MATCH REPORTThe performance was questionable, but Club Brugge was qualified for the next round of the Conference League after Thursday evening. A boost in difficult times for blue-black, which won 2-0 against FC Lugano.
LOOK. Vanaken: “Happy with qualification, game could be better”
The European matches this season often proved to be a remedy for a searching Club Brugge. It remained to be seen whether Lugano would also fall under that heading at home, four days after the blow in the Duden Park. Ronny Deila changed his team in six positions. Buchanan was back, the other five substitutions were a combination of rotation and tactical substitutions. Meijer, Spileers, Jutglà, Nielsen and Balanta already disappeared from the team. A win against Lugano was enough for Club to qualify for the next round after Bodø won against Besiktas earlier in the evening.
Weak first half
Club had to respond after Sunday, but that certainly didn’t happen in a weak first half. The people of Bruges had difficulty with the high pressure from Lugano. There was no good football, nor much dominance or opportunities. Blauw-zwart had a few good phases, including just before half-time. Zinckernagel missed the biggest chance for the home team – he aimed at the visiting goalkeeper from close range. Jan Breydel gradually showed his dissatisfaction during the first half. With every ball backwards the fans started whistling. The 0-0 score halfway was also a huge disappointment for them.
Thiago from the spot
Deila threw Jutglà into the fray – Skov Olsen, with or without hindrance, remained behind in the dressing room. After a weak start to the second half, Club finally took control. It did not immediately lead to many opportunities, until Buchanan pushed all the way into the sixteen meters from the right. The Canadian was knocked over – penalty for Club. Thiago claimed the ball and put Club up 1-0.
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The home team did better now – Thiago quickly forgot to decide the match. Halfway through the second half things became difficult again for Club. With first an open goal opportunity, which was kicked against Ordoñez, and then a good blow on Mignolet’s fists, Lugano came close to scoring twice. The match fizzled into the final quarter – Jutglà also failed to score 2-0. Shortly after his goal attempt, the Catalan also scored a penalty. After Thiago, Jutglà also sent Vanaken walking. However, the striker missed from the spot differently than his colleague. And so it remained exciting with five minutes left on the clock.
In the end, Club won the three points and the qualification, Vanaken made it 2-0 with a deflected free kick. After a mediocre, even poor performance, which gives anything but confidence to Deila and his players. The derby against neighbor Cercle on Sunday will be a different story. Club will have to change things up if they want to go into the international break with a somewhat good feeling.
De Cuyper: “The manner in which it was done was not important”
“Job done,” Maxim De Cuyper was clear after the match. “That was the most important thing today. The manner in which you play is not super important, especially on a difficult field against a difficult opponent. It was important that we kept the three points here at home and that we are now certain of European wintering. Within 5-6 weeks no one will remember how we played. The points count. If it’s in an ugly way, so be it.”
Relive the match below:
End of second half
2-0 GOAL by Hans Vanaken
There is the redeeming second goal. Hans Vanaken makes it 2-0 with a deflected free kick.
2-0 GOAL after free kick from Hans Vanaken!
Yellow card for Ayman El Wafi
Lugano makes another attempt to launch a final offensive. In any case, Club is crawling backwards, but do the Swiss have the quality?
Philip Zinckernagel is replaced by Michal Skóras
Eight (!) minutes added
There are actually eight more minutes added. Where did they get that from?
Uran Bislimi is replaced by Ayman El Wafi
Hugo Vetlesen is replaced by Éder Balanta
Tajon Buchanan is replaced by Denis Odoi
Club leaves it alone
After losing the ball at Lugano, Club gets the chance to counter. Zinckernagel crosses for Jutglà, but he heads completely wrong. Something tells us that Ronny Deila will be happy when this match is called off.
Scot De Cuyper
De Cuyper takes the shot from outside the penalty area, but the shot is too central to cause Saipi problems.
Jutglà himself goes behind the ball, but kicks the penalty wide! As long as this doesn’t break things up for Club…
Espinoza pulls Jutglà to the ground in the box: new penalty for Club!
Jutglà against the post!
Club gets the chance to kill the match. Vetlesen waits at the far post, but Jutglà tries it himself and aims against the post. His Norwegian teammate cannot hide his disappointment.
Vanaken with the head
Onyedika gives in well with Buchanan, who finds Vanaken’s head. However, Club’s captain is hampered too much to be able to head well.
De Cuyper finds Jutglà with a good pass. The Catalan does not hesitate to take a swing after the acceptance, but the bang still goes a long way.
Igor Thiago is replaced by Bjorn Meijer
Yellow card for Jonathan Sabbatini
Club continues to pay attention! Espinoza takes his chance from outside the box, Mignolet saves with his fists.
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