Goalless draw kicks off Club's Europa League
Club Brugge kicked off the EL Group Stages with a 0-0 draw against Torino. Blauw-Zwart dominated the game, but did not prove prolific. Duarte and Storm had the best chances to score, but Torino goalie Gillet produced some fine saves.
Both teams took a hesitant start to the game, with a long study round as a result. Club created the first danger; Izquierdo and Gedoz teamed up, but goalkeeper Gillet beat the latter to the ball. The Italians reacted with a header by Jansson and a long range shot by Quagliarella.</p>
Club only really got going after about thirty minutes. A solid aciton by Gedoz on the right was denied in the nick of time, Duarte saw his header saved on the goal line by Gillet, and the goalkeeper was also in the way of Vazquez aimed attempt. Just before the break, Izquierdo tried form just outside the box, but his placed ball went just over.</p>
The home team kept pushing forward after the break. Meunier went for gold from way outside the box, but his shot got deflected and sailed over the crossbar. Torino tried on the break; Sanchez Miño was offered some space inside the box, but his shot sailed just wide.</p>
Club urged on, but was unlucky in its finishing. Izquierdo saw his shot blocked, Gedoz shot just wide, and a hand ball in the box was not penalised. The best chance, however, came with fifteen minutes on the clock. Meunier produced an excellent cross to Storm, but his header met with the finger tips of Gillet. The game ended in a logical 0-0 final score after a tactical encounter.</p>
|UEFA Europa League||Group B - Match Day 1|
|Audience||15,000 - Jan Breydel Stadium|
|Ref||Halis Ozkahya (Tur)|
Mathew Ryan – Thomas Meunier, Oscar Duarte, Brandon Mechele, Boli Bolingoli (80’ Laurens De Bock) – Fernando Menegazzo (66’ Ruud Vormer), Timmy Simons, Francisco Silva – Felipe Gedoz, Victor Vazquez (66’ Nikola Storm), Jose Izquierdo.
Bench: Sokratis Dioudis, Davy De fauw, Björn Engels and Obbi Oulare.
Coach: Michel Preud’homme.
Jean-François Gillet – Nikola Maksimovic, Pontus Jansson, Gaston Silva – Matteo Darmian, Marco Benassi (65’ Omar El Kaddouri), Alessandro Gazzi, Juan Sanchez Miño (84’ Antonio Nocerino), Cristian Molinaro – Fabio Quagliarella (69’ Josef Martinez), Amauri.
|Yellow||Meunier, El Kaddouri, Molinaro.|