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What if Bruges were the surprise of the “group of death”, where the ogres Paris SG and Manchester City lurk? After snatching a 1-1 draw against Messi and Co in mid-September, the Belgians went on to win with authority 2-1 on Tuesday in Leipzig.
With this victory, the Belgian champions are second in their group after Matchday 2 of the Champions League, with four points like PSG, leader in goal difference.
A new goal from Christopher Nkunku (1-0, 5th), already scoring a hat-trick in the first match at Manchester City (6-3 defeat), was not enough for the RB to get out of the clutches of Club Brugge. Captain Hans Vanaken (1-1, 22nd) and Mats Rits (2-1, 41st) gave theirs a well-deserved victory.
However, the RB got off to a good start, with Nkunku’s quick opener.
The French striker scored on an action which is becoming his “special” this season, and which sums up the direct and vertical football philosophy of his coach Jesse Marsch: thrown in depth, he took two defenders out of speed. and beat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet one-on-one (1-0, 5th).
But Bruges, whose fighting spirit and solidarity against Paris had been appreciated in the face of adversity, very quickly gained the upper hand.
The equalizer came through one of the many outbursts on the left wing of Charles De Ketelaere, who martyred the German defense early in the match. The powerful striker served his captain Hans Vanaken – already a scorer against Paris SG – behind for the visitors’ first goal (1-1, 22nd).
The second goal also came to reward a period of domination by the Belgians. Vanaken this time turned into a passer, after a collective combination in the box, to put Mats Rits in an ideal position against goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi (2-1, 41st).
Marsch attempted to turn fate by making two changes at the break and two more within a quarter of an hour from the end. In vain. Leipzig were too clumsy as they approached the opponent’s area to hope to shake up a Bruges team sure of their strength, and who are now impatiently awaiting Manchester City for the next day, October 19.
Leipzig on the other hand, after its heavy defeat in England, is still last with zero points, and already condemned the feat if it wants to at least hang third place in the group, qualifying for the Europa League.
His next meeting will not be the easiest: a trip to the Parc des Princes awaits him, to challenge Paris SG.