Surprise gift Club Brugge drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday to secure their spot in the Champions League round of 16.
Atletico Madrid- Club Brugge Played on 10/12/ 2022
After holding Diego Simeone’s team at bay in Madrid, the Belgian team is assured of moving
on from Group B. Kamal Sowah’s red card late in the game left the game with 10 men.
Despite giving up their first points of the competition at the Metropolitano, Brugge upset
Atletico last week with a 2-0 victory at home, and they still qualified for the knockout
The Spanish team, who have four points from four games and are six points behind Group C
leaders Brugge, was frustrated by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet‘s superb saves against players
like Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa.
The first period belonged to the visitors, and Ferran Jutgla, who sparkled against Atletico
last week, came close to scoring.
Simeone’s team fought their way back into the match, but Mignolet stopped Griezmann at
the opposite end.
In the process of Atletico dominating, Saul Niguez had a goal against Correa disallowed for
offside. Shortly after, the Argentinean just missed with a shot of his own.
Brugge believed they had been awarded a penalty at the conclusion of the first half, but VAR overturned the call because Tajon Buchanan appeared to have fouled Nahuel Molina rather than the other way around.
Brugge – Atletico Soon after the break, Correa scored
Soon after the break, Correa scored, but it disallowed because he also offside. Sowah given a second caution for kicking the ball away in the dying seconds, making it more difficult for Brugge to cling on for the point.
When it became clear Simeone didn’t use Joao Felix as a substitute toward the end of the game, tempers flared and Joao Felix violently flung his bib away.
At the very last moment, Correa might have given Atletico the victory, but Mignolet made another excellent save to stop him.
Later on Wednesday, in the second Group B match, Bayer Leverkusen will host Porto.