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Champions League wrap: Penalty heartbreak for Udinese

A poorly taken penalty from Maicosuel cost Udinese a spot in the Champions League group stage after a 5-4 shootout loss to Sporting Braga.

After the two clubs played out the second 1-1 draw of their two-legged Champions League playoff, extra time and, eventually, penalties were required to separate them.

With the shootout locked at 2-2, Maicosuel stepped up and tried to trick Braga's goalkeeper Beto and chip the ball down the middle, but the 30-year-old gloveman kept his feet and made an easy save.

Braga's Eder, Paulo Cesar and Ruben Micael scored their subsequent penalties to send the Portuguese club into the group stage of this season's Champions League, ensuring Italy will only have two representatives at that stage for the first time since the 1998/99 tournament.

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