Mixed night for Belgian UEFA Cup hopes

15th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Standard Liège and Zulte-Waregem both lost their UEFA Cup ties, but Club Brugge secured a vital away win in a mixed night on Thursday for Belgian clubs in Europe.

15 September 2006

BRUSSELS — Standard Liège and Zulte-Waregem both lost their UEFA Cup ties, but Club Brugge secured a vital away win in a mixed night on Thursday for Belgian clubs in Europe.

Standard suffered a slim home defeat to Spain's Celta Vigo in the first leg of their UEFA Cup tie. Les Rouches struggled to find the equaliser, with Portuguese ace Sergio Conceiçao missing a golden opportunity to tie the match after half-time.

With Ricardo Sa Pinto and young Belgian central midfielder Marouane Fellaini serving suspensions and Brazilian striker Igor De Camargo still weeks away from returning after injury, coach Michel Preud'Homme shook up his line-up — which included a return from suspension for captain Conceiçao, with Frederic Dupre and Miguel Areias Lopes joining Onyewu and Mohamed Sarr in the backfield.

However, the changes failed to inspire a winning performance, and it was the Spaniards who claimed the honours: Gustavo Lopez scored seven minutes before half-time as Celta Vigo won 1-0.

Club Brugge edged out Slovakia's MFK Ruzomberok courtesy of Bosko Balaban's solitary strike. The Flemish team barely worked up a sweat as it breezed past the Slovakian champions: Balaban's winner came from a free kick just before half-time, which effortlessly drifted past the keeper.

The goal woke Ruzomberok up and it attempted a few more assays of the Brugge defence in the second half, but rarely posed much danger. 

Zulte-Waregem is still in the fight despite their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Russian team Lokomotiv Moscow. Jonas Vandermarliere grabbed a late goal for the visitors — in the team's first taste of European competition — to give them hope of an upset in the return leg. But Dmitri Loskov and Branislav Ivanovic strikes in either half still give the Russians the advantage.

The return legs are on 28 September.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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