Real Madrid cruise past Braga to reach last 16 for 26th consecutive season

Real Madrid cruised past Sporting Braga at the Bernabeu to reach the last 16 of the Champions League for the 26th consecutive time

Real Madrid are safely through to the last 16 of the Champions League after a 3-0 win over Braga at the Bernabeu tonight.

Goals from Brahim Diaz, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo put Braga to the sword in a resounding win for the 14-time winners, who have extended their all-time unbeaten home record against sides from Portugal to 11 matches.

Real advanced to the knockout stages for the 26th consecutive season.

Braga missed the chance to go ahead when Alvaro Djalo’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Andriy Lunin after Lucas Vazquez fouled Cristian Borja in the area.

Diaz also had a goal disallowed, with Vinicius committing a foul in the build-up.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now unbeaten in their last nine home games in the Champions League.

Jude Bellingham was on the bench for Real because of a shoulder problem, the first time since he joined the club that he has not started a Champions League match.

With Real safely through, they only need a point against Napoli on matchday five in three weeks’ time to secure top spot in Group C.

Ancelotti’s men will be hoping that they can wrestle back first-place off Girona in La Liga too at the weekend when they welcome Valencia to the Bernabeu.

Braga , meanwhile, remain on three points and need a huge turnaround in the final two fixtures if they are going to make the last 16, with a spot in the Europa League now most likely.

Jorge’s side host Union Berlin next in the group, after the German club got off the mark with a draw in Naples earlier today.

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