Moises parts the Partizan defence
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Braga kept alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stages with their first ever UEFA Champions League away win at Partizan Belgrade.

Brazilian defender Moises scored the only goal of the game with a header after 35 minutes to complete a double over their Group H rivals, who they beat 2-0 a fortnight ago.

Braga's win moved them up to six points after four games, three behind joint leaders Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk, who beat their English rivals 2-1 tonight.

For Partizan, their hopes of even qualifying for the UEFA Europa League were ended, as they remained pointless. The Serbian champions started strongly and threatened twice early on with Sasa Ilic bending a long-range free-kick wide before Cleo drew a good save from Luiz Felipe.

Home goalkeeper Stojkovic, who spent a brief spell at Braga three seasons ago, was called into action for the first time after 11 minutes when he held onto weak efforts from Luis Aguiar and Matheus.

Braga started to increase the pressure on the home goal and Aguiar fizzed a shot from the edge of the area just over. Cesar drilled a 25-yard shot wide of the right post before the away side were rewarded for their spell of pressure with the game's opener after 35 minutes.

Moises made good ground to meet a cross and headed powerfully into the top-left corner from 12 yards. It was no more than the Portuguese side deserved and they were quickly back on the offensive a minute later as the dangerous Aguiar flashed in a shot that Mladen Krstajic blocked.

Partizan were looking impotent as an attacking force, a fact underlined by striker Moreira just before half-time when he mis-hit a poor effort straight at Felipe.

Matheus, who scored the second in Braga's win over Partizan a fortnight ago, went close to adding his name to the score again after 55 minutes when he drilled a low shot that Stojkovic tipped away.

Partizan started to show some sign of finding a way back as the game reached the hour mark, although Ivica Iliev harmlessly shooting into the arms of Felipe. Radosav Petrovic fired a warning shot with a scorching 30-yard drive that flew past the right-hand post before Felipe made the save of the game to keep out a Moreira volley from close range.

Petrovic then flashed two efforts wide late on as the Serbian side made a late rally, but they were unable to snatch their first point of the competition.