- After beating Atletico Madrid 2-0 at home, FC Brugge continues to lead Group B of the Champions League without a loss.
- The goals for the unbridled outsider came from Kamal Deen Sowah (36th minute) and Ferran Jutgla (62nd).
- For Gerardo Seoane, the Swiss coach at Leverkusen, the noose continues to tighten after the 2-0 defeat at Porto.
- Here you can find out more about the other games from Tuesday evening in the “premier class”.
«If we have a good day, we can always win; It doesn’t matter what the opponent’s name is.” The announcement by Brugge head coach Carl Hoefkens was as bold as it was bold. But the words of the 43-year-old man on the sidelines were followed by his carefree protégés on the pitch.
The Belgian champions had another good day in the Champions League and, after Bayer Leverkusen (1-0 at the start of the campaign), also sent Atletico Madrid home with a 2-0 win without anything countable. In between, Brugge had swept away Porto 4-0. So it is that the outsider, along with Bayern Munich in Pool C, is the only team still with a double clean sheet after 3 match days – without losing a point and without conceding a goal.
A good quarter of an hour before the end, the one zero of the Flemings faltered menacingly. Antoine Griezmann was very close to scoring for the La Liga representative. But the Frenchman thundered the penalty on the crossbar and shortly afterwards netted from an offside position.
By then, Bruges had long since set the course for another coup. In the 36th minute, Kamal Deen Sowah scored the lead with his 2nd goal of the season – 2nd in the Champions League. After an hour, Ferran Jutgla followed suit for the convincing hosts.
Porto with a start – frustration at Leverkusen
In the parallel game, Bayer Leverkusen had to be beaten 2-0 by Porto late on. As a result, coach Gerardo Seoane was unable to turn things around and probably still has a chance to do so – on Saturday in the league against Schalke. Should the team of the former YB coach not continue to deliver, good advice will gradually become expensive for the 43-year-old early in his 2nd Bundesliga season.
The Germans could have benefited from a crazy turnaround at the end of the first half. A goal by the Portuguese champions was disallowed because the video referee had previously seen a handball on the other side. But Patrik Schick missed the penalty kick that was due. Porto finally pulled the tooth out of the Werkself late: Zaidu Sanusi (69th minute) and Galeno (87th) provided the basis for the first CL points of the 2022/23 season, Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong received a second yellow card (88th).