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Birmingham strike late to beat Club Brugge

Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 20.55CET
Club Brugge KV 1-2 Birmingham City FC
Substitute Chris Wood stole in to score after ten minutes of added time as Chris Hughton's Blues won a second Group H away game.
by Nick Foster
from Jan Breydelstadion

Match statistics

Club BruggeBirmingham

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
7
Corners8
 
8
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed5
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 20.55CET

Birmingham strike late to beat Club Brugge

Club Brugge KV 1-2 Birmingham City FC
Substitute Chris Wood stole in to score after ten minutes of added time as Chris Hughton's Blues won a second Group H away game.

Spurred on by their vociferous travelling supporters, Birmingham City FC found a winner in the tenth minute of added time to take all three points against Club Brugge KV in UEFA Europa League Group H.

The first half ended all-square after David Murphy answered Joseph Akpala's early strike. Previously unbeaten at home against English opposition in UEFA competition, Club Brugge pressed hard in the second half but were undone at the end by substitute Chris Wood's confident close-range strike.

Club Brugge caught the Birmingham defence napping with a goal in the third minute after Nabil Dirar picked out Nigerian forward Akpala with a cross from the right. Birmingham pushed on in response, with Murphy and Keith Fahey taking increasingly advanced positions to supplement Nikola Žigić's aerial power, and the English side equalised on 26 minutes, Murphy getting in behind the defenders to convert a stinging Wade Elliott cross.

Murphy's fine free-kick six minutes later brought an acrobatic save from Club Brugge goalkeeper Colin Coosemans and, a minute before half-time, in-form Vadis Odjidja fired a spectacular long-range effort that grazed Boaz Myhill's left-hand upright.

Birmingham started the second half brightly, and while Žigić failed to convert a free header on the hour mark, the arrival of substitutes Wood and Marlon King in the 73rd minute seemed to suggest that Blues manager Chris Hughton felt this game was there for the winning.

Eight minutes from the end, a clash of heads between Akpala and Pablo Ibáñez meant both players were given lengthy medical attention. While Birmingham's Spanish defender was taken off as a result, the Blues kept their composure and seized all three points when Wood beat Ryan Donk to King's cross and fired into the top corner.

Last updated: 26/09/14 4.56CET

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Lineups

club brugge

Club Brugge

birmingham

Birmingham

1
CoosemansColin Coosemans (GK)
1
MyhillBoaz Myhill (GK)
2
HøgliTom Høgli
3
MurphyDavid Murphy
Goal26
3
AlmebäckMichael Almebäck
4
CaldwellSteven Caldwell (C)
6
ZimlingNiki Zimling
Yellow Card68
5
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
Substitution90
8
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution63
7
BurkeChris Burke
10
DirarNabil Dirar
8
N'dawGuirane N'daw
11
BlondelJonathan Blondel
Yellow Card31
Substitution82
15
ElliottWade Elliott
Yellow Card82
15
AkpalaJoseph Akpala
Goal3
17
RooneyAdam Rooney
Substitution73
18
DonkRyan Donk (C)
18
FaheyKeith Fahey
28
VansteenkisteJannes Vansteenkiste
Substitution60
19
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Yellow Card35
Substitution73
32
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja
23
SpectorJonathan Spector
Yellow Card76

Substitutes

50
DhoestSven Dhoest (GK)
13
DoyleColin Doyle (GK)
9
VleminckxBjörn Vleminckx
6
RidgewellLiam Ridgewell
Substitution90
16
LestienneMaxime Lestienne
9
KingMarlon King
Substitution73
19
MeunierThomas Meunier
Substitution63
11
BeausejourJean Beausejour
20
Van AckerThibaut Van Acker
14
GomisMorgaro Gomis
26
DeschilderFries Deschilder
Substitution82
22
RedmondNathan Redmond
27
De JongheJimmy De Jonghe
Substitution60
39
WoodChris Wood
Substitution73
Goal90+10

Coach

Adrie Koster (NED) Chris Hughton (IRL)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Assistant referees

Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Fourth official

Domenico Celi (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Brighi (ITA), Gabriele Gava (ITA)

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