Standard through, Club Brugge out

It was an evening of mixed fortunes for Belgian Clubs competing in Europe on Thursday evening. Standard de Liège had little trouble beating the Greek side Xanthi. Like last week in Greece the match ended 2-1 in Standard’s favour. Meanwhile it was over and out for Club Brugge. The West Fleming drew 3-3 in the second leg of their third round qualifying tie against Slask Wroclaw. This made for an aggregate score of 4-3 in the Polish side’s favour.

Already 2-1 up from the first leg and with a home advantage, Standard knew that they had the upper hand.

With one eye on Sunday’s league encounter with rivals Racing Genk, Coach Luzon had changed more or less the entire team from that which won 3-0 against Lierse SK last Sunday evening.

Standard began the match at a leisurely pace. However, they still created chances, the first after just 15 seconds.

Standard turned down the heat, the longer the match went on. The first half ended goalless.

The Greeks had claimed a penalty for alleged handball by Van Damme, but this was refused.

The second half gave the fans more to cheer about. Goals from Batshuayi Bulot (photo) on 52 minutes and substitute Igor De Camargo 20 minutes from time meant that it was over and out for the Greeks. Xanti did manage to score a consolation goal on 85 minutes, but it was too little, too late.

Bye, bye Bruges

Desperate to make good a two goal deficit from the first leg the pressure was on Club Brugge on Thursday evening.

Things could have started worse for the West Flemings when Waldemar Sobota put the Poles one-up on 9 minutes. This meant that Club Brugge now needed to score four goals if they were to qualify.

However, no further goals were scored during the rest of the first half.

The Club Brugge Coach Garrido brought in Rafaelov for Blondel in the second half. This appeared to be a good move as it was Refaelov that scored Club Brugge’s equaliser on 58 minutes.

The West Flemings now had 32 minutes to score the three goals they needed if they were to qualify. Disaster struck on 60 minutes when Marco Paixao made it 2-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate to Slask Wroclaw.

The Poles widened their lead when Sobota score his second goal of the evening on 76 minutes. Goals by Oscar Duarte on 80 minutes and 91 Tom De Sutter made for a score of 3-3 on the night and an aggregate score of 5-3 in the Poles favour.