The European adventure of Club Brugge is all over. After the 0-0 draw against AEK Athens in the heenwedstrijd of the last qualifying round of the Europa League, went blue-black Thursday with 3-0 down on Greek soil.
Club Brugge knew what it had to do in Athens to qualify, but came out after five minutes a first time when our fellow countryman Viktor Klonaridis are shot on the pole, saw the beaches. AEK was the better team, but just when Club balance what restored seemed to have pulled the Club-goalkeeper Ethan Horvath the breakthrough André Simoes back in the penalty area. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos had the chance, and brought his crew after 28 minutes on lead. Club came not only in the Greek cauldron and after 39 minutes it was Simoes who with a bit of luck in a rebound, the score could double.
Coach Ivan Leko tried to expand their horizons and let Jelle Vossen and Helibelton Palacios in the dressing room for Lior Refaelov and Dion Cools.
Club was a little better in the race than in the first half, but never gave the impression to the Greeks even in the problems that can bring. In the added time pushed Simoes with his second of the evening (90.+1) the knife even deeper into the ‘ wound.
The elimination of Club Brugge means that there with Anderlecht in the Champions League and Zulte Waregem in the Europa League this season, only two Belgian teams will be present on the European scene. Friday is for 13 hours in Monaco draw for the group allocation of the Europa League. Zulte Waregem is in pot 4.