Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was relieved to have banished his penalty demons against Braga, but admitted it was a close thing.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were somewhat fortunate to come away with a win against the Portuguese, having not looked terribly convincing for long periods.
After being behind for much of the game following Alan’s early penalty, Manchester United rallied following a short break due to a power cut and proceeded to score three goals in the last ten minutes.
The Red Devils were helped somewhat by some calamitous goalkeeping and schoolboy defending, though the outcome could have been different if Rooney’s slip for the penalty had have caused him to miss it.
The England striker was fortunate it went in this time or it would have been a second spot kick in a row missed – he shot wide in the win over Arsenal at Old Trafford last Saturday.
Rooney acknowledged this and admitted he breathed a sigh of relief when he saw the ball float into the top corner.
“Obviously I was disappointed at the weekend, not only to miss but to miss the target,” he is quoted as saying by The Independent.
“I said after the game it wasn't good enough and (against Braga) I was a bit fortunate; I slipped but thankfully it's gone in so I'm happy with that.
“At the time it happened so quick, but obviously I've seen it going towards the goal and the keeper going the other way.
“I was happy with it going in but obviously I've been quite lucky with that.”
The win meant United have now qualified for the next round, a stark contrast to the group stage exit last season.