African stars including Dennis Emmanuel, Percy Tau inspire Club Brugge UCL qualification


Dennis Emmanuel came off the bench for David Okereke and scored the match winner in Club Brugge’s 2-1 UEFA Champions League second-leg play-off match against LASK Linz on Wednesday.

Emmanuel scored a minute after his introduction to help his side secure a 3-1 aggregate victory that also sees them pick a spot in the competition proper.


Brugge were on a seven game unbeaten run in all competitions, heading into Wednesday’s game, and held a 1-0 advantage from the first-leg against the Austrian side.


It was home side who opened scoring in the encounter, through Hans Vanaken (70′) – he scored the only goal in the Austria.


Four minutes later the visitors caused a panic as they responded with a goal of their own, from the penalty spot.


Making his return to action, Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau, had served a one match suspension after picking up a second yellow in the game against Dynamo Kyiv.


He was introduced as a second half substitute (46′) and turned provider (89′) for the Nigerian Dennis Emmanuel who scored what proved the match-winner.


Today, the African quartet; including Senegal’s Krépin Diatta, will find out their group opponents in the competition.


They have been placed in Pot 3 alongside Lyon, Leverkusen, Salzburg, Olympiacos, Valencia, Inter Milan and Iyayi Atiemwen’s Dinamo Zagreb.



The UEFA Champions League group stage draw will hold on August 29 in Monaco.


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