Toulouse FC 2-2 Club Brugge KV
Ivan Perišić earned Club Brugge KV their first Group J point, heading in a free-kick in the fourth minute of added time to deny Toulouse.
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Ivan Perišić earned Club Brugge KV their first point in Group J, heading in a Ronald Vargas free-kick in the fourth minute of added time to deny Toulouse FC a second win.
The first two goals came early in the second half with Joseph Akpala's rasping strike for the visitors quickly cancelled out by Moussa Sissoko for Alain Casanova's side. And there was a second flurry of action in the final six minutes when André-Pierre Gignac put the French side in front only for Perišić to provide a dramatic twist.
Club Brugge had plenty to prove after succumbing 4-1 at home to FC Shakhtar Donetsk a fortnight ago and their determination to be more resolute played its part in a cagey first half with little goalmouth action. The most notable moment seeing Gignac cut inside and fire in a low shot that Stijn Stijnen gathered. The opening to the second period was considerably more eventful, with a goal from either side in a three-minute spell.
The visitors struck first when Dany Nounkeu conceded possession to Akpala 25 metres out and, although there appeared little on for the Nigerian striker, he unleashed a sensational volley from distance into the far corner. It was a goal worthy of settling any match, yet in this instance it provided the Blauw-Zwart with an advantage for just two minutes.
Sissoko, a first-half replacement for Antoine Devaux, conjured the equaliser, receiving a pass from Mathieu Berson then cutting inside Koen Daerden and firing in off the inside of the near post. Les Pitchounes thought they had completed the turnaround when Stijnen's wayward punch deflected in off an unaware Gignac after the visitors had failed to clear a corner but, with the final action of the match, Perišić nodded in for Adrie Koster's outfit.