Braga grants Bratislava a point with late own goal in Europa League

2019-10-05 11:56:39 GMT2019-10-05 19:56:39(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BRATISLAVA, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Slovan Bratislava football club draw 2-2 with Sporting Braga on Friday and still leads group K of the UEFA Europa League with four points after two rounds.

After a 4-2 win against Besiktas Istanbul in the first round of the group stage of the Europa League, Slovan Bratislava earned a vital point in Braga. Bruno Viana opened the scoring on home turf with a nifty header after a set-piece by Andre Horta in the 31st minute. Bratislava's top-scorer Andraz Sporar evened things up in the extra-time of the first half. He was awarded a penalty shot which got saved by Braga's goalkeeper initially but the ball bounced back to Sporar who had no trouble capitalizing on the second chance, 1-1.

Wenderson Galeno put the home team in the lead again in the 63rd minute, bending a beautiful long shot from the left corner of the penalty box past the powerless goalkeeper of the visitors Dominik Greif.

After scoring the match opener, Bruno Viana's luck turned late in the game. The 24-year-old Brazilian-born defender tried to clear the ball into safety on Erik Daniel's center pass in the 87th minute but scored an own goal instead, gifting Bratislava the 2-2 tie and a point for the rankings.

Braga occupies second place in Group K of the Europa League with four points. Bratislava leads thanks to a better overall score. Wolverhampton is third after winning in last-placed Istanbul 1-0 on Thursday.