Club Bruges, the vice-champions of the previous competition, were ousted in the Champions League qualifying round by FC Copenhagen and manager Vincent Mannaert had made it clear before the match: "We have to qualify for the Europa League."
The pressure was on, but the players handled it well and booked an excellent result in Hungary, after goals by in-form midfielder Jonathan Blondel, playmaker Lior Refaelov and substitute Carlos Bacca in the final minutes. Bruges made their 3 goals in the second half, after Debrecen had been reduced to 10 men. Luis Ramos was sent off with a red card.
Lokeren in extra time
In other action, Cup winners Sporting Lokeren moved past Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic. Lokeren played in the national Boudewijn Stadium in Brussels - their home stadium at Daknam does not reach UEFA standards - but only had a crowd of 4,254. Mijat Maric scored the winning-goal for Lokeren in added time when he converted a penalty.
KRC Genk lost 2-1 in Luzern, Switzerland. The score could have been much higher, but Genk goalkeeper Laszlo Köteles made some top-notch saves. Luzern is on the last but one place in the Swiss league, but created problems for the weak Genk defence time and again.