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Chinaza Uchendu helps Sporting Braga reach Portuguese Taca de liga final

Nigeria's Chinaza Uchendu and Cameroon's Farida Machia were in superb form as Sporting Braga clinched a 3-0 victory against city rivals Sporting CP in Saturday's Portuguese Taca de liga clash.

Nigeria’s Chinaza Uchendu and Cameroon’s Farida Machia were in superb form as Sporting Braga clinched a 3-0 victory against city rivals Sporting CP in Saturday’s Portuguese Taca de liga clash.

The Super Falcons star was a second-half substitute while the Indomitable Lionesses forward made an impactful start as the visitors claimed the maximum points to clinch their final berth.

Braga came into the encounter, needing nothing short of a win over their second-placed rivals in a bid to finish in the top two spots and Vanessa Marques gave them the lead 25 minutes into the match.

After the break, Miguel Santos introduced Regina Pereiraas and Uchendu as replacements for Machia and Denali Murnan in the 72nd minute and the Nigerian doubled the lead three minutes from time.

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Andreia Norton netted the third and final goal of the tie deep inside injury time to ensure Santos’ team edged the hosts to victory.

Uchendu, on her 18th appearance in all competitions this season, has now scored eight goals and provided several assists for Braga.

The Nigeria international helped the Catalans maintain their winning run as super-sub Kheira Hamraoui stole the show with her late extra-time strike to ensure Barcelona edged past Deportivo.

The win saw Braga finish second with six points from three matches to confirm their place in the final of the tournament.

They will face in the final, SL Benfica, who claimed top spot with seven points following a 4-0 triumph over CF Benfica on Sunday.

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