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March 27, 2023

Champions League: Rui Pedro delights in CFR’s ‘magnificent night’

Man-of-the-match Rui Pedro says CFR 1907 Cluj will go to Manchester United FC on matchday six with “nothing to lose” after his hat-trick put Group H rivals SC Braga to the sword, uefa.com informs.Rui Pedro reflected on a “magnificent night” for himself and CFR 1907 Cluj after his hat-trick helped the Romanian side remain in contention for a place in the last 16 with a 3-1 Group H victory against SC Braga. The Portuguese midfielder, named UEFA.com users’ Player Rater man of the match, paid tribute to the tactics of coach Paulo Sérgio for a win which sets up a decisive matchday six fixture at Manchester United FC, a game in which CFR “have nothing to lose”.    “I’m very happy with the result and that CFR won the match and have qualified [for at least the UEFA Europa League]. We won because we had an excellent strategy prepared by our coach and one which we respected. We were pragmatic and deserved to win,” Rui Pedro said.In a dizzying first half, former FC Porto trainee Rui Pedro demonstrated unerring finishing, but SC Braga never seemed out of the game even after they were reduced to ten men when Douglão was sent off. However the defeat, and Galatasaray A?’s 1-0 win against Manchester United FC, spelled the end of Braga’s European campaign, while CFR are sure of a UEFA Europa League berth and will forge on in Europe’s top club competition if they can better Galatasaray’s result on matchday six.Within two minutes No30 was on the scoresheet again, this time for Braga. Rúben Micael sprayed a ball out right for Alan to streak in and slip through goalkeeper Felgueiras’s legs for his fifth goal of the group stage. Fragile at one end but fearsome at the other,

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