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Clinical Club Brugge show HJK how it is done

HJK Helsinki 0-3 Club Brugge KV
The teams had an even number of shots in the Finnish capital but the visitors' superiority in front of goal proved decisive.

Felipe Gedoz shields the ball in midfield
Felipe Gedoz shields the ball in midfield ©AFP/Getty Images

Markus Heikkinen's own goal paves way for Club Brugge triumph in Helsinki
Substitute Tom De Sutter and Laurens De Bock seal comfortable win
Club Brugge up to four points, HJK remain without a point after two games
Club Brugge yet to concede a goal in Group B – and HJK yet to score one
Next games: Torino v HJK, Club Brugge v København (23 October)

Club Brugge KV made the most of their chances in the Finnish capital with a 3-0 win against HJK Helsinki that bore more testament to their superior finishing than anything else.

By the end of the night the Group B rivals had managed four shots on target apiece, and seven wide of the mark. But from the 19th minute, when Markus Heikkinen put through his own net, Club Brugge were always ahead in the statistic that matters most. Tom De Sutter pounced on a defensive lapse to double the lead midway through the second half and Laurens De Bock's free-kick sealed victory.

The first cut was the deepest, though, as HJK failed to deal with Felipe Gedoz's corner and Lior Refaelov's shot before Heikkinen found the roof of his own net. The home side responded well, but clear-cut chances were always at a premium and the Belgian team, utilising the counterattack, looked the more likely scorers.

Gedoz and Obbi Oularé both missed out and De Sutter almost did too after seizing on Sebastian Sorsa's poor pass. Antonio Doblas blocked, but the substitute did not need a second invitation. De Bock neatly curled in a free-kick eight minutes later and though HJK pushed for their first UEFA Europa League goal of the season, they could not find it.