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Club Brugge takes a big step towards the title with a difficult victory over Union, who mourned the late equalizer |  Jupiler Pro League 2021/2022

Club Brugge takes a big step towards the title with a difficult victory over Union, who mourned the late equalizer | Jupiler Pro League 2021/2022

Club Brugge is one victory of the new national title. At Jan Breydel, Union was allowed to dream up a fairy tale for a long time, but the visitors failed several times to finish off impressive chances against the mighty Mignolet. A second yellow card for Machida turned the game around the clock. An unfortunate own goal will haunt Al Ittihad for a long time to come, as will Nielsen’s unfortunate final goal.

Club Brugge – Al Ittihad in a nutshell:

  • Key moment: Union’s insane delight when Nielsen finally equalizes with a superb shot, but VAR provides a painful aberration. The hit is disallowed due to the previous offside, leaving Al Ittihad undefeated.
  • man of the match: Simon Mignolet is undoubtedly the bogeyman of the Federation this season. He saved an early goal from Lazar, also kept Undav from 0-1 shortly before the end of the first half and frustrated another goal from Lazar after the break.
  • noticeable: Al Ittihad managed to get only one point in 4 mutual duels with Club Brugge this season and was unable to score against the defending champion. Club Brugge is the only team Union could not defeat this season.

Mignolet keeps the club afloat

Union had handled a hit last Sunday, which became apparent after just 19 seconds. On a pass from Labusin, Lazar took the ball perfectly inside the penalty area and from an acute angle decided on Mignolet.

The tune was set, Union got off to a strong start and the club couldn’t play football. After only 20 minutes, the defending champion was able to control the match. This resulted in little more than a surprising corner kick assisted by Lazar Morris.

Al-Ittihad finished the first half as it began: with a good chance. Mitoma sent Undav away in the chest. The German striker aimed between Mignolet’s legs, but she closed them in time. Once again, the goalkeeper kept the club afloat with his decisive save.

Mignolet prevents 0-1 after just 19 seconds:

Exclusion Machida kills the union

Right after the break, Mignolet did that trick again. Lazar scored in a low cross from Vanzer, but so far the club’s goalkeeper has been able to spoil the score 0-1. The tipping point followed a few minutes later. Machida hit the broken Adamian and took his second yellow card.

With a man who smokes more and called, he takes his chance. On three occasions, Hendry came close to 1-0, but Morris saved twice and Biger removed the goal line. Eventually the union cracked under pressure. Morris was unable to catch a shot from Buchanan and push the ball into Bigger’s face. The attempt disappeared in the goal by the unfortunate goalkeeper.

Another blow to the Federation, but the visitors did not give up. Undav tested Mignolet’s reflexes once again and missed a huge opportunity ten minutes from the end, heading narrowly past the goal from close range. And it seemed that the equalizer came in the last minute when Nielsen scored, but the VAR stopped it and canceled the goal for offside.

The turning point, Machida takes his second yellow card:

Feedback from Bruges Camp:

  • Brandon Michel: “The fans supported us throughout the match, this great atmosphere really pushed us forward. We gave up at times, but the three points were well deserved. It was a shame when we conceded a man over 1-1, but thankfully the VAR in the middle and things went well. We had a tough time, just like on Sunday, Al Ittihad is a very good team. We took care of the group and we have more chances than in the first leg. With an extra man it should have been easier, but good luck I hope we can finish it this Sunday .
  • Dennis Odoy: “Everyone knows the importance of these matches. It is normal that there is an exit now, but there are still two matches and it is up to us to confirm. Machida’s red card definitely made the difference today. After that we were better and there was more room to play football. It wasn’t supposed to. That late equaliser goes down anymore. We have to test out there and be strong enough to not concede any more chances. Now we have to recover and move on to Sunday. We’re going to do everything we can to finish it on the brown owl.”
  • Simon Mignolet: “What happened today is unbelievable. Two red cards, a goal disallowed, a penalty that was disallowed by VAR. It was a typical play-off match and I am very happy because we had the longest straw we did our job, two wins over Al Ittihad, again with a clean sheet.”

    “The most important save for me was after 19 seconds. If Union takes the lead there, they can play their favorite game and shoot on the counter. Now we can keep our cool and after that red card we scored in time there” There still a lot to happen, I’ve seen that today. Losing focus in the end almost made it 1-1 and then everything tilted again. We’ve now made two great strides, but we still have two games to play.”


  1. The second half, the 98th minute. The end. Big launch in Club Brugge! He beats Union thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Maurice and takes an important step towards the title. Disappointment in the union. Nielsen appeared to have the guests on their side in the last minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside. †
  2. The second half, the 96th minute, the game is over
  3. The second yellow card for Tajon Buchanan from Club Brugge during the second half, 93rd minute
  4. Second half, 93rd minute. Also red for Buchanan! The club will finish the match by one player. Buchanan received his second yellow card for a foul on Mitoma. Al-Ittihad has two minutes of extra time to equalize. †
  5. The second half, the 91st minute.
  6. Target not allowed! What a misfortune for the union! The VAR intervenes in the event of a previous offside. Nielsen’s goal is not allowed. What is Intelimax! † Second half, 90th minute.
  7. Second half, 90th minute.
  8. The second half, the 89th minute. Nielsen equals! do not believe! The union is still on the level! Undav puts the ball aside for Nielsen. The Sixteen gets off the outside with a great corner kick. Mignolet was beaten up after all! †
  9. No penalty. Lambrechts will have to go look at the pictures again and will come back to his decision. No penalty for the club seems to be the right decision. † Second half, 86th minute.
  10. The second half, the 85th minute. Penalty kick! The ball immediately goes to the club! Mituma touched the ball with his hand, although he kept his arm on his body. Lamprechts, however, had no doubts. †
  11. Yellow card for Tajon Buchanan from Club Brugge during the second half, 83rd minute
  12. Second half, 83rd minute.
  13. The second half, the 83rd minute. Substitution in Club Brugge, Andreas Skov Olsen, Noa Lang outside
  14. The second half, the 83rd minute. Yellow Buchanan. Buchanan holds Morris for a while and Lambrechts stern: yellow immediately. Meanwhile, Klopp Lange was taken out for Skov Olsen. †
  15. The second half, the 80th minute. Undav misses the equaliser! Aiaiai, it can’t be for union. Undav has a great opportunity to bring visitors to his side, but he heads away at close range. He has done a better job this season. †
  16. Second half, 78th minute. Substitution in Union, Lorenzo Paolucci, exit by Jonas Bagger
  17. The second half, the 78th minute. Substitution in Union, Ismail Kandous inside, directed by Christian Burgess
  18. The second half, the 77th minute. Yellow for Mignolet. Time flies in favor of the club. Mignolet knows that too and so he spends all the time. A little to the liking of reference Lambrechts, yellow is the result. †
  19. Yellow card for Kasper Nielsen from Al Ittihad during the second half, 77th minute
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