Club Brugge also showed their business card in Europe in their second group match in the Champions League. In an overwhelming first half, Leipzig made up for a quick 1-0 deficit. In the second half, they fought hard to secure the victory. Club thus takes the lead in group A alongside PSG.
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Leipzig – Club Brugge in a nutshell:
- Key moment: Shortly before half time, an impressive Club completes the remonte after the early goal against. Vanaken puts a pass from Mata back to Rits, who gives Club the deserved lead with his first CL goal.
- Man of the match: Charles De Ketelaere once again handed over his business card, but the star at Club was again Hans Vanaken. Just like against PSG, he found his way to goal with the important equalizer. He also provided the assist for the 1-2.
- Remarkable: Hans Vanaken is the first Belgian to score in four consecutive Champions League matches. At the end of last year he scored against Zenit Saint Petersburg and Lazio in the group stage and again managed to score against PSG and Leipzig.
Strong remonte from impressive Club after early sacrifice
Starting on a false note and yet going into halftime with a deserved lead. It was certainly impressive what a complex-free Club Brugge showed in the Red Bull Arena in the first half. Leipzig didn’t know what it was going through.
That false note came after 5 minutes when Forsberg brought Nkunku alone for Mignolet and the striker scored his 4th goal in 2 CL matches. Club regained hope when the flag was flagged for offside, but the goal check by the VAR was unrelenting: 1-0 to Leipzig.
Club wasn’t upset after that freezing cold shower. De Ketelaere again scored high with one rush after another. After ten minutes he got the ball well from the back line to Vanaken, but he aimed for Gulacsi in one time.
More than ten minutes later, the impressive De Ketelaere again unleashed a great move on the left flank. Again Vanaken was the playing point and this time it was hit, but just like with the 1-0, the flag was also flagged for offside. The VAR again had to give a definite answer and this time the goal check worked out well for Club: 1-1.
Leipzig had its hands full with an unleashed Club, which crowned the work shortly before half-time. With a bit of luck, Vanaken put a pass from Mata back to the detached Rits, who only kept cool in front of goal and gave Club a deserved lead.
Immature Leipzig cannot unbalance Club
After the break we got a different picture, with Leipzig claiming the ball. But the Germans couldn’t get much done, Club easily held their ground. When it got hot after a dangerous cross from substitute Gvardiol, Sobol intervened excellently.
Leipzig failed to really put Mignolet to the test. The Red Devil was not supposed to do more than pick a few crosses from the air. The club itself barely came out. 20 minutes before the end Lang managed to escape. Face to face with Gulacsi, he finished it off in a controlled manner, but his goal was disallowed for offside and this time it stayed that way.
It was only in the final phase that Mignolet had to distinguish himself when Nkunku showed up alone for him. The striker wanted to lob the ball over the goalkeeper, but he just missed it. Nkunku then fell over Mignolet and claimed a penalty, but referee Vincic rightly didn’t respond.
At the end of regular time, Mata made it exciting by losing the ball to Silva. The substitute tried from a sharp angle, but Mignolet didn’t flinch. Leipzig could no longer alarm Club in the extra time. The German vice champion is left with 0 out of 6, Club impresses with a penalty of 4 out of 6.
“Whoever predicted this was thought crazy”
Hans Vanaken was once again the defining player at Club Brugge. The ex-Golden Shoe equalized and offered Rits the winning goal. “This is a fantastic feeling. Whoever predicted this in the draw would have been considered crazy. We just go every time confidently our own chance. We play our own game and are not afraid. Then a lot is possible, also against top teams.”
“We suffered in the second half, but it is also important that we can suffer together. We didn’t give away many chances. This is a fantastic result.”
“We were able to put pressure on their defense and they couldn’t play their direct game. We found the space behind their defense, there were opportunities there. In the second half we played a little too little football to get out of the pressure.”
After 2 match days, Club shines with an unexpected 4 out of 6. “It is difficult to start calculating now. We were able to hurt PSG and Leipzig. The aim now should be to do the same in the double confrontation with Manchester City.”
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