Sunday 4 September 2022 16:00

A weekend of mixed success for our European opponents

Club Brugge's European opponents enjoyed mixed success this weekend. Bayer Leverkusen went down 2-3 against Freiburg, while FC Porto grabbed all three points on the road, following a 0-2 win at Gil Vincente. Lastly, Atlético Madrid shared the spoils with Real Sociedad after a 1-1 draw.

Bayer Leverkusen - Freiburg 2-3

At home, Bayer Leverkusen, next Wednesday's opponent of Club in the Champions League, wanted a second win after last week's victory over Mainz. In a goal-filled game, it was Freiburg, currently leader of the German Bundesliga, who came out ahead. Leverkusen took the lead in the first half thanks to Kerem Demirbay, who opened the scoring after sixteen minutes. That was also the half-time score in the BayArena.

Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen

It was an action-packed second half with no less than four goals. Matthias Ginter pulled his side level and a few minutes later Gregoritsch gave the visitors the lead. It was parity again when Schick scored for the home side on an assist of new signing Hudson-Odoi. With just over a quarter of an hour on the clock, Doan scored a third goal for Freiburg and thus secured an away win for his team.

Leverkusen, with Odilon Kossounou playing ninety minutes, only gathered 3 points out of a possible 15 and are currently 13th. (EV)

Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky, Kossounou, Tah (60’ Hudson-Odoi), Tapsoba, Andrich (79’ Amiri), Frimpong, Palacios (60’ Azmoun), Demirbay (60’ Aranguiz), Sinkgraven (79’ Fosu-Mensah), Diaby, Schick.
Goals: 16’ Demirbay (1-0), 48’ Ginter (1-1), 51’ Gregoritsch (1-2), 65’ Schick (2-2), 72’ Doan (2-3).

Gil Vicente - FC Porto 0-2

Saturday night FC Porto took the three points home following a 0-2 win over Gil Vincente after first-half goals by Taremi and Galeno. With this win, the Dragões remain third in the Primeira Liga, trailing league leaders Benfica by two points.

Coach Sérgio Conceição changed his starting team in five positions after last week's defeat. However, it was Gil Vicente that carved out a first chance when Pepe lost the ball. The home side set up a chance, but found goalkeeper Diogo Costa on their way. That warning shook Porto wide awake. Forward Martinez found the back of the net twice, but both goals were chalked off for offside after a VAR review. In between his goals, Martinez set up Otavio but he skied his finish.

The blue and white did manage to head into the dressing rooms with a comfortable lead. First Mehdi Taremi broke the deadlock with a great strike, three minutes later Wenderson Galeno tapped in.

FC Porto
FC Porto

The second half was far less entertaining with barely any great chances, meaning the half-time scored stood after ninety minutes. FC Porto didn't have to use too much energy, which will benefit them for their Champions League fixture on Wednesday in Madrid against Atlético. (KN)

FC Porto: Diogo Costa - Wendell, David Carmo, Pepe, Pepe (82’ Goncalo Borges) - Wenderson Galano (82’ Joao Mario), Mateus Uribe, Stephen Eustaquio, Otavio (90’ Danny Loader) - Mehdi Taremi (75’ Gabriel Veron), Toni Martinez (75’ Evanilson). 
Goals: 41’ Mehdi Taremi (0-1), 44’ Wenderson Galeno (0-2)

Real Sociedad – Atlético Madrid 1-1

After a trip to Valencia, Simeone and his team had to travel again. Despite his winning goal against Valencia, Griezmann started on the bench. Axel Witsel was given a spot in Atlético's central defence again. 

Atlético came out of the dressing room fiercely and took an early lead through Morata who netted from close range. Sociedad were not impressed and tried to respond, including Merino who saw his ball hit the post. But it was Atlético who scored again through Joao Felix. However The VAR ruled that the striker had committed a foul in the build-up, so the goal was disallowed.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid

The home side upped the pressure on Atlético to secure at least one point. And with success. Mohamed-Ali Cho picked out Sadiq in front of goal and the forward headed the ball past Oblak. Both teams created chances for a winner, but it was mostly Atlético with the better chances. Substitute Griezmann was thwarted by Remiro, just like Joao Felix. Despite pressure from Atlético in the closing minutes, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. (KV)

Atletico Madrid: Oblak (85’ Grbic), Reinildo, Witsel, Jose Gimenez, Carrasco (79’ Hermoso), Saul (46’ Kondogbia), Koke, De Paul (63’ Griezmann), Llorente, Morata (79’ Correa) en Joao Felix.
Goals: 5’ Morata (0-1), 55’ Sadiq (1-1).

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