Braga win numbers game before ball is kicked

London: Braga made an impression before a ball was kicked on their Champions League debut against Arsenal on Wednesday when their teamsheet left reporters scratching their heads.

The Portuguese side, appearing in the group stages of the competition for the first time, named a side with a bizarre set of shirt numbers totalling a massive 427.

Midfielder Vandinho, one of six Brazilians in the team, was listed as No. 88, striker Matheus was due to run out wearing 99 and goalkeeper Felipe in number 84.

Braga, runners-up to Benfica in Portugal last season, also had 11 players on their team sheet, including substitutes, going by a single name, with Alan, a modest number 30, set to lead the attack.

Bureau Report