Birmingham's first European home game in nearly 50 years ended in success as they beat Nacional to make it through to the Europa League group stage.

Having drawn 0-0 in Portugal a week ago, City seized control of the tie via Nathan Redmond's superb drive and a David Murphy header from a corner.

Redmond could have added to the score in the second half but curled an effort against the inside of the post.

Chris Wood did add a third from close range late on to complete a fine win.

In the away leg Chris Hughton's side had hit the woodwork three times but they thrived in a near-capacity St Andrew's, scoring twice in nine first-half minutes to give them a firm grip of the contest.

It was fitting that the lively Redmond, a life-long Blues fan who impressed throughout the match, should be the one to give them the lead with a superb 25-yard strike that found the bottom corner of the net.

Soon after, the lead was doubled as Murphy was credited with a near-post header from Jean Beausejour's corner.

The Blues had plenty of opportunities to add to their lead, with Chris Burke seeing an effort cleared off the line, Nacional keeper Elisson saving well to deny Adam Rooney and Redmond curling a fine effort against the post.

However, Wood rounded off a superb night for City with a close-range finish following a swift counter attack and Blues can now look forward to Friday's draw for the group stage.

Birmingham manager Chris Hughton: "I'm extremely proud. We knew it was going to be a very tough game.

"It was similar to the first leg where Nacional started very well. We took a little while to get into the game but once we did, I thought we were very good value for the win.

"I think if you look at the atmosphere tonight and the performance, you had a team that very much wanted to go through and a full house that very much came to cheer the team on and, if you asked any of them if they wanted to go through, it would be an emphatic 'yes'."

Nacional manager Ivo Vieira: "The fact they are in the second division doesn't mean they are a weak team.

"They beat Arsenal to win the cup. We knew they were strong.

"It was difficult, we tried to impose ourselves but we weren't able to and they got the better of us."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Birmingham

  • 01 Myhill
  • 02 Carr Booked
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke (Asante - 88' )
  • 11 Beausejour
  • 22 Redmond
  • 17 Rooney
  • 39 Wood (Jervis - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 37 Hubbins
  • 38 Kerr
  • 43 Hancox
  • 18 Fahey
  • 25 Asante
  • 36 Jervis

Nacional

  • 01 Elisson
  • 02 Claudemir (Costa - 55' )
  • 03 Felipe Lopes
  • 04 Danielson
  • 44 Tomasevic
  • 11 Candeias Booked
  • 66 Elizeu
  • 88 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Mateus Booked (Oliver - 64' )
  • 10 Diego (Mihelic - 55' )
  • 18 Rondon

Substitutes

  • 12 Valverde
  • 05 Nuno Pinto
  • 06 Todorovic
  • 07 Mihelic
  • 08 Skolnik
  • 20 Costa
  • 23 Oliver
Ref: Bezborodov
Att: 27,698

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

9 1

Corners

4 9

Fouls

12 18

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:59

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jean Beausejour. Rosa Elisson takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Jervis on Aliste Felipe Lopes. Aliste Felipe Lopes takes the free kick.

89:28

Aliste Felipe Lopes challenges Akwasi Asante unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.

86:46

Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

86:46 Substitution

Substitution Jake Jervis replaces Chris Wood.

86:46 Substitution

Substitution Akwasi Asante on for Chris Burke.

86:46

Stephen Carr fouled by Rene Mihelic, the ref awards a free kick.

85:01

Assist on the goal came from Stephen Carr.

85:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Wood - Birmingham 3 - 0 Nacional A goal is scored by Chris Wood from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 3 (3)-(0) 0 Nacional.

82:51

Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Rene Mihelic. Free kick taken by Jose Edgar Costa.

82:42

Chris Burke concedes a free kick for a foul on Dos Santos Luis Alberto. Daniel Candeias takes the free kick.

81:54

Shot by Chris Wood. Save made by Rosa Elisson.

80:03

Foul by Aliste Felipe Lopes on Chris Wood, free kick awarded. Jean Beausejour takes the free kick.

79:00

Chris Wood has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

78:48

Nathan Redmond produces a drilled right-footed shot from close range and strikes the post.

76:51

Chris Burke produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save made by Rosa Elisson.

76:30

Adam Rooney has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Rosa Elisson makes a comfortable save.

75:34

Chris Wood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zarko Tomasevic. Free kick taken by Ferreira Danielson.

74:41

Chris Burke produces a cross, Ferreira Danielson manages to make a clearance.

73:34 Booking

Booking Stephen Carr booked for time wasting.

72:47

Unfair challenge on Adam Rooney by Zarko Tomasevic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.

72:34

Daniel Candeias crosses the ball, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

72:21

Foul by Jonathan Spector on Mario Rondon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mario Rondon.

71:03

Centre by Daniel Candeias.

69:38

Jose Edgar Costa concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Redmond. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jean Beausejour, Mario Rondon makes a clearance.

68:38

Corner taken right-footed by Rene Mihelic from the right by-line, Jonathan Spector makes a clearance.

68:08

Outswinging corner taken by Rene Mihelic from the right by-line played to the near post, David Murphy manages to make a clearance.

67:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Mario Rondon. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

66:41

Jose Edgar Costa concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Carr. Free kick taken by David Murphy.

64:46

The assistant referee flags for offside against Rene Mihelic. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

63:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Wood. Rosa Elisson takes the indirect free kick.

63:19 Substitution

Substitution Minatel Oliver on for da Costa Mateus.

62:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Mario Rondon. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

60:17

Mario Rondon challenges Jean Beausejour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

58:24

Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour.

57:17

Short corner taken by da Costa Mateus.

54:00

Jean Beausejour produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

54:00 Substitution

Substitution Jose Edgar Costa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ferreira Claudemir.

54:00 Substitution

Substitution Rene Mihelic comes on in place of de Lima Diego Barcelos.

54:00 Booking

Booking Daniel Candeias goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

53:50

Unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Daniel Candeias results in a free kick.

53:34

The ball is delivered by Ferreira Claudemir, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

53:27

Unfair challenge on Batista Elizeu by Jean Beausejour results in a free kick. Ferreira Claudemir takes the direct free kick.

52:05

Chris Wood is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Rosa Elisson restarts play with the free kick.

50:22

Foul by Ferreira Danielson on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Stephen Carr takes the direct free kick.

48:51

Jean Beausejour takes the outswinging corner, comfortable save by Rosa Elisson.

48:40

Adam Rooney takes a shot. Fantastic save by Rosa Elisson.

48:14

Unfair challenge on Nathan Redmond by Batista Elizeu results in a free kick. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

46:38

De Lima Diego Barcelos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

42:20

Shot from just outside the area by Daniel Candeias goes over the bar.

41:44

Nathan Redmond produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Adam Rooney misses to the left of the target.

39:35

The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Ferreira Danielson.

38:56

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jean Beausejour, clearance by Ferreira Danielson.

38:41

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, Shot from 18 yards from Adam Rooney. Rosa Elisson makes a save.

38:28

Nathan Redmond crosses the ball.

37:14

Corner taken by Ferreira Claudemir from the right by-line played to the near post, David Murphy manages to make a clearance.

35:51

Shot by Chris Burke. Clearance by Ferreira Claudemir.

35:08

The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Rooney. Rosa Elisson takes the indirect free kick.

33:56

Corner taken by Daniel Candeias from the right by-line, clearance by David Murphy.

32:06

Aliste Felipe Lopes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Wood. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jean Beausejour.

31:09

Direct free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

31:09 Booking

Booking Da Costa Mateus shown a yellow card.

31:01

Da Costa Mateus concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Spector.

30:03

Corner taken by Daniel Candeias played to the near post, fantastic save by Boaz Myhill.

29:08

Corner taken short by Daniel Candeias.

28:34

Chris Burke concedes a free kick for a foul on Zarko Tomasevic. Direct free kick taken by Zarko Tomasevic.

28:07

Shot from just outside the area by Daniel Candeias goes over the bar.

27:12

The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Wood. Free kick taken by Rosa Elisson.

23:33

Jean Beausejour provided the assist for the goal.

23:33 Goal scored

Goal! - David Murphy - Birmingham 2 - 0 Nacional David Murphy gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 2 (2)-(0) 0 Nacional.

23:12

Corner taken left-footed by Jonathan Spector from the right by-line to the near post,

23:05

Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Dos Santos Luis Alberto gets a block in.

22:22

The referee gives a free kick against Dos Santos Luis Alberto for handball. Stephen Carr takes the direct free kick.

21:51

Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Burke clears the bar.

21:04

Unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Zarko Tomasevic results in a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.

20:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Batista Elizeu. Direct free kick taken by Batista Elizeu.

19:20

Da Costa Mateus concedes a free kick for a foul on David Murphy. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

16:04

Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Candeias. Free kick taken by Daniel Candeias.

14:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Redmond - Birmingham 1 - 0 Nacional Nathan Redmond finds the net with a goal from long distance to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1 (1)-(0) 0 Nacional.

14:18

Shot by Dos Santos Luis Alberto from just outside the area goes over the net.

13:40

Corner taken by Daniel Candeias from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Spector.

13:21

Daniel Candeias decides to take a short corner.

13:15

Centre by Zarko Tomasevic, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

12:43

Chris Wood challenges Batista Elizeu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aliste Felipe Lopes takes the direct free kick.

12:03

Ferreira Claudemir concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Redmond. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

11:10

Daniel Candeias produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

9:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ferreira Danielson by Chris Burke. Ferreira Danielson takes the free kick.

7:36

The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr, Nathan Redmond produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

6:16

Dos Santos Luis Alberto produces a drilled right-footed shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the net.

4:04

Effort from just outside the box by Dos Santos Luis Alberto goes over the bar.

3:56

The ball is swung over by Daniel Candeias, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.

3:47

Centre by Mario Rondon.

2:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Wood on Dos Santos Luis Alberto. Aliste Felipe Lopes restarts play with the free kick.

2:21

Effort from 25 yards by Dos Santos Luis Alberto. Comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

0:35

Ferreira Danielson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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