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Brugge claim slender advantage

Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.03CET
Club Brugge KV 1-0 Debreceni VSC Hungarian visitors restrict Belgian champions to a one-goal lead.

Match statistics

Club BruggeDebrecen

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.03CET

Brugge claim slender advantage

Club Brugge KV 1-0 Debreceni VSC Hungarian visitors restrict Belgian champions to a one-goal lead.

Club Brugge KV will take a slender one-goal advantage to Hungary next week after visitors Debreceni VSC gave themselves every chance for Wednesday's return leg of this UEFA Cup third-round tie.

Lange winner
Norwegian striker Rune Lange scored just five minutes before the interval, but a glut of missed chances could have put the tie beyond the Hungarian team. Right from the outset it was obvious that both sides were having problems playing on a snow-covered pitch which made passing and controlling the ball very difficult.

Clement threat
The home side, having been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, began well and Philippe Clement twice went close with early headers. But Debrecen, in the third round for the first time, were not overawed and went close on 34 minutes after a low corner was turned goalwards by Péter Bajzát.

Mendoza miss
Debrecen could have been behind on 37 minutes though when Andrés Mendoza latched on to a clever flick by Lange. But the Peruvian could not repeat the exploits which saw him hit the winner at AC Milan earlier this season and shot wide of the far post.

Lange breakthrough
Brugge's goal did arrive three minutes later, as Lange lashed the ball in from five metres after picking up on a nod down from Victor Soares De Oliveira. After the interval Brugge seemed determined to put the tie to bed and twice went close to doubling their lead. First, when Mendoza's volley was turned on to the post by Sandro Tomic and then when Clement put a free header over from the resulting corner.

Dombi danger
Only one goal down, Debrecen were never out of it and in Tibor Dombi provided a constant threat down the right wing. The 30-year-old twice provided wicked crosses for Zoltán Kiss, forcing Verlinden into smart saves.

Wasted chances
Yet despite this the Hungarian team, who were playing their first competitive match for 12 weeks due to the winter break, ended the match on the back foot as Brugge squandered more chances to extend their lead. On 78 minutes Clement provided another flick-on from which David Rozehnal missed the target at the back post and then just four minutes from time substitute Alin Stoica hit a powerful shot straight into a wall of defenders.

Sollied satisfied
Afterwards Brugge coach Trond Sollied was satisfied to take a lead, ableit slender, to Hungary next Wednesday. He said: "I am glad but it was only a small win. It is a pity that we did not score more but it was important we did not concede."

Szentes unhappy
His opposite number Lazar Szentes was less happy with the way his team played. The Debrecen coach said: "Why should I be happy to lose? We showed fighting spirit but it is not enough. The quality of the game was not the highest due to the circumstances but our target was always to score ourselves."

Last updated: 27/02/04 10.48CET

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Lineups

club brugge

Club Brugge

debrecen

Debrecen

1
VerlindenDany Verlinden (C)
1
TomićSandro Tomić (GK)
2
De CockOlivier De Cock
3
SzatmáriCsaba Szatmári
Substitution82
3
SimonsTimmy Simons
Yellow Card42
7
DombiTibor Dombi
4
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
9
Tamás SándorTamás Sándor (C)
5
Van der HeydenPeter Van der Heyden
18
BajzátPéter Bajzát
Yellow Card45
Substitution58
6
ClementPhilippe Clement
19
FlavioFlavio
Substitution88
10
ČehNastja Čeh
Substitution85
21
HabiRonald Habi
18
MendozaAndrés Mendoza
Substitution71
22
BernáthCsaba Bernáth
Yellow Card3
19
LangeRune Lange
Goal40
28
HalmosiPéter Halmosi
26
MaertensBirger Maertens
30
KissZoltán Kiss
30
VictorSimões Victor
Substitution79
73
ÉgerLászló Éger

Substitutes

13
ButinaTomislav Butina (GK)
12
BaloghJános Balogh (GK)
9
SæternesBengt Sæternes
Substitution71
6
Gábor VinczeGábor Vincze
Substitution58
17
GvozdenovićIvan Gvozdenović
Substitution79
16
SzekeresTamás Szekeres
Substitution82
20
StoicaAlin Stoica
Substitution85
17
BalogZsolt Balog
Substitution88
24
SmoldersTim Smolders
8
MadarCsaba Madar
31
RoelandtsKevin Roelandts
11
CsehiZoltan Csehi
36
BlondelJonathan Blondel
25
NikolovBalázs Nikolov

Referee

Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

Assistant referees

Bekim Bauta (MKD), Mijalce Mihajlov (MKD)

Fourth official

Saso Lazarevski (MKD)

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