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

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Club's players celebrate after the match of Belgian soccer team Club Brugge KV against Austrian team LASK Linz in the first leg of the play-offs for the UEFA Champions League, in Linz, Austria, Tuesday 20 August 2019. BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY (Photo credit should read BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)

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 KrΓ©pin 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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