Club Brugge rolls up fellow townsman Cercle smoothly and enters the Champions League with a good feeling | Jupiler Pro League 2022/2023

Club Brugge rolls up fellow townsman Cercle smoothly and enters the Champions League with a good feeling | Jupiler Pro League 2022/2023
Club Brugge rolls up fellow townsman Cercle smoothly and enters the Champions League with a good feeling | Jupiler Pro League 2022/2023

Cercle Brugge, however, started the derby strongly as the away team. The first 30-35 minutes were clear for the Association. High pressing and hitting at speed were the keywords. Ueda and Denkey were unable to convert chances into lead.

Jean Marcelin escaped a red card after fifteen minutes, after a knee-high tackle on Nielsen was only penalized with a yellow card.

After half an hour, Club Brugge had to take stronghold Mata to the side. His ankle almost folded in half after a small duel with Da Silva Lopes. The limping Mata will most likely miss the Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen. A bloodletting.

Whoever misses opportunities against the champion must be on the hook. Club woke up after 40 minutes and topped off an attack wave just before half-time with a goal from Skov Olsen. Again he broke the spell with a shot over the keeper’s right leg, into the side net.

After fifteen minutes of exhalation, the roles were reversed. Club was dangerous but did not immediately manage to score and on the other side, Denkey almost hit. After half an intervention by Sylla, the Togolese was able to kick, but his shot went wide of the far post.

In the end, half a chance was enough for blue-black to break through in the second half. Jean Marcelin slipped a sharp cross from Skov Olsen past his own goalkeeper.

Hoefkens brought in Yaremchuk, who immediately started to weigh on the green-black defence. After a nice push from Nusa, the Ukrainian rushed towards the goal, drawing the gap for Nielsen. He had a lot to choose from and didn’t give Majecki a chance.

Yaremchuk opened his own account ten minutes before time. A nice combination ended up with him thanks to luck. His shot still deflected on Daland’s leg, but no striker minds that.

Cercle Brugge thus remains in the “relegation” and can be in last place on Sunday evening if Kortrijk and Seraing win. Club Brugge did not have to get out of third gear to stay in the wake of Antwerp. Meanwhile, the engine is already warm for Tuesday’s clash in the Champions League.

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