedro is on.
46 mins - We're back underway here in Portimao.
Morrison is on at half-time for Maiga. Vaz Te will play through the middle. Braga have made a host of changes. Eduardo is on in goal and I'll get the other changes for you as soon as I've worked them out.
Half-time score - SC Braga 0-0 West Ham United
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47 mins - It's half-time, thankfully. I'm sure the second half will be better. It has to be.
45 mins - Into the final minute of the opening half and I must confess I won't be sad to see half-time arrive. This hasn't been a classic by any means. However, I'm sure Saturday's visit of Pacos de Ferreira will be, and you can get tickets now by clicking here.
43 mins - Will we have the breakthrough before half-time? Braga win a corner off Collison, but Barbosa balloons it miles over everyone and the ball curls out for a goal kick. Diamanti!
40 mins - Vaz Te crosses and the ball is sliced out as far as Taylor. His touch is a bit loose and the ball finds Rat, whose initial shot is blocked and second effort loops miles over the top.
39 mins - Braga arguably should lead. Carlos leads the charge down the middle and there is no midfielder to slow him down. He draws the defenders out slightly before feeding left to Barbosa in space. The No10 crosses low first-time for Carlos again, but he cannot keep his side-foot effort down and it flies narrowly over the crossbar.
38 mins - West Ham have had some better possession in recent moments. First, Maiga turns sharply and nearly plays in Collison, but the ball is just under hit. Then, Diarra wins a corner as he leaps for a header, but the flag kick comes to nothing.
33 mins - Barbosa is getting plenty of practice at his Diamanti impressions. He gets another now as Diarra commits a foul. No, it's Coelho who is going to blast it... He does, low and through the wall. Adrian dives but the ball beats both him and the post by about a yard. Close call. Goal kick, but I think that took a slight deflection off a heel and should have been a corner.
30 mins - Braga win a corner. Barbosa takes and Collins heads powerfully clear at the near post. Vaz Te leads the charge and tries to play a long-distance one-two with Collison, but the return is too strong and the Archbishops regain possession.
27 mins - Captain Coelho obviously fancies himself from long-range as he has another go from about 35 yards. He catches it fairly well, but again the ball bounces harmlessly wide of Adrian's goal. The Spaniard has had very little to do so far.
24 mins - Another smashed left-foot free-kick from Barbosa comes to nothing. He looks nothing like the Italian, but Barbosa's style of delivery reminds me of Alessandro Diamanti!
23 mins - Braga are utilising a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation. Baiano, Coelho, Santos and Hebert are the back four, with Carlos and Mauro sitting deep. Rafa, Silva and Barbosa are interchanging behind central forward Yazalde.
21 mins - Demel pulls back striker Yazalde. It's not his first offence and the referee Fernando Santos shows the right-back the yellow card. We saw a few yellows last night... Diarra heads Barbosa's free-kick away for a throw.
18 mins - The action continues as Collison collects a loose clearance, cuts inside and slices his shot well wide under pressure from Baiano.
17 mins - A first shot in anger from the Hammers. Diame prods the ball through for Maiga down the right channel. He runs to the box, checks and sees his cross blocked and fall back to Diame. He takes a touch and rifles well over from 25 yards. Seconds later, Barbosa has a snap-shot that bounces a few yards wide.
14 mins - More work for Adrian as Carlos beats Taylor in midfield and shoots low with his right-foot after running at Tomkins. The shot has no venom in it and Adrian can make the easy save low down in front of him.
12 mins - Some action for Adrian as Barbosa whips in a free-kick from the right after Rat had committed a foul. Adrian parries and Collins scrambles the ball behind for a corner. It's taken short and then back to Barbosa, whose left-foot whipped delivery is cleared by Vaz Te at the near post.
11 mins - You can view an exclusive gallery of images from tonight's game in Portimao on our official Facebook page.
10 mins - West Ham are harrying their opponents well and not allowing Braga to settle into any sort of rhythm.
7 mins - Diarra uses his strength to win the ball back and then clears it straight into the Braga dugout. That doesn't go down well with the Archbishops' coaching staff. Moments later, Diarra is penalised for a foul and gets a talking to from the referee. The free-kick is taken short by Barbosa to Silva and his cross is shinned behind for a corner by Taylor. Adrian punches Barbosa's corner upfield and Demel is fouled on the edge of the box. Free-kick to the Hammers.
6 mins - It's been a bitty start to the game. Neither team has taken control of proceedings. Tactically, it's Demel, Collins, Tomkins and Rat across the back, Diarra holding with Diame to his right and Taylor to his left. Up front, Vaz Te is wide right, Collison wide left and Maiga through the middle.
3 mins - Demel commits a foul about 30 yards out and skipper Coelho fancies belting this from about 30 yards-plus. He does, trying a Ronaldo-style toe-punt, but the ball actually hits his own team-mate Barbosa on the edge of the box. Hmmm...
9.14pm - A minute or so early, West Ham kick-off. After a half-full stadium last night, there are just a few hundred supporters here in Portimao tonight. I might venture that there are more West Ham fans here than supporters of Braga!
9.10pm - The teams are with us. James Collins is captaining the Hammers tonight. Nuno Andre Coelho is wearing the armband for Braga. West Ham will kick-off...
9pm - We've got a few free videos for you to watch on the official West Ham TV YouTube channel. We've got a game of two-touch on the pitch here in Portimao, plus footage of the starting XI warming-up and Adrian being put through his paces by goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson. Meanwhile, we also have the SC Braga team news...
SC Braga: Cristiano, Coelho, Luiz Carlos, Helder Barbosa, Luis Silva, Baiano, Rafa, Yazalde, Santos, Mauro, Hebert
Subs: Eduardo, Joao Pedro, Florent, Vinicius, Agra, Alan, Edinho
8.10pm - We've got the West Ham team news for you now:
West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Rat, Collins, Tomkins, Diarra, Diame, Taylor, Vaz Te, Collison, Maiga
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Potts, O'Brien, Reid, Ruddock, Lletget, Noble, Nolan, Morrison, Jarvis, Cole, Lee
Good evening and welcome back to Portimao for tonight's Guadiana Tournament fixture between West Ham United and SC Braga.
The Hammers will win the three-team pre-season competition if they overcome the team which finished fourth in the Portuguese Primeira Division last season, having already overcome Sporting Clube de Portugal 3-2 at the same venue on Monday.
Diego Capel fired Sporting in front from the penalty spot before a Kevin Nolan goal and two from Ravel Morrison put West Ham in control. The Hammers were made to sweat late on when William Carvalho touched home a free-kick, but Sam Allardyce's side held on to secure a deserved triumph. Should they win tonight, the Hammers will take the trophy home with them to England in the morning!
However, it will be no easy task against the UEFA Europa League qualifiers, who have recently appointed Jesualdo Ferreira as manager for the second time. The 67-year-old has managed more than a dozen sides during a long and illustrious career, winning three Portuguese titles during a four-year spell in charge at FC Porto. He previously managed Braga between 2003 and 2006.
Tonight, Sam Allardyce fields a different-looking team to the one which overcame Sporting, with the likes of Adrian, James Collins, Mohamed Diame and Jack Collison all expected to be involved after being rested on Monday night.
Braga finished fourth in the Primeira Liga last term, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League Play-Off round. The Archbishops will be facing the Hammers for the second pre-season in succession, having held Sam Allardyce's side to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio AXA in August 2012, when Winston Reid scored a late equaliser. However, Braga have a much-changed squad to the one which held the Hammers a year ago, with a host of new signings hoping to make their mark this evening.
Braga have been very active in the transfer market in recent months, bringing in a host of new players to complement an already strong squad. Goalkeeper Cassio has come in from Pacos de Ferreira, as have striker Edinho from Malaga, Vitor Bastos from Vitoria de Guimaraes, Welthon from Gremio, Joaozinho from Beira-Mar, Salvador Agra from Real Betis Balompie, Nigerian Chidi Osuchukwu from Dolphins, Vinicius from Maritimo, Rafa from Feirense, Serbian Aleksandar Miljkovic from Partizan and Eduardo from Genoa. Former Newcastle United midfielder Hugo Viana has departed for Al Ahli in Dubai.
Vinicius was among the scorers as Braga fought back from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham's Barclays Premier League rivals Norwich City last Friday evening.
A penalty shoot-out will be held after the final whistle, which will be used to decide the final tournament positions in the event that teams have level points, goal difference and goals. West Ham and Sporting drew 4-4 in their shootout on Monday, with the goals being added to teams' totals if they end the competition tied.