Tuesday 19 October 2021 20:45

Club suffers a 1-5 defeat against Manchester City

Club Brugge suffered its first defeat of this year's Champions League campaign. Manchester City overclassed the blue and black and celebrated a 1-5 win. Hans Vanaken pulled one back for Club in the final stages of the match.

Philippe Clement sent the same eleven players into the fray that had faced PSG and Leipzig on matchday one and two of the Champions League group stage. The coach thus made three changes compared to Friday's starting eleven that beat KV Kortrijk. Jack Hendry and Eduard Sobol forced Mechelen and Maouassa on the bench, while Éder Balanta took his place in midfield instead of Vormer. For the visitors the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne had been given the nod by Guardiola.

Jack Hendry in duel met Bernardo Silva
Jack Hendry in duel met Bernardo Silva

It was total dominance from the visiting side from the first whistle, pinning Club Brugge back on their own half. The Premier League champions swarmed all over the place and camped on Club's half. Ten minutes into the game Grealish scored, but saw his goal disallowed because of a foul on Mata, immediately followed by a goal by Rodri, but he saw the offside flag raised. Manchester City kept the pressure high, but Foden hit the side-netting and De Bruyne - in an offside position - fired right into the arms of Mignolet.

Lang omsingeld door Mahrez en Walker
Lang omsingeld door Mahrez en Walker

It was inevitable that City broke the deadlock. On the half-hour mark Foden's lofted pass found João Cancelo who chested the ball down and stabbed it through Mignolet's legs. Club tried to restore the balance a bit, but couldn't find an answer to the dominance of the visitors. Lang saw an effort blocked and a free-kick by De Ketelaere was headed away.

Just before the half-time whistle City doubled their lead. Nsoki brought down Mahrez inside the box and the Algerian slotted home from the penalty spot. A few minutes later Mahrez forced Mignolet into making a save and De Bruyne aimed his effort just too high.

The same story after the break with City dictating the pace of the game. The Citizens kept on piling the pressure on Club's defence. Mahrez and Foden were thwarted but eight minutes after the re-start Walker darted into the penalty area after a great forward run and slotted home in the far corner.

Philippe Clement made two changes by bringing on Vormer and Van der Brempt, but those changes didn't change the face of the game. The City players swarmed over the Club players and were patiently looking for more goals. Mignolet parried away Foden's attempt and Mahrez sent a free-kick over the crossbar. Halfway the second half Club's No. 1 had to pick the ball out of his net for the fourth time. The young Cole Palmer, who had just come on for De Bruyne, had put his name on the score sheet after curling it into the left corner.

Hans Vanaken redde de eer voor Blauw-Zwart
Hans Vanaken redde de eer voor Blauw-Zwart

In the closing minutes of the game Club created some danger under the impulse of Van der Brempt who made a good impression. First he picked out De Ketelaere with a cross, but the header was tipped away by Ederson. Ten minutes before the end Van der Brempt's cross landed into the feet of Vormer who teed up Vanaken and the Belgian fired it into the corner: 1-4. His fifth consecutive match in the Champions League in which he could score. Dost and Vormer tried to reduce the arrears even more, but it was Mahrez who found the back of the net again to set the final score: 1-5.


Champions League: Groep A – fixture 3
28.000 – Jan Breydelstadion
Referee: István Kovács (Rom)
Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet – Clinton Mata, Jack Hendry, Stanley Nsoki (79’ Brandon Mechele), Eduard Sobol – Mats Rits (56’ Ruud Vormer), Éder Balanta (68’ Noah Mbamba), Hans Vanaken – Kamal Sowah (56’ Ignace Van der Brempt), Charles De Ketelaere (79’ Bas Dost), Noa Lang.
Bench: Senne Lammens, Faitout Maouassa, Federico Ricca en José Izquierdo. Coach: Philippe Clement.
Manchester City: Ederson – Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte (57’ Nathan Aké), João Cancelo – Rodri (71’ Fernandinho), Kevin De Bruyne (64’ Cole Palmer), Bernardo Silva (57’ Ilkay Gündogan) - Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden (64’ Raheem Sterling), Jack Grealish. Coach: Pep Guardiola.
Yellow cards: Mata, Laporte, Nsoki, Balanta.
Red cards: none
Goals: 30’ Cancelo (0-1), 43’ Mahrez (penalty, 0-2), 53’ Walker (0-3), 67’ Palmer (0-4), 81’ Vanaken (1-4), 83’ Mahrez (1-5).

Report - Steven Floin

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