Real Madrid Secure Spot in Champions League Last 16 with Convincing Win Over Braga

Real Madrid continued their impressive form in this season’s Champions League, sealing their place in the last 16 with a 3-0 victory over Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu. The win maintained their flawless record in the competition.

Carlo Ancelotti made several changes to the starting lineup following a draw with Rayo Vallecano, and one significant alteration was Andriy Lunin’s inclusion. The Ukrainian goalkeeper was thrust into action after Kepa Arrizabalaga sustained an injury during the warm-up, and he immediately made his presence felt in the match.

Lunin dived to his right to deny Alvaro Djalo’s penalty, a chance that could have given Braga an early lead after Lucas Vazquez fouled Christian Borja in the box. His save delighted his teammates and the home crowd.

Brahim Diaz, who has seen limited opportunities this season, opened the scoring for Real Madrid in the 30th minute, slotting home Rodrygo’s cutback for his second goal in two starts.

After the halftime break, Real Madrid extended their lead. Vinicius Junior, ending a four-match scoreless streak, made it 3-0 before setting up Rodrygo for a third just minutes later.

The result solidified Real Madrid’s position atop Group C, maintaining a five-point lead over Napoli, whom they will face at the Bernabeu on Matchday 5.

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