Club Brugge 1-3 Real Madrid: Madrid finish group stage campaign on a high as Club Brugge drop to Europa
Club Brugge 1-3 Real Madrid: Madrid finish group stage campaign on a high as Club Brugge drop to Europa
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Club Brugge 1-3 Real Madrid: Madrid finish group stage campaign on a high as Club Brugge drop to Europa

Real Madrid finished their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign on high beating Club Brugge 3-1 away at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges, Belgium thanks to their Brazilian connection.

Madrid came into the match having already secured qualification to the round of 16 hence head coach Zinedine Zidane had the luxury of fully rotating his side with only Casemiro and Raphael Varane keeping their places.

The first half was uneventful but the 13-time Champions took just eight minutes to take the lead in the second half through a Rodrygo Silva de Goes strike. Adrian Odriozola's cross found Rodrygo and the young Brazilian meet it first time with the outside of his left foot to beat Simon Mignolet in the Club Brugge goal.

Madrid's lead however only lasted for two minutes as Brugge drew level after Hans Vanaken curled in a right-footer to pull the Belgian side level.

Madrid took the lead nine minutes later after the ball ricocheted off the heel of Rodrygo and fell to an unmarked Vinicius Jr, who easily slotted home inside the box, 2-1.

Luka Modric extended the lead in the dying minutes to complete what was an emphatic 3-1 win. PSG and Real Madrid are through to the round of 16 while Brugge dropped to the UEFA Europa League after Galatasaray suffered a humiliating 5-0 bashing away in Paris to finish bottom of the group.

Club Brugge: Mignolet; Kossounou, Mechele, Deli, Sobol; Vormer, Balanta, Vanaken, Vlietinck (De Ketelaere, min. 70); Dennis, Tau (Schrijvers, min. 59).

Real Madrid: Areola; Odriozola, Militao, Varane, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Isco; Rodrygo, Vinicius (Brahim, min. 73), Jovic.

 

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