Brugge, Belgium (AFP) – Club Brugge was humiliated at home on Wednesday in the Champions League, relegated to…
Brugge, Belgium (AFP) – Club Brugge was humiliated at home on Wednesday in the Champions League, losing 5-0 to RB Leipzig, ending the Belgian champions’ hopes of advancing to the knockout stage.
With this victory, the German team lifted to third place in Group A, equal with four points with Brugge, who finished last. Both teams cannot finish in the top two and can only hope to secure a place in the Europa League.
Manchester City beat PSG 2-1 to win the group, with the French team securing second place.
Brugge, who lost for the third time in a row in the tournament, had a nightmare start and trailed 3-0 after just 26 minutes. Emil Forsberg and Christopher Nkunko scored twice, with Andre Silva also at Leipzig.
Leipzig were missing several key players – including captain Peter Gulacci who tested positive for COVID-19 – but that didn’t show.
The German side camped in the Brugge half with a powerful press and quick passes that destabilized the hosts’ defense. Playing in a 3-4-3 system, Brugge was confused and sent off throughout the first half.
In addition to tactical shortcomings, Brugge’s players lacked individual quality.
The hosts’ lack of focus was shown in the 12th minute when Leipzig deserved to take the lead. After Ignace Van der Brempt gave the ball away, a long pass slipped between Brugge’s and Andre Silva tied to the ball. He fired a shot from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, as the in-form striker Nkunko netted from the rebounds.
Forsberg made it 2-0 from a penalty kick with a good shot before Silva headed into the far post from Angelino’s cross. The Spanish left-back sent a precise cross to his teammate as the team’s fans showed their frustration at the whistles and jeers.
The defensive defeat was completed at the end of the first half, as Forsberg doubled his personal account in overtime. The Sweden international was allowed a lot of space and moved freely towards the penalty area without a confrontation, then fired into the net from the edge of the area.
Brugge did better after the first half but couldn’t find an advantage as Leipzig managed to add more sparkle to the overtime win via Nkunku.
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