Club advance following a 3-3 draw with Dynamo Kyiv
Club Brugge have qualified for the Champions League play-off after a nerve-wracking match against Dynamo Kyiv. Club fell behind to a goal early in the game, but Simon Deli equalised before half-time. Again, an early goal for Kyiv in the second half but Ruud Vormer equalised in the closing minutes. Mechele's own-goal made it exciting again, but Loïs Openda equalised in stoppage time.
Compared to last week's match at home against Kyiv, Clement made one change to his line-up. In defence, Brandon Mechele forced Matej Mitrović on the substitutes' bench.
Sobol, Rits, Tau, Dennis and Okereke - rested against KV Oostende - were back in the starting eleven.
After the 9 out of 9 in the Jupiler Pro League, Blauw-Zwart travelled to Ukraine with confidence. Club, however, seemed to be bothered by the sweltering heat in Kiev and fell behind early. Already in the fifth minute, Mykolenko feeded the unmarked Buyalskyi, who sidefooted home past Mignolet: 1-0.
Kyiv wanted a second goal. Verbič's shot went wide and Gerson Rodrigues was just unable to get a touch on Mykolenko's cross. Club were inept in the opening stage, creating only little danger via Dennis and Vanaken who saw his shot blocked.
Half an hour into the game Club restored the balance and that resulted in the equaliser. Simon Deli rose high to meet with Vormer's corner and headed in fiercly: 1-1.
That goal meant a moral boost for Blauw-Zwart. Tau's cross just didn't reach Okereke at the far post and Kyiv goalie Boyko needed a top-drawer save to deny Tau's strike. The hosts were far less threatening now with only a dangerous move from Andriyevskiy.
After the break Dynamo Kyiv had the upper hand again. Shepeliev stung Mignolet's palms, but was more lucky a few minutes later when he poached in Verbič' strike that had struck the far post.
Coach Clement intervened immediately by replacing Dennis with Diatta. Blauw-Zwart restored the balance again and created some opportunities to equalise, but Okereke's shot took a deflection on a defender, while Mechele and Vanaken failed to hit the target.
At the other side Burda and Rodrigues saw their shots fly over. The tension was high and referee Bebek sent off Burda for Kyiv and Club's Percy Tau with a second yellow.
Two minutes before the end Club looked to be save when substitute Openda teed up Ruud Vormer who's low strike found the back of the net. But the game got exciting again when Mechele unwillingly beat Mignolet with an own-goal.
But Dynamo Kyiv's hope were crushed quickly when he was sent through on goal and finished calmly past Boyko.
Thanks to this draw, Club advance to the Champions League play-off. Next opponent: LASK Linz.
UEFA Champions League – Third qualifying round (second leg)
Attendance: 35.000 – NSK Olimpiyskyi
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Cro)
Dynamo Kiev: Denys Boyko – Tomasz Kędziora, Mykyta Burda, Tamas Kádár, Vitaliy Mykolenko – Vitaliy Buyalskyi, Volodymyr Shepeliev (83’ Fran Sol), Oleksandr Andriyevskiy (46’ Carlos De Pena) – Benjamin Verbič (69’ Artem Besedin), Gerson Rodrigues, Viktor Tsygankov. Coach: Aleksandr Khatskevich.
Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet – Clinton Mata, Brandon Mechele, Simon Deli, Eduard Sobol – Mats Rits, Ruud Vormer, Hans Vanaken – Percy Tau, David Okereke (82’ Loïs Openda), Emmanuel Dennis (52’ Krépin Diatta). Bench: Ethan Horvath, Matej Mitrović, Siebe Schrijvers, Thibault Vlietinck en Dion Cools. Coach: Philippe Clement.
Yellow cards: Mata, Mykolenko, Kádár, Okereke, Vanaken, Openda.
Red cards: 82’ Burda (2x yellow), 84’ Tau (2x yellow).
Goals: 5’ Buyalskyi (1-0), 38’ Deli (1-1), 50’ Shepeliev (2-1), 88’ Vormer (2-2), 93’ Mechele (owngoal, 3-2), 95’ Openda (3-3).
Report - Steven Floin