Club trash Monaco 0-4
Club Brugge have snatched their first win in this Champions League campaign. And how! The blue and black beat AS Monaco 0-4. A Hans Vanaken double and a curling strike by Wesley Moraes put Club Brugge 3-0 up after 24 minutes, before Ruud Vormer completed the victory late in the second half.
Siebe Schrijvers wasn't match ready for this fourth fixture in the Champions League, which allowed Ruud Vormer to return to the starting eleven to strenghten the midfield. After only five minutes play Leko was forced to make a substitution as Krépin Diatta limped off to be replaced by Dion Cools.
Club struggled to get through the opening minutes unscathed. Falcao headed a first chance just wide and Ethan Horvath pulled off a fine save low to his left to deny Sofiane Diop.
Club Brugge came in front after just twelve minutes play when Rits latched onto a through ball by Mata on the right-hand side. His low cross found the unmarked Vanaken in front of goal who tucked it away easily. A few minutes later goalkeeper Benaglio parried away an effort by Wesley.
Fifteen minutes into the match Vanaken put Club Brugge in the driver's seat from the penalty spot. Referee Dias had awarded Club a spot kick as Barreca had blocked Vanaken's shot with his hand inside the area.
The double lead gave Club some breathing space and they could count on a strong performance by Horvath. The American was quick to react on a low drive by Tielemans. A vital save because Club immediately responded by scoring a third time. After only 24 minutes Wesley cut inside from the left-hand side, went past four defenders and struck it into the far corner from outside the penalty box. A great goal for the Brazilian!
AS Monaco tried to claw themselves back into the game before the half-time whistle but Horvath saved Chadli's free-kick and Mechele blocked Diop's effort.
Monaco started the second half fiercly with two early attempts but both Diop and Sidibé failed to hit the target. Club were well-organized and tried to hurt the hosts with good counter-attacking play. Mata's cross was cleared before Vormer could convert it and Benaglio was forced into making a diving save on a good shot by Nakamba.
Club had the game under control, nevertheless Horvath was called upon twice around the hour-mark. He was equal to Aït Bennasser's effort and an attempt by Falcao.
Club didn't get into trouble anymore. Ten minutes before the end the home side tried to pull one back, but Tielemans' tame shot didn't trouble Horvath.
Needless to say it was a brilliant match for the 1.200 Club Brugge fans who had travelled to Stade Louis II. Five minutes before the end captain Ruud Vormer put the cherry on the cake with a fourth goal. Vormer avoided the offside trap and slotted home into the far corner in front of the away section: 0-4!
This win could be an important one to claim the third place in this group, which would allow Club Brugge to play in the Europa League.
Champions League: Groep A – Matchday 4
Attendance: 8.347 – Stade Louis II
Referee: Artur Dias (Por)
AS Monaco: Diego Benaglio – Djibril Sidibé, Kamil Glik (76’ Almamy Touré), Jemerson, Antonio Barreca – Youri Tielemans, Youssef Aït Bennasser (68’ Han-Noah Massengo), Sofiane Diop, Nacer Chadli – Moussa Sylla, Radamel Falcao (61’ Gobe Gouano). Coach: Thierry Henry.
Club Brugge: Ethan Horvath – Benoît Poulain, Brandon Mechele, Stefano Denswil – Clinton Mata (77’ Thibault Vlietinck), Mats Rits, Marvelous Nakamba, Ruud Vormr, Hans Vanaken, Krépin Diatta (6’ Dion Cools) – Wesley Moraes (72’ Kaveh Rezaei). Bench: Karlo Letica, Matej Mitrović, Thibault Vlietinck, Saulo Decarli en Loïs Openda. Coach: Ivan Leko.
Yellow cards: Barreca.
Red cards: none
Goals: 12’ Vanaken (0-1), 17’ Vanaken (penalty, 2-0), 24’ Wesley (0-3), 85’ Vormer (0-4).
Report - Steven Floin