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Guimarães and Braga seek to confirm play-off qualification

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The Ivo Vieira-led club from Vimaranense easily triumphed in their 3-0 visit to Latvia with goals from Davidson (30 minutes), Pepê Rodrigues (50) and Joseph Amoah (80) and on Wednesday host the hosts. Latvians in the ‘Cradle City’ from 17:00, a challenge that will be directed by the Turkish Halil Umut Meler.

Vitória de Guimarães and Sporting de Braga are set to confirm qualification for the UEFA Europa League play-offs as they host Ventspils and Brondby, respectively, in the second leg of the third qualifying round. The Ivo Vieira-led club from Vimaranense easily triumphed in their 3-0 visit to Latvia with goals from Davidson (30 minutes), Pepê Rodrigues (50) and Joseph Amoah (80) and on Wednesday host the hosts. Latvians in the ‘Cradle City’ from 17:00, a challenge that will be directed by the Turkish Halil Umut Meler.

On their way to Denmark, Sá Pinto’s men only managed to beat Brondby near the end but secured a precious 4-2 lead with goals from Paulinho (18 minutes), André Horta (20), Ricardo Horta (90 + 1) ) and an own goal by Hermannsson (90 + 4), in response to the German ‘bis’ Dominik Kaiser (15 and 49).

The ‘arsenalists’ will only take the field on Thursday at 19:45 at Braga Municipal Stadium to welcome the Danish team under Russian referee Alekei Eskov.

Should they go through this round, they will face in the play-offs either the Romanian FCSB or the Czechs Mladá Boleslav (tied 0-0 in the first match), while Sporting Braga will face Thun or Spartak Moscow, who won in Switzerland by 3-2.

Portuguese Wolverhampton coach Nuno Espirito Santo, who includes compatriots Rui Patrício, Roderick Miranda, Rúben Vinagre, Bruno Jordão, Rúben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Pedro Neto and Diogo Jota, is also part of the second almost guaranteed play-play game. off ‘against Armenia’s 4-0 win against Pyunik.

AEK Greeks, trained by Portuguese Miguel Cardoso and featuring Hélder Lopes, Paulinho, André Simões, Francisco Geraldes, David Simão and Nélson Oliveira in the squad, welcome Romania’s Craiova University with a 2-0 lead.

Well on their way to the next round is the Portuguese international Gonçalo Paciência, with Eintracht Frankfurt, having scored one of the goals (5-0) in the first leg against Luxembourg’s modest Vaduz.

The second leg of the Europe League third qualifying round, the second European club competition, is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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