Omurwa features as Estrela suffer defeat to Braga

STARS ABROAD Omurwa features as Estrela suffer defeat to Braga

Mark Kinyanjui 09:48 - 29.09.2023

The Harambee Stars defender had a decent individual outing despite his side's 4-2 humiliation.

Harambee Stars defender Johnstone Omurwa returned to the starting lineup as Estrela Amaradora were beaten 4-2 by Braga in a Liga Portugal match played at the Estádio José Gomes on Thursday evening.

Omurwa, who had been dropped in the last outing against Chaves on Saturday and subbed off at halftime during their defeat to FC Porto 10 days ago, did have a decent individual outing and was statistically the side’s best defender on the night.

Defensively, he looked assured. He made two clearances, two tackles, and interceptions, won two of his three attempted aerial duels, and won four out of six ground duels.

In possession, he looked even better. He made four out of six successful long balls, succeeded at finding a teammate with a pass 47 out of 55 times, made one successful dribble attempt, and could even have had an assist, although by quite a long shot as he registered a 0.01 expected assist ration (xG ration).

The visitors opened the scoring through Alvaro Djalo in the 13th minute, before he added his second of the night in the 49th minute.

Simon Banza then made it three in the 68th minute, which momentarily made the game look impossible for Estrela to make any comeback.

However, Estrela reduced the deficit in quick succession. They netted their first goal in the 75th minute through Kikas, before scoring another four minutes later through Jean Phelipe.

Estrela continued pushing for an equaliser, but their hearts would be sunk as in the 94th minute, Ricardo Horta sealed it for Braga by scoring the fourth goal, which gave them a 4-2 win.

The result now means Braga are fourth in the league, three points behind league leaders Sporting Lisbon, while Estrela, who were promoted to the league last season, are 15th, one point above the relegation zone on five points, level with Potrimonese but having played a game more.