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Birmingham fight back against Club Brugge

Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 23.21CET
Birmingham City FC 2-2 Club Brugge KV
Substitute Marlon King scored a 74th-minute penalty to rescue a Group H point for the Blues, who had trailed by two goals at half-time.
Birmingham fight back against Club Brugge
Marlon King finishes from the spot against Club Brugge ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BirminghamClub Brugge

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target9
 
10
Corners3
 
7
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 23.21CET

Birmingham fight back against Club Brugge

Birmingham City FC 2-2 Club Brugge KV
Substitute Marlon King scored a 74th-minute penalty to rescue a Group H point for the Blues, who had trailed by two goals at half-time.

Birmingham City FC fought back from two goals down to earn the first home point of their UEFA Europa League campaign after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Club Brugge KV in Group H.

Jean Beausejour's powerful finish on 55 minutes and Marlon King's penalty with 16 minutes left rescued a point for Birmingham, who had leaked goals by Thomas Meunier and Joseph Akpala in the six minutes before half-time.

Boasting wins in their last two games, Birmingham's confidence was high heading into this fixture, but Chris Hughton's side were shaken as they conceded a quick-fire double moments before the interval. First the unchallenged Meunier fired in from a Víctor Vázquez corner, and then Nigerian striker Akpala punished a Beausejour mistake by tapping in his third effort of the competition a minute before the break.

Birmingham piled on the pressure after the restart, and got the goal their attacking industry deserved, Beausejour finishing emphatically at the far post after Nikola Žigić's blocked shot had dropped his way. The roar from the crowd was deafening, although Club Brugge's Vadis Odjidja soon reminded the hosts of his own team's attacking threat with a curling shot from the edge of the area that cracked off the base of a post.

Despite that scare, the Blues had the wind in their sails and drove for an equaliser. Žigić forced Vladan Kujović into a smart save when one on one after 64 minutes, before the Club Brugge keeper outdid himself, sensationally tipping Guirane N'daw's thunderous volley against an upright.

Moments later came the Birmingham breakthrough, as a quick counterattack pitted Beausejour against Ryan Donk, who felled the tricky Chilean and conceded a spot kick. Substitute King coolly slotted into the bottom left corner, sending Kujović the wrong way and keeping his side in contention to qualify from a tight section.

Last updated: 05/11/11 0.22CET

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Lineups

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Birmingham

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Club Brugge

13
DoyleColin Doyle (GK)
33
KujovićVladan Kujović (GK)
Yellow Card63
3
MurphyDavid Murphy
6
ZimlingNiki Zimling
4
CaldwellSteven Caldwell (C)
10
DirarNabil Dirar
5
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
13
VázquezVíctor Vázquez
Substitution81
8
N'dawGuirane N'daw
Yellow Card73
15
AkpalaJoseph Akpala
Yellow Card23
Goal44
Substitution76
11
BeausejourJean Beausejour
Goal55
18
DonkRyan Donk (C)
Yellow Card64
15
ElliottWade Elliott
Substitution66
19
MeunierThomas Meunier
Goal39
17
RooneyAdam Rooney
Substitution66
20
Van AckerThibaut Van Acker
Substitution85
18
FaheyKeith Fahey
24
Van GijseghemDaan Van Gijseghem
19
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Yellow Card58
Substitution66
28
VansteenkisteJannes Vansteenkiste
23
SpectorJonathan Spector
32
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja

Substitutes

1
MyhillBoaz Myhill (GK)
1
CoosemansColin Coosemans (GK)
6
RidgewellLiam Ridgewell
3
AlmebäckMichael Almebäck
Substitution85
7
BurkeChris Burke
Substitution66
8
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution81
9
KingMarlon King
Substitution66
Goal74
9
VleminckxBjörn Vleminckx
Substitution76
Yellow Card90+3
22
RedmondNathan Redmond
21
PerdichizziPietro Perdichizzi
24
DaviesCurtis Davies
26
DeschilderFries Deschilder
39
WoodChris Wood
Substitution66
27
De JongheJimmy De Jonghe

Coach

Chris Hughton (IRL) Rudi Verkempinck (BEL)

Referee

Marcin Borski (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Tomasz Garbowski (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Dawid Piasecki (POL), Daniel Stefanski (POL)

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