Club beat LASK and progress to the Champions League

Club Brugge are into the Champions League group stage following a 2-1 win against LASK. Hans Vanaken headed in the opener, but Klauss' equalised from the spot. In the final minutes Emmanuel Dennis took away all doubt when he slotted home from close range.


Philippe Clement made two changes to the line-up that had secured the 0-1 win last week at Austria. Federico Ricca was given a starting berth forcing Eduard Sobol on the bench. In front Krépin Diatta was given the nod, Emmanuel Dennis was on the bench. Just like last week Loïs Openda spearheaded the attack, David Okereke operated on the left wing.

Krépin Diatta verscheen aan de aftrap
Krépin Diatta verscheen aan de aftrap

LASK had to score if it wanted to push through, but Club was quickest out of the starting blocks. Blauw-Zwart immediately put a lot of pressure on the visitors to prevent them controlling the game from the start. Club had most of the ball and created the first danger. Okereke curled his shot wide and Openda hit the side-netting. Twenty minutes into the game LASK got out of the pressure, but Klauss' tame shot was an easy catch for Mignolet.

Hans Vanaken kopte Club op voorsprong
Hans Vanaken kopte Club op voorsprong

Club were in control and looking for that openening goal. Goalkeeper Schlager had to tip Diatta's cross away before Openda or Okereke could tap in at the far post. Halfway the first half Okereke sent Vormer through on goal and the Dutchman clipped his finish over the onrushing goalkeeper, but the captain was offside and the goal was disallowed.


LASK tried to claw themselves into the game, but couldn't get a player in a good shooting position. An effort by Holland flew over the crossbar, Ranftl's shot was blocked quickly by Rits.

At the half-time break Percy Tau came on for Openda. Clement wanted to create more danger via the flanks and after a few minutes Okereke had a first good chance when he rifled in brilliantly, forcing Schlager to make an excellent save.


Club kept dominating the game, but were fortunate ten minutes into the second half. Mignolet had rushed out to make a clearance, only to slide it into the feet of Ranftl. The midfielder bent his shot toward the empty net, but Simon Deli had returned quickly to head the ball away into safety. What a clearance!


That was a serious warning for Blauw-Zwart who immediately responded with a header by Deli over the target, a good save by Schlager on a Tau effort, a shot by Mata that sailed wide and another attempt by Tau, who saw his effort strike the inside of the post after it took a deflection on the goalkeeper.


Twenty minutes before the end Club Brugge finally broke the deadlock when Hans Vanaken headed in Vormer's cross. But the joy was short-lived when Rits clipped the heels of Ranftl who had surged into the penalty area. Referee Brych didn't hesitate to award LASK a penalty spot. Klauss sent Mignolet the wrong way: 1-1.

Simon Deli speelde een sterke partij
Simon Deli speelde een sterke partij

The final minutes were nerve-racking as LASK tried to get another goal and thus snatch the qualification, but ten minutes before the end Trauner was booked for a second time after a foul on Vormer.

Club took advantage and killed the game two minutes before regular time. Vanaken bisected the defence to release Tau on the left-hand side. The South-African squared it for substitute Emmanuel Dennis who skipped inside Pogatetz and stroked the ball into the empty net.


Club Brugge beat LASK 2-1 and get their name into the hat of the Champions League!

UEFA Champions League – Play-Offs (return)

Attendance: 26.000 – Jan Breydelstadion

Referee: Dr. Felix Brych (Ger)

Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet – Clinton Mata, Matej Mitrović, Simon Deli, Federico Ricca – Mats Rits, Ruud Vormer, Hans Vanaken – Krépin Diatta, Loïs Openda (46’ Percy Tau), David Okereke (88’ Emmanuel Dennis). Bench: Ethan Horvath, Eduard Sobol, Jelle Vossen, Siebe Schrijvers en Brandon Mechele. Coach: Philippe Clement.

LASK Linz: Alexander Schlager – Philipp Wiesinger, Gernot Trauner, Emanuel Pogatetz – Reinhold Ranftl, James Holland, Peter Michorl, Rene Renner – Thomas Goiginger (72’ Marko Raguz), João Klauss, Dominik Frieser (62’ Samuel Tetteh). Coach: Valérien Ismaël.

Yellow cards: Michorl, Rits, Wiesinger.

Red cards: 81’ Trauner (2x yellow).

Goals: 70’ Vanaken (1-0), 74’ Klauss (penalty, 1-1), 89’ Dennis (2-1).


Report - Steven Floin

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